If Only Brandon McClelland Had Real Friends

This week the nation was busy paying attention to falsified attack of Ashley Todd.  Certainly the idea of a white woman claiming to be the victim of yet another attack by a vicious, savage, rapist black man is worth repeated mentioning on all the major networks. Even though from the very beginning her facts were nonsensical, the media could not help but jump on this story like sharks in a feeding frenzy. 

Today I learned of the death of  24-year-old Brandon McClelland. As I read about how he was dragged underneath a pickup truck in East Texas, for over 70 feet a sickness washed over me.  For three days along that stretch of road they were finding parts of his body.

His murder has not been declared a hate crime, because he was supposedly friends with the men that killed him.  Let me spell that out F-R-I-E-N-D-S. Now I don’t know about you, but the people I call friends like to do things like share a cup of coffee, maybe go to a movie, or if we are feeling a little wild a dinner show, (we’re old) but friends do not MURDER EACH OTHERKilling one party in the friendship usually ruins a relationship.  Does anyone else find it eerily chilling that the men that killed James Byrd claimed to be his “friends” as well.

The murder of McClelland is cause for true discussion about race and the ways in which it impacts our lives….A man is DEAD.  A white woman claims that her breast was fondled and immediately we start applying a racial lens.  Conversations initiated in this way keep white people at the centre of the story. It further makes it seem as though their privilege is difficult to live with rather than the systemic racism that blacks live with being difficult to bear.

It disgusts me that a lie should garner more attention, and more concern than the brutal slaying of a black man.  To be clear he was dragged 70 feet to his death and we are not talking about this.  It occurred in an area of the country that is well known for racial division and we are still not talking about it.  What is it going to take for people of colour to get justice in this life?  How long will our murders, and assaults be over looked.  The saying is that life is cheap but in this world I think a more accurate saying is that black lives are cheap.  Rest in peace Brandon, you deserve better than the hand the you were dealt.

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