After the mess that resulted in my personal attack on social media, I’d like to clarify some things for those who did not seem to understand the message of my previous post. I am not racist, never have been, never will be. I fully believe racism is wrong. My point in the previous article was to call to attention how much disrespect we show our nation’s law enforcement by choosing to believe they are racist and how the media exacerbates racism within the duties of law enforcement.
My father has studied police resistance and rioting and has found that about every ten years, our nation goes through this cycle of hatred towards cops regarding racism. Rodney King riots for example, or the killing of innocent NYPD officers after Ferguson. It’s not right to generalize all cops as being racist; erring on the side of caution according the demographics of the city they work in is unfortunately a reality we have to face. You don’t assume that doctors kill people in surgery on purpose right? So don’t assume cops are racist and kill or injure because they want to.
“[…]to cultivate a spirit of fraternalism and mutual helpfulness among our members and the people we serve; to increase the efficiency of the law enforcement profession and thus more firmly to establish the confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property.” –The Fraternal Order of Police Mission Statement
Does that sound like their goal is to make decisions based on the color of someone’s skin?
Allen West, a former U.S. Congressman, posted this article on his website yesterday. The study that he found shows how little police are involved in the murdering of black males. “Indeed, author Jason Riley goes so far as to say homicide is the leading cause of death for young black men in the U.S., but around 90 percent of the perpetrators are also black. Around 98 percent of black shooting deaths do not involve police.” This is what I’m getting at here. If you want peace then don’t have hate. Do not put blame on those who do not deserve it or at least don’t generalize the blame. Take a second to look past what you hear on the news.
Disclaimer: for those who said his ID was real, I wrote my previous post before that discovery was made, thank you though.
Stay classy, Kirsten