We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the values of the United States of America. I will not settle for an America where some kids don’t have that chance. It hurts me to see the mothers of black males see their sons face a dreadful death in the face of a police officer. Often times when we think of police. We think of people who protect our community from danger. For a black mother to fear police to preserve her son’s life, that fear is a situation most people won’t ever think about. But often she will.
As a woman’s who’s father was a police officer and who witnessed our lives change by his tragic injury, I can understand and empathize with police officers when they react. One incident could forever change the life of your family at any second. Those heightened emotions can manifest deadly outcomes. As an aunt of 3 beautiful toddlers who bring so much joy to my life, I can empathize with the power of love and concern that any woman has for her children.
It is through my experience that I believe in the power of love to manifest a world where police brutality is non-existent. I envision a world where police officers let their lights shine and change the lives of everyone they come in contact with. I believe they have that power with in them, because I see that in my father. His undying love for me has brought out the best in me despite the mistakes I have made. I have grown from that love. I believe all police officers have that beautiful light in them, that often gets suppressed in the line of duty.
I encourage every police officer to let their light shine. Empower their community to gain the love and respect they deserve in return. I also believe that peaceful resistance to those police officers that allow their darkness to manifest should in fact be pursued by communities affected by their darkness. As Martin Luther King said, “Hate can not drive out hate, only love can do that!” When people come together and let their love force to manifest we can change the hearts of those around us. I admire my sister’s Kristen’s courage to pursue her dreams despite coming from a background that has hindered her opportunities. She sings everyday and lets her voice send music through the universe. She lets her light shine so beautifully. I believe we all have that inside of us.
I ask that we affirm our standards in police interactions by manifesting love. It is through love that we can have change. We will have that. We need a revolution of love.