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It's More Than Just Baltimore

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I recently made an attempt to engage in a meaningful conversation in order to understand why a certain demographic of the American citizenry felt the need to decry destruction of property instead of decrying the actions of a select few members of society, who have mercilessly killed people, who are supposed to protect and serve.

Here's what happened. They clung to their narrative, ignored the facts I presented, and for the life of them, they could not imagine themselves being in the position of the people who are being strategically, systematically oppressed and victimized.

One person engaged in the conversation is currently serving as a police officer. This person even tried to reassure me with a statistic - that my loved ones (who may or may not be targeted based on the color of their skin), has less than a 10% chance out of the population of being targeted and killed.

Was that supposed to make me feel better?

The fact that anyone should have to fear for their children's lives based on the skin color that they wear is abhorrent and should not be deemed as an acceptable element of the status quo.

The part of my interaction that left me disheartened was the inability of this individual - who proudly wears a badge - to be empathetic. S/he could not, to save anyone's life, would not see past the statement, "not all cops are bad," which I never did imply nor insinuate otherwise.

As a person living in these times and in this place who classifies as neither black nor white, I feel myself at an advantage, because although I am still a member of the minority in the US, I am educated. I come from a good family. And I have been given the gift by those who raised and love me to see this world in terms of facts and to not base truth on my own emotions.

I plan to raise children someday, and hopefully by the time they are old enough to pay attention, they will be spared the pain of helplessly standing by and watching while people are being targeted and hunted due to a baseless, inherited, undeniable prejudice that runs deep and wide within the historic and systematic DNA of this nation.

The next time you begin to say, "I can't imagine what that might feel like..." Stop and think beforehand, is it because you really can't imagine what the other side of the coin feels like? Or is it because you know that (based on a reason you would never admit out loud) that scenario would never touch your life?


  1. Someone once asked me," Why are you offended? I'm not talking about you." I am offended because you are mistreating another human being.

    1. It's offensive because it's being justified, covered up, and ignored.


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