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by PamC on October 18, 2015 - 2:45pm
In the article “Agitated by Police Brutality? Let's Look in the Mirror” written by Ira silver on October 13th 2015, the author discusses how the police treat racial minorities the way they do simply because they are reflecting our attitudes towards crime. He argues that we indirectly ask of the police what they provide for us, and therefore, if they are killing innocent black men, it seems that society is partly at fault. The police respond to societal incentives, and therefore, what happens in those streets is directly related to us. The author goes on to explain how we need to change our attitude about crime and about men of color if we want the police to do the same. They are simply reflecting what many seem to think, which is why they cannot be completely blamed for what has been happening. The article is concluded through a statement saying that once people change their approach towards crime, only then will we stop seeing reportages of innocent men of color being killed by our law enforcement officers.
When the public is asked about crime, it seems that most include men of color in their answers, regardless if they have actual facts to back this up. This, as the author argues, is what is at the root of these issues we have been having with police brutality. I could not agree more with what Silver states in the article, and would go even further and say that a lot of these social issues we complain about are actually caused by us. Another good example would be the one mentioned in the article “Children are not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race” by Erin Winkler, when she explains how parents who try to act like race doesn’t exist around their children only reinforce the negativity surrounding it in society (Winkler, 2009, p.3). Articles such as these only make me realize the truth about many social issues. We criticize our government and our public service workers such as the police, but we rarely question ourselves about what the underlying causes are. Oddly enough, as mentioned by Silver, we are often at the root of the problem, and we are often the key to the solution. The arguments presented are very valid and are easily supported simply by looking around and noticing what people say about crime. Even I have often heard people say that men of color are always involved or that they are most often responsible for the evil in this city. As so wisely stated by the author of this article, we need to take a good long look in the mirror when we question why all of these social issues arise in our communities. Perhaps the person looking back at you is actually a part of the problem, and a big piece of the solution.
Silver, I. (October 13th, 2015). Agitated by police brutality? Let's look in the mirror. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ira-silver/agitated-by-police-brutal_b_828...
I choose to comment on your submission because of the mysterious title, I think that the author and yourself make a fantastic point that the police treat racial minorities the way they do simply because they are reflecting societies attitudes towards crime. It had never occurred to me that society is partly at fault for the treatment of these innocent black men being killed. I completely agree with you when you say that we need to take a good long look in the mirror when we question why all of these social issues arise in our communities. Thinking on what you argue reminds me of new racism and even democratic racism because oftentimes people think they are such peaceful, equality loving people. However in reality, add to stereotypes and negative feelings towards minorities, without them or others realizing the racist undertone of their beliefs and comments. To conclude, like you said we should all look in the mirror to see if perhaps the person looking back is actually a part of the problem. If so, we need to realize the true meaning of racist and how to stop it at its roots, because we are the solution.