Updated: Sep 28, 2020
We all have moments where we feel helpless and alone. Some days we are desperate for the sense that we have someone on our side. For most of us, this need derives from having a distressing day at our job, worrying about money, or merely getting a parking ticket. It is apart human nature to want to feel safe and understood by our peers, but what if your helplessness is caused by uncontrollable aspects such as your race, gender, or sexual orientation? How do you cope with the feeling that you are in constant danger because you are a part of a diverse group? American society has made too many people always feel the need to be on high alert to survive, and it calls for a drastic change.
White Privilege: Using it for Good For those born into white families, the struggle to understand other ethnic groups' fears can be a challenging task. Caucasian people typically feel that it is safe for them to go to law enforcement to help them out of dangerous situations, but this is not the case for most of America. Statistical research shows that "on average, in the United States, a police officer takes a citizen's life every 7 hours". The rate of fatal encounters occurs at roughly 50% higher in the African American community versus the white community. The US. Department of Justice stated that "52% of police officers report that it is not unusual for law enforcement officials to turn a blind eye to the improper conduct of other officers".
Department, P., & 31, A. (2020, August 31). Police shootings: Rate by ethnicity U.S. 2015-2020. Retrieved September 10, 2020, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/1123070/police-shootings-rate-ethnicity-us/
Flying a Civil Rights flag can allow diverse groups to feel safe in the communities they have helped to build; we must acknowledge our fellow citizens' pain. We can no longer let the government to maltreat varied humans. This land was supposedly built on freedom, yet we continue to deny its lack within our societies.
Standing for civil rights is standing for human rights. Ending the violence against African American and Hispanic communities is the only way to find peace. We strengthen our world by revolting against and stopping the cruelty that surrounds us every day.
The importance of demonstrating our support for the various movements has never been more evident. We must stop repeating history and start to think about the future we want for our children and our grandchildren. Together we can create a world that is culturally diverse and accepting of all walks of life.
The Question: There are ultimately two opportunities. Will you choose to continue hiding from the mess America has created, or will you decide to support those affected by it?
Other Citations: Gaille, L. (2020, June 10). 42 Shocking Police Brutality Statistics. Retrieved September 10, 2020, from https://vittana.org/42-shocking-police-brutality-statistics