*UPDATE: THIS POST IS CONTROVERSIAL. IT ISN’T SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE AGREES WITH. IF YOU DON’T AGREE. DON’T READ. AND PLEASE DON’T COMMENT ON THIS POST WITH THE AIM OF CLEARLY VILIFYING AND DEHUMANISING ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL. IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT I’M GOING TO SAY, DON’T READ IT. SIMPLE AS THAT*
I should honestly just change my blog’s summary to 50% normal teenage girl exploring and having a life; and 50% teenage girl trying to make sense of the world she lives in because it seems like everyday, a new source of horror has come to plague her.
This is going to be controversial. You know the drill
In the midst of studying for my final HSC exam, I took to social media during my down time to chill, talk to my mates, wage a bet for the Rugby World Cup Final. All that fun stuff.
But what caught my eye was the little trending segment on my newsfeed. Intrigued, I clicked on the article, and the first thing I saw was this:
(please don’t read through the comments. They also horrified me)
I have never felt so violently sick by just watching a 15 second video.
Yes this isn’t the full video and yes we don’t know what went down before. But do you expect me to believe that we live in a society where a law enforcement officer who is clearly well built and strong, has to use THAT much force on a tiny student to get her to comply?
Brutality is brutality.
And in front of other class mates in an environment that’s meant to nurture children and help them develop into strong, independent men and women to lead our future.
I’m disgusted with American society.
And I’ve never been more thankful that I’ve never been to a hellish country that proclaims progressiveness and modernity and human rights.
Because if this man (I will never refer to him as a cop) is not charged with assault and thrown behind bars, and then the whole structure of the US police force is not brought into question for reevaluation, I don’t think I’d ever want to go to America, let alone live there.
And what shocks me is that this isn’t the first incident. Or the second. Or the third. It isn’t the fourth incident in 2015 alone. The fact that multitudes of incidents against people of colour by the police force in the USA continues to go unnoticed and without action terrifies me.
The fact that police officers in America can return to the job after brutally murdering innocent people of colour terrifies me.
And yes, this is about race. It’s about race to the very core. I still cannot fathom the fact that in 2015, American society is plagued with racism and discrimination that rivals the 20th century. It breaks my heart to hear that innocent people have been brutally assaulted or worse, killed because police officers felt threatened. Key word. Felt. They weren’t threatened. They felt bloody threatened. So they took innocent lives.
It’s instances like this where you know law enforcement has completely gone to the dogs.
All I know is that I refuse to live in a society where in one of the most advanced nations in the world, instances of assault and murder on the grounds of perceived threat and non compliance with regulation are common place.
I’ve never been more thankful that I live 12000km away from the horror that is American society. And I’m not afraid to say that. Yes I want to go to New York. I have dreams of meeting my favourite celebrities. I love American television shows and aspects of culture that it has nurtured. What I abhor is the way in which matters of race, prejudice and injustice are handled.
Let me leave you with one thought.
She is a child. Yet she was thrown to the ground and dragged across the floor by a man who could easily be double her weight. Think about the physical and psychological trauma she sustained. Think about the long term consequences for her. Actions like these are never wiped away.
She is a child.
Would you ever let your child be treated like that?