I can't watch the video of the 10 year old black boy handcuffed by Chicago police who urinated himself out of fear. He was apprehended in a case of mistaken identity. I can't watch because I'm afraid it will shatter my heart and I need my heart for my work in equity and inclusion. Work that requires me to examine the hatred this country has for me and my brothers and sisters because we are black.
I woke up this morning and the image of the boy popped in my mind and then the image of the men arrested by the police in a Starbucks in Philadelphia came to mind. The manager called 911 on them for sitting in the store and waiting for their friend before they ordered. It struck me that the image of the 10 year old boy handcuffed in Chicago and an image of one of the men handcuffed at the Starbucks are linked.
The image of the boy could be an image of the man at Starbucks when he was a boy learning the inevitable lesson that Black men are required to learn in this country. The lesson is that they are suspect, hunted and it's a matter of days before they will be "caught" whether there is cause or not.
The 10 year old boy has learned the lesson and the fear he felt is now embedded in him. His response of tears and urinating in his pants will be the response he has to suppress and control when he encounters a policeman moving forward. The resigned and calm way the man at Starbucks accepted his fate and let himself be handcuffed even though he did no wrong is one of America's many transgressions against black people manifest and embodied.
I can't watch the video of that 10 year old boy handcuffed by Chicago police who urinated himself out of fear because I'm afraid it will shatter my heart. If you can bear witness for him please do watch. The news got lost in the shuffle as this type of news often does. Please watch. Please talk about it. See him. See the man at Starbucks. See how they are the same and it is on us to break the link.