The blatant racism that motivated a Georgia cop to say “we only kill black people” is not an isolated incident.
In the last few weeks we’ve seen that same public racism lead State Rep. Jason Spencer to tell a former colleague, former State Rep. LaDawn Jones, that she would not be “met with torch but something a lot more definitive” and she “will go missing in the Okefenokee” if she continues to support the removal of Confederate statues.
That’s right, a state lawmaker barbarically threatened another with physical violence in order to protect racist statues.
We can’t keep treating each racist offense like an isolated incident. We have to start looking at the institutional structures that we have in place and see what we’re doing to make the problem better or make the problem worse.
The Georgia police officer who said “we only kill black people” was forced to resign. The Georgia police officer who killed Anthony Hill in 2015 was forced to resign.
So shouldn’t we hold our elected officials to the same standards? Police officers who feel comfortable saying “we only kill black people” (or worse) have no place being paid with our tax dollars. And folks like Rep. Spencer — who serve as poster boys for the perpetuation of such institutional racism — have no place deciding how our tax dollars are spent.