By: Basheer Jones
“I’m afraid to have a son.”
As I stood at the place where 18-year-old Michael Brown took his last breath, shot six times by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, despite being unarmed, these were the words said by a young African-American woman.
“I’m afraid to birth a son who could possibly be a victim of police brutality.”
As she spoke, tears streamed down her face. All I could do was hug her. I couldn’t comfort her by saying that she doesn’t have to worry, because history doesn’t show that. According to a study conducted by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, an organization that promotes self-determination in our community, police officers, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes killed at least 313 African Americans in 2012.
The FBI has opened an investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri. The ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous has also released a video response. The Brown shooting incident comes less than a month after New York police officers choked and killed 43-year old Eric Garner. Both incidents of police brutality raise questions about whether or not black men are disproportionally targeted.