I can’t breathe: Lives of Blacks also matter- Killing of Black People in US

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In this article we are going to share why the life of black people also matter and what people think about killing of Black people by US Police:

  1. It’ll definitely be a year to remember
  2. Regardless of your stance, political or otherwise. I think we can all agree that SOMETHING needs to change within the laws.
  3. Police should face the exact same punishments and liabilities like every normal citizen should. Absolutely. I think this is the major point that needs to be highlighted. The police are citizens not gods. They need to obey the exact same laws as everyone else. I’m talking from cell phone use while driving and speeding to assault and murder. Cops are US citizens and need to be held to US law just like every other citizen. End police unions except for pensions, and end qualified immunity.
  4. If anything they should be held to a higher standard with more severe punishments. They throw away people’s futures and very lives with their choice of actions. With great power comes great responsibility. Your life is in their hands just as much as it would be in a doctor’s.
  5. It’s less the laws and more the fact that they aren’t being informed. What was done to George Floyd and many others was clearly illegal, but the law was simply not enforced. The real problem is that police are practically immune to the law due to it not being enforced on them. If the laws already in place were enforced the way they are meant to be, a vast majority of our crime issues would likely be fixed in some capacity. the only problem is finding people to enforce these laws that are unbiased, which unfortunately is very hard to find these days.
  6. The MPLS Pd union should not have have kept this guy on the force after 17 complaints including for excessive force and one killing.
  7. The laws are not the problem. Enforcement and prosecution is a problem which has allowed training and culture in police departments to be what it is.
  8. I’m not American but I can see this cycle happening again and again. Something happens, people get angry, riot, promises made, things settle down, nothing happens until something happens and it starts all over again. Seems to have been happening decade after decade.
  9. One of the big proposed changes I saw was to make it so every cop has to have liability insurance, the same way doctors have malpractice insurance. That means that
  10. A) If someone sues a cop for committing brutality, taxpayers don’t have to pay for it.
  11. B) If a cop does get caught and sued for it, his insurance rates wil go up, making it more expensive for him to keep being a cop. This would be a deterrence for him/his department.
  12. Obviously this is far from the only thing that could/should be done, but I thought that was a great and simple to understand proposal that would make a real difference.
    I like the insurance idea a lot more than the “Take lawsuits from their pension” idea, as the latter would encourage more coverups. Having a third party of serious people in grey suits auditing bad departments?
  13. the only way to keep one group in check from corruption would be to give another group a reason to expose them. I always think people should be more investigative to cops rather than less.
  14. I’ve been saying this for YEARS. No one wants to take responsibility for their actions. If people would just hold each other accountable to being a better human, this world would change remarkably.
  15. Specifically for this situation we’re experiencing, we need to reform police education/academies.
  16. I just finished my first year of engineering school. In less than the time it took me to complete 1/4 of my degree, I could’ve have already gone through police training and be on the streets patrolling today.
  17. I consider my future career to have less liability than that of police officers’. If it takes me four years to be considered adequately trained for my field, police should at least be required to commit the same amount of time to their training.
  18. Its overwhelmingly evident too many cops leave training while still harboring deep rooted biases that cause them fear and unnecessary harm to others. Too often, police overestimate a reasonable amount of force to use on a “threatening” individual. Improving their education is the only way I think we’ll see a change.
  19. We need regular psychological evaluations as well. A lot of cops seem to have this ‘I’m so powerful you can’t touch me’ thing going on.
  20. The Stanford prison experiment was an interesting display of power going to people’s heads. They had to stop because it was getting too intense. Imagine where we’d be if they’d finished that study.
  21. When I see what happened to George Floyd or Rodney King, I don’t see a failure of training, I see a failure of basic humanity. If you have to train someone to have humanity, they’re already a lost cause as far as a police candidate is concerned, and should never have been allowed to set foot in an academy.
  22. I saw a live stream from Charleston where they were organizing and getting ready to march. The police were right next to the protesters and the two parties were talking and working with each other about what needs to be done so that everyone involved can go home safely after. It was very civil and honestly uplifting to see black protesters working with white police officers in this political climate, and in a way that makes sure no one gets hurt, innocent people don’t lose homes or business.
  23. Another protester got up and said that he talked to the neighborhood association asking permission to use certain streets and how they need to be respectful of the property because destroying it isn’t going to help anyone.
  24. BUT THEN!! some stupid little white kid got up, and I quote, “they want us to be peaceful… we need to fuck everything up to get our point across!” He was met with boos and blank stairs.
  25. The whole stream was a great example on how the peaceful people in the crowd protesting are the ones who want real change and the rioters dont care about the cause, they just want to watch this country burn. Literally and metaphorically.
  26. I went to the protest in my city tonight. Last night, protesters in a nearby city were repeatedly tear-gassed over minor vandalism (graffiti and such).
  27. I’m not a big “civic pride” person, but I was proud of my city tonight. The protest was peaceful, even with a couple thousand people there (it’s not a big city). The police actually joined in instead of attacking anyone. The cops knelt with us for 8 minutes. The chief of police gave a short speech about how they were there in solidarity and want to keep an open dialogue with the people of the community. When I thanked a group of officers for not letting our community become part of the problem, one of them told me, “We’re pissed off about this too.”
  28. It was a nice reminder that even though our country seems pretty fucked right now, there are good people on each side, legitimately fighting for change.
  29. I’ve seen videos of protesters, mostly black, pleading with white males to stop vandalizing property. It’s heartbreaking. And then doubly so to see conservative media point to those same instances of vandalism to discredit the protests.
  30. I wouldn’t even limit it to conservative media. No major news media outlet is covering this the way it actually is because watching people peacefully protesting isn’t “jucie” enough.

    Im a right leaning moderate and I don’t trust any of the news I see from big news sources. Fox, CNN, MSNBC etc. Are all garbage in their own way because all they care about is dropping the next biggest lie they can come up with that will get people to watch

  31. I want to start by saying that when I say Black Lives Matter- there is an implied “too” at the end. I am NOT saying my life matters more, or your life matters less. Just that mine is equally important and not viewed as such by unfortunately, many people. “All Lives Matter” is disrespectful because it negates the purposeful attention we are trying to draw to black injustice specifically. I need you to please understand that racism is not the racism they taught us in school anymore.

    Modern racism is giving black people higher interest rates or bad loans (which a bank was sued millions for doing in 2017!). It’s relators purposely not showing black people houses in nicer areas. It’s companies only hiring 1-5 black people for their quota and not for their merit, which is ironically racist towards whites who potentially deserved it more- spurring more division. It’s colleges only accepting black people to make themselves look good on paper instead of actually valuing that students strengths & potential. It’s enforcing laws in school that don’t allow black people to wear their natural hair because it is “unprofessional” and a “distraction” to other students. It’s makeup companies only having 1-3 dark foundation shades because we are a “demographic” without money & thus not worth pursuing- and then suddenly coming out with more shades once they see how successful Rihanna was when she acknowledged us. It’s crooked police purposely going into low income areas, scanning license plates, and purposely ticketing people they know cannot afford it, so that they will go to jail for outstanding tickets and become a part of the for-profit prison pipeline. It’s fashion companies & movies using damaging stereotypes of black people instead of showing how diverse and beautiful our people are, thus instilling an untrue idea of what “black people” are to others across the world (imagine you’re from a place with no black people- if all the movies & shows portray us a certain way, you’ll assume that must be true).

    When I first started at my old place of employment, a very nice tech company, I had a black janitor stop me one morning as I was heading up to the office, tears in his eyes. He gripped my shoulder; his hands frail, wrinkled- and told me how proud of me he was. How happy he was that a little black girl was working at “one of them tech companies”. I hugged him & told him thank you. When I tell you I ran to the bathroom and bawled my eyes out. I was so grateful, but that is a heavy burden to carry- not only was I working for me, I was working for him, for all my ancestors who didn’t have a chance. And when I was let go 2 months ago, it hit hard because it felt like not only did I fail me, I failed them. I realize it was not my fault, a virus hit the country and I was a part of a mass layoff. But do you see how race played into my emotional state, something most others wouldn’t have to deal with?

    So please, when you see Black Lives Matter, when you see protest, know that all we’re asking for is change. Yes we have civil rights, but why are you scoffing at us asking for more? Why are we expected to accept the bare minimum? As a kid (mind you I was born in 1996) I was given the talk that my skin means I have to conduct myself a certain way, in certain environments, for my own safety. That people will fear me for simply having too much melanin. That I will be black first, yourelovely second until I die. I am trying my hardest to create a future where I don’t have to give my kids that same speech, where I don’t have to pass down that generational trauma.

    If you have questions about the protesting, the movement, modern racism- ask me please! I know it can be a heated topic and the only way to change that is to have an open dialogue and educate. This is me offering the olive branch, me saying I am hurting and still have nothing but love in my heart. Too often we are too busy trying to share our thoughts that we don’t hear others.

  32. Imagine that you’re sitting down to dinner with your family, and while everyone else gets a serving of the meal, you don’t get any. So you say “I should get my fair share.” And as a direct response to this, your dad corrects you, saying, “everyone should get their fair share.” Now, that’s a wonderful sentiment — indeed, everyone should, and that was kinda your point in the first place: that you should be a part of everyone, and you should get your fair share also. However, dad’s smart-ass comment just dismissed you and didn’t solve the problem that you still haven’t gotten any!

    The problem is that the statement “I should get my fair share” had an implicit “too” at the end: “I should get my fair share, too, just like everyone else.” But your dad’s response treated your statement as though you meant “only I should get my fair share”, which clearly was not your intention. As a result, his statement that “everyone should get their fair share,” while true, only served to ignore the problem you were trying to point out.

    That’s the situation of the “black lives matter” movement. Culture, laws, the arts, religion, and everyone else repeatedly suggest that all lives should matter. Clearly, that message already abounds in our society.

    The problem is that, in practice, the world doesn’t work the way. You see the film Nightcrawler? You know the part where Renee Russo tells Jake Gyllenhal that she doesn’t want footage of a black or latino person dying, she wants news stories about affluent white people being killed? That’s not made up out of whole cloth — there is a news bias toward stories that the majority of the audience (who are white) can identify with. So when a young black man gets killed (prior to the recent police shootings), it’s generally not considered “news”, while a middle-aged white woman being killed is treated as news. And to a large degree, that is accurate — young black men are killed in significantly disproportionate numbers, which is why we don’t treat it as anything new. But the result is that, societally, we don’t pay as much attention to certain people’s deaths as we do to others. So, currently, we don’t treat all lives as though they matter equally.

    Just like asking dad for your fair share, the phrase “black lives matter” also has an implicit “too” at the end: it’s saying that black lives should also matter. But responding to this by saying “all lives matter” is willfully going back to ignoring the problem. It’s a way of dismissing the statement by falsely suggesting that it means “only black lives matter,” when that is obviously not the case. And so saying “all lives matter” as a direct response to “black lives matter” is essentially saying that we should just go back to ignoring the problem.

    TL;DR: The phrase “Black lives matter” carries an implicit “too” at the end; it’s saying that black lives should also matter. Saying “all lives matter” is dismissing the very problems that the phrase is trying to draw attention to.

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