There have been 2 cases in the last 2 days of 2 black American men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile- who were murdered in cold blood by white police officers. The Sterling-Castile shootings are not related per say in the sense that they happened independently at different locations.
On Tuesday, 37-year-old Alton Sterling, was selling CDs outside a local convenience store when he was assaulted by 2 white police officers and later shot 4 times.
The Baton Rouge, Louisiana police claim that they had received an anonymous call that a black man was brandishing a gun in the area. Police report says a gun was found on him. Store owner who witnessed the incident said he did not in any way try to reach for the gun during his rough encounter with the police officers.
On Wednesday a black man identified as Philando Castile was shot in traffic in Minnesota. The young black man was driving with his girlfriend in the car.
According to the recorded testimony and footage from his girlfriend, they had been pulled over for not having a taillight. On the request for his registration, he also mentions that he has a gun too that he is licensed to carry. While he was trying to reach his wallet from his pocket to get his ID, the officer shot him in the heart area.
One thing that is evident from the Sterling-Castile shootings is the notion that blacks are dangerous. While the white officers had no excuse to shoot the victims first; it could be detected that their line of argument would be on the supposed hunch that Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were going to shoot them first.
The Sterling-Castile shootings boil down to the detectable tension between whites and blacks. According to David Banner, whites are getting worried over the fact that black people have the most dominant genes of any race. He believes for this reason, the existence of blacks threatens white people.
“If you put a Black and white person together, you will have a Black child.”
Many protests against the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have emerged in the United States.