the civil force of a national or local government, responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order.I wondered how many people shared my feelings as I watched the black police chief in Dallas breakdown over the death of his subordinates. I couldn’t help but feel angst as I watched a man who could be my uncle, brother, or cousin shed tears over people in a department which 100 years ago would have lynched him. How sobering was that feeling!How disrespectful is it to expect Quinyetta McMillon to really give a damn about “the tragic loss” of the DPD when the unarmed father of her children was brutally assassinated by racist cops not even 4 days earlier. Reporters had the nerve to ask her opinion on Dallas.
According to the media, her grief isn’t legitimate enough to not have to be forced to regard someone else’s before hers. Nobody has asked the families of the slain officers how they feel about the systematic, purposeful murders of Amerikkka’s black citizens.
And they won’t.
Because only black people have the burden to put others before ourselves.
We’ve been asked how “we” can work together. The truth is- “We” can’t. While progressive, liberal whites hop on our pages and timelines to tell us about the tears they’ve shed over these situations, we are still dying. Trying to convince us that we need to teach folks how to be humane, decent people is falling on deaf ears.
You see it’s great to call out others under “we” but I’d be more impressed if INDIVIDUALLY YOU CALL OUT THE RACISTS IN THOSE POSITIONS AND IN YOUR CIRCLES. The SOB’s with whom you marry, go to college, eat lunch and have children. This started way before these demons were ever cops.
“We” don’t get to drive home without being racially profiled. “We” don’t get to openly carry without the risk of being shot down like dogs. “We” don’t have the opportunity to have civil conversations.
WE don’t have those “privileges”.
The parallels between the slave patrols and modern American policing are too salient to continue to dismiss or ignore. Stay safe.