America Must Unite and Respond to the Murders of Alton Sterling, Philandro Castile, and the Dallas Police Officers
I've been doing a lot of thinking....and crying.
At first, I thought "I am going to take a social media fast. I need it, or I'm going insane."
Then I realized how self-indulgent and cowardly that is. In times of distress between fight or flight, I have always chosen fight.
I'm a fighter.
But I have no weapons in this fight. I have no troops in this fight. I only have a desire to effect change. So last night, I tried to put myself in the shoes of black families who have lost, or fear losing their sons, to bad cops ---I imagine their fear of losing their loved one is the same fear families of good police officers feel every day.
There is a common ground, there. But to stand steady on it, we must clear it.
- For any person to say all men murdered by the cops should have listened, complied, or had a rap sheet to justify their murder--you are part of the problem.
- For any person saying all cops are pigs and deserve to die? You are part of the problem.
- For any person saying all white people are devils and need to die? You are part of the problem.
You all are contributing to the hatred that is fueling the divide between races and citizens.
Its OK to admit we have a police problem--that doesn't mean whites have to take blame for the actions of (multi-race) cops. It doesn't mean all cops should have to pay for rogue murderers hiding behind badges.
It's OK to admit there are good cops, too--it doesn't mean that the murder of innocent men is justified because good cops exist.
When we admit and acknowledge, we can find common ground. Common ground increases the power of the good ones. Us. We all want justice.
Cop Shoots Compliant Black Man
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The Media's Ripple Effect
I started doing a little Googling last night. When I searched "black man shot by cops", I found an abundance of videos with the media title "Cop shoots black man".
Then I searched "white man shot by cops" and none of the titles included his race.
Then, I scoured the comments on the latest murders of both black men and cops. I saw so much hatred. So much fear. So much racism. It was very clear the ripple effect the media has on our thoughts, actions, and beliefs.....
It brought me back to a course I took in college about the early stages of Colonial America.
Black slaves, white indentured servants and slaves, and Indians shared common ground--they were being oppressed, beaten, killed and used by the elite. Wealthy powerful white men saw the common ground between these people. They feared they would see it, too. They made it their priority to keep the oppressed servants, slaves, and Indians separated. When white and black slaves married and reproduced with one another, and black slaves and Indians began talking to each other? The wealthy white men feared what may transpire....so they made new laws so it was illegal to marry between races and then moved the Indians west along the trail of tears to separate them from the blacks. They made it illegal for them to gather in groups....You know why? Because wealthy white men realized how much power these three groups had TOGETHER. So they did everything they could to separate them physically. Then they made clear distinctions between classes of whites and blacks to further divide the races within themselves.
Do you see the similarity? Media, politicians, and social media are the new-age 'wealthy white men'. They are driving a wedge between us so we cannot unite and have power. They fear us uniting.
Stand in Solidarity and Demand Justice
Rational minded people must acknowledge we have a police problem, but not all police are guilty--and that good police do exist. We can come together.
- We have to acknowledge this together.
- We have to stop being afraid to admit problems as if it requires us to accept blame as a race.
- We must stop using race of the victim as a determining factor of whether or not we support something. Both blacks and whites.
We must DEMAND recourse for abuse of power. That is what is absent here.
Five INNOCENT Dallas police officers lost their lives as revenge for the deaths of two INNOCENT men. How is that solving anything?
The men who pulled the trigger should have to pay.
I'm not seeing our government requiring they pay for their actions for any of the unjustified shootings against ALL races.
That must change.
I'm not seeing police reform after all these years.
There is a bill that was introduced in May called Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016. It was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. While we press our nations court system to deliver justice, we can also voice our support for this bill, which has strangely not been viral in its circulation by media....wonder why....
Most importantly, we must stop allowing them to separate us because we have more power together.
I am reaching out to all of the good guys, the people teetering on the fence of hatred, even the individuals who claim to hate one race or all cops....please don't be the media's puppets. Look at the facts, acknowledge others' pain even if you cannot understand it. Find humanity in it.
So what is the answer?
We must put pressure on our politicians to move this bill through and actually enforce it. We must see cases of murder by bad cops through in the justice system and demand retribution. We must demand answers and actions--not through violence but through solidarity in thought and action.
We are stuck in a cycle of hatred, and it is working out really well for the people who want us to stay divided. Let's not make things so easy for them anymore.
We must first start by coming together and uniting.
Bill referenced: Text - H.R.5221 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016
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