Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Terence Crutcher. Keith Lamar Scott. Those are just a few of the many Black men that were killed by police officers this year. While some may have been justified, others not so much, nobody deserves to die at the hands of the people that vowed to protect and serve us.
I have a 9 year old Black son that thankfully has not given me any trouble when it comes to his behavior and manners. However, in light of the turbulent racial climate that we’ve witnessed in recent years, I make it a point to not only talk to him about the proper ways to handle authority but also assure him that just because he is a Black male that doesn’t make him less respected or less loved. With that, here’s the one lesson we need to teach our Black sons in 2016.
Respect and Obey the Police
Unfortunately, I feel that Black men represent crime in the eyes of some if not most police officers. Honestly, I cannot place all the blame on them. I have to place some of the fault on us, Black people. To represent such a small percentage of the population, we commit a lot of crime. That of course has to do with the circumstances such as poverty, lack of jobs and opportunities, we deal with.
The same way that we teach our children to respect their elders, we have to teach them to respect authority, especially the police. I am so tired and disturbed at watching video after video of Black men bleeding out, dying. The most recent, Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott, were shot and killed ultimately because they disobeyed the police. Although I cannot agree with Officer Shelby for fatally shooting Mr. Crutcher, I wish that he would have just answered the officers’ questions and complied with their requests. The same way I wish Mr. Scott would have put down his alleged gun when the police repeatedly demanded him to do so.
Mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters let’s encourage our Black sons to obey and respect the law and those that are put in place to enforce them. Maybe just maybe this will reduce their chances of being killed by the police.
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