The Walter Scott killing: An American Tragedy, A wake up call for African Americans

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On April 4, 2015, an unarmed 50 year old Walter Scott was shot 5 times in the back by former Charleston, SC police officer Michael Sager, who fired 8 bullets from a .45 caliber weapon. One day before Easter Sunday, Walter Scott’s  four children, fiancee and family found out that he was killed. The family was told that the shooting resulted after Walter Scott grabbed the (now former) officer’s Taser gun, according to the official report. This report was a lie.

Based on the amateur video captured by a brave witness, Feiden Santana, the officer’s vehicle dash cam, verbal accounts by family and friends, coupled with the victims background Mr. Walter Scott was not a violent man. He did not deserve to be shot in the back four times and once in the ear. His car was in custody. In our advanced world of technology, simple detective work would have led…

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Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

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