Thanks for that context. In no way do I believe that each of the students from my high school who I described earlier are destined to behave as they did in their past. However, that’s not to say I don’t believe there’s a great chance of them continuing down the path they started and ended on in high school. If they didn’t know enough about the world to understand that they are not better than another human being because of the color of their skin at the end of high school, chances are, unfortunately, high— since they aren’t continuing their schooling — that they won’t ever learn enough about the universe to understand that all humans are equal.
On the matter of you properly handling handling the situation of the potentially armed man in the car, that’s how an officer with a gun should behave. Thanks for conducting yourself as you were sworn to.
Concerned with Black on Black Crime? Not Today.
On the matter of me speaking about feeling frustration when I “read or see violence within the African American community”, I didn’t speak of that. I never will do so in discussions of police brutality against black Americans. When I said, “Sure, we are helplessly saddened by the loss of a life in our communities,” I was talking about the loss of a life at the hands of the police who were sworn to serve and protect us; I was talking about the loss of life at the hands of criminals who function as they are defined. Police should function as they are defined, not as criminals. So, no, I am not concerned with black on black crime today.
I am concerned with my tax dollars going to the police who kill my moms, dads, brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles, cousins, mentors, teachers, and grandparents. My only concern today is how we make my tax dollars work for me and not against me.
Nonetheless, I would be more than happy to discuss the differences between the internal and external forces that cause black on black crimes. But in the same breath, I would like to say that that would be a waste of both of our times because I presume you understand that black on black crime is simply a phrase suggested by oppressors to distract from the real issues holding the black citizens of this country back. That a phrase like that has no place in an intellectual discussion as it should simply read “human on human crime” since interracial crimes exists among each race. That comparing the relations between criminals and law abiding citizens with the relations between police and law abiding citizens takes away from our discussion on progress. I refuse to defend a police officer’s actions via comparison with a criminal’s actions… and so should you.
Our police should not compare themselves to criminals.