LoveRules at the Eric Garner Rally - Foley Square, NYC
After multiple cases of exonerating police who have committed blatant acts of misconduct, unchecked violence, and ultimately manslaughter and murder, I lent a voice to the efforts of awareness against systemic police brutality and the disproportionately wholesale criminalization of men of color. Can you please do the same?
Things must change. This doesn't call for a back and forth discourse in knee-jerk reactions or the projection of useless stereotypes and culturally controlling images. It doesn't call for institutional racist apologetics, or conservative-bashing. It requires an open minded and qualitative examination of the historical and current evidence in the spirit of coming together in understanding.
When I hear sensationalist rhetoric that police brutality is somehow legitimized because 90% of all black murders are committed by black people, without the accompanying statistic that roughly 90% of all racial incidents are committed by people of their own race, it is clear that the non-nuanced view of statistics alone isn't any more appropriate than using a broad sword for delicate surgery.
Innocent until proven guilty, right? The right to a fair trial? We're clearly still working on the basics of democracy. I have another well used NYC saying for you: If you see something, say something, right? Well, we should all be able to see this now. Let's talk about it.
Charity (Love) begins at home. Let love rule.
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