I value human life. We, as humans, should never lose our humanity. In the coming days, the world will recap the protests in Baltimore. Most will dutifully accept the party line. Blacks are dangerous and violent. In order to protect “good people” (the fair skinned or the privileged); at the slightest hint of dissent, they should be put down.
Our nation has been brainwashed. What was once a stereotype has been accepted as fact, and shaped a nation.
Violence is not the answer. But the world is starting to pay attention.
Anger and unrest exploded because the plight of our children, the plight of African American children in the United States of America is being ignored. Innocent children. Even guilty children who weren’t given the opportunity for their day in court.
Here are four truths you should take home.
All police officers aren’t racist.
All African Americans aren’t violent.
All Caucasians aren’t innocent.
All of this problem isn’t confined to Baltimore.
Real questions. Real change.
What can we do? How do we help change happen?
REMEMBER YOU CAN’T PUT A PRICE ON PEOPLE – The destruction in Baltimore was alarming and devastating. We have yet to know the price of all the damage, but the destruction of our neighborhoods, our homes, our businesses is catastrophic. Nonetheless, all those are THINGS — human life is more valuable.
KNOW THAT REVOLUTIONS RARELY COLOR INSIDE THE LINES– Look for the deeper meaning in the movement. Words like “dangerous” and “thugs” have been used relentlessly over the past week. Violence is scary, and it has real consequences. Beyond the rage, destruction, and the violence the message is that it’s time for us to put REAL focus on REAL issues.
The violence abolished apathy. The gray area evaporated. The world is demanding you pick a side; that you pick the side of change.
IF EVERYONE IS SAYING THE SAME THING THEN NO ONE IS TELLING THE TRUTH — Sweeping generalizations don’t give you an accurate picture of events. The truth is seen from multiple perspectives, without varying perspectives all you read is bias.
Not all protestors were violent. Not all protestors were assaulting the police. Looters, vandals, and attackers did not share just one skin color, but that’s all you heard.
Not all police are racist. Not all police conducted themselves in a nature becoming an agent of the law. Not everyone could balance the restraint, skill, and strategy that is necessary to be an exemplary police officer.
STAND UP TO STEREOTYPES– You may think they’re funny. Or harmless. Long held stereotypes are the lens by with the world receives these views of “black danger”. The result? Racial profiling that caused too many of our chocolate colored children to meet an untimely end.
It’s not funny. It’s tragic.
STOP TUNING OUT– You’re guilty. Or someone you know is. It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, someone somewhere in your hemisphere has heard about the atrocities happening in our nation and said —I wish we could just get over this already.
Wishing won’t help. Do something. Speak out. Be heard. Share your opinion. Demand change. Hold people accountable. You don’t have the luxury of “tuning out”, because your family could be next.
DON’T FORGET OUR FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS – We’re accountable for the world we leave the next generation.
It’s time for us all to step up, and bring back humanity. It’s time to do better.
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