It’s all over the news. Maybe you thought it had died down as many days have passed since Trayvon Martin was shot. It hasn’t gone away at all. It’s just as prevalent today as it was then; if not worst!
Brutality against minorities has always been with us, but let’s take a moment to think on this very chilling question which stood out for me as I read this post: “Who among us doesn’t get white knuckles when a police car pulls up behind you on the road? Even if you’re driving the speed limit and obeying traffic laws, the very sight of a police car tends to create panic rather than calm. Am I over exaggerating things?”
It’s no exaggeration. We are morbidly afraid of the police to begin with, far less when engaged in a face-to-face interaction. As we support taking action to reduce unnecessary murders and violence by police officers, maybe it’s best to remember that: not all officers are murderers, not all Afro-Americans are criminals, not all white people are racist. Just my two cents.
—-) August 9, 2014 unarmed Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri
—-) November 23, 2014 unarmed 12 year old Tamir Rice was killed by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio
—-) July 17, 2014 unarmed Eric Garner was killed by a police officer in Staten Island, New York
Those are the three stories that have been riveting our nation for the past few months. Stories of police brutality which have sparked outrage and protests all across our country (and even in cities throughout Europe).
Over the past month as I’ve talked to numerous people throughout coffee shops about these cases I keep wondering to myself; where has the outrage been for the past couple decades? What happened to these three men is nothing new in the annals of police-citizen relations.
When I was in college studying psychology, one of my fellow students was 55 years…
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