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That could have been me.


I don’t have a lot to say about Charles Kinsey’s shooting, but more than feels suitable for a Facebook status. Pardon my language.

Guys, that could have been me.

Do you get it now? This wasn’t some “thug” selling loosies or cd’s, though those things shouldn’t be considered justified. This wasn’t someone resisting arrest, although not resisting doesn’t help either. This wasn’t a protester, though we supposedly have the right to peaceably assemble. This was a behavioral therapist. Doing his job. Caring for an autistic man.

Do you get it now? That could have been me.

That could have been me on a pastoral care visit. That could have been me meeting a spiritual direction client. That could have been me, chasing after any number of loved ones with autism trying to calm them and get them to a safe place. This was someone in a helping profession doing his job. Don’t you see?

That could have been me.

“Why did you shoot me,” Kinsey asked.

“I don’t know,” responds the officer.

Are you kidding me? Are you fucking kidding me?!!!


Shot for no reason, trying to do my job, committing the crime of being a black male. Are you serious, America? Is this who we are now? Are we going to continue to be this?

That could have been me, and if you care about me at all, you have to care about this! You have to talk to your police, ask them about their protocols and procedures. Ask to do ride alongs. Let them know that you are on their side, but that you also want them to be accountable.

This is ridiculous.

That could have been me. Will you care then?

About derricklweston

Father of two. I co-host God Complex Radio, a show highlighting progressive voices in the faith community. (godcomplexradio.com) I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. I like lots of stuff. Sometimes I write about that stuff.


One thought on “That could have been me.

  1. I care

    Posted by Jody Wood | July 23, 2016, 12:49 am

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