Reposted from @pink, @janelleginestra, and @kalynelionheart. Thank you for sharing this.
“A cop who got separated from his team, was heavily outnumbered by violent protestors, and in serious danger, being protected by a group of black men who formed a chain around him and prevented any violence from occurring.
The mainstream media won't show this because it doesn't fit their narrative. As soon as people realize they have been, and still are, fed a steady stream of brainwashing propaganda, we can all work together to fix the problems in this country.”
I did not share this to detract from the peaceful protests that have been actively taking place all over the world. Though I do believe we need to do more than protest, it takes so much courage, and I’m fucking proud of you. Nor do I wish to diminish anyone else’s perspective. I love you and your point of view. All of our many differing perspectives are part of what make life so beautiful.
I posted this not to accuse, but to diffuse a bit of the generalized dehumanization that’s been buzzing about. For far too long, innocent, beautiful people like George Floyd, Breona Taylor, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Philando Castille, Trayvon Martin, Tamar Rice, and so many more, the numbers of human beings who have unjustly lost their lives from incessant, systemic racism goes far beyond unacceptable, it is horrific. @blklivesmatter (Black Lives Matter) exists because our sisters and brothers have been treated like their lives literally don’t matter, and it’s fucking bullshit. We can learn, we can look introspectively into ourselves, into our culture, and come together to change it, and build a new path, but as we enter into this next chapter, may we see one another, not as monsters, not as the enemy. See your perceived enemy. See yourself in their eyes. It is not “us or them”. It is us.
And no, this doesn’t make their actions okay.
Police brutality, their abuse of power is finally being exposed.
But may we not forget, that we are all human, and we are all in this together. It is easy to hate someone who hates. Cops are people. Even if they started it.
Even in the face of great oppression, compassion.