We’ve all heard it. Riots and violence have only been happening in Democratic cities and states with Democratic leaders. It’s a complete falsification of not only the events, but it also ignored all of the contributing factors of the small amount of times that protests have erupted in chaos. Recent reports cite that 93% of this year’s protests and demonstrations in America have been peaceful.
The Ignored 2006 Report.
In 2006 the FBI released a heavily redacted report to the American public, claiming that white supremacists were actively infiltrating police departments all over America. If you’re old enough, many of you probably remember this being discussed on the national news front for a short blip of time and then as the news cycle goes, it became something you heard once. Fourteen years later, America is burdened with a police system which regularly and systematically murders Black and brown bodies. This isn’t on accident. Although, there are many contributing factors to systematic racism and uncontrolled police violence, who police officers are is a big factor.
That happened after that FBI report in 2006? Absolutely nothing, except the FBI continue to investigate it. In a 2017 article by the Intercept, found that white supremacists and other domestic extremists maintain an active presence in U.S. police departments and other law enforcement agencies
Police stop Black motorists at a higher rate than their white counterparts. There is a staggering disparity of a racial gap in American arrests. Black people are seven times more likely to be convicted of murder or even charged with a petty crime. And of course, their are racial disparities on how the police use force.
Why are we protesting in 2020?
The protests that have broken out all around the country are large in part due to police brutality. The 2020 Civil Rights movement began with the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of law enforcement.
A police officer murdering a person of color has nothing to do with the mayor of that city’s political affiliation or whether the state legislator is blue or red. The broken system of policing is the same all across the country, in Republican and Democratic states.
Political talking heads, (on the right), want people to believe that civil unrest is happening because the leaders of that area believe in accessible healthcare and quality education. It’s a lie.
Civil unrest is happening because of the systematic racism which exists in both law enforcement and the justice system. We, the people, are over it. Done with it. Which is why civil unrest have happened from Washington to Texas.
Don’t believe them when they tell you it’s a Democratic issue, when it’s not. This is an American issue and we all need to fight for reform.