For people who get that the whole world is bubbling over: an invitation to have a seat sit and think.
Focusing on emotions rather than statistics, how do you FEEL about the police? Have you considered the life experiences of police in your city, state, country? Will you?
They are afraid. They are very afraid. The armed forces bear witness to the ugliest, darkest, spirit-snatching parts of our government, our 1%. Don’t believe me? Ask a current or veteran service person of the atrocities they’ve witnessed or heard of (because no one reports the kinds of things they’ve seen). Those understanding of spirit should pray for them. Their livelihood is tied to OUR oppression. Think about that. There are rites of passage for every group in our country that receives a weapon. They are a brotherhood bound by stupidity. But do not consume yourself with their ignorance, concern yourself instead with the strength of brotherhood and patriarchy in Western culture. They foolishly believe that they 1) can hold off the 99% and 2) by protecting the 1% that they will be rewarded. Eventually, they will come to realize they are human shields commonly referred to as pigs; easily slaughtered, fed from the scraps of their master’s table, and willing to get dirty to “stay cool”.
Spend some time reflecting on what propels them? Who is behind them? Who benefits from their violence? We have to start thinking and we have to start talking— this includes our own opinions. We have too much access to information and technology not to think critically and then revise our responses to our collective oppression.
Yes, I realize that police brutality will not take a vacation this weekend (the 1% can afford to pay them overtime now *wink wink*), but we need a rest. And if not collectively, then we must take turns holding space for one another through the proverbial and literal night. ‘Cause we gon’ fight all day and night until we get it right.
I’ll be posting my video reflection too.
PS— (WHACK) comments will not be permitted; say it in front of the camera so we know it’s real ;)