Month: July 2016

Excusing the inexcusable: the perpetual violence of law enforcement officers

It just keeps happening. It’s like watching reruns of that same awful ass episode on TV, except while the storyline stays the same, the central characters change. Same story, different day, different family and community destroyed. Each time it happens it’s like another piece of your heart gets ripped out, another part of your soul gets crushed. You either have to numb yourself, which isn’t an answer, or reopen that wound each time and feel dehumanized all over again. It’s physical and psychological warfare. It’s mental trauma. And it affects all of us, whether we knew the person or not. It’s exhausting waking up to another hashtagged name. Before you can process what happened to one person, you’ve found it’s happened to yet another. Yesterday it was Alton Sterling (say his name). Today Philando Castile (say his name). Each incident more vicious than the last. And the one today, particularly heinous, in that a woman had to live stream her boyfriend’s execution while their four-year old child watched. The worst part of it is the excuses. The mental gymnastics …