“Colorblindness”: It’s Heartbreaking when Black Children Have to Plead for the Lives of their Parents; Supreme Court Cases, Graham v. Connor and Tennessee v. Garner Need to be Revisited

Human life is ultimately a intricate network. Tragic deaths as a result of police involved shootings, just like any other murders, causes significant damage to a family. Because of the unique nature of police-involved shootings however, where the person killing has the authority of the state to kill and bears little to no responsibility, the pain of loss is magnified exponentially.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, at a city council meeting, a nine-year old, Zianna Oliphant, begs the council members to protect the lives of the black parents (and ultimately of all black people).

It is a poignant statement. A statement no minor child should ever have to make.