This interview with Malcolm X was back in 1964. But when the issue is police brutality,the problem is still very relevant. This has been going on a very long time. TOO long in my opinion. This is not the land of the free. Physical slavery may be over but we are still in bondage. And nowhere near anything resembling freedom. It’s time to wake up.
The most recent beating in Los Angeles. A cop beating the hell out of a defenseless black grandmother. He’s much stronger than her. He could have easily overpowered her. There was no need to pummel this old lady like that. He totally went overboard. Anyone with eyes can se that. It makes my stomach turn!! This is SICK!!!
Here’s a small sample of some police brutality photos. Brace yourself! They’re not pretty!
This madness has to STOP! We have to speak out against this brutality! This is nothing short of a police state! People need to realize what’s going on and not be afraid to DEMAND justice. The struggle continues…….but there are a few things we can do about it.
Police stations, city hall and other government venues must be protested against and marched on after every incident of police brutality.
2. Record the Police(what do you think your cellphones are for)
We must use our cameras every time police harass us to catch them in the act. Then we can use the Internet and the viral media to expose these actions worldwide. In their heyday, the Black Panthers would do this. They had a police watch and would follow the police with a camera and record their actions. Now that cameras are so cheap and people have cameras on their phones, it is a lot easier to hold the police accountable for their actions.
3. Vote Out Politicians Who Condone Police Brutality
Politicians who do not address issues like police brutality must be voted out of office. Rappers should be spending a lot less time glamorizing black on black crime and dissing each other, and more time documenting police brutality. African American entertainers and activists have a strong voice in America and they must also use that voice to fight the problems in our community.
4. Engage in Dialogue With the Cops(not always easy)
We must use moderate police organizations to work with the police to stop police brutality. Groups like 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement have done a lot to combat police brutality and people should work with them as an intermediary to deal with community issues with the police.
5. Take Legal Action Against Police
We need to take legal action as well. The best way to hurt police brutality is by hitting them in the pocket. If the police keep on getting sued for brutality they’ll be forced to deal with the issue. Every incident of police brutality should be reported to both the government and the media.Black people pay taxes and therefore they also pay police salaries. Police should be in the communities to serve and protect not to harass and arrest. The war on drugs is really a war on the black community. Black people are treated like insurgents in occupied territory and not citizens in need of protection. We need to address how the war on drugs has become a war on black males that has caused more problems than it has helped.