RESISTANCE^INK sends its condolences to the family and friends of Alton Sterling. The occurrence of african americans being killed by Police Officers has become all to common. RESISTANCE^INK believes in the idea of law enforcement as it relates to individuals charged with the task of serving and protecting the American public. That stated, the reality has fallen short of the ideal. The questions we would like to pose is, How do we go forward as a society? What is the remedy?
Today we got a chance to interview DON LEGACY as he reflected on the shooting of Alton Sterling. Here's what he had to say.
DON LEGACY: These are some interesting times... Scary. Historically, there has always been tension between African Americans and America as a whole. That said, one can easily see a certain correlation of modern day events. Speaking, as a member of the Black Community and an American, I believe that we have progressed as a society but we still have a lot of work to do. The current state of society is a culmination of our history, laws, people, government, etc... Everything that "was" led to what we "are". It's my belief that America is in need of social, cultural and political change. Case in point: Gone are the days where you could arbitrarily place a police officer in an unfamiliar environment for a Pay Check.
Police officers are patrolling urban areas that they have no steak in. I believe that a majority of these officers are afraid of the people that they are charged with serving. It is my belief that police officers should either live in the city that they are patrolling or be elected by the community they are charged with serving.
A Pay Check. I have to say that again because thats the issue... A Pay Check will motivate some one to do something... but it doesn't guarantee that they will do it well. Don't get me wrong, I believe that there are some police officers who are passionate about their jobs but I also believe that like most people, police officers are dragging to work and would rather be doing something else... But they have bills to pay... The majority of these cops aren't trying to improve the communities they are assigned to. They are trying to pay their bills and take care of their families. This great nation was built on capitalism. The idea that one provides a good and in return they receive compensation. I don't mean to sound like a socialist but, when a society as a whole runs purely capitalistic values, an inherent selfishness will dictate the motives of its inhabitance. Money can solve many problems but it cant solve people.
It goes deeper than pay checks though... There is a lot of fear and hate being displayed in the actions of these officers further fueling the anguish of the victums. African Americans have always had the short end of the stick when you look through American history... These modern day atrocities aren't new to America, its more like now the atrocities are bing magnified by our ability to stream them live while they are happening. Back in the day the NEWS would filter and reported all of the happenings... Now Facebook streams it live with no bias. Theres no gray area in shooting of Alton Sterling. It was wrong.
- DON LEGACY