I know I haven’t posted any updates in quite a while–thank you everyone who’s been checking in for that. With all of the tensions roaring everyday, I have been trying to take it all in. The constant flow of updates on the internet are like — having your arms tied behind your back with your eyelids peeled back, staring at a screen with a matrix scrolling full speed for hours and hours on end.
On Wednesday, July 6th, emotions flared after news spread nationally about the unnecessary killing of a black man, Alton Sterling, by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana the night before. The unarmed family man from the neighborhood, was selling DVD’s outside of a store, with the permission of the storeowner when he was attacked and gunned down by the cops.
Not even 24 hours later– on Thursday, July 7th, there was no emotional recovery from the previous day’s disappointments when another black man, Philando Castile was shot by a police officer during a stop for having a broken tail light on his car, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was reaching for his wallet to give his identification to the police when the supposedly frightened officer shot Castile three times…his girlfriend in the passenger side of the car, and his toddler in the backseat. Sadness and anger now tripled, most especially amongst black communities.
Even days before these two occurrences, on the 4th of July, not as widely publicized–police (off-duty in this incident), killed another black man, by the name of Delrawn Small in Brooklyn, New York. He was driving his family to a 4th of July fireworks show.
What irony is it that on a day…week…–shit, the centuries celebrating the freedom of Americans, has been a pure lie, due to the treatment of the people of such an “independent and free” country, including and not limited to Blacks and Muslims.
Flashbacks on previous occurrences of similar situations–(events in which police brutality against black men in the U.S.)–came back to us as black people, piling up in our memories, fueling the emotions of sadness, anger, disappointment, fear, resentment, and so on…It is known that the treatment of black individuals in the United States has been known to be negative on many occurrences.
Even with videos or the word of witnesses, with the countless evidences that there have been in the past, of police brutality, killing of civilians by certain police officers, and mistreatment of many Americans by many of these “protectors of society”, very rarely, almost never do these cops get penalized or punished, or even to the extent that should be deserved for any taking of a life. The police officers stand quite strong with one another, regardless of what their “civilian killing” peers do.
U.S. Society, in my opinion, resembles very well– the Cafeteria Lunch Tables situation that are experienced in elementary and high schools. You have your tables where “clans” sit and do not let others join, or you have your groups that are less desirable/associated with, you have teacher’s pets, you have the gangster–shit, insert which “group” you’d like–there is much favoritism and bias amongst the police community that very little is done to make those “bad weeds” of killer cops to feel that they are in the wrong, or to isolate them for doing wrong. I could go on and on as this is an issue that is HUGE– but I leave this blog with these words– As long as someone is not wronged for their wrong actions, they will continue to carelessly perform wrong actions and/or be a “poster person” for others in their “lunch table” to think it is ok, and something that they can get away with as long as they have that badge.
The topic of these issues goes further– into the Black Lives Matter versus All Lives Matter argument, the “don’t make yourself a target if you don’t want to be a target” versus the reality of many black individuals doing every day things before being killed in cold blood, to the argument of all police officers not being bad versus…well then tell your police peers to PROTECT. It can go on and on and on but I felt the need, not only as a black woman, an American, a person against murder, against police brutality, and a person who cares about positive awareness and lives, as a writer…to speak up about this issue, summarize the current events that are happening here, and voice my own opinion that many can relate and/or agree to.
The things that are happening not only around the world but here at home in the U.S., are just unimaginable and a complete mess. Each day, each moment, its like another terror or horror is occurring. When I wake up in the morning and look at my social media, I see NEW news about some new bullshit, excuse my language.
Rest in peace to the lives of the victims of police brutality and may black lives matter forever. #blacklivesmatter