Sunday, August 23, 2015


When you choose to focus on one race or ethnic group when it comes to police brutality, calling it discrimination, it's discrimination against other races or ethnic groups when you exclude them from your discussion. While you're claims of excess forces against a particular group of victims may be fair, it's not fair to ignore all victims of the same excessive force.

No one doubts the facts of discrimination of black people by some police departments and some police officers in many parts of this country. That's been a tragic part of our history, as well as the times we live in now. And no one doubts the protections police departments and officer have under the law they're sworn enforce.

No one doubts the need to change the laws and change the practices of many police departments and the enforcement of the laws by many police officers.  And no one doubts the need to protest the actions of police officers when it comes to police brutality, and yes, it's often against a particular racial group.

No one doubts that group has the right to raise their voice to demonstrate and demand action against police brutality. But, you can't claim discrimination from police brutality when you exclude all victims of police brutality.

It's called discrimination. You shouldn't make distinctions for political convenience. And while many non-blacks agree with your effort, support the need for change, and want fairness and justice, you shouldn't exclude non-blacks in your fight against police brutality.

Police brutality is still brutality. The color of the victim isn't the issue when they're dead as a result of police brutality. It's the act that matters. Focus on that. Focus on all victims. Fix that because all lives matter, including black lives.

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