It's 2015 and so much is being carried with us from 2014. Our country has faced racism like never before, moreso highlighted under police brutality, and as we try to move forward with our resolutions and goals for the new year, it's hard to move forward from the hurt, pain, and anguish still being dispalyed by so many fed up Americans from all walks of life. I think we can all agree that it doesn't matter the color, there is much needed accountability from our police officers. There have been countless cases across our nation where the use of police force was excessive. Primarily highlighted in the African American community. Being a mother of two young children and no record, I fear being stopped by the police because I dont know if the person behind the badge is genuine in his intentions or if they are abusing their position to harass me.
We are aware all cops are not here to bully the citizens is supposed to protect, however, the fact still remains that a majority of us do not feel safe in their presence. As we move forward I hope that we are taking individual responsibilities in our own neighborhoods. To assume leadership in our school districts, to properly inform our young men about their encounters with police and how to handle themselves. Coming together with our own communities and protect them. Inform each other of our rights when being stopped by police. This is a time where knowledge is the ultimate weapon. We have so much information available and none of it is being applied. I'm aware in this day and age it's easy to project the blame unto others, however, we must assume responsibility for ourselves. We have to stop the cycle where we are and if enough communities start making changes where they are, we can create universal change.
I hope that in 2015, if nothing else, we learn to look at ourselves and think "What can I do?"