The police, law enforcement, the law, the justice system has always been stacked against black and brown people… since the beginning. They have never really been out here to protect and serve US.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some awesome police officers out here! I mean, really awesome! I know some personally. However, this is about them as a whole entity. This is about how they treat black and brown people.
Do I believe the police need to have some sensitivity, compassion, and empathy training? Yes. I think the problem is that they stopped seeing black and brown people as human, so there went their humanity.
Even if that is the case, that’s no reason to kill people for no reason. These are sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, friends, grandsons, granddaughters. I mean, these are not random people. They had families too. They were important to someone.
I guess what I am saying here is that there has to be some resolve here. These police officers need to be held accountable for murdering innocent people and punished to the fullest extent of the law. They need to get the message that they are not above the law. Wrong is wrong!
It’s not okay to take someone’s life one day, but the next day that same officer has moved on like it never happened. He’s still working and collecting a full paycheck, but that family that’s now missing a loved one is changed forever.
Anyway, let me digress…
What do you think this picture is trying to convey? From the day we are born, the odds are stacked against us. The school to prison pipeline is real. This says that we’ll eventually end up in jail/prison or worse… dead.
I was talking to my mom one day and I was talking about another story that made me so angry and how I couldn’t wait to write about it, post here. Anyway, I was talking about how school’s are doing their best to label these black and brown children as trouble makers, disruptions, and the like just to remove them from the class and how it only makes it worse for them to get a proper education once they have that label.
Then, once the children realize the obstacles that are between them and an education they start to skip school and then get into other things causing them to get into trouble and end up in jail or worse. So, that school to prison pipeline is real. There are many books written about it.
Let’s not even start on how the school resource officers treat these children and handle them like they are criminals over the simplest and pettiest complaints. There was a story where an officer arrested a 6-year old. Mugshot and all! I was infuriated! She was 6!! She is going to be traumatized by that incident. I can’t even… I… it broke my heart.
I mean, UGH! It makes me so angry and that’s part of the reason I cannot stand public schools now. They aren’t like they used to be. I wrote another post about it, here.
In conclusion, I just wanted to say that as a people… we’ve got to do better. Think long-term. Think about starting our own businesses. Leaving money behind for our children. Investing in properties. Building generational wealth.
If we don’t start thinking about the future, then we will continue to claw our way out of the hole we seem to be stuck in and the world will continue to see us as less than. Even though we know we are far greater than they will ever give us credit for and than they will ever admit. ❤