It's 2016 and we here in America, are still having conversations about which lives matter?! Wow- and I'd like to think that because this is the most progressive, technologically advanced, and diverse country in the world, we would know the answer to that question. Or do we?
What are the answers? Who has the answers? Is it a collective issue? Is it a government issue? Is it an individual issue?
I believe that we all know the answer, but the evidence/stats show that the incidents that involve wrongful treatment from law enforcement, primarily still involve minority groups. It's not misinformation that groups are reacting to. However, the data does not report how the person was acting at the time, but it does report who was involved, who lost their life, who was incarcerated, or who was handed over a sentence.
I believe that historical incidents also play a role in how reactive people can become. For example, the Rodney King incident still resonates strongly in my mind and I know that it resonates strongly in other people's minds. It was such a traumatic event for many of us who saw that video clip of him being beaten over and over again. So imagine being an African American/Black watching that clip over and over again and what it did to his or her psyche. And then imagine being Caucasian/White and watching that clip over and over again and how they too must've been affected.
Many people have worked hard to put in place many anti-bullying campaigns in schools and many of our minorities have grown up listening to a ton of these lectures only to see that the bullying or perceived bullying is being perpetrated by those in position of trust and power. This can easily lead to a bit of confusion and mistrust.
As a psychology major and counselor for many years it is apparent that a human being will react according to their senses and experiences. If they are exposed to experiences in where they will have a reason or perceived reason to defend themselves they will. And it works both ways because both sides want respect and to stay alive if it went to that extent.
I believe that it is so easy to be reactive based on continued tragic incidents like the ones from yesterday because it is such an emotionally charged issue that hasn't yet been resolved across America. I know that good work has been done to address it and many precincts have made it a priority, but some haven't followed. It is about life and death after all. Something of huge importance.
Don't want to seem pessimistic because I know that we are human beings who do want what's best for each other in America because All Lives Matter (ALM)! I want to be part of the solution. I want my children and everyone's children to be treated with dignity and respect. We are capable-Very!
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