It is hard to post about creating art or film news, when our society is hit with such brutal and reckless images of violence amongst its civilized people. In our prior post, upon first being informed of the news of police officers shooting unarmed and armed black individuals, clearly using excessive force, we voiced our frustration, we were "Tired..." However, what needs to be acknowledged is that the "We" in this case is not solely black people, the "We" includes us Americans, as a whole. In a politically incorrect distinction; Blacks, Whites, Browns and every race or creed in between have been affected by these national incidents and have showed support for the black victims and their plight for justice.
Pictures like the one above showcase exactly what I am referring to in terms of everybody getting involved and acknowledging there is a problem in our police system. I think in many cases right now some officers have not followed the "Protect & Serve" mandate when it pertains to every person. However, let me state emphatically that I believe, without a doubt, a majority of police officers carry little prejudice and hold no racial bias when it involves minority altercations. I have had altercations and conversations with police officers, some acquaintances and some close friends. Not every experience was great, I'll be the first to admit it, but there are officers who follow the law and do their job justly.
These are hardworking people who have families also, and risk their lives everyday. I'm reminded of my close friend who is in law enforcement, who is a white man, with a black wife, and an interracial daughter. He is not a person who views minorities or blacks in a unfamiliar light, he has never showed any angst against me or any of the black friends I have brought around him, but he, because he is a police officer, gets grouped into a unfair class of "bigoted individuals", which most police officers are not! It's important that as "We" plead for cops to not generalize and classify blacks as dangerous suspects who are deserving of having a fire arm pulled out on them for minor traffic stops, in that same manner "We" ourselves must not generalize all police officers.
I was glad to see our current and former President stand together on this subject.
Short Video of President Obama's speech at the Dallas memorial (below).
Ultimately, to have violence against the police, like what occurred in Dallas is a horrifying reality, one that only hurts innocent families and only tarnishes the positive effects from the movements and those protesting peacefully. One thing our history has shown is that, if enough people are united together and peacefully protest their views, change in legislation or standards can be made.
In the same breath, we have to recognize what has gone on between law enforcement and African-Americans throughout our country, and finally unite as an American body and make sure it is fixed. Words from television show Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams highlights this historical injustice quite eloquently.
At the end of the day, in my opinion this injustice stems from a horrible stain that slavery has left over this country. There are many injustices that still have not been drained from the historical blood stream of our nation. This battle for equality is a fight that has taken many lives, both white and black. The only way to fully progress with the dream of equality is to understand and respect the viewpoints of everyone. When "We" come together and agree on distinct fundamental principles for all citizens, is the point I feel we will see major victories in our fight for justice.
Remember, we are all in this together. Stay blessed.