What would we do without good police officers serving our neighborhood and communities? What we do not need is trigger-happy police officers who kill a black person two times a week in the United States. According to a seven-year study, 18 percent were under the age of 21, (USA Today).
The good old boys created this lifetime of pent-up hostility, anxiety, fear, panic and pain in African-Americans. A pent-up mind is a devil’s workshop: No hope for the future, education, jobs, justice or peace.
We do not need military officers patrolling our streets. America needs more police officers that look like the neighborhood where they grew up. The future of America depends on all her citizens. We will never have harmony as long as we are being persecuted by the good old boys who think they are privileged to murder African-American and people of color at will.
They do not have the right. Get out and vote! This November, think about all the Trayvon Martins and vote. Join the National Association for Advancement of Colored People, become a life member. Where there is injustice, do not set on your backside. Speak out. Case in point:
I was going to the Solano Mall on Aug. 16 to write my opinion on Ferguson, Missouri. What I saw brought tears to my eyes. It was a woman running after three black boys in the parking lot yelling, “Come back, come back, you didn’t pay!”
I asked the young men, did you pay? “Yes. I have the receipt,” the boy said.
The woman pulled on the bags they had, the boy asking her to let go of his bag. She kept pulling, insisting that the boys come back into the store. They did with receipt in hand. I followed. She accused the boys of stealing despite the receipt. She did not apologize.
I want my 40 acres and a mule.