Who’s policing whom?
This question has constantly been raised after many priceless souls have fallen.
Is it racism? Is it insecurity? Is it bad judgment? Who really knows?
What we do know is there needs to be a conversation about cultural segregation. Unfortunately, we all seem to be quick to pull the race card when we witness whites, African-Americans, Latinos or Asians being victimized by one another.
The real issue may be deeper than color.
We have many social mediums that transcend the barrier of race – sports, music, social media, and love. So do we blame our lack of having a common interest in humanity, family and brotherhood?
We need to take time to learn about our cultural differences and similarities, and celebrate them. We need to start appreciating our cultural contributions to society as a whole.
I don’t want to witness another family lose their loved ones to fragile individuals who are emotionally bruised from their own upbringing.
When a life is lost, we have all lost land, pride, freedom and respect.
I am not professing to have the solution to these puzzling questions, but as a journalist, I hope to inspire a healthy conversation that will assist in finding a solution.
Riots and protests have been right outside my door. Some of these problems have already been discussed, but have also led to tearing up the city I was born and raised in. What positive action can come of this?
Media coverage of the destruction doesn’t help change “the system” any more than punishing the community.
Marching and protests helped civil rights because they had a peaceful leader, someone that actually could make a difference. Crime is crime, punishment is punishment, violence is violence, but when will we have peace?
If you don’t like what the government has done, become the government. If you don’t approve of how the police enforce, become the police. Life is fragile and each one matters.
If we raise our children to be positive beings, to stray from the smallest of petty crimes, we must teach them to understand when it is okay to walk away, or to make a change.
Then, there can be a change in this world. Peace.