I’d just like to start by saying that I hope the readers bear with me, as I’m new to topics like these and continually learning. I respect the former opinions I’ve read. However, I do still stand by the demographic of the SFA community. I guess that would be obvious, since I am an SFA student. But, let me explain as best as I can, as I believe shunning any opinion or replying with hostility achieves nothing.
Complying with police is what’s expected, barring some rights not to comply that people have. I understand that complying helps to make the experience go smoothly for us and the police. However, I don’t think that’s solely what our demographic is debating. What we’re trying to have people realize is that racial profiling is real, and something that our demographic has to worry about now more than ever.
Understand that we are uneasy and, at times, afraid when police are involved, especially those of us in the black community. This is not because we have something to hide. According to an article by the American Psychological Association titled, “Policing in black & white,” black people are about three times more likely to be shot while unarmed. Even without gun violence, black people are also more likely to experience use of excessive force from the police.
In addition, according to a The Washington Post article titled, “There’s overwhelming evidence that the criminal-justice system is racist. Here’s the proof,” though it is an opinion post, it contains peer-reviewed studies that suggest that black people are more likely to be pulled over by the police and be searched, even though they are less likely to be caught with contraband.
The stressful part for us is that, in a politically correct society, no one will state that we are being targeted potentially because our people are perceived as more of a threat. So, we are left to wonder and worry about becoming another sensational news story on CNN.
Local police can do us justice, but we have to pay attention to those who don’t have the best intentions.