How long, O Lord, will I call for help, And You will not hear? Habakkuk 1:2
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
How do we as a people of color community cope with the unescapable truth of our men and boys being murdered by ‘no good’ police whose now exposed crippled mentality is threatening the integrity of law enforcement in America?
There seems to be a ‘police state” mentality that runs rampant throughout the police departments across this country.
It appears that a ghost from America’s past has resurfaced and is masquerading itself as honorable police people.
The horrors of slavery just won’t go away no matter by what means some of us refuse to honestly educate ourselves and others to just how entrenched its unwelcoming roots have buried themselves in his-story.
There are two systems of which the life-taking chokehold of slavery has endeavored to linger imprisoning our society; law enforcement and education; the latter is topic for another discussion at another time.
The prevalent ideology of the “Slave Catcher” has to be eradicated and replaced by a system of sociological acceptance with the understanding and appreciation of differences within the anthropology of man.
Unfortunately, this ubiquitous mentality of ‘kill what you catch’ is precipitated by some form of militarist experience, riddled with a long line of deep rooted racial superiority complexes rediscovered with the ‘Browning of America’.
I will be forever grateful for the heroic and gallant efforts of our military forces that have kept our country free.
However, because they served the country with patriotic zeal against our common foes, does not make them qualified or justified to serve as police officers to protect citizens of this country.
I’m sure that there are a myriad of antidotes to addressing this dilemma of Black males being beat up, degraded and killed by those who pose as police people; however, an immediate approach would be for the departments to change their employment habits by cutting back on the number of applicants with extensive aggressive background environments and recruit more with a sociology influence with the percentage being reflective of the population they serve.
It would help also if there were more Black psychologists who truly understand and appreciate the “Black experience”, involved with the screening process to eliminate potential candidates before they put on the uniform. The use of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) would be a great all-encompassing structure to fulfill what is needed to address the concerns of a community being killed by the officers designed to ‘protect and serve’.
It is shameful that “bad police people” have overshadowed the truly good ones, even though the ‘good ones’ have become the bad ones when they turn their heads and choose to have blind eyes to known behaviors that do not promote great policing attitudes.
When killing citizens by “protectors of the law,” have become the ‘order of the day’ and we allow this behavior to continue, America and its people have all become hypocrites and a misrepresentation of the truth!
Now I propose this question: “With each acrimonious behavior, from those who supposedly represent freedom; are we forced further away from our God or are we being led closer to Him?
“Then they will sweep through like the wind and pass on. But they will be held guilty, They whose strength is their god.” BBBBBHabakkuk 1:11 (NASB)
IN ALL THINGS DISCOVER THE WISDOM OF GOD