We are the people of a divided nation. I feel less safe than I have ever felt before. There is a chill in the air.
I’m worried. I’m worried that we as a nation are further apart than ever. The gap keeps widening and we begin to collapse from within. I’m worried that the actions of some police officers will lead to distrust amongst our protectors.
Law enforcement is our watchmen but who watches them? I’m worried as a young black armed male that if a police officer pulls me over will I be safe?
I have been pulled over before by a police officer for a routine traffic stop. I immediately grabbed my license from my wallet and placed it above my visor. I then placed my hands on the steering wheel until the police officer approached me and instructed me to obtain my proper documentation.
I didn’t feel complied to tell the officer I had a license to carry permit and that I was armed. I want to be as cooperative with law enforcement as possible and allow them to do their job. Just like me, law enforcement officers just want to do their jobs and go home. Because of the recent tragic events involving the deaths of two black men and the deaths and injuries of law enforcement officers nationwide as a direct result, we as a nation need to stand with law enforcement.
Law enforcement officers need our support right now. They are not our threat. As a young black man, I also have to protect myself against the savages of my city. The savages are the ones that seek to commit crimes and cause harm. The savages of my city are a bigger threat to my family and I than the police.
They are the real predators not our law enforcement. The nation has become colder. People are angry. People are frightened. I’m angry but that’s why we have communities to help make changes.
“Common blood flows through common veins and common eyes all see the same”
Lyrics from Gill Scott Heron still hold value today. Now more than ever we need to stand together.