No offense to anyone upset by these protests, but black Americans have spent the last ten years thanks to the advent of social media and camera phones having to relieve a personal hell what feels like every other month. We're sick and tired of it. We've tried to protest peacefully. Nothing changed, and people criticized us for protesting peacefully too. So we're fed up, and this is the result. You don't have to like it, but I really wish people would understand it. I'm tired of people being more outraged over the rioting than they are over lives being lost.
I'm honestly not worried about looters and arsonists right now. I want justice for every single innocent person victimized by police brutality. We've lost to many men, women and children for me to care about a Target being vandalized and looted. Physical things can be replaced. The lives we've lost can't be. If we don't push for change, this will keep happening.
What will that change look like, lilyrose? It is a call made after the numerous incidents of publicized police brutality (the ones we know of) and racial profiling, yet here we are again.
CNN H/O being burned down: very little journalistic integrity, so no great loss. However, looting is indiscriminate. The losses are suffered by the communities in which the looting occurs (income, access to services, education, libraries). CNN, Target most certainly have insurance in place to cover public unrest. The Mom and Pop shop around the corner does not. These Mom and Pop shops are likely to be Black/Hispanic/Native Indian/Other PoC. They can lose everything in looting incidents. We have seen this back home. This sets into motion another generation of poverty. Poverty has unfortunately a predominant
colour in the States and back home but is present in all race /ethnic groups.
In this Wiki article on Police Brutality: https://en.wikipedia.org/...lity_in_the_United_States
...Police brutality can be associated with racial profiling. Differences in race, religion, politics, or socioeconomic status often exist between police and the citizenry. Some police officers may view the population (or a particular subset thereof) as generally deserving of punishment. Portions of the population may perceive the police to be oppressors. In addition, there is a perception that victims of police brutality often belong to relatively powerless groups, such as minorities, the disabled, and the poor.
GGMM has shared her terrifying experience when stopped by the cops. Their attitude to her changed once they discovered that she was not a poor, powerless Black woman but worthy of respect because of the socio-economic status of her mom. GGMM remained Black during the entire encounter but the attitude to her changed.
When looting occurs in our communities, we lose the momentum and resources (income, libraries, schools, clinics) we need to end the generational poverty. Looting serves no-one. It makes us all poorer. And so the cycle continues and we further entrench the colour of the powerless/disenfranchised/impoverished.
The fury, injustice, discrimination, that drives the looting is understandable. Sorry, I cannot condone it: there is too much at stake!
Whatever our ethnic origins, might our efforts not be better rewarded by ensuring the programmes/interventions put in place after every Black life lost to police brutality, is implemented so that we do not require another human sacrifice as a reminder? Then, we need not just dream of a society in which socioeconmic status and the perceived dignity of life that goes with it, does not have a colour, better still, that all life has dignity irrespective of colour or socio-economic status.
On a related note:
https://en.wikipedia.org/..._against_Native_AmericansR.I.P George Floyd. You lost your life over an alleged measly counterfeit bill. The cost of the loss of your life is now running into the millions/billions. If only you had seen a fraction of that when you were alive, you might have been treated with more dignity and might still be with us.
Native Americans ages 20Ė24, 25Ė34, and 35Ė44 are three of the five groups most likely to be killed by police (the others are Black people 20Ė24 and 25Ė34) making them more likely than any other racial group to be killed by police despite the fact that they only make up 1.2% of the population of the United States.
Native Americans are 3.1 times more likely than white Americans to be killed by police. Police brutality, especially killings, are underreported, however, because officer's frequently visually assess one's race and Native Americans are often mistaken for Black, White, or Hispanic.
In a study of hate crimes and police violence against Native Americans, Silent Victims, Barbara Perry interviewed 278 Native Americans as well as non-Native service providers from eight tribes in seven states. Her interviewees frequently reported "police misconduct Ö running the continuum from negligence to extreme forms of violence." She concluded that, "they can neither trust the police to respect their rights, nor to protect them when others violate their rights."