By: Malika Shirk-Rogers
There is a major problem in this country when a peaceful protest, like Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem sparks outrage and not the reason why he is doing it. Racial injustice, police brutality, and other forms of discrimination against African Americans are the reasons why we stage protest. Instead of people acknowledging the truth about race in America, they choose to ignore it or water it down. However, people are not standing for the status quo anymore; we want change, real change.
Colin Kaepernick’s protest was vindicated when the murder of two more black men by police happened this week. The murders of Terrence Crutcher and Keith Scott validated the point that black lives don’t seem to matter as much as the lives of white people. As a matter of fact, even terrorist lives seem to matter more than black lives. The NYC bomber injured people and had a shootout with the police and was still somehow taken into custody alive. I know the critics will say that the information he can provide could save lives, but they also forget that he now has an opportunity to defend himself, something Terrence and Keith will never get. Instead, the media and racist will smear the names of Terrence and Keith, creating the he was a “big bad dude” narrative, like that justifies their deaths. Don’t tell me the police have seconds to react when we’ve all seen them go out of their way to bring people like, Dylan Roof out alive.
America is in critical shape right now. It is imperative that something is done about racial injustice, police brutality, and other forms of discrimination or I fear it will get worse before it gets better. It’s time for our current President and our future Presidents to take this matter seriously. Having only the backs of the police just creates further distrust in our government. Instead of pandering to the black community show them you actually have a plan of action. Don’t go on an African American radio station or T.V show and tell them you are going to lecture white people on the matters of racism. Also, having a town hall to reach out to black voters doesn’t mean telling them you want to implement more stop-and-frisk policies within their communities. Get it together America, because as of right now there is no liberty and justice for all.