It amazes me that so many people are upset at CNN anchor Rosemary Church, for asking a question during a broadcast about the use of tear gas instead of water cannons by the police to disperse some out of control protesting in Ferguson, Mo. Maybe her question was in poor taste, but I don't think her intentions were to imply that things should go back to the way things were in the 60s like some are arguing.
Instead of getting lured into endless arguments that can lead to violence, let’s become ambassadors demanding change. I understand that there is a major issue in our country with some white police officers (not all) killing unarmed black males, but there is also a major issue with black on black violence resulting in deaths. Both are totally unacceptable and have been going on for decades without being fully addressed. We really need to demand change!
Let me talk about the recent shooting death of 3 year old Knijah Bibb while visiting in Landover, Maryland. Her death was a direct result of black on black violence. Police believe Knijah was an unintended victim of shots fired during a fight outside the home she was in. The suspected shooter is Davon Antwan Wallace, 25, of Landover. At the time of this article being published, Wallace still remains at large.
The African-American community should be just as much in an uproar with the deaths of Knijah and many others that lost their lives due to senseless BOB violence. Where are the public outcries, protest and media coverage for her death? The same question could be asked about the BOB violence leading to deaths in Chicago and other U.S. towns and cities! I am not saying that Michael Brown’s shooting death by a policeman doesn’t deserve attention but BOB violence should get equal the amount as well.
It is high time that police brutality and BOB violence become high priority by the leaders of our local, state and federal governments. We should demand changes in policies with police use of force procedures! We also should demand more balanced coverage by the media as a whole. You would think that every AA in Ferguson participated in violent protest from some conservative media outlets. This was certainly not the case!
There’s certainly a need for change from our Civil Rights leaders because most are just interested in the higher profile incidents involving police brutality or BOB violence for their own personal gain! It’s also time for those in law enforcement that chooses to abuse their authority to stop treating African-Americans inhumanely and stop the racial profiling!
There’s also a need for change from some hip hop labels and artists. In particular the ones that choose to use violent lyrics which heavily influence the behavior of many African-American youth. There’s always the need to reduce community violence because this has a negative impact on our youth as well. I feel that the strongest deterrent to community violence is a healthy relationship between communities and law enforcement but with the lack of trust for the police by the majority in the AA community, prevention efforts can be a big challenge.
Finally, it’s very important we all promote self -respect and respect for others. Please, let’s all embrace promoting change over violence because only through positive changes will the issues with BOB violence and police brutality stop becoming so prevalent.
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