It seems that on a daily basis we continue to come across cases after case of ‘cop on black abuse’ where cops come into the black community and use their badges as the excuse to use black men, women and children as punching bags for their own psychotic thinking. If we are not their personal punching bags then our communities become shooting ranges and we become target practice for them to shoot and either maim or kill us. This is not a new phenomena, it has been going on for centuries and black communities throughout the U.S. have been under constant attack by these assassins with badges.
When we take a look back in history we know that there was a transition that took place, where the slave patrols took on a more organized role, becoming the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police). We would be naive to think that when this transition took place all of a sudden white police officers just saw the light and decided to treat all of it’s communities that it patrolled fairly, including its newly freed black population. In fact it was just the opposite. There is plenty of historical documentation showing that the police patrolled black communities with a dictators type mentality, coming in as scavengers literally rape, robbing and pillaging the community they were sent to supposedly serve and protect. This act of deviant behavior by police forces across the country has gone on for centuries in the black community with no let up. It has not been addressed directly because the issues of white racism and white supremacy have never been dealt with directly.
So when politicians and government officials feed our communities a line that the police and the black community have to find a way to get along, it is really laughable and it lets me know that they are simply trying to put a bandaid on a much bigger wound that they don’t want to address. The problem is not, nor has it ever been, with the black community. It has always been and will continue to be with white racism itself and until that issue is addressed then these acts will continue. They say the first step to recovery is admitting that there is a problem and as the black community continues to wait for these agencies and departments to admit that they need to dismantle their system and rebuild because it is not working and has not served the black community in the most positive way, our communities should refrain from calling the cops when at all possible. The reason being, our people are ending up dead at the hands of these cops. We need to govern ourselves anyway. You rarely see cops being called in suburban areas, partly due to the fact that there are community watch groups in those neighborhoods. What we need in our black communities is for men to step up and be men. Get out and start mentoring to our youth. Be a strong presence in the community consistently so that people know who you are and what you stand for. Show strength but also show love because that is what our communities lack the most, LOVE. We can’t sit back and wait for the police to do the right thing because history has shown us that they never have. If we want to see change then we have to be the change makers ourselves.