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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice, everywhere"
Martin Luther King, Jr.
When Will Police Departments in America Be Held Accountable?
Our children are being targeted in the streets of America. No longer must we fear only racial profiling. That is no longer enough. Now, America’s police forces have declared war and anointed themselves jury, judge and executioner.
This may sound over the top. But is it? What is going on in your city? How many unarmed black men of all ages have been killed where you live by the police? Please don’t use that tired argument that blacks kill blacks every day. Police are CHARGED to serve and protect. Police are paid with YOUR tax dollars. Thugs on the street are not.
I can start the dialog. Earlier this month, a suspect in police custody (and supposed to be one bad ass muther) allegedly killed HIMSELF in the bathroom of the police station. Yes, you read that correctly. He was in custody and inside a Baltimore Police station. Somehow, this Houdini manifested a gun and bad as his ass was supposed to be, the only person dead is him. Yeah, RIGHT.
Another young man, Tyrone West was violently beaten by several Baltimore City police officers. Of course we have it on tape. You can read that story here: The Real News
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The medical examiner’s office has yet to release his death certificate. I wonder why? Not that it would matter. We also had two black men killed by police (one an undercover officer) and ruled homicide. Do you think our state’s attorney choose to prosecute? Of course he did not. Then he had the nerve to be surprised he was not re-elected!
The lasted execution of Michael Brown will go on a long list of injustices perpetrated by local police departments. To be sure, the City of Baltimore has paid millions for the police brutality in our city. Even THAT is not enough to indict the murderers freely roaming our streets, protected by their uniforms of blue.
It is time to wake up! Get your head out of your ass and wake up. Hell yes, this could happen to your child.
As a black mother, the very FIRST thing I taught my children when they were old enough to be on the street alone was how to interact with police officers. Move slowly; keep your mouth shut and your hands in plain view. WE all teach our children this. So why, once again, must we hear lies about an unarmed boy attempting to beat an officer? An officer armed with mace, Taser and gun.
I am angry. Angry that as a child I missed the civil rights movement and now in my 50’s don’t think I have the temperament to handle this in either a peaceful or constructive manner.
I implore each of you to ask how you can help. There are many ways other than money. Most involve giving your time and talent to create the mindset that better is not a dream. It is a right when it is diligently worked for. Many of our children need actual role models. Moms are getting younger and more often than not are ready to hit the street again once their children reach a certain age. I truly understand. The age when we feel we can finally relax is exactly the age when our children need the most attention.
If each of us assists just one child outside our families to grow and thrive, it will be a great start. I have done my part with several youngsters. A couple of ladies actually lived with me. My daughter begged me to let them stay here and took me to the home their mom had them in. It was a drug house and they had one bedroom to share. I took one look at it, spoke to their mom and told them to pack their clothes. Their mother did not take offense the way many mother now do. She knew how bad it was and was grateful she did not have to worry about them in that space. While I am not patting myself on the back, I also did not realize how major it was until years later. I lost track of them for about a decade. Today, one is now married and both are working. They still call me Mom.
Time to step up folks. Some of you may have to give up tee times or salon days. Time to actually give back to those who without our help have no chance of success.
Thanks for reading.
Michelle D. Smith
Michelle D. Smith is a visionary who seeks to share her knowledge with others. Showing how to use both spiritual and social skills in being a better you is her goal. Acknowledging the fact that most are searching for both truth and companionship, she seeks to bridge those "needs" with honesty, humor and creativity. Join her on this quest for the "new". Innovative ways of thinking, nurturing, loving and sharing, creates a new YOU!
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