We are a developed world, we have cures for illnesses that couldn’t even be named. We have computers, telephones, cameras, typewriters all in one tiny phone. We have developed thoughts and developed ideas. Yet it’s a shame to see a world where we are so developed yet there is still an issue of skin colour. People still see races inferior to others, people still think that they are better than others purely based on the fact that they were born with another skin colour. It’s sad that it is so extreme people die, the reason being just because they are different. Just because people can’t see past their ancient beliefs. Just because people can’t seem to change , even if that change is for the better.
Police brutality is a serious issue and has become more noticeably recently. In a recent speech Trump even gave a supposed ‘joke’ about police being able to be more violent and the police officers cheered. Of course, not all police officers are murdering racists but unfortunately a lot are. There is also a terrible connections towards race and white supremacy in police brutality.
Here are some facts about police brutality that should shock you:
1. On average, in the United States, a police officer takes the life of a citizen every 7 hours.
2. In 2015, there were 1,307 people who lost their lives at the hands of a police officer or law enforcement official. In 2016, that number was 1,152.
3. 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.
4. 43% of police officers agree with this sentiment: “Always following the rules is not compatible with the need to get their job done.”
5. 1 in 4 people who are killed by law enforcement officials in the United States are unarmed.
It’s awful to hear stories about innocent black people who are killed just because of their race. Even a 15 year old boy called Jordan Edwards was killed and unarmed; he wasn’t the first or last teenager that was killed by police. Police brutality is one of hem and a major reason why Black Lives Matter is such an important matter.
Black Lives Matter is an international activist campaign against violence and systematic violence towards black people. Many people criticise the movement, claiming that they don’t fight black-on-black crime, they are sexist and racist and then the hashtag #bluelivesmatter and #alllivesmatter we’re created. However All lives matter is really stupid because BLM has never said that don’t care for all lives, it just wants to focus on the issue of black lives seeming to not matter. You wouldn’t say to a fire man while he’s saving a burning building ‘Don’t do that, all buildings matter’. Or you wouldn’t go to a breast cancer event and say ‘Don’t raise money for this, all cancers matter’. That seems silly doesn’t it, so why do people say it about black lives matter.
If you are wondering that you can do to help the cause there are things that you can do. First of all, stand up for the movement with friends, family, people at school. That may not seem like that much but if you are doing you’re bit around your area think about how eventually that will make an impact. You can also just listen to the moment with out trying to defend yourself, with moments like BLM you have to be open minded. Talk to local politicians and ask them how they are going to help police brutality. Donate to victim’s family’s. If you have it use your privilege to help others to see the meaning of BLM. Also help good police offers speak up because like I said before not all police offers are bad. Keep resisting.