Friday, May 5, 2017

Another Important Black Activist is Dead

I found this to be gut-wrenchingly tragic and I'm white so I can't even imagine how the black community is feeling right now.

Edward Crawford: Ferguson, Mo., Activist in Iconic Photo Found Dead From Gunshot Wound

Remember this?

Edward Crawford (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP; August 13, 2014)

Edward Crawford, 27, a Ferguson, Mo., protester and activist, was found in his car dead from a gunshot wound. 
Reports are not clear on whether the shooting took place Thursday night or early Friday morning. Police investigators are calling it self-inflicted, but they say they have not yet determined whether they believe it to have been intentional.

This is incredibly disturbing considering the fact that this has already happened to multiple prominent black activists have suffered very similar fates in the past few years. It's the same story. They're found alone, shot dead, and police call it or suggest it could have been suicide. But was it?

Crawford’s father, Edward Crawford Sr., 52, confirmed his son’s death to the Post-Dispatch.  
“I don’t believe it was a suicide,” Crawford Sr. said of his son’s death. “They’re being hush-hush. 
“He was wonderful, great, always in a good mood,” he continued. “He just got a new apartment and was training for a new job.”

What's also disturbing is the fact that it's not secret that the FBI assassinated black Civil Rights leaders in the 60's with regularity. Is there any reason to believe they wouldn't start again as soon as black people start rising up to fight their oppression again?

Remember Darren Seals?

A 29-year-old activist who rose to prominence in the protests following the police killing of Michael Brown was found dead in a burning car in a St. Louis suburb, according to police. 
The victim was identified as Darren Seals, formerly of St. Louis, said St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Sgt. Shawn McGuire. 
Just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, county police received a call from Riverview, a northern suburb, to assist local authorities with a vehicle fire. 
Upon putting out the fire, police found Seals inside the vehicle. He had suffered a gunshot wound, police said. McGuire declined to release further details, citing an ongoing investigation.

And Deandre Joshua?

The man found shot to death in a parked car in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday morning has been identified. 
The body of Deandre Joshua, 20, was found at around 9 a.m. inside a white Pontiac with the driver’s side window shot out near the Canfield Green Apartments, USA Today reports. The apartment complex is near the site where Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

And these four other dudes?

Vincent “Vinnie” Casella’s body was found riddled with bullets in February 2014. His car, marked by stickers of his favorite bands, had been set on fire. In August of last year, Casella’s family offered a reward of $30,000 for any information about his murder. 
Darnell Robinson was killed in the same fashion as Joshua: gunshot wound to the head, car torched. It happened in September 2014 and by October police released surveillance video showing a woman lighting Robinson’s car on fire. Three men—Dylan George Izirarry, Dana Wallace, and Bryant Evans—have been charged in Robinson’s murder.

Probably not, because they weren't widely reported on.

You might already be dismissing these killings as the result of "gang violence," and I'm not going to deny that that's a possibility, but it's a little weird that so many of these people have either been activists fighting against police brutality and white supremacy or connected to people like Mike Brown who have been murdered by cops.

The death of Ed Crawford sits heavy in my gut. It feels wrong. I'm afraid for every black activist out there, and I'm sad that the subject of such a beautiful photo is gone. I hope his family can find peace. RIP Edward Crawford.

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