The things that we lost that day
My post today about we lost is about a recent massacre that has caused uproar in the United States. What we thought we were past has resurfaced itself in a very tragic way, The first thing that we lost is the ability of blame.
At the start of July, a tragedy unfolded in Minneapolis that was caught on video which would shake the world, and cause a chain reaction of unfortunate slaughters to occur. A black man was shot during a traffic incident by a cop, and died. His GirlFriend videotaped it and posted it all over Facebook/Instagram. I found several problems with this issue when it was first press released.
My first response was to ignore the obvious race focus that press is forcing upon us. I feel this issue alone caused another tragedy to occur. I responded to the woman who decided videotaping the incident was more logical than driving that damned car to the hospital. I can’t imagine what it is like to watch someone die before your eyes but I certainly would not videotape the incident. We lose the impact of the story when it is being videotaped and not told. Would the man have survived? We do not know. Would he have prevented a massacre? Possibly.
My second response is that it is obvious the video was meant to spark anger. I know the cops against blacks seems to be a real issue. But cops are against law breaking it’s apart of their contract. Cops are human. They react based on what they know. We have no idea if the cop was in his right mind. I am against racism believe me but the issue of cops shooting people without reason does not just pertain to blacks even though the media only shines its rays of light on it. People believe what they see and hear but not what they feel. I feel like we are doing wrong by saying it is just a racist issue. It is not.
The police are meant to protect and serve not shoot on site. There was a man in my town that was running around drunk waving a toy gun. The officers shot him multiple times because they felt the toy gun was a weapon. Oh...did I forget to mention the man was white. This doesn’t get a rise out of you I bet? It doesn’t make you want to go get justice for the injustice done here. Neither did my town. Race is not the problem with the injustice of our police force. Our police are the problem. I’m not saying every cop is a problem because for every bad cop there is a good cop that would bend over backwards to stop someone from shooting people without using a gun. Guns and violence are our problem. I’ll delve into that more later.
On the day that the man was shot at the traffic stop by a white police officer we lost our battle against racism. What I mean is that the media exploited it like it was a very perfect piece of treasure, and made us believe that this problem was strictly a race one. We’ve been fighting racism since Martin Luther King came around, and I feel we’ve done a pretty hella good job up till now apparently. Though, I honestly believe the word race is our problem. There is only one human race on this Earth. It is called human. The pigments of our skin are colors not race. It’s like classifying an orange cat as its own race. Yea...wouldn’t that get odd.
We have different shades of skin but remain the same race. Rather than use the word race to define us I think we should use the word Nationality like what country you were born in. If you are Indian you mark your nationality as Native American. Race as a word creates hostility. We will forever be a hostile world if we continue to breed our youth into this belief that the color of their skin matters more than their personality.
Now, Let’s go back to the fact that the officer that shot the man was a Chinese heavy set guy. AHHH....A very funny fact. He was not white but Chinese. The pigment of skin could easily be mistaken as a lighter skinned Chinese man. But the fact of the matter is this is not a white against black hate crime. Actually, it could not even be a hate crime but rather an accident. The man could of felt threatened for one reason or another. . We do not know, and I am not screaming that the cop did the right thing. I believe shooting anyone for any reason is wrong. A cop killed an innocent man. This headline would raise heads, and not create such an extreme backlash that it did.
I’m going to delve into what happened next after this minor incident that got so much publicity. Not too long after this incident there was a sniper in Dallas, Texas shooting cops up. Yes. A completely opposite event. The worst about this is that is the most deadliest attack against law enforcement since 9/11 attacks. Our attack chose to snipe these officers during an apparent peaceful rally against law-enforcement shootings. Five officers were killed and seven were injured. But where was the racism? People were more shocked that officers were sniped and shot than the color of the skin of the officers. ( isn’t that an improvement?)
What I am going to say is that incident got connected all over social media with the cop that killed a man unjustly. Two wrongs do not make a right. If we continue to shed light on situations that are so different we begin to get confusion. Our first step is to get rid of race. Just eliminate the word on our birth certificates and replace it with Nationality. This way if you are Caucasian or black your birth certificate will say the same thing- You are American. People can now hate you for sharing the same nationality as the everyone in your country rather than a skin tone. We have progressed so much that there are so many people in America. But if we said to check American, and state...it would do the same thing as asking race.
There needs to be a change. We need to care about people's character, and actions rather than what they look like. We need to stop comparing ourselves against one another, and uniting. We are witnessing far too much terrorism without the unity to face it. We are too busy complaining over race to notice the people being slaughtered over seas. Let’s start caring. Let’s start loving each for who we are. Acceptance brings forth a better movement.What we lost that day was our ability to accept. We can't accept that it was just an unjust action that needs to be prevented rather than a racial one, and that our law enforcement may need some well deserved maintenance but not all cops are bad. Cops are human just like us.