I don’t want to sound like a curmudgeon, but it seems as if police brutality is becoming the du jour of our times. Maybe it is “happening more” or we are just paying attention to it at a higher scale. Or, it could be a distraction for all the other important situations. Still, something has to be said for the widespread notification of police madness (mainly in the U.S.).

In comes McKinney, Texas like a whirlwind. Now, we can run off the list of all necessary factors to push this story into the mainstream fold:

  • There was an example of police “overstepping their bounds” (euphemistically speaking).
  • There were innocent Black people being mishandled.
  • There is the feeling of rage, cynicism, and justice seeking for those that were in the wrong.
  • Oh, and there is the trusty video.

Yet, there is also the fact that the “trusty video” came through the hands of a young white male. And when he talked about it, he REALLY put it out there simple and plain. Let’s take a gander at how he said things happened:

Brandon Brooks, the 15-year-old boy who shot the McKinney pool party video that’s being broadcast around the world, is telling his side of the story to NewsFix.

The cops showed up and the parents immediately started yelling, ‘you need more cops, there’s too many of them.’ And most of the kids weren’t even involved,” Brooks explained. “It was a fight between a mom and girl, which had nothing to do with all the other kids that she apparently needed more cops for.”

That’s when Brooks says the officer, identified as Cpl. Eric Casebolt, arrived on the scene and flipped out.

“He trips and drops his flashlight. He’s going crazy, putting people in handcuffs, tackling people, slinging them on the ground,” Brooks said.

So, why wasn’t he handcuffed too?

“I was one of the only white people in the area when that was happening,” Brooks told NewsFix. “You can see in part of the video where he tells us to sit down, and he kinda like skips over me and tells all my African-American friends to go sit down.” [1]

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And this, my friends, is what we call white privilege in all of its glory. Not one white person was actually being bothered in the situation. Casebolt only went after Black kids that weren’t even involved in the fracas that warranted the police to be there.

Brandon Brooks Should Be the Epiphany

This moment right here could have been one of the better wake up calls for the United States. If not a wakeup call for this collective of sleeping giants, at least a nudge for the napping sheep. This was the perfect instance for many to realize the things they say Black people “whine” about are actually real. This was it for America. This was such an eye opening moment for people to see how racially screwed up we are.

I know one thing, though: Brandon Brooks recognized the real in a heartbeat. The article ended off by stating this:

15-year-old Brandon Brooks says this situation should be a learning tool for everyone, especially the people leaving horrible comments on his YouTube video.

“They’re just going to discriminate against them because they’re black,” Brooks said. “What if that was your kid getting slung to the ground? Would you still be talking about them in the way that you are?” [2]

You see this, people? Brandon Brooks understands what’s real. Why can’t the rest of the sleeping Americans figure out the simple fact that he figured out so easily?

Brandon Brooks and White Privilege

This really get into the nitty gritty of what white privilege is all about. If anyone notices, there are no white people being told to “get on the ground” or anything of that nature. There was no type of harassment for Brandon Brooks. However, plenty of Black teens were either chased, shouted at, or thrown to the ground. The sad part about it all is that these were innocent children that were there to get wet in a pool and dance all day.

Then again, what should be expected these days? White Privilege is rarely understood for what it is. Black Plight, however, is rarely respected for how it operates. Being white allows for too many to be presumed as innocent as possible while Blacks have to always have a checkered past. Thus, we have these situations playing out the way they are built to happen.

Brandon Brooks Understands

At the end of the day, Brandon Brooks gets it. If one person that isn’t Black can understand how things operate, then that is one more person that seeks the truth. Still, there is a lot of work to do. Many will applaud the fact that Casebolt resigned from his position today. However, there are way too many more Casebolts out there in comparison to the Brandon Brooks’s.

There is much work to be done, but Brandon Brooks has given me something to look forward to.

‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!