I am white. And I am with you. I’ve had enough. This is not my people’s heritage, I tell myself because I and my ancesters have played no direct part in this raping of the human spirit. We have a bi-racial man in the white house who is proud to call himself black and still somehow we tolerate this? Once I was stopped for speeding. I signaled to the officer behind me that I was pulling over as soon as I got beyond the overpass where there was no safe place to park. I drove slowly and kept pointing to the breakdown lane beyond. Once parked, he came running at me…telling me that I was resisting arrest. Moments later one of his brethren in a display of machismo sped in his car, crossing the yellow line, now driving in the wrong direction, and passed so close he nearly clipped my car. But of course, I wasn’t arrested. I wasn’t even taken out of the car. I was just given a ticket and sent on my way. It pays to be white in a lily white state.
The fact is, though, that many police officers join the force for all the wrong reasons. That was apparent that day. They get off on domination. On carrying and if possible wielding a gun. They value the word “force” more than the word “police”. That was clear to me that day and now with all the videos it should be very clear to everyone. We have a problem with law enforcement. Combine a system that does not filter out the unfit with a seething closeted racism that is generations deep and you get what you saw and recorded.
Enough. We need to all come together, recognizing our sameness… the sameness of empathy, the sameness of respect, the sameness of justice and encircle THEM with a wall of “no” No we’re not going to tolerate it anymore. No there’s no place for them and their hate in the just society we demand.
Until that happens, those of us with eyes that see, hearts that feel and mouths that can talk need to keep talking…keep shouting.
Thank you for your post.