Within minutes of learning about Terence Crutcher becoming yet another unarmed Black man shot and killed by cops, the internet compared his plight to that of terrorist Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was taken into police custody alive despite having a shootout with officers.
Shannon Sharpe took that comparison onto the air Wednesday via FS1's Undisputed, powerfully comparing Rahami being taken into police custody alive to Crutcher being shot dead after his vehicle had stalled on the road.
"They took him alive," the former three-time Super Bowl champion, turned Undisputed co-host said about Rahami, before making the comparison. "A Black man's car broken down in the middle of the road with his hands up ... they say non-compliant."
Sharpe continued, touching on how a police officer hovering in a helicopter above the Crutcher scene immediately cast judgment on the 40-year-old father of four.
"'Big bad dude. He looks like a big, bad dude!'" Sharpe added. "You see what they see? They didn't see a guy needed help. They saw a Black man. This is what Colin Kaepernick is talking about. See, we're still talking about the knee [during the national anthem], we're still talking about the flag. But at some point in time we're going to have to address these issues and then, and only then, can we start the process of coming to some sort of resolution of race in America."
Watch Sharpe's powerful speech below, starting at the 2:49 mark.
Sharpe evoked the comparison when discussing a recent poll in which 1,100 Americans from demographics that match America's general population voted Kaepernick as the most-disliked player in the NFL.
This is easily one of the most powerful speeches we've seen about Kaepernick's stance against racism and violence in the country and the police brutality that continues to take place against unarmed Black men.
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