You thought 2016 was bad enough already. Between Trump getting voted in, Brexit and Camila quitting 5H we’ve just about had all the bad news we can manage, but for those of us privileged enough to be white, it’s fair to say we had an easier time of 2016 than some.
Thought racism was over? Surprise bitch. These shocking statistics posted in The Guardian revealed that in 2016 America black males between 18-24 were x9 more likely to be killed by law enforcement than anybody else. Ummm, WHAT?!
We’ve known that a disproportionate amount of black men are being killed by police for some time now and tbh we’re sick of seeing these disgusting stats. It’s 2017 and we’re questioning why racism is still even a thing because hellooooo it just doesn’t make sense. And we’re pretty scared that, thanks to Trump, things over the pond are about to get a whole lot worse.
You don’t need us to tell you that our different skin hues don’t make us any better or worse than someone else. We just wish the entire world saw it this way. When young black American men are alarmingly more likely to be shot than white men of the same age, you have to wake up and see there’s a problem.
Need a bit of positivity after these horrifying stats? Here’s some YASSS-worthy tweets celebrating #BlackLivesMatter:
Apparently 86% of US cops think #blacklivesmatter has made their job harder. Trying harder not to shoot people might be a headache, yes.
— Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) January 12, 2017
What good is saying #BlackLivesMatter if you're not willing to do whatever it takes to protect those lives?
— 252Gawd (@SankofaBrown) November 24, 2014
Without looking it up- How many unarmed Black boys/men shot killed by the cops can you name? #BlackLivesMatter
— staceyannchin (@staceyannchin) November 24, 2014
We know that ALL lives matter but we have to say #BlackLivesMatter to remind people of our humanity, which is far too often forgotten.
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) November 25, 2014
Want to support the cause? Get involved with #BlackLivesMatter right now on Twitter – and don’t forget to let us know how scary you find these new stats in the comments below.