I know what you’re thinking. “Ghadeer, you haven’t blogged in over a month, and what does this have to do with parenting or mental health?” You also may be thinking “ALL lives matter!”
I haven’t blogged in over a month because I’ve been in a hurricane over hectic chaos since my last blog post. Since before that, if my last few posts didn’t make that clear enough. However, that’s a story for another blog post.
Yes, all lives do matter. Nobody is saying lives that aren’t black don’t matter. But here’s the thing: black lives are disproportionately impacted in terms of police brutality. Let’s look at the facts.
According to the US Census Bureau, 13.4% (source) of the United States population is black. This does not include mixed race black people (you guys are important too, I just don’t want people to use the argument that mixed people can pass as another race sometimes because you know they will). And yet, black people make up 38% of the incarcerated inmates in the United States right now (source). So I bet your argument for that is that they’re more violent or more likely to commit a crime. I am here to tell you that you’re very wrong, my friend.
A great analogy I heard was that if you have a bowl of marbles. Let’s say you have 100 marbles. 13 of those marbles are red. What if I told you to pick out ten marbles? If four of the marbles you picked out were red, that’d be extremely unlikely, if they were distributed evenly. You’d probably have to be looking for them, right? Black people are more likely to be wrongly convicted (source)(source)(source) and are specifically targeted by the police.
I have a million and one conspiracy theories on how the United States continues to segregate black people and destroy their neighborhoods in order to force them to commit crimes to survive, however, that’s beside the point and there aren’t facts behind that.
If my facts on the statistics of race in prisons and wrongful convictions of black people aren’t enough to sway your opinion, let’s stop talking about that. Let’s talk about police brutality. I, as well as many others, are well aware that police brutality happens to people who are not black. Pulling out a few random instances of police brutality towards white people isn’t going to change anything because everyone knows that happens. My thoughts on that:
- Maybe police are way too powerful and need to be knocked down several pegs.
- Black lives matter because they are EXTREMELY more likely to be victims of police brutality (source).
“Well, Ghadeer, so-and-so had a run in with the police and they were very mean to him!”
That’s very unfortunate. How would you explain the fact that in the 1098 people murdered by the police, 24% of them were black? How do you explain the news headlines every few days showcasing the name of yet another unarmed, innocent black person being murdered?
“George Floyd had a counterfeit $20 bill!”
Does that warrant being killed? Is carrying counterfeit bills worth the death penalty?
“He had underlying health conditions!”
Perhaps he did. However, his official autopsy reports that those underlying health conditions didn’t cause his death. Even if they did, that shouldn’t excuse the fact that a police officer knelt on his neck while he cried out that he couldn’t breathe for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Even if his underlying health conditions killed him, there had to be some correlation between the fear and stress of the situation and his sudden abrupt death. That’s ignoring the fact that asphyxiation was the cause of his death.
Before I continue, I’ll say I have very controversial views. I’m pretty radical. I’m not here to argue because no one can change my mind on this but I, personally, believe that no one who is not official military personnel should be able to use a gun, and even military personnel shouldn’t be able to take them home. I don’t believe anyone needs such a dangerous weapon, not even the police. I believe the police should be required to get a degree in criminal justice, as well as taking classes on psychology and coping, in order to obtain a badge. They should be trained to handle situations with unarmed civilians without needing a gun. The only compromise I’d make to that is that police should be required to have special training and a strict licensing procedure to get a gun, and that they shouldn’t be allowed to carry them around. They can keep them at the station and if they are absolutely needed, they will be allowed to bring them out.
I realize those are radical beliefs that I’ll never see come to fruition, at least not in my lifetime. I think that in the future these ideas won’t be so radical but I know I won’t live to see it.
Rioting was what enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1968, after Martin Luther King was assassinated. The Boston Tea Party was a riot. Stonewall was a riot. I could continue. People were peaceful protesting until everyone chose to ignore them. Colin Kaepernick was shamed for his peaceful protesting.
Why is it okay for the United States military to drop two bombs on Japan to end a war, but it’s not okay to riot in order to end centuries of racism and oppression? Listen to me. Why is it okay to hate someone SOLELY based on the color of their skin? Why is that okay? Why is it okay for the police to murder 12-year-old Tamir Rice for playing in his yard? Why is it okay for G**** Z**** (censored because he needs to be forgotten) to murder Trayvon Martin, who was also a child at 17? Why does that man have FANS who ask him for AUTOGRAPHS????? The toll the world is taking on my mental health, as well as I’m sure many, many others, especially those more directly impacts, is why this belongs on my blog. That, and the fact that I paid for this and I can do whatever I want with it.
So PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD just say black lives matter. STOP saying all lives matter. If you say all lives matter and you end up with cancer, I’ll make sure to burst into your hospital room and remind you that there are other terminal diseases. Why is asking for racial equality in 2020 a radical point of view? Go to a protest, donate money if you can, spread the word, do whatever you can to support the cause.
I’m rooting for all of you. Be on the right side of history. Please.