Not sure how many people will read these, but I found them useful. I've been cautious about publicly spewing opinions on this whole debacle; I've spent enough time in LEO programs to identify knee-jerk public reaction when I see it, but I've spent enough time observing social currents to recognize underlying structural racism when I see it, too. Anyway the two have kind of muddled for me and I've been mostly a passive observer, reading as many opinion pieces as I can and weighing the various angles this whole things takes.
Aside from the article on the necessity of external reviews of shootings by police, the following two articles strike me as critical in understanding what's really going on here.
The first one is "A Mother's White Privilege." The name alone will piss off half of you, because nobody gave you NUTHIN growing up, so you didn't experience any kind of privilege. I invite you to read the article.
^ first two paragraphs from the article. finish reading plz and then:
Read this article entitled "I Don't Know How to Talk to White People About Ferguson" which is a powerful window into how different life experiences yield different results and perceptions.
Finish that one too. Being able to see an issue through someone else's eyes, through a lens other than your own, is both a critical skill in 21st century communication and one of the solutions to social inequalities like the ones reflected by police brutality in Missouri.
I read both and am grateful for the opportunity. I am experiencing the second one right now as I type.