PK NOTE: Their Lives Matter Too. It’s a book you must pick up. Names you’ve never encountered, stories you’ve never read about, all for one, unmentionable reason: black on white murder. We were never supposed to notice what’s happening. We were never supposed to catalogue the names and tell their stories. But we did. But we have. Their Lives Matter Too.
These three terms, used to explain all problems blacks face in America – persistent and consistent victims of relentless white racism, which easily explains the inequalities they face in life – all melt away as actually existing when you consider how the corporate media (nationally and locally) cover black on white violent crime.
His name is Kevin Humes, a 35-year-old white male who lived in Atlanta. He was murdered in a drive-by shooting by a 15- year-old black male (more black suspects are expected to be arrested for the murder) as he walked home from an evening out with friends.
His story will barely make news local nightly newscasts in Atlanta, a reminder of the real privilege protecting certain racial groups from bias (based on the actual levels of crimes black individuals collectively commit). [15-year-old arrested in targeted robbery attack of man walking home in Buckhead; others wanted: Police believe the victim was the target of a robbery attempt., 11Alive.com, May 25, 2020]:
ATLANTA — A 15-year-old has been arrested in connection with an Atlanta murder investigation. Now, Atlanta Police are searching for additional suspects in the case.
APD said around 12:20 a.m. on May 16, the victim, Kevin Humes, was shot in the chest on Habersham Road NE. He died at the scene.
Police said a witness saw two people in a blue or gray vehicle yell “get him!” during the shooting.
Officers said an extensive investigation led them to identify suspects in the case and obtain warrants for felony murder. Police believe Humes was the target of a robbery attempt.
An online fundraising campaign created one week ago describes Humes as a 35-year-old who was “fun, genuine, caring and loved by so many people.” The GoFundMe page claims that he was walking home after being out with friends.
“Under normal circumstances Kevin would have called for an Uber but instead chose to walk given the current Covid pandemic. He was attacked less than a mile from his home,” the page reads.
APD told 11Alive that tips from Crime Stoppers tips were instrumental in assisting their investigation. The 15-year-old was taken into custody on May 23. More arrests are expected.
White privilege doesn’t exist. If it did, Kevin Humes would be a name you’d know and be able to recite exactly what happened to him on a spring night in Atlanta. Instead, you know the name of some white woman who called the police on a black bird watcher in Central Park (which became international news).