So I was in RA training when my fellow RAs, the RDs, and I were discussing Ferguson. We were talking about it for no particular purpose. But the RD stated how he hated the way the media demonizes police. He knows a lot of them and they’re mostly good guys. And, in the event of policemen using brute force or shooting someone, it was almost always justifed.
I challenged his statement by asking “Yes. But people who look like me are not usually worried about police brutality. How many blonde white girls do you hear about being gunned down by the police?”
"How many blonde white girls do you hear about who are attacking the police?", He replied
What I said was nothing. He was my superior and I knew I was not going to be able to respond to that without a whole lot of anger.
Things I wanted to say were:
"Are you insinuating that people of color are inherently more violent than white people? Do you see that helping or hurting you in your profession?"
"Would you have said that if there was a black person in this room right now?"
"You say police are being "demonized" by all of the REAL VIDEO EVIDENCE of police brutality shown in the media. How would you compare that to the opression black people in America are subjected to everyday…for just existing…since ever?"
"I see you, a Straight White Cisgendered Male, quickly defending the actions of other Straight White Cisgendered Males. I am just wondering if you can define marginalization for me. What do you know about having to justify your existence before your actions? What qualifies you to speak the experiences you have no reference for?"
"It’s great that you know good police officers. I’m so glad they can keep bullets in guns but being a good police man fights brutality in the same way being "not a criminal" fights crime. In fact, it’s the exact same thing."