Sheryl Underwood Tearfully Relays Unpleasant Truth About Ending Police Killings
One of the ideas most commonly put forth as a solution to ending the recent slew of police killings of unarmed Black men is increased police training, but as Sheryl Underwood stated on yesterday’s episode of The Talk:
“You don’t have to train police not to shoot white people. Why you gotta train them not to shoot us?”
It was a painfully honest observation the comedian made on the CBS talk show while the co-hosts discussed the killing of Terence Crutcher. And it rings true again today as we try to make sense of Keith Scott’s death.
Refusing to sugar coat the reality of the issue and why it keeps occurring, as co-host Aisha Tyler stated it’s time to admit “Racism and fear of Black men specifically drives these shootings,” Underwood explained if these scenarios are ever going to stop occurring, “You gotta make it a hate crime.”
“You gotta put people in jail. When you shoot someone under the color of authority, you need to lose your job, and you need to lose your livelihood, and you need to lose your freedom like every other American loses their freedom,” Underwood stated before tearfully adding, “Remember, there are good police officers out there, and the ones that are not need to go to jail.
“Don’t tell me this, ‘we need to train.’ “Y’all are white; y’all drive all the time and don’t nothin’ happen to y’all. We’re black and I’m afraid to drive my damn car because if they don’t know who I am, I could be shot. Until y’all feel that, this ain’t never gone stop. Until you all who are not black feel that and stand with us, this is not going to stop.”
Unfortunately, she’s right.