Yesterday when Marilyn Mosby announced the charges against the six Baltimore policeman she read the details of Freddie Gray’s injuries. One thing she said that struck me was that Gray said on 5 occasions “I Can’t Breathe.” This refrain was also uttered by Eric Garner and Eric Harris and in both instances they were also ignored. All three of them died from their injuries but the sad question is how well were they breathing prior to their fatal encounters with law enforcement? This is not an attempt to put halos on their heads or equip them with angelic wings, but to actually look at their lives they were living. Garner was selling “loosies” on the corner, Harris was attempting to sell firearms to an undercover cop, and Gray had a history of low level drug crimes. Was this the life they thought they would be living? Did Garner aspire to sell loosies? No I am sure all of them wanted more but did they actually have an opportunity to get more? We hear people say work hard and you can achieve anything but is that true for the Gray who was exposed to lead paint as a child and survived off “lead checks”, like so many others in his community. My question is were these men already suffocating before they were killed. Were the circumstances of life destined to squeeze the oxygen out of their lungs? Share your thoughts.
What did Freddie Gray, Eric Garner and Eric Harris have in common…they all said “I Can’t Breathe”, and no one bothered to help
By musesofamom, on May 2, 2015 at 1:37 pm, under Ebony Mom Politics. Tags: black america, Black People, Current Events, Eric Garner, eric harris, Freddie Gray, marilyn mosby. 2 Comments
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