Being gunned down by law enforcement officers isn't the only thing that people of color have to fear. Apparently their neighbors can join that list, too.
A Macon, Georgia woman called police to tell them that a group teens in her neighborhood were continuously harassing her. Elizabeth Faye Cannon claimed that the boys were throwing rocks at her home and her car, causing damages to her property. According to reports, officers spoke with the boys and told them just to steer clear of the 47-year-old woman's property to avoid any other encounters, but Cannon says they kept coming around.
Earlier this year, Cannon told police that she was just outside of her home checking the pressure of the tires on her daughter's car when she saw rocks being tossed at her house once again. She said she pulled out a gun from her pocket — why she needed to check tire pressure strapped with a gun is neither here nor there — and fired off shots. She said she wanted to scare away the boys in the hopes that this would cause them to never return, but 15-year-old Vernon Marcus Jr. was was shot in the head just 30 feet from Cannon's driveway.
The teen survived the shooting but can no longer walk nor talk.
Cannon told WMAZ-TV, "Maybe it wasn’t the best decision to make, but I thought eventually they might hurt us."
She was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault. Her bond was $12,400 and she was released from jail after posting bail.
"I saw them out of the corner of my eye," she said. "The barrage of big rocks started, not just at my car and house, but me. I started shooting in their direction. They started running."
Vernon's friend—another teen that was there on the day of the shooting—told police that it was Cannon would was instigating an argument. He said she was yelling at them, accusing them of breaking into her house and calling them racial slurs.
Following the tragic incident, the Macon Telegraph dug up an old interview they did with Cannon back in 2013 when they spoke with her about her safety concerns in her neighborhood.
"I have some really good black neighbors. But the good blacks won't get onto the bad blacks," said Cannon. "You try not to profile, but at the same time, 99.9 percent of the crime is gonna be, most often, a black male. ...The good blacks are too busy. They walk by your house, they won't give it a second look...You can tell if they're just out walking for exercise or going to the store or whether they're up to something."
So, according to this woman, damn near all crime is committed by black people. In addition, if you're walking down the street you better look like you have a purpose or else she's going to think you're up to something. Unfortunately these are views held by some of our neighbors and law enforcement officials all across this country. Driving while black. Walking while black. Shopping while black. Living while black. It never ends, unless you're in a body bag.