“OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER: THIS PROPOSAL IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM DENIGRATES OFFICERS OF OTHER RACES. ITS INTENT IN TO REPAIR BLACK MALE/BLACK POLICE RELATIONS AS A PRECURSOR TO REPARING BLACK MALE/POLICE RELATIONS PERIOD.”
Inner city America should have long ago hosted a different kind of civil rights march: brothers and badges dialoguing and then patrolling to reduce crime and quality of life issues.
This absence has two main reasons: racism and apathy.
Bias in city halls and chiefs offices insure such teamups will be rare. White officials still can’t quite see us as concerned citizens who’d take to the streets to uphold law and order like Caucasian peers.
The other charge of racism comes from Black men who feel ALL police are racist and ANY attempt to unite with them assists White supremacy. Brothers with this perspective can’t get around seeing law enforcement as THE enemy- period!
Apathy afflicts officer and citizen alike when it comes to inner city crime. Beaten down by entrenched negativism both feel there’s no hope in these zip codes… and thus no reason to try improving conditions.
They shrug their shoulders; hunker down and navigate a human wasteland growing worse by daily.
Brothers & Badges was a thought experiment I did to rid the Black male/police dynamic of burdensome historic baggage. Approaching it anew mean the following: Seeing high crime and no rapport as opportunities to unite the two critical elements, Black males and police, needed to solve the problem.
Brothers & Badges means at long last Black boys and men delete seeing ourselves as outcasts and decide to stride forth as Americans petitioning local government to join us as we secure neighborhoods; businesses; worship sites and other threatened infrastructure.
Bringing brothers and badges together denies thugs current cultural safe harbor in the Hood. Whom can we blame for not fighting to unite against America’s greatest domestic public safety threat taking place in our families and social networks?
This is a civil rights march that should have happened generations ago.
Submitted by NADRA ENZI “AKA CAPT BLACK,” who has promoted Black male/Black cop unity his entire life. He’s also the founder of Good Citizens Supporting Good Cops and various police appreciation efforts.
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