Going on right now in Ferguson: Police are raiding a church that has been stocked with medical supplies, food, and tear gas recovery kits for community members engaging in protests. This cannot be allowed to continue.
Stand up, speak out.
I shouldn’t be surprised and yet… I’m part of the problem. I’m white, middle class, and grew up being taught that the police were trustworthy members of the community. My first instinct, even after all that I’ve read and learned about the corruption, racism, sexism, homophobia and general moral bankruptcy of the police, is still to trust them. It’s because none of these things have ever touched me. I’ve never dealt with the police. Never been harassed by them and never seen my community savaged by their brutality. I have to keep stepping back and telling myself that none of this comes as any surprise, this is normal in America. My experiences are not true across the board and it’s not my experiences that matter in this case. What matters here is the worst case scenario and the people of Ferguson and communities of color— particularly the black community— deal with the worst case scenario on a daily basis. That’s what matters. That’s the problem that needs to be addressed and corrected and I need to do my part to remain mindful of the toxic, harmful nature of my instincts and beliefs about the justice system.