Sheryl Underwood Gives Emotional Speech about Racial Profiling
Sadly, having your hands up is not enough to avoid being shot anymore, because once again we’ve witnessed the death of another black man caught on camera at the hands of law enforcement.
Most recently, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 40-year-old Terence Crutcher was tased and shot by police while attempting to get help when his SUV stalled in the middle of the roadway. The father of four was not armed, and had his hands up. Why was he shot and killed? As we wait for answers, they have already began to dig into his past to justify the killing of a man who was not only a singer at church, but was enrolled at Tulsa Community College.
The ladies of “The Talk” all agreed that there need to be more consequences for the killing of unarmed black people by police. Sheryl Underwood made it clear that there are good police officers out there, but stated while fighting back tears, “the ones that are not, they need to go jail!”
“Y'all white, y'all drive all the time and don’t nothing happen to y'all. And we black, and I’m afraid to drive my damn car, because if they don’t know who I am, I can be shot,” said Underwood. “Until y'all feel that, this ain’t never gone stop. Until you all that are not black feel it, and stand with us, this is not going to stop!"
I’ve managed to avoid some situations with police officers without incident, in part because of the way I interacted with the officer - I know my rights within reason - and also because of the number of police officers I’ve befriended since beginning my career in radio. That hasn’t always worked, though. There have been occasions where the officer made me so angry in how he approached me that I was ready to fight him, but of course I refrained. Those tense times left me very angry, but left me thinking of how things could have gone wrong had I reacted and lashed out. My reactions would have been out of being provoked, but I’d be front page news with no justice in sight.
We like to joke about light skin vs. dark skin, but lets get something understood. Depending on the officer and how bad their day is going, my level of blackness means absolutely nothing to them. I’ve been profiled because of the type of car I’ve driven on multiple occasions, which is partially what prompted me to get rid of my last car. I am "light skinned", but I’m still African American and proud.
It’s time that bad cops be charged for their crimes of shooting unarmed men and women in this country. Though there is a code between them, the good officers owe it to us in their commitment to “protect and serve”, and to see that those bad police officers no longer serve the public. I fear that we stand a better chance of another unarmed black man being killed before that ever happens.
Stay posted for the latest Terence Crutcher news, as we continue to follow the story.