“To stand for black lives does not mean you are anti-police, but quite the opposite”

“The politics at play has created division that caused these tragedies”

In a horrific week, America has seen devastating events that have caused sadness, anger and fear amongst the population.

As the aftermath of shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota continues to shake the citizens, there is also an especially severe impact for the American justice system, which has been called into question.

Far too many times the people are forced to assert how vital it is that the justice system is indivisible. If justice is given to some and not others it is not justice but privilege.

This is why the movements for peace and change have to continue, whilst we fervently condemn violence, no matter who it is committed against.

To put it simply, to stand for black lives does not mean you are anti-police, but quite the opposite.

What these shootings come down to is law, politics and the way that these two things impact society.

What we should remember is the solidarity that occurred in the face of one lone shooter. The police officers who did their jobs properly, defending the black protesters telling them to get out of the way and run to safety. The police officers who showed that they were willing to put themselves in danger to do what is right.

It is clear, however, that it has gone too far. There have always been tensions between the community and the police, but consistently the American police force have acted in a way that has created real fear amongst the black community. Fear of the ones who should be protecting us.

We are very educated on the fact that black, brown and poor people as a group are the victims in this. I do not need to patronise anyone and explain how racism and violent policing affects people of colour. Politically, we have been allowed to suffer because it has been profitable and there have been no meaningful policies put in place to: A) end the violence against us (i.e. gun restrictions and police reform) B) rebuild the communities of the ‘have-nots’ in an unequal western society.

I will repeat once again, these are political problems.

Do not allow the actions of a few separate and divide our society. We should be free to talk about these things, come to a consensus. We cannot be afraid to have dialogue in the face of those who would rather we keep these political barriers in place.

It is so devastating to contemplate the endless suffering of the families of the black men who were murdered unjustly by police. And it is extremely upsetting for the families and community who lost 5 police officers yesterday.

The power struggles between the citizens and police are reminiscent of the 1960’s – and it is clear that since then, a lot more should have changed.

In response to these events, protests have continued to ring out across America and the UK, to show solidarity against police killing without any kind of repercussions. There is extreme anger and ignorance on both sides of this conflict, but particularly with those who attempt to deny that the police need to be reformed in any way.

The people need to continue strongly asserting our value and dignity. The protesters are doing important work to break down the divisions that have been put in place in our society.

Divisions that sparked the rage and anger that the Dallas shooter had, divisions that have shattered 7 men’s families this week – this division is something that we all need to see stop.

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One comment on ““To stand for black lives does not mean you are anti-police, but quite the opposite”

  1. […] I mean this as a journalistic paean, for Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and all the idols who are so rightfully lauded during Black History Month – thank you for your influence and hard work. For making it possible for my generation to stand on your shoulders, earn our freedom and say ‘our lives matter’. […]

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