Before the internet, a typical person would receive their news via newspaper or television, and they would be fed the negative news for the past few days, and be on with their life.. but now a days, with every corner of our lives being filled with news through social media, we’ve become swarmed by the negativity constantly.
It seems to be that every day something new has happened… Another young black man has been shot, a cop has been murdered, Trump says something futile, there’s been another terrorist attack, or another animal is going instinct. Every day we’re inundated with these horrible things going on all around the world. We see the gory videos and the threats to our wellbeing, you can only wonder what that’s doing to our overall outlook on our everyday lives.
I got to the point the other day where I was tempted to delete my Facebook because of how much negativity was plastered all over it. Bernie officially endorsed Hillary, 5 cops were shot out of hate, and more black men have been senselessly killed. The list is long in the way of how many things are going wrong all over the world, and I don’t see it getting any better any time soon.
I’ve stayed away from writing anything in regards to politics or the Black Lives Matter movement because I honestly do not consider myself nearly educated enough to voice a factually correct point of view. I’m worried of stepping on the sensitive toes out there and making myself look like an idiot, even though I have done a fair share of reading on the matter. My views which I store within my brain are some that I feel weary to share, due to the fact that there is so much room for error, and being a young white girl, I really don’t want to involve myself in other people’s issues if I can not give a fully cultivated response to.
My basic thoughts on the matter though is this: No one should die for the colour of their skin. No officers should’ve died because of the occupation they decided to pursue. No man should be treated differently because the agenda in your mind is that the white race still holds supremacy to people of colour. NO ONE, no matter your colour, age, gender, or status, should feel unsafe in their day to day. Fear is no way to live a life.
My two cents on the matter is this though:
Just because you have a phone in front of your face recording your run in with the cops does NOT MEAN you are above the law. If that officer asks you to get your hands up, or to lay on the ground, you do it. The place to fight that officer with your knowledge of the law (unless they are going against it) is in court. Your duty when you are pulled over is to obey the officer’s orders and not resist arrest. (DISCLAIMER: I have watched videos of black men being forcefully detained without any reason.. this is simply disgusting and a power trip on the officer’s part. BUT I have also watched many videos where if the person had willfully listened to the officers commands, they would possibly still be alive today.)
Know your laws and your rights, but don’t abuse them. A lot of people seem to think that because the first amendment says you can say whatever you want, that means that saying “FUCK YOU” to a cops face is a fine thing to do.. but I can assure you right now, swearing and yelling at a cop is going to get you in a stickier situation than you were in before.. Cops are human beings, and many of them thrive on power (DISCLAIMER: not all cops) and will not like you any more if you decide to cuss up a storm at them. The best thing to do is to try to make the crappy situation you are already in, less crappy. Cooperate. Listen. Ask questions. Do whatever it takes to stay alive.
In the way of other issues going on in the world, there are many… The next President of the United States could be a reality TV star with a bad hairdo… People are dying from playing Pokemon Go and not looking where they’re walking… The glaciers are melting, the bees are going extinct, there’s a whole colony of people being raised to think that their religion is telling them to kill us, dogs apparently get anxiety when you hug them, Kylie Jenner makes more every day doing.. nothing.. while every day people bust their butts to make a 10th of her earnings, yearly. The world has become this insane soap opera and none of us seem to know if we’re going to come out of it alive.
The world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket, and a lot of the time I’ve started to feel hopeless.. Is this the world that I will one day be leaving my children, or will it be better or worse. We are the generation to create a better world to believe in. It all starts with us. Let’s do something about it.