Stephon Clark, 22, was shot in his own backyard when cops “mistook” his cell phone for a weapon.
On March 18, 2018, Sacramento police received a call of someone breaking into cars. Deputies in a helicopter told ground police they spotted a man in the area armed with a “tool bar” hiding in someone’s backyard and directed ground police to the location. Police entered Stephon’s backyard and fired 20 shots at him. He was shot a total of 8 times. Officers reportedly yelled “show me your hands” before yelling “gun, gun, gun!”
Stephon’s grandmother and her husband, who were in the home at the time, say they didn’t hear police shouting commands, but they heard the gunshots. Police later discovered the item in Stephon’s hand wasn’t a gun nor a “tool bar”. It was his cell phone.
Since his death, Stephon’s name has echoed through national headlines. Former Sacramento Kings player DeMarcus Cousins offered to pay for Stephon’s funeral. Stephon’s brother Stevante Clark also made headlines when he led a protest into a Sacramento City Council meeting Tuesday night. Stevante also appeared in a heated interview with Don Lemon on CNN.
Stephon became the new face of the Black Lives Matter movement, but now people are questioning if he’s worth their support. Black Twitter is in an uproar after finding tweets from Stephon Clark bashing Black women and his girlfriend and mother of his children, who is Vietnamese and Indian, using the N-word. He also has tweets which seemed to be aimed at the Black Lives Matter movement, suggesting he couldn’t support BLM because his sons are Asian.
He also has tweets bragging about robbing, which is ironic because he was killed by police who mistook him for a suspect breaking into properties. #BlackTwitter is torn, between those who won’t stand behind a Black man who bashed Black women, and those saying he STILL didn’t deserve to die. I still think he didn’t deserve to die, regardless of his opinions.
See his tweets below:
I respect a nigga that will rob a nigga before they steal. Take it from a nigga in his face
— Z O E (@zoewoodz) July 23, 2017
You will never hear about me stealing shit but I know for a fact y’all know a few people i robbed lol
— Z O E (@zoewoodz) July 23, 2017
😂 you mad at me ? I’m black as hell bitch , I’m mad at everybody !
— Z O E (@zoewoodz) June 12, 2014
Got an Exotic bitch, you would think I’m racist 🔥
— Z O E (@zoewoodz) May 2, 2017
I don’t want nothin black but a Xbox 👌🏾
— Z O E (@zoewoodz) October 9, 2015
I don’t want nothin black but a Xbox, dark bitches bring dark days🙌🏾 https://t.co/IaeRyA0OwV
— Z O E (@zoewoodz) May 3, 2017
My Queen pic.twitter.com/FkEs3rNj30
— Z O E (@zoewoodz) June 25, 2017
People also pointed out this tweet, which seemed to be aimed at the Black Lives Matter movement:
my son is vietnamese and indian, his life dont matter ?
— Z O E (@zoewoodz) July 12, 2016
Stephon’s Asian girlfriend’s tweets:
This nigga said “I don’t want no black baby. I’m already black. I don’t need no black baby” 😭
— JUSTICE FOR S.A.C (#stephonalonzoclark) (@_baelena) August 16, 2016
on God 💯
— Z O E (@zoewoodz) August 16, 2016
I need to get in the kitchen with @tlsducjamasnaka, all that bomb food I’m tryna be a thick asian too😝
— JUSTICE FOR S.A.C (#stephonalonzoclark) (@_baelena) October 4, 2016
Ew. I swear them niggas is tweakers now
— JUSTICE FOR S.A.C (#stephonalonzoclark) (@_baelena) July 27, 2017
Niggas be worried about sex more than they be worried about money. Freaky bums 😩😂
— JUSTICE FOR S.A.C (#stephonalonzoclark) (@_baelena) June 28, 2017
Niggas ain’t shit that’s why I can’t let u muthafuckas hold me down 🤡
— JUSTICE FOR S.A.C (#stephonalonzoclark) (@_baelena) June 11, 2017
Niggas hate to see u happy n doing better than them.
— JUSTICE FOR S.A.C (#stephonalonzoclark) (@_baelena) June 6, 2017
Single mom been doing this. I’ll never let a nigga take credit over my kids.
— JUSTICE FOR S.A.C (#stephonalonzoclark) (@_baelena) October 20, 2016
Black Twitter’s reaction:
Getting disturbing reports about Stephon Clark (@zoewoodz) and his Asian gf (Justice for SAC) Twitter pages. That this was some of the stuff they posted. I don’t jump on police shooting bandwagon’s without proof they are worth defending. THIS is why pic.twitter.com/y4QCaVjInT
— Black Authority (@TheBlackChannel) March 30, 2018
Seems like he hated black skin just like those police officers that killed him. Not saying this brotha should have been gunned down, but it makes it hard for black people to defend him when you know he hated his own people… This coonin has to end family..
— Priority Black (@priority_black) March 30, 2018
Nah he died for a reason. When you curse the women that birth you, you die a horrible death.
— Chidimma (@IgboGirl91) March 30, 2018
If BLACK WOMEM don’t want to protest for him I DON’T BLAME THEM
— RJ Sharp (@RandallJSharp) March 30, 2018
And let me just add, both his view and attitude toward Black women were equal parts deplorable and disgusting. It’s truly sad that the very women he dismissed are the ones on the front lines protesting on behalf of Black men like him. But, his murder is still a tragedy.
— srburris (@srburris) March 30, 2018
NO ONE deserves to be a victim of police brutality! I can’t believe this is even a topic on my TL right now
— Shanetta 🙅🏾♀️💜🇺🇸🇬🇭🎤 (@IamDivaGlam) March 30, 2018
He shouldn’t have been a white supremacist then. Do we cry for the families of dead Confederate generals too? 🤷🏿♂️ pic.twitter.com/eecw7B14Ll
— LAVAR NEVER LIES. TRUMP ALWAYS LIES. ♠☠🇳🇬 (@DrJohnnyACE562) March 30, 2018
The family photo said it all for me.. now I positively feel nothing for #StephonClark
— AnkhQueenX (@AnkhQueenX) March 30, 2018
Even though he still died for no reason, he lost my sympathy
— Gabby (@you_wannabe_xo) March 30, 2018
Let the Asian community come out to support him.
— Mel Anthony (@MelAnthony15) March 30, 2018
@_baelena you might wanna get with one of your black homegirls and prepare to get a statement together. Black women are always on the front lines of BLM movements and this (along with your response) is hurtful. I’m sure it’s just internalized hatred so a lot can be learned
— Tracy Sho (@naija1908) March 30, 2018
Some feel Black women have to pick and choose their battles, picking the lesser of two evils: misogyny or racism:
If we had stopped marching because of misogynoir, we’d never have overcome slavery, gotten through the Civil Rights movement or been able to have carved at least a portion of that idyllic American Pie out for ourselves today. This is unhelpful and toxic. Do better.
— srburris (@srburris) March 30, 2018
Be clear, no one justifying his death with his tweets. They’re questioning if his death deserves our sympathy, especially the sympathy of Black women who are always on the front line for Black men, despite never receiving the same in return.
He can date whoever. Idc but having black in his family means nothing lmao “dark bitches bring dark days” sad that he insulted his momma. He could have been nice to you.. okay ? You don’t need to insult a whole group of people to “uplift” others
— Day Lovely (@daylovelyone1) March 30, 2018
And it’s black women out here riding for this dude…the very women he despised
— Rashidi Kweli (@ProBlkThought) March 30, 2018