OPUS Mag

Far from timid • Caveat Lector

Just My Thoughts Vol. 3

Just My Thoughts Vol. 3

You shouldn't ask for "good police officers", because the job isn't good to begin with. Sure, the actual idea of police is "good" and we want to feel like that's admirable; but the lines are blurred. Fuck blurred, even, the lines don't exist anymore. The people who are selected to protect and serve are the ones who attack and take from us. A "good cop" is a myth and I'm tired of hearing about the need for one.

A "good" police officer is one who follows and supports a flawed system without questioning it. A "good" police officer is one who won't tell his fellow officer that the bullshit he's doing, murdering unarmed minorities, robbing the community of people, is wrong. It's frowned upon to out your partner if you see corruption or you have knowledge of wrongdoing they're a part of; that's sick. You should never want good police officers if THAT'S the scale of right and wrong.

We're forced to attach a new name to the same circumstances weekly it seems, and that shit is disheartening. A black man's mug shot and past is used to put him on trial from the very grave an officer of the law sent him to. Video evidence of cold-blooded murders are dismissed by the "not guilty" verdict and paid vacations these officers receive. The hunting of black men is rewarded instead of reprimanded, almost even encouraged instead of punished. I'm fucking sick of it.

Do you know how disheartening it is to fear the very people who were supposedly put in place to protect you? To have to say, "be careful" to your sons and nephews, but in regards to the police; not the "thugs"? As a black man, you always "fit the description" just by being you in this racist, insecure society. When we speak with an elevated tone, we're seen as angry black men; as opposed to a man who needs to be heard, period.

Think about how many times you've encountered a police officer that let you off with a warning; he was actually doing a bad JOB, but a good thing. The job says he's never suppose to understand that having a civil conversation with someone instead of talking down to them is acceptable. Why is it that when you walk away from a pleasant experience with the police, you're surprised.....when that should be the norm? It's a wicked reality when you step back and see it for what it is. The higher ups that give the orders and put the battery in their backs are well aware of what they're doing.

Black men are being murdered in front of their families and it's no different than when slave masters would break a slave. Attack the strongest part of a family to make the rest crumble and show them their place early in life. FUCK THAT. I held my daughter as she fell asleep on my chest while I read the story about Philando Castile, and my heart grew heavy. He did everything right and still fell victim to the gun of a fucking coward. That feeling hasn't left me yet. I'm exhausted for his family as that officer goes home to his.

I'm in no way saying there aren't good PEOPLE who happen to be police officers, I'm saying that it doesn't equate to being a "good police officer"; it's the exact opposite and people should know the difference. "Fuck the police" isn't just something people say to sound cool, it's a fucked up feeling that developed out of being oppressed.

Stop asking for a hero that doesn't exist. A "good cop" puts blue before the color of your skin. The "good cops" usually got their heart when they got their gun and badge too. Be careful what you wish for.

Yea, all lives SHOULD matter; but the way they treat the black ones say different.

How many mass murders at the hands of white men end in a peaceful arrest, while innocent black men get fit for coffins? How many prom pictures and positive words are used for white rapists versus the mug shots and criminal history used for black victims?

Wake the fuck up.

YOU GOT BLACK PEOPLE FUCKED UP

YOU GOT BLACK PEOPLE FUCKED UP

KD is on Golden State...PRAY!

KD is on Golden State...PRAY!