As of late, African American males, ladies, and kids are mistreated and typically killed for doing regular issues that white folks do or may do with no second thought or consequence. On this actuality, it is extremely arduous to not fear.
Trayvon Martin walked by means of a middle-class neighborhood on his manner house. He didn’t stroll throughout a harmful freeway. He had bought a bag of Skittles from a close-by retailer. He didn’t make it house that night time. As a substitute, he was killed by a neighborhood watchman who had been instructed to remain in his automobile and never strategy Trayvon.
Two years later, Tamir Rice was 12 years outdated when he performed in a park for the final time. He was shot by police who indicated that he had been instructed to drop his “weapon.”
What number of occasions did you watch the video or take heed to Diamond Reynolds as she stored her composure whereas pleading with the police officer, who had shot her boyfriend, to inform her that her boyfriend wasn’t lifeless? My very own coronary heart broke much more for her daughter who sat nonetheless at the back of the automobile. You by no means heard the kid scream or cry. In some unspecified time in the future, she instructed her mom, “It is OK. I am proper right here with you.”
These tales go on and on as a result of police kill Black people on 300 out of 365 days annually.
There’s a illness in our society that has given you (as a Black particular person) loads of motive to fret. When the story of Trayvon’s demise unfolded within the tv information protection, you’ll have felt keyed up, tense, and offended. As time handed, you’ll have grow to be emotionally numb to police violence, however one yr later, whenever you have been subjected to the trial for Trayvon’s 2012 homicide, you relived a lot of the identical intense feelings.
Clinically, consultants say that your emotional response ought to be in proportion to the disturbing state of affairs. I acknowledge that it is not so simple and never very simple to clarify, however whereas the threats in our society that make you are concerned are actual, there are ways to cope that may be useful.