…how to act when…
I want to get on the “how black men should act when interacting with the police” bandwagon that I’ve been seeing floating around the internet for black men…but the truth is I can’t.
Here’s why…basic statistics.
It’s been estimated that there are approximately 1.1 million law enforcement personnel in America. Of that number, there are approximately 765,000 sworn personnel or those who have the right to arrest. That means that 765,000 sworn officers of the law took the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor…
“On my honor, I will never betray my badge,
my integrity, my character, or the public trust.
I will always have the courage to hold myself
and others accountable for our actions.
I will always uphold the constitution, my community and the agency I serve.”
It is estimated that there are approximately 42.6 million blacks in the US. This includes men, women and children. Of that number, there are 21.5 million black males. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve never seen an application or a drug screening that had to be filled out so that one can claim being black. I’ve never seen a job posting on a jobsite requesting the “black” position to be filled. There is no oath required, that one must take to be black.
It sounds more logical to me for the officers who are working to be taught how to interact with black males, than it does for black males to be taught how to interact with officers.
But then again…maybe I just think different.