I had to take the time to gather my thoughts on this issue of #BlackLivesMatter which is a new movement that is coming to the forefront of a serious problem in the United States. #BlackLivesMatter is a movement that is focusing the nation to discuss the issues of racism and police brutality. I think it’s very important to understand that the history of the two factions: the Police and the Black Community. The Civil Right Movement clearly shows that history; with the two factions at odds just like today.
The Civil Right Movement often showed that in time of adversity; the Black community found different ways to peacefully protests by staging sit-ins, by going on 50+ miles march to be able to show that inequality in the 1950s were still going. The movement itself often was guided by different leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr.; Ralph Abernathy, Malcolm X, Coretta Scott King, Ella Baker, and to name a few. But on the other side of that same movement that was emerging, there were different police departments scattered all across the nation who felt that this movement was not legal, who felt that this movement was disrupting the way of living respectively. But the movement somewhat prevailed in passing important legislation such as the Fair Housing Act, the Voting Act, forced desegregation. But it failed to achieve one of the core goals: have a dialogue about racism which is where the #BlackLivesMatter movement is doing in the 21st century. I couldn’t find the right way to be able to really give my own thoughts about the #BlackLivesMatter movement until one day I was driving home. I realized that this is the perfect way for me to give my thoughts as a human that is living in a polarized time in history.
The movement has really made me think about my experience with different police officers over the course of my life and it made me realize to this very day: I STILL LIVE IN FEAR OF THE BOYS IN BLUE. There are good officers who show valor to gain respect and there are bad officers who show cowardice and believe that a gun is the best way to gain respect. But the movement is not only just discussing police brutality, it’s also shining a light on how black people are still being treated in the 21st century; disregard of their mannerism, their education, their financial standing.. #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) is forcing a dialogue about all form of racism from systematic racism to institutional racism that is being used to not just oppress the African American community, but other communities such as the Hispanic Community, Asian Community, and even the Gay Community. We need to be able to have this important dialogue to be able to turn a positive page in history, to be able to actually start healing as a nation. But it doesn’t mean that all cops are bad, or all cops are good. It means that we need to be able to have a constant way of educating the boys in blue about the assumptions that they may have about different communities.