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In the last 6 months there has been a rash of incidents of police violence towards people of colour…….and the grand juries that seem to refuse to hold the police accountable for their actions….
Of course the media and its agents are calling (once again) for a conversation on race and relations……..that is so much easier than actually have a realistic debate….typical; American answer……a conversation……one that accomplishes NOTHING!
The many politicians all have an answer to solving this problem….they range from training to body cameras……and as usual not one of these people are looking for a realistic answer to the problem…..mainly because they have not a clue of what the problem is other than what the media dictates……
First the more training thing…..some say this will help the situation.….I disagree……training in what exactly? Race? Weapons? Tactics? Just where do they begin?
While in their academy most candidates go through training in sensitivities or community relations but after just a few days or weeks from graduation the training is lost. The students are taught but they do not retain the lessons….the cops memorize what they need to pass their written or oral exams and once that is achieved….it is forgotten….they do what they need top past and get their badge and gun. The entire training process needs review and standardized……with mandatory testing every 6 months.
Training…..take the Eric Garner case……5 count them–5 cops could not control a single suspect....that tells me their training sucks or maybe they were not cut out to be cops. Maybe the selection process is flawed. Work On That!
Now the big idea for solving the problems that the unwarranted killings is the use of body cameras. Most ALL politicians are on board with this answer…..even the president. If you think this is the answer think about Eric Garner’s choking death…..it was taped from start to finish and the cop still got to walk on murder charges…..will body cameras be any better? A couple of years back there was a push for dash cams in cop cars to cut back on any misbehavior and it still happens and is recorded. Cameras have made little difference. Not the answer!
Let’s be honest for a change. White are afraid of young black me and that includes the cops……too many whites ‘learn” everything they know about young black men from the media, especially the media that push hate and fear.
There are gonna be those that shake their heads and say that I am being absurd……right? Okay let me ask…..when drive through a black neighbourhood are you leery to the point of locking your car doors? Or on an elevator……if a young black male gets on do you hold your purse a little tighter. Or walking down the street and there is a black man behind you….do you check from time to time to see where he is? Whites have been conditioned to paranoia…….thanx to the haters and the fear mongers.
I have written many times that we do need a conversation on race……the problem is NO one wants to have one that is honest and truthful.
To answer my question….Is There An Answer? NO! Not in today’s society. All we have are bad-aids for a sucking chest wound.
Until blacks and whites are truthful with each other there will be NO change in this situation. NO one wants to take the time to understand the other….their concerns, fears, and especially their thinking.
The real problem is the same problem we Americans always have….We cannot be honest even with ourselves.