There has been a lot of media coverage recently about the protests and killings between white officers and black civilians. I have very strong opinions on those matters because as a young black man, these are individuals just like me being killed. I struggle with the idea that I could be in the wrong place at the wrong time, getting racially profiled by some cop supposedly doing his job, but I know the possibility is out there. Even though I worry about that, I still wonder why people, especially minorities, do not acknowledge that we (minorities) kill each other too. In no way am I dispelling the outrage that has occurred for numerous years throughout US history, but in a country that was built off of violence, I don’t understand why blacks continue to kill themselves.
In the days of slavery, minorities did not have the protection of the law or law enforcement. Instead, minorities were put in a position where they had to stick together. Throughout history, there were periods of time that unified the minority community, and yet gang violence has continued to rise in America. Not saying that whites are not apart of gangs also, but the majority of them are made up of minorities. We continue to kill each other, but we seem to pay more attention to white on black violence instead of black on black violence.
Is it because of the history behind all of this? There is so much significance behind a white person killing minorities dating back to those same days of slavery. What I am trying to say is we need to work harder to stop making the job for white officers easier by uplifting each other instead of killing one another. This is one of the only ways minorities can ever fight back against the unequivocal crimes against them.