There was a time when we would hear about police violence and people of color. We would see evidence, but without excessive documentation and a stand-up witness, it was easy for folks to just look the other way with little effort.
Today, technology has changed everything. We have the ability to capture real-time evidence of the good, the bad and the ugly.
We also have a much better idea of what happened in the absence of cameras.
The ugly part is that it hasn’t changed much. It seems that the only thing it’s changed is that we now require a bit more effort from those who are determined to look away as injustice persists.
Two years ago, in November, we learned that Darren Wilson would have no consequences from killing Michael Brown.
Last December we learned that the police who murdered Tamir Rice just seconds after pulling up in their car would not face charges.
There was a video of the whole thing.
One juror said he just couldn’t find Michael Slager guilty.
That juror looked away. When the judge heard about the hung jury days ago, he sent them back in to work it out. That juror essentially turned his chair around.
That’s a lot of effort.
And now more jurors “have questions.” #really?
And so, now, with a video that shows a man being shot in the back, there is no justice. Oh, sure, his family has already reached a settlement with the city, but the larger question of social justice…it remains unanswered.
So, how do we talk about this? Do I just tell Hope, “Ooops, they did it again?”
It really does become exhausting having some kind of hope that one day my daughter will be able to really see justice.
It’s like I’ve concluded that I won’t see it. My parents probably have only seen it fleetingly, but probably not.
What does the future hold for us?
And in the current national climate?
What should those of us parenting children of color think? What should we teach them? What will keep them safe? What will ensure they get justice if they ever need it?
It is a sad mystery.