Almost A Year: Cops Make Racist Memorial to Mike Brown

It will be a year since we lost Michael Brown tomorrow, and as if we didn’t already see the hatefulness of the police with Darren Wilson’s interview, we continue to see the anti-blackness through the form of a memorial, specifically for Michael Brown. I can’t imagine the pain that Brown’s mother must be feeling right now, especially upon learning that the memorial was put together by cops.

Here is the picture:

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This picture was released by a Facebook page specifically for cops and has been circulating ever since. The words are bunched together in a rhyme, and it seems a little cute at first glance, until you actually read the post and realize that this is the same organization who has had no qualms about the murdering of black lives before and after this death,

My question is, why continue to pour salt into the wounds of black America. Michael Brown is gone, and Darren Wilson has been acquitted of any charges. The Ferguson police department continues their dictatorship over the black community. People are still mourning over a life that could have lived, could have gone on to help the black community.

The cops are one of the biggest groups that practice domestic terrorism despite their visible goals to be “Serve and Protect the Public.” From what? Minorities, specifically black people. The system isn’t failing the black community, because the system was designed to see us fail, as with other minorities.

The Ferguson police department and many others have been exposed for turning the department into a revenue collections business by targeting black people and other minorities, overly charging them again and again, and locking them up when they can’t afford the expense. That then makes these people criminals. These nonviolent people who cannot afford to take care of these bills because they don’t have the means become criminals by the law because police wants as much money out of them as they can.

And the police have been attempting to sugarcoat the issue of the whole system by putting a black cop in charge as an interim chief. A cop is still a cop. For the most part, it isn’t about the uniform, but the person who wears it, but with police I beg to differ. Both the uniform and the police officer go to abuse the system, as we continue to see increasing instances recorded where police officers even off duty assault minorities and those who are in lower economic systems. They fuel off each other. And if we do have so many good cops and it’s not “all cops” who are contributing to these issues, then where in the world are they? A good cop should be telling their peers that these practices and murders are wrong, and racist and need to be done away with. Where were the good cops when these cops killed unarmed people of all races? Where were the good cops when Michael Brown’s mother cried and was forced to see her son lay dead in the street for four and a half hours?

Have you ever heard that a house cannot last without a good foundation? Well it goes the same way for government systems that are supposed to protect our people. We cannot have a good police force, and subsequently good cops, without the foundation of equality. When a system is founded on racist origins, it’s only going to solidify and continue because nobody has wanted to correct it.

This racist monument is only a continuance of the police force and just how much power they have. It also shows just how much racism has evolved, and how racism isn’t necessarily just about calling someone racial slurs, and people still cannot realize.

It’s been almost a year since we lost a young man whose death incited a revolutionary force, and the questions still remain: what do we have to gain from this system? What are they really doing for the people?

We cannot move on until we reflect and we truly learn from our history rather than shoving it under the rug, and we have yet to do that.

-JW

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