Zimmerman effect? Man who shot at Black teen is a ‘neighborhood watch’ guy
By Erin White
April 16, 2018
So many white and NBPOC across this country are waiting to kill black people. They see blackness and either want to call the cops or pretend to be the cops. I know this because white men and NBPOC are constantly documented taking inordinate measures to interact with black people in the most innocuous situations. Be it firing 20 shots at a black man standing in his own garage, a little boy playing with a toy gun at his neighborhood park, a teenager walking to get snacks for his brother, or a woman getting pulled over for a traffic stop. Something within these white and NBPOC that sees blackness and think “must stop them”. Chilling at a Starbucks waiting for a friend? Must be dragged away.
So, while we were horrified, but unsurprised by the “arrests” that took place at a Philly Starbucks last week, frankly, I’m pretty sure black folks were just happy no one died. Same goes for 14-year-old Brennan Walker of Michigan who was shot at after knocking on the door of a house marked “Neighborhood Watch” to ask for direction after missing the school bus.
Describing the series of events that followed after knocking on the door to Fox 2, Walker said, “Then she [the wife] started yelling at me and she was like, ‘Why are you trying to break into my house?’ I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High. And she kept yelling at me. Then the guy came downstairs, and he grabbed the gun, I saw it and started to run. And that’s when I heard the gunshot.”