In an age when there appears a civil war within our own world…society is plagued with incidents reminiscent of genocide, calculated assault, overturn, scrutiny and engulfed in anger and sadness because of what transpires in our society – “our America”. In our America, what are you fighting for?
Anthony Wall, NBC News strangled in a North Carolina Waffle House
Chikesia Clemons, MyNBC15 forced to the ground, handcuffed and publicly disrobed in an Alabama Waffle House
Controversial as it stands, no matter your opinion on the Trayvon Martin Case, or the Sandra Bland death, it is virtually undeniable that the violence, heartache and controversy hurts us – as a country, a community, as a people.
Recently musical artists and other celebrities have spoken out about the devastation and societal stances that have pervaded America. Childish Gambino’s This is America video speaks volumes.
How do we effect change in a society where the one’s mere presence, speech, “permitted” actions or other freedoms are perceived as threatening and could lead to their assault, detainment, or even death?
It saddens us, it infuriates many, it scares most. Scared for children, family members, friends who at any time could be a victim. Victim of mischaracterization, victim of wrongful termination, victim of attack, siege, or death, socially motivated hate crimes or witch hunt.
Martin said to march and take a nonviolent stance. Malcolm said to fight when necessary.
Police say excessive force is where government officials are legally entitled to use force exceeding the minimum necessary to diffuse an incident or to protect themselves or others for harm.
Unreasonable force, however, is aligned with excessive force when it is found to have violated a citizen’s Fourth Amendment Source: criminal law
So how do we protect ourselves and others from situations that lead to perceived unjust casualty to careers or lives? How do we fight for peace for EVERYONE – and win?
Food for thought.