Showing up to work with targets that resemble Trayvon Martin is not a smart decision. So, why did a police sergeant in Brevard County, Florida, do just that?!
Sergeant Ron King is now out of a job due to his actions.
Officials with Port Canaveral said a police sergeant has been fired after he brought Trayvon Martin shooting targets to a firearms training session.
Sergeant Ron King was terminated from the police department on Friday, according to officials.
Port officials said King brought two shooting targets which had an images resembling Trayvon Martin on them to a firearms training session on April 4.
I should note the story states officials would not say if anyone volunteered to use the targets during a training session.
Anyway, the video linked above is King’s response to his firing. Off the bat, King doesn’t seem remorseful for bringing the targets and notes he’s been the victim of “lies, false information and political agendas.” Throughout the video, King blatantly fails to take responsibility for his reckless and insensitive actions. He said he decided to use the “faceless silhouettes with a hoodie” as an example of no-shoot training aids.
He lays the blame on a fellow sergeant, who he said would always crack jokes with his son about the Trayvon Martin incident because his son often wears hoodies. That fellow sergeant, according to King, took a picture of the targets and said he’d like to send it to his son as a joke. But, King said that sergeant apparently turned the photo over to human resources.
The actions, King outlined, are political in nature, an attempt to damage the reputation of the police department’s leadership. Perhaps the most offensive comments from King’s attempts to link his ordeal with that of the parents of Trayvon Martin. He noted that he and the Martin family “should feel used and violated” by said political agenda.
If this isn’t reeking of white male privilege, then I don’t know what is…
Not once did King offer any concessions as to why his actions would be viewed as offensive and insensitive. Not once did he even apologize for carrying out such lack of judgment. Instead, he used the situation to make himself into a victim of latent political activism in the Port Canaveral Police Department.
What’s more repulsive is his self-serving attempt to tie his fate with that of the Trayvon Martin family. A family that’s had to deal with the post-traumatic stress and the social and political upheaval of their son falling victim to an overzealous neighborhood watch captain who has no problem with racially profiling young black men. The fact that King would even attempt to bond his so-called struggle against a political agenda with that of the Martin family shows his blatant disregard for what being a black body means in this country.
King hasn’t a clue as to what it’s like to be in the shoes of the parents of Trayvon Martin. Neither do I and I will not attempt to explain what their feelings may or may not be. However, I will say that any white man who would foolishly make similarities between losing his job due to his stupidity and with the risk of losing one’s life because you’re a person of color is a white man who doesn’t respect my daily battle against oppression in the good ol’ U.S. of A.
Any white man who has the balls to somehow link his struggle — losing his job — with that of the parents of Trayvon Martin — losing their son due to racism and racial profiling — has yet to understand how his position in society inherently protects him from the horrors of being labeled suspicious just because you exist. He can’t see past his white male privilege long enough to understand how offensive his attempts to link both incidents.
He fails to comprehend how his attempt to link himself with Trayvon Martin’s merely reduce the teenager’s violent death from something that’s a microcosm of how deep racism and racial profiling runs to a random act of violence that could be explained away by self-defense.
What say you about King’s video? Should he have been fired?