People matter and people’s lives matter. Though in many circumstances there are elaborate debates on the specifics of which lives deserve to continue, for the majority it seems most people are aligned with people staying alive is a good thing.
I have shared before that I understand those who use #blacklivesmatter as a way of validating their lives and experiences. I can hear that and understand. What is important to remember is yes, black lives matter, and as do the lives of white people, Asian people, Latin people, Native people and so on. Individual lives matter. There is nothing wrong about saying ‘black lives matter’, however, it’s important that it is not used as a shield to say another’s life does not.
I’m seeing a lot of inciting going on the hashtag and those using #blacklivesmatter as a way of pushing their own agenda with no concern about the black community at all. So please, stay aware of these people. The tragedy of corruption has cost lives and cannot be used to identify all police officers. To do so is to become the corruption. Those using #blacklivesmatter to incite hatred of police have lost their way. To stand up to corruption is to look at matters clearly. To think of practical action that will make changes and do so peacefully and with the full picture in mind.
There is the question of what mental health support do police officers have. Are they receiving the proper support to balance dealing with putting their lives on the line daily? How many lives can be saved with ensuring proper mental health attention to police officers? I can’t imagine having to deal with the reality that someone might point a gun in my face simply for putting on a uniform. That someone would want me dead so they could continue their drug trade. That is an intense burden to bear without proper support. I’m not saying this is the case in every corrupt cases but I would think that there are police officers who do snap and that it is up to society to minimize this from happening.
Is there police corruption? Yes. Does that mean it is OK to look at all police officers as corrupt? Absolutely not.
There are many officers who go above and beyond the line of duty to save lives. Police officers live their lives knowing that when they choose the job, they will most likely be hated for it. Who’s responsibility is it to change that? Ours. We, civilians, it’s up to us to create less havoc for those who have sworn to protect us. Why are there more police officers? Because the majority of people do not do the self work to increase their levels of self responsibility.
Police officers go to work and society treats them as if they are on enemy soil instead of their own home. People give them nicknames such as ‘pigs’ to disconnect from the way they speak about and treat police officers. These nicknames create a way to act as if police officers are not human beings. This allows people to feel justified in their actions against police officers. This needs to stop. Both police corruption and hatred projected onto police officers.
The problem is, there isn’t a balanced discussion being brought forward. What is the practical solution to making changes so that when police brutality is evident, those corrupt officers don’t just get a slap on the wrist?
How about people get together and think what it is that they want to see done differently and create petitions or contact government officials. There must be an efficient way to actually create change for the better.
And here’s a question that isn’t being asked: What can we do to support our police force?
A great start would be to not feed into animosity against the police. Police officers are enforcers of the law and protectors of the people. If there are laws being enforced that are unsavory, then it’s up to the people to gather and shift the laws. If people want less police interaction, then do the personal work it takes to raise levels of self responsibility.
The reality is, while most gripe about the police, the power is in our hands as citizens to make the necessary changes. To point fingers at the entire police force for the corruption of some, is unjust and quite frankly inefficient. Change starts with each one of us. People saying ‘police this and police that’ are sounding just as ignorant as people saying ‘black people this and black people that’. Both stemming from projection with no desire to work together. Just more separation breeding more separation and hatred.
I get the frustration and the pain of the corruption and remember, the media likes to twist things. There has been police corruption against every ethnicity and there has been hatred of police coming from every ethnicity. Both are awful.
So, how about we stand against all corruption together side by side WITH police officers? They deal with corruption in one week more than most people do in one lifetime. The second they put that uniform on it’s like a bullseye for those who want to use them as a scapegoat. Police officers are people, they have families, they have those who love them just like those families of those who have died at the hands of corruption.
What #blacklivesmatter and #policelivesmatter have in common is that both are dealing with devastation and life stealing issue of corruption. And it’s important that those in #blacklivesmatter stay aware that this is not solely an issue of the black community, this is an issue of the human community. If we stay blind to that, we then create a wall of victim to attack from and that heals nothing.
We are stronger than being victims. The black community has come a long way and will continue to do so, only if we keep our heads up and think rationally on how to make the changes needed so that police corruption is addressed. This is only possible if we keep from being reactionary. Yes, there is rage and pain, but that needs to be channelled into making true changes and working together. Otherwise, we will become blind and believe the lie that all police are corrupt and are against the black community. That is a dangerous lie. There are black police officers as well or are they no longer black lives that matter once they put on a uniform? Nor should a life only matter according to skin color.
I propose a bridge between the black community and police officials recognizing that police officers are not the enemy, corruption itself is. Corruption is alive in many different corners including our own. Supporting police officers feeling safe in their own country is the American way, is it not? Land of the free? Or just land of the free for all except our scapegoats?
Police have criminals to deal with, they cannot have the additional pressure of our entire society turning our backs on them. It’s time we support our police force and work united to end corruption. We can’t possibly attack our police officers while simultaneously ask them to protect us. That’s lunacy.
I am a stand for human rights. I am a stand for people seeing the power of their voice and unity to create healthy human community.
Stay very aware, slow down if needed to become very conscious of the fact that police officers are people and their human rights matter just as much as the human rights of the black community and all communities of people.
We rise, we rise together.