Racism is real but it's not the police I fear for the life or death of my black son.
Instead it's the anger that's won the hearts of so many that will keep me awake at night. As my black son walks down the street I don't wonder if a random cop will open fire but instead I pray he doesn't become the victim of gang violence or influence bc that is almost 100 times more likely to happen than a police shooting. My war is not with those who sacrifice their lives daily to protect and serve against those who destroy the world we live in. The war that rages in my soul is trying to protect my kids from their peers and from the mainstream media who teaches so much anger and promiscuity and self entitlement. I will fight for my son to be protected from racism, some of which I've already seen and experienced through our adoption, but I will NOT condone the reactions or actions of the Ferguson situation because that will not help my son, it will not help that community and it will not help stop racism. Sadly, at this point I'm not sure what will but it certainly isn't supporting these riots or saying we should feel sorry for them and what led them to this. Teaching our kids that what they are doing in Ferguson is alright because they've had a hard life or because a police officer killed a man (intentionally or not) will not help our kids learn to play nice. Instead it will teach them to fight violently against what they feel is an injustice. It will teach them to fear all police or first responders when 99% of the time they are not the real threat. The media needs to start showing the real statistics: how many black people did the white police save or protect this year vs how many were killed. Let's really see what the police and first responders do everyday instead of making them all out to be racist murderers. My son will not grow up to fear or disrespect the law but will be taught to respect them AND appreciate their service overall.