Whether as a victim or not, the news continues to push out a negative image of black men as either victims or oppressors
Before we start this, I thought I’d start by saying that this is more a rant than anything and that I will try to formalize my arguments, which will be primarily without sources and purely opinionated.
Let’s start the show….
You ever hear someone start off saying if I had a nickel for every…? WELL, If I had a nickel for every time I hear on the news about “brutality” against POC(people of color), I could probably give Jeff Bezos a run for his money.
Okay, I admit:
- That’s an exaggeration on how often I hear this
- The news is supposed to stir negative emotions since it is a negative feedback loop machine
So why did I write this? I’ve always liked being a devil’s advocate and going against popular opinion. But for many outsiders, they would believe that the United States is oppressing black men in general and that it’s happening from white police officers.
So a bit of a background is that I am from Brooklyn, NY, and have lived and grew up in many of the worst neighborhoods such as Brownsville and East New York. What I can tell you is that my interactions with police have always been just. It’s to say that I don’t think I’ve always been treated very kindly, but neither have I been mistreated.
What I think has been happening is that people have this distorted view of the world where we were all born equal and that prejudices never had never do and never will occur. We have to face that the world is not fair. Now, this does not mean that we have to accept the way we live but we have to also be smart about how we deal with injustices.
One case I would like to talk about right now. Is Ahmaud Arbery as he has been a focal point of injustice against black men in America. As you can see from the footage above, Ahmaud was definitely not treated fairly. However, we cannot use the way we are treated as grounds to also be disrespectful and attempt to also treat others unfairly. I will repeat, I do not think he was treated fairly.
One case I would like to talk about right now is Ahmaud Arbery as he has been a focal point of injustice against black men in America. As you can see from the footage above, Ahmaud was not treated fairly. However, we cannot use the way we are treated as grounds for disrespect and a justification for mistreating others. I will repeat, I do not think he was treated fairly.
Ahmaud firstly should not have been cursing at the police officers. I also want to point out that he does look very suspect as in, I as a black man from a bad neighborhood, would not feel comfortable being near him off the way he is dressed. However, stating something like that from another race comes off as sounding biased or something. We, as a people, need to stop being so offended over everything. Let’s be honest. The man looks suspect! He is wearing a winter jacket with no shirt on, leaning on the trunk of a car in the middle of the day in a park where the officers have said is known for having a lot of drug activity.
I can go on to talk about what I found wrong about him thinking it would be a good idea to fight armed people (who are looking for any excuse to kill you) but I think my point has already been made.
I am not sure how you all feel about this or other topics related but I think that it is insane how quickly we want to point out police brutality and not look at other larger things that are affecting poverty-stricken communities. As Michael Jackson once said,
If we want to make the world a better place we gotta look at ourselves and make a change
We cannot change or force people to look at us differently, but we do have control over our actions and thoughts. I do not know what to make of what happened to Ahmaud, nor am I here to be a political activist. Ahmaud had the choice to curse at the police and had the choice to fight someone armed, and he, unfortunately, lost his life fighting for what he believed was just. Whether or not that was the best way to go about it is opinionated.
My argument, however, is that stories like Ahmaud do not reflect my story. I do not want a race/ethnicity to define who I am or what my likely upbringing was or is. I want to be known firstly as a person and not as a black man. Us correlating themes of oppression to groups based off of looks continues to perpetuate racial stereotypes. When will it stop?
If you enjoyed reading this or have anything to say, please feel free to write in the comments. I am open most to hearing rebuttals!