Sept. 20 8:55 am
What is monosexism?
“Michael Garrett Blair was a 26-year-old African American man who had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. On November 4, 2013, Blair, who had never had any episodes of violence, unexpectedly locked himself in the bathroom of his family’s home in Richmond, Texas and threatened to commit suicide. His mother, Kimberly Blair-Olaniyi, called around to several mental health hospitals seeking assistance, but those facilities told her to call 9-1-1. Although she was reluctant to, Blair-Olaniyi called 9-1-1, and informed them of the situation and of Blair’s mental illness and shared with them that she just simply wanted help for her son. Instead of getting the help that his mother was desperately looking for, she had the unfortunate experience of witnessing her son be shot dead by a Fort Bend County officer. Blair was shot 11 times after he was already wounded, and the family had held onto a hidden video of the shooting that they chose not to release until the investigation and grand jury proceedings concluded.”