So last night I watched the movie ‘Fruitvale Station’, and I can’t remember crying for a movie since ‘The Notebook’. The movie is about 22 year old Oscar Grant who was shot and murdered by a BART police officer at a train station, for no reason. I guess what brought me to tears is the fact that he had a daughter and now she is forced to be raised without her father. And then the injustice served to Oscar Grant and his family because the police officer who shot him claimed he mistook his gun for his taser and was only convicted of involuntary manslaughter, as oppose to first degree murder. At that he only received a 2 year sentence and served 11 months and was released. This happened on January 1st, 2009.
When will this injustice towards profiling black men come to an end? Excuse me Officers, but not everybody black man in America is a criminal! And not every black man who has committed crimes, will do so again! Instead of continuously pointing the finger at them, and making them suspects before the crime is committed, we need to empower them to be better. We live in a society where we enslave ourselves mentally because we expect that from everybody else, but we need to break those mental shackles. Black men and women we need to free ourselves from our own oppression. Until we do that, we will never be able to be truly free. We will constantly be a target, and be subjected to matters such as Oscar Grant. How many YOUNG, BLACK men have to die before we realize this? How many of your friends have you lost due to black on black crime? How many of you guys are tired of being picked on by police who claim they are just doing their job? And I’m not saying “F*** the police,” because not all police officers are like this, many of them do the right thing; PROTECT AND SERVE. But there are too many racist, and corrupt cops. So much change needs to be done but if you want change in the world you have to start within.
This is a new year, a new opportunity to have an impact. To make change, to be better, to set ourselves FREE.
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