Reasons We Need To Be Reminded That Black Lives Matter
Memorial Day is a holiday paying homage to the ones before us who’ve contributed to this world. It could be a family member who was a teacher and taught many people, a father, a grandmother, a man of honor and duty. This is a day we’re supposed to be respecting the lives of others and remembering all the good times we had and the opportunities made possible because of these people.
On Monday, May 25th, of 2020 Memorial Day, the disparity of black men was relieved. George Floyd was the 46-year-old man, who was killed by Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer on a day where families honored the memory of their loved ones.
Racism is blatant — still in the year 2020
Luckily, the former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd’s neck has been arrested and faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. As of Friday, May 29th, 2020, an investigation of these charges is underway.
Black Men, Police, & Violence
Of course, everybody’s life matters. Black lives matter wasn’t a statement to belittle the lives of others. When people say all lives matter, they often ignore the fact that black men are murdered more often than any other people.
I have been guilty of placing my life ahead of others. My Life Matters is the name of one of my earlier blogs. The blog wasn’t even speaking for all women, it declared the importance of my own life. On the other hand I was also a service member for this country. Bottom line — we’re all important! The fact is that black men are murdered by the police more than any other people.
Where would this world be without black men and the culture (which most people think is their own)?
When I speak about black men I’d like to be non-biased to genuinely consider the pilot of a black male.
Since the beginning of being black in America, the black male has had to fight for his life and the opportunity to live and be free. I feel like many of these men are probably triggered, threatened, and hated by authorities. It seems to me, if I were a black male, it would be a question of life or death when dealing with the police.
We’ve all seen police abuse and kill a black man on camera. Many times the officers aren’t even penalized for it. (Let me stop preaching to the choir, we’ve all seen it.) I suppose this is why Amy Cooper, visiting New York’s Central Park, thought the “African American Man” (as she called him) would be frightened if she called the police on him and reported that he was threatening her life.
I do believe this man began recording Cooper because she was getting aggravated by him demanding her to put a leash on her dog. The woman didn’t put a leash on her dog, and she drug it along by its collar as she approached the black man. The park rules, however, requires all dogs be leashed during their visit.
I bet Cooper thought this black man would fear for his life. It reminded me of the movie Rosewood when the white woman said that a black man raped her and caused the white men to go on a lynching rampage through the community.
My mother calls the tragedy with Floyd a modern-day lynching. Instead of tying a noose around his neck, he used his knee. The police may not have punished Amy Cooper, but once the video went viral, her job surely did. It proves that times are gradually changing because Cooper was fired from Franklin Templeton.
Years ago, there was a video circulating Facebook of a black male wearing a red Trump (MAGA) baseball cap on his head while yelling at the police, giving them a hard time. The black male driver videoed his entire interaction with the officers as he argued with them. Most of the black people I know on Facebook commented on his Trump hat as the greater disappointment in this situation, rather than the fact that he’s yelling at the police. I mean, I can’t even remember why they pulled him over because the backlash from him toward the police was what made the video clickbait in the first place.
Have you ever seen a video, featuring a black man terrified of the police, throwing his hands into sight, apologizing, and making excuses when pulled over by one? An excellent example of that happened recently with a twenty-one-year-old black male named Tye Anders in Midland, Texas, who hid behind the support of his ninety-year-old grandmother. No this isn’t the first or only time this has happened, of course.90-year-old grandma tries to defuse tense confrontation between police and her grandson
The aftermath of police brutality has everyone whipping out their phones, recording their interactions with the police and exposing it on social media.
Another incident of police brutality happened in my hometown of San Leandro at the local Walmart. The police shot thirty-three year old Steven Taylor after he brought a baseball bat into the store. The Guardian article states that the young man was suffering from mental illness, but with continuous murder of so many black men due to violence it’s not a wonder why he may have been distressed in the first place.
Out of all the black men I personally know, I don’t even want them communicating with the police. I’m afraid they’re going to get hurt. I’m worried about what either party might say or do. The relationship between police and black men needs modification. Police brutality needs to stop. It’s the responsibility of these law enforcement departments to find a way to reconnect with the community rather than being the ammunition against it.
Other Minorities & The Police
People with power will protect it by trying to maintain the social hierarchy structure in our society. Whites overpower people of color, men overpower women, wealthy overpower poor. Yes, there is often intersectionality in between, but this is the cut and dry version of the power structure.
It seems to me that the one with the most power dominates the other. The police are scared of minorities and, first, they protect themselves. Then they back up whatever decision they’ve made, and we’re supposed to accept it as a just solution.
An example of this happened to me in a relationship with a man. After a heated argument with a boyfriend, the police demanded that I go to a homeless shelter, for my safety, while my boyfriend was able to remain at my apartment. Can you believe it? He was able to stay at my place.
When I lived in New Mexico, I dropped out of a master’s program because I couldn’t stand to hear these married, old white women talk to the class about domestic violence. Dr. Wanda Jorome emotionally spat out racial statistics, targeting Hispanic women as victims of abuse. The Spanish women in the classroom were quiet, but I spoke up. Many women pursuing a family or love relationship are abused, women of all colors and socioeconomic backgrounds. Why point out racial groups of people and make us feel so unloved?
Racism is systematic! Believe that! There is a psychology behind it, a psych that makes us want to hate ourselves and accept our social status in this society. These are the ways we’re made to feel inferior.
“It’s like a vicious cycle called fight to live. No matter how hard you try, it’s a day you got to die” — “Krazy” by Tupac Shaker, Machiavelli.
Rioting, Misguided Hate & Self-Destruction
My brothers and sisters, destroying our own communities isn’t the way to get justice! Throwing a fit and being destructive is also a pattern in the black community. We’re endangering our own communities. Stop looting and rioting. We need to respect each other and our homes. What are we teaching the children of tomorrow? This isn’t the way. Acknowledging the injustice is a start, but I think we should get ahead of it.
How? How do we get ahead of it?
Some people might tell you to find a better community of people to be apart of as if we can just change who we are. Many people will go as far as they can in a world full of prejudice until they’re discriminated against, and all eyes are on them for being who they really were in the first place.
Some believe they can play this game by being “good,” which won’t happen to them. I think there’s a whole lot of truth to that. Not behaving like we’re expected, not exaggerating the stereotypical micro aggressions that warp our society could potentially aid us in staying alive.
What does one do with the anger from all of the injustice placed upon us? The wrong thing to do, which we’ve been doing is to take it out on each other. We harm each other, trying to survive. Black on black crime, hate of our own kind, domestic violence, killing over money or drugs will lead to the demise of our people — like going extinct.
It’s best to live with a sense of purpose and have an intense oneness as a people. We’ll need to learn to stick together versus competing or hating each other so “they” can no longer minimize “us”.