All of us know that police brutality is a universal phenomenon. Whether it’s South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, USA, South Sudan, Kenya; police brutality is a known fact.However, police brutality in the United States of America, Brazil (and sometimes Canada) has a twisted racio-historical paradigm that makes it unsettlingly pernicious with it racial profiling and preconceived badness of outgroup races.
Young African-American men that are routinely killed by police fall within a theoretical psycho-social, ethno-economic space created for them by centuries of racial degradation. European-American police officers are themselves victims of their upbringing. They are mentally tortured souls through years of home race schooling. With brutal efficiency, they are fed with the pernicious falsehood that African-American young men are violent ‘good-for-nothing’ animals. This is a reality no one should explain to African-Americans because they know it better. Ironically, racists are deadly people who need help to see the inevitable and irreversible social and historical changes.
America is a racially confused and lost nation imprisoned by its own creation.As a South Sudanese, I have my own share of racial degradation; however; the paradigms though not the same, are not that markedly different. South Sudanese were subjected to centuries of slave raids by Arab merchants; and South Sudanese we treated like second class citizens in their own country because of their religio-racial realities. Villages were razed to the ground, millions of women and children either killed or displaced from their homes…all in the name of racial and religious inferiority.
The saddest thing about the problem in the United States is the manner in which young men try to defy people who have a robotic perception of them. European-American police officers with years of false indoctrination have little sympathy for people they see as menace to society. And their perceptive falsehood should be seen as the tip of the iceberg in what Margaret Cannon calls an ‘invisible empire.’It’s very crucial for parents, community leaders and activists, city councillors, legislators, church leaders and other stakeholders, to teach kids that resisting police is not a show of manhood or virility but a suicide mission. Submission to police is not weakness but a cognitive necessity to have one live another day to learn and contribute towards changing the police and European-American mindset.
Some of these police officers have been brought up to think in a prejudicial manner and to get rid of their mindset, if they are really ready to let it go, would take years of unlearning.America is theoretically desegregated but practically it’s not. And this segregation is both historically racial and contemporarily economical. American is a psychological prison as a function of race.
While police academies are taking cultural and racial sensitivities into consideration, it’s crucial to embark on preventative programs of education and simple instructions on how to handle police and their brutality. There are of course bigoted European-American police officers who’d kill African-Americans and lie about it; however, there are some whose perception of African-Americans is a naïve function of their upbringing and they need a lot of help to unlearn such fatal and hateful falsehood.While this might appear like blaming the victims, it’s a pragmatic message to the living to avoid racial onslaught of the bigoted European-American police.
Let our kids live another day!