An Open Letter to The Media, The Police Department, and The American People
The Nation cannot, will not heal until we address all the issues that the Media, The Department of Justice, The Educational System, and Americans keep sweeping under the rug.
Each time a minority is killed by a Peace Officer in America the Department of Justice and the Media blame the human being that was murdered—equivalent to blaming the victim of rape.
Within each police department across America there is bigotry. As long as Peace Officers are allowed to remain in positions that allows them to possess a gun on their hip and a badge on their chest the issues of mistreatment are going to remain. As long as other Peace Officers knowingly remain silent; their superiors knowingly allow the bigots to have contact with the public; all of them are guilty of not upholding to the Oath they swore by! All of them. Do not blame the Union for helping the bigots keep their jobs. Fire them. As the racist officers in California were fired.
Media outlets report bias facts and opinions…they go as far to interview people that will not say anything against what they are reporting. Just this day I heard someone on a news program state “We do not need to talk about slavery after all that was over 100 years ago.” This thought process is another part of the problem. We have to talk about it because from the beginning of slavery till this day, systems have remained in place so that White Americans thrive while so many other groups of people do not.
I understand that people do not want to address the issues in America because it makes people uncomfortable. Black people do not want to talk about slavery because of the miseducation of it, because it is embarrassing. White people do not want to talk about it, because well, “Some of my best friends are Black.” “I was not there so why should we talk about it?” “It was so long ago.” Those are excuses. The reality is that it is difficult to talk about, to accept, to deal with. Not dealing with it is not going to make it go away.
None of us can heal until we have leveled the playing field, none of us can heal until we stamp out bigotry and institutional racism. None of us.
Many people love to bring up black on black crime with each murder of a minority in America. No one mentions that when a Peace Officer is murdered 68% of the time it is at the hands of a White man.
As children we spend our entire school lives learning about White America, yes, there is Black History month; something I find insulting. Yes, it is insulting—Black History is American History! Whites have spent a lot of time and money making sure that what was taught in schools were White people facts. To deliberately leave out all the facts makes White History his story not the truth.
Many of us know the statistics of those incarcerated in America, the new slavery system.
Written within the 13th Article of the Constitution by the Forefathers that were slave holders themselves. I realize those incarcerated committed a crime, just as I know that Whites receive lessor sentences for the same crimes as well as worse crimes.
Until each American is treated with the same respect, the same opportunities, the same treatment there can be no healing of people in America.
People have the audacity to blame the President. Let all of us look at ourselves; for anyone that has witnessed bigotry, bias, or any other injustice and said nothing—you are just as guilty as the person that did the deed.