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Thursday , December 8 2016
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Black Privilege? No Justice for Dillon Taylor and Gilbert Collar

It seemed as if the violence and riots started while Michael Brown still lay in the street. The community demanded answers, and when there were none coming as quickly as they would like, they made them up. Eyewitnesses all telling a tale of a helpless young man, gunned down in the street. It did at first fit the street narrative. The people were angry. Another young black man shot, but not by another young black man as is so often the case, but a white police officer. The implication always being that the cop was out for a little target practice. As the real story came out, it was not like the story witnesses told. In fact, there were even some witnesses that backed up the police officer’s version. But don’t pay any attention to the facts. That is not what is important. What is important is that everyone must believe that black Americans are shot down daily by rabid racist cops.

Dillon Taylor
Dillon Taylor

While people all over the country demand justice for Michael Brown, are they demanding an equal amount of justice for Dillon Taylor, or Gilbert Collar? The answer to that is a big fat NO. Try asking anyone laying in the street at the next “die in” who either of these men are. Chances are, you will get a deer-in-the-headlight stare the likes of which you have never seen.

So just who are Gilbert Collar and Dillon Taylor? On October 6, 2012, almost two years before Michael Brown, Gilbert Collar was shot and killed by Mobile Alabama police officer Trevis Austin. The details of the case are strikingly similar to the Michael Brown case, but according to accounts in the Washington Times, Collar was high on some sort of synthetic drug. He ran out into the street towards Officer Austin, and Austin attempted to stop him. When Collar refused to heed the Officer’s commands, he was shot and killed. Because the drugs had made him hallucinate, and he told friends prior to the incident that he was terribly hot, he had taken off his clothes. He was quite obviously unarmed, but Trevis Austin shot anyway. Ultimately, the Mobile County Grand Jury refused to press charges against Officer Austin, determining that he acted in self-defense. What was the one glaring difference in this case? Gilbert Collar was white, Trevis Austin was black.

On August 11 of this year, just two days after the shooting death of Michael Brown, Dillon Taylor, 20 years old, was with a cousin and a friend when the group was approached by Officer Bron Cruz in Salt Lake City, Utah. Officer Cruz was responding to a man brandishing a weapon call, and Taylor fit the description given. What happens next, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, WREG, and a police body cam remains sketchy. The officer orders the group to stop several times and they do not. At one point in the dash cam video, someone, possibly Taylor can be heard saying, “naw fool!” When Taylor reaches in the waistband or pocket of his pants, Officer Cruz fires, killing Dillon Taylor. No weapon was found on Taylor; however his blood alcohol level was .18, well over the legal limit. A Grand Jury also declined to press charges against Officer Cruz, determining that Cruz had reason to fire because he thought Taylor had a weapon. Again, very similar details to the Brown case accept one. As in the case above, victim is white, cop is black. But in this case there is another curious detail. The police officer was described as “non-white”, and “white Hispanic”. You mean like George Zimmermann? Are there more than just the two of them?

The Collar case has gotten little attention outside of Alabama, and some critics have coined the phrase “white out” to describe the media’s lack of attention to it. But this could very easily unnamed (4)describe the national media’s handling of any case where the victim is white and the perpetrator is black, even when it is a cop. The silence is deafening, and the apparent reason, once again, does not fit the agenda. It also does not fit the narrative that all cops are hunting down black people, that only white people are racist, and there is one around every corner.

So are the lives of Dillon Taylor and Gilbert Collar equally as important as Michael Brown’s? Where is the outrage? Where are the riots? If Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson’s main concern is police brutality, where are they in these cases? Is a certain level of police brutality OK with them? Is it OK as long as it is a white victim? Granted, neither one of these young men was a saint, and neither was Michael Brown. But did President Obama make sure to send three representatives to the funerals of Dillon Taylor or Gilbert Collar? You guess the answer to that one.

The ongoing double standard in this country is glaring and must be spoken about….out loud. Why is some discrimination OK, given a wink and a nod, and swept under the rug, and others met with protesting and riots?

It is time that those who shout racism the loudest examine their own hearts and minds. Until then, there will be no justice for Dillon Taylor and Gilbert Collar.

About Becky Noble

My name is Becky Noble. I am married to Randy. No kids, just a 50lb Border Collie mix who thinks my house is hers! After almost thirty years in the healthcare field, it is time to move on, and do something different. I hope to have a career in politics. Don't know whether that will continue to be writing and hosting "Conservative Cauldron Radio" on WAARadio on Fridays, or perhaps one day running for office. I am excited to pursue a new path!

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