STOP THE VIOLENCE IN AMERICA!
My heart is quite troubled by the events that have occurred this week in the US. Individuals chose to kill rather than to see their victims’ humanness. A four-year old girl sat in the back seat of a car and witnessed someone she knew killed by a police officer. Later she comforts her mother and says “Mommy, it will be O.K.” No, Sweetheart it is not O.K., and will never be O.K. Her innocence was taken the moment she witnessed the police officer shoot and kill an innocent man. What message does this send to this young child? Will she now grow up to have hatred towards police officers? As she grows up, will she turn to violence as a way of dealing with her conflicts?
I respect police officers and have not had a major problem with the ones I have encountered. I have only had one incident of “Driving While Black” and that occurred in Buffalo, New York, 8 years ago. It was a minor incident, but it happened! Just a reminder that though I view police officers in a positive way, some may not view me in the same manner.
My parents taught me to respect and to trust police officers. I grew up believing that police officers were our friends. I recall the great sorrow my parents and I had when we found out that two of our police officer friends had died while on duty. Our hearts were broken.
Despite all that has happened between visible minorities and police officers in the US, my views and interactions with police officers continue to be guided by respect. When I see a police officer, my initial response is not fear but respect. As I am driving or walking around town, I do not worry about whether I will be targeted because of the color of my skin.
Yes, there are bad police officers and there always will be. Bad police officers must be held accountable for their actions. Killing police officers because they are white is unconscionable. Killing innocent citizens is unconscionable. A four-year girl witnessing a killing is unconscionable. We as a society need to value human life more. We must strive to uphold the value of each person; regardless of their appearance, beliefs, gender, sexual orientation and etc. We are all created in the image of God and deserve to be treated as such. We must pray for healing, understanding and forgiveness to occur. We need to do better! We can do better!