The people, who know me, know how I feel about the Mike Brown situation; it is more of a class issue than a race issue (if you want to know why, ask, but I am sure you will get it by the end). At the same time, I realize a lot of white people break black people up into two groups “Black people” and “niggers”. “Black people” are safe in the eyes of White people; they’re everyday people: tax payers and the people you can work and live with. “Niggers” are the scum of the earth; they are dirty, careless, angry, and people you want to rid the earth of. A lot of White people tend to base these groups on where you live. I can tell you from personal experiences that I was pulled over more in the first three years of my driving life than I have the last 11 years. I can promise you nothing has changed but my zip code and income. Now, we have these White cops joining the police force to “police” our neighborhoods that have this same Black people and Nigger’s mentality way of thinking. These Black people do not look like or talk like the ones they are used to. They are afraid of what they think are… niggers.
Police officers have to understand Black people from the hood grow up fearing you, hating you, or just not trusting you. So, if the only time you are around is looking to put someone in handcuffs, you have failed. I’m not saying all Black people are innocent but we need to start a change to stop taking people’s lives. Somehow we let the media paint these kids as terrible people. By the time there is a trial, you would think that these kids are convicted felonies.
We are tired of being portrayed as criminals before we are even found guilty. Cops think they are the law, judge, and jury. I do not think all cops are this way, but there are a lot of cops that have the mentality to shoot first and ask questions later. It is time to start a change; I would ask every cop that patrols in the hood, to just pull their car over and walk around, maybe knock on some doors and shake some hands to be known in the community.
They should understand that people are going to be hesitant at first, but it will help and they will start to see you in a different light and warm up to you. If people feel like you are there to help them, then they will make your job easier. Grabbing bad guys should not be the main focus of the police force, but it should be pride in making our neighborhoods safe for everyone.
Remember to Keep It GC,
Adrian “GC Smooth” Taylor