White People, Have It Your Way: Cops Bought Dylann Roof Lunch At Burger King

White People, Have It Your Way: Cops Bought Dylann Roof Lunch At Burger King

Photo from Freddie Gray's family

White Privilege Part 564: When police arrested twisted white boy Dylann Roof for the slaughter of nine people, they bought him a hamburger at a nearby Burger King - he was unhurt but hungry - before giving him a bulletproof vest at jail, politely leading him out before the media, and gently helping him into a police car for the next leg of his journey. The surreal burger detail comes in a newly released account of the arrest by Shelby police Chief Jeff Ledford, who said that officers found the presumably murderous .45-caliber handgun in the car and that Roof was "very quiet, very calm...He was not problematic.” Freddie Gray wasn't problematic, either, until police arrested him for walking down the street while black and flung him headfirst into a van in handcuffs and leg irons, where he apparently, repeatedly complained he couldn't breathe. Police impolitely and ungently ignored him, gave him a rough ride that severed his spine, and killed him. No burgers.

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Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised at the new hashtag that's gone viral in black communities: #WeWillShootBack. It's the creation of writer and activist Taurean “Sankofa” Brown - "Decolonizing white supremacist capitalist patriarchy one day at a time" - who lives in North Carolina, where Roof was arrested after fleeing Charleston. Brown and those posting cite the legacy of the Black Panthers and other African-American activists who have advocated, not the wanton killing of white people but the right to self-defense while under attack, "when you get tired of praying and tired of marching." One poster quotes Malcom X: "I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence." Says Brown, "I want the narrative to say that we have the right to defend ourselves and our humanity." As to the race war Dylann Roof wanted to start, many point out, he's 500 years too late.

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