Ok, so first of all let me say for all who haven’t heard the news; Officer Fields has been fired. And rightly so. He deserved no less. It was excessive force that did NOT fit the situation. But I have one observation to put out there guys, and this is just my opinion. I even put it in a blog post so you wouldn’t have to see it if you don’t want to.
After all, that seems to be our approach to every encounter we have with law enforcement. We simply see what we want to see and bury our heads in the sand for the rest of it. You know, the part WE played.
We as a people have a really hard time assigning or even acknowledging any accountability for the decisions and actions WE take that often lead to these incidents. We wont talk about it and we don’t want anyone else to.
And that puzzles me, because we all had basically the same upbringing. We were taught right from wrong. If we did wrong we were dealt with. If we got to trippin’ and did something stupid or disrespectful, and that action caused problems for us then we had to deal with them. There were no excuses or justifications made. Oh, you acted up in school and your teacher whooped your ass? Good. Here’s ANOTHER one for disrespecting your teacher. I mean y’all know that.
So then why now, in this climate we’re in, do we have such a problem acknowledging when we were dead wrong? Why do we refuse to even entertain any level of accountability for OUR actions and the role they play in so many of these incidents?
I wonder if we think that holding our people accountable for the part they play in these situations somehow suggests that we agree with the actions of the authorities. I mean, is that it? If I say this young lady was blatantly breaking the rules, completely defiant in every way and THOSE actions lead to an officer being called in the first place, does that mean I automatically agree with the actions of the officer? Of course not! He lost his mind. And rightfully, his job in the process.
But that must be what we think. Otherwise it doesn’t make sense to me that we would be that blind. It doesn’t make sense that we can’t see the FACT that if the young lady simply follows the rules in school, just like WE were taught- if she gives up her phone when asked the first time- heck, even the 3rd time- then nobody is called, the deputy never comes in and none of this happens.
We’re all intelligent enough to be able to see that. But when common sense statements like that are made we start yelling things like “you’re blaming the victim” and “I don’t care what she did it doesn’t make what HE did ok!”
I mean absolutely it doesn’t! Tell me when anyone ANYWHERE has ever said that. No, her actions do NOT justify his. But without her actions his actions don’t exist. And that’s the absolute, undeniable, unsavory truth we won’t talk about. That’s the role she played, and without it none of this exists.
Sadly though, what we’re seeing in this situation is the same “head in the sand” mentality that keeps us from doing what our parents did to us. “You did it so now that’s what you get. There are consequences for everything you do. You did that so now you sit yo ass in jail.”
And because accountability and holding our own responsible- making people own what they did that caused what they got- is a lost art now, we keep seeing these incidents over and over again. See our parents used to SAY that to us. Heck we said it to OUR kids. But now that’s a lost art. Now no matter what happen, no matter what led up to the incident, we lay 100% of the blame ANYwhere but us. Yet with all this coverage and all this video and all this proof that many times we’re just straight up FORCING many simple routine incidents to be escalated, nobody knows why they keep happening. You can call that blaming the victim if you want to. Whatever keeps your head in the sand.
And that would be such a cool place to throw up my hands and say “Goodnight everybody!” But I can’t close this without one more question: Would it surprise you to know that many of the students-you know, the young, black students- that were IN that classroom that day support the actions of Officer Fields? Does it seem odd to anyone but me that nobody in the classroom was protesting or showing any outrage while this terrible incident was happening? Heck, not even one person yelled out “WOOOLRD STARRRR!!” Would that change in any way how you see this whole thing?
Too uncomfortable, I know. If we say that we say we agree with the officer. So we just keep acting like we didn’t see any of the stuff we did. But I’m one who needs to wake up, hunh?