Growing up it always amazed me about how people made heroes out of cops, because for me, cops were something to be weary of. People of color have very different experiences in this society than White people. This is something that many White people don’t understand. We have to utilize a different set of rules when we interact in society and specifically the police.
For people of color“The Talk” is nothing new. Parents have to teach their children, especially males, on how to interact with the police, it literally could save their life. This talk is basically the do’s and donts when having encounters with the police.
From a very young age I learned that not all cops play by the rules and follow the laws that they are paid to uphold. I personally have been ruffed up and mistreated dozens of times by the police for unjust reasons or no reason at all.
I now have had to have this talk with my own son, who was recently abused and ruffed up by the police.
Mayor of New York City, Bill De Blasio, whose son is half Black, took flack from the NYC police union for publicly speaking about having this talk with his son for many years. Especially after the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. But he knows the reality of our society.
So far this year at least 31 unarmed African Americans have been shot and killed by the police. This does not include the unarmed African Americans like Freddie Gray in Baltimore, who was killed by the police but not shot.
I wish we didn’t have to have these conversations with our children. Speaking to a young child about how they could be abused by the cops is not a fun conversation to have. But that knowledge could be the difference in being alive, or dead.