The important issues for Black women:
Essence Magazine did a poll consisting of Black women. Joy Reid revealed the results on her show on Sunday.
Concerning the 2020 Election, UNDECIDED got the largest share of ‘ who is your choice’, and then Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Most important issue for Black women:
Criminal Justice Reform.
I understand that.
Those that want to mischaracterize this position of those that want Criminal Justice Reform say that we hate cops. That we don’t want cops in our neighborhood. That’s not true. We want police in our neighborhoods. We pay taxes. We are citizens. We know that there are criminals out there. We just don’t want everyone with a certain skin color to be treated like criminals. We only want equal justice under the law.
We want the ability to raise our children so that their lives aren’t shrouded in fear.
Peanut is now 11. You know, she’s growing up and maturing, and staking out her independence. It’s sort of sad, but, I accept that’s how it’s going to be as she grows up. But, every once in awhile, she’ll come in and start talking to me about random stuff, and I know that eventually, she will get around to what she really wants to talk about with me.
The other day, she wanted to talk about the police. Would I be mad at her if she joined the police? I told her that I wouldn’t be mad at her, but, that, no, I wouldn’t want her to become a cop. She was like, ‘ maybe I could be one of the good ones.’, and that hurt me. Then, we started talking about cases that had been in the news, and she knew about the outcomes of the cases, as well as how the victims of police misconduct had died.
Peanut is bi-racial, and she has White looking Hispanic relatives on the other side of her family. When she told me that they don’t have to bother about their contact with the police because they look White and she doesn’t….that stabbed me in the heart. Then she was like, ‘I might have a run in with the police, but, ICE would be more inclined to pick them up.”
WHY does an 11 year old know this? WHY can’t she just be an 11 year old child? Do you know the anger and sadness that I felt? I’m the adult. I’m part of her village. I feel it’s my job to protect her, and yet, I feel helpless. Torn, between wanting to shield her, and then, yet, if we don’t prepare her for possible encounters with the police, then we aren’t doing our jobs as those who love her. The rage in knowing that, even if we try and prepare her as best we can, it might not still be enough. That she’ll come across the ‘wrong cop’.
That’s TERRORISM against this community. We shouldn’t have to live like this. Our children shouldn’t have to live like this. They should be allowed to have their childhoods.
But, tell that to Tamir Rice or Rekia Boyd.
How can I not be honest with her, when she sees that this can be the reality for a child?😠
When we see that they can take mass murderers into custody after they go to Burger King. But, yet, can’t seem to extend the acknowledgement of humanity to Black bodies. We are Black, and therefore, we are guilty.
HELL NO TO THAT.
We love our children just like any other community.