When you’re black in America police brutality and harassment is nothing surprising. It’s as common as going to the store and buying a carton of ice cream. For years and years, black people in America have been unfairly targeted and killed by the police. This is nothing new. The only thing that makes it seem new to others is social media. Social media is bringing a lot things to the forefront that this country has hidden underneath a rug. Our society is so good for that. Hiding problems as if they don’t exist, but when it’s on tape over and over again you can’t deny that it exists. You can but the reality is you are in something called denial. As Mark Twain said, “denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”
You see the reality is this, not every officer that puts on a uniform does so with the mentality to protect and serve. There are officers who consciously everyday put on their uniform with the mentality to harass and intimidate. They abuse their power, and have no business being out on the streets. These are the type of officers that too many black people in this country have experienced encounters with. So it should not be a surprise that the African American and Latino communities have such a distrust of the police.
We know that all cops are not corrupt. There are some good cops out there who put their lives on the line everyday to protect people of all colors. Those cops need to be applauded for their efforts and dedication. If police departments were filled with officers like these, we wouldn’t have these kinds of horrific problems. But unfortunately, this is not the case. There are a lot of bad cops out there who get way to many chances. They are given chance after chance to go out on the streets to harass, intimidate, and take the lives of the people they are supposed to protect. As long as this continues to happen, this will keep reminding Black America that we simply do not matter.