The sad reality is that there is no level of fear that a white parent lives with, that compares with what a black parent goes through when their child walks out the door.
I can’t imagine the fear and the constant communication that goes on, parent to child. “Keep your eyes fixed. Don’t raise your voice. Keep calm.”
"Keep calm." In a situation that deserves anything else but, and in a situation where a white raised voice would be commonplace, expected. In a situation where remaining calm and raising a voice could mean the difference between life and death. I simply can’t imagine. My privilege prevents me from fully comprehending something that should be foreign to every person on Earth.
We do a disservice by not monitoring peace officers regularly. We do a disservice by not making racial sensitivity training a monthly or weekly mandatory practice. We compound the problem when we allow police officials to use racial profiling and then publicly allow them to backtrack on its uses. We further compound the problem when we worry more about a white officer’s loss of his position and how it will affect HIS family.
We do a disservice by not speaking up about true atrocities, by not speaking up when we see even the smallest injustice.
Human to human we should do better. Human to human we need to do better.