FBI Director James B. Comey called on the nation’s law enforcement personnel and the citizens they serve to participate in a frank and open conversation about the disconnect that exists in places like New York City and Ferguson, Missouri—and many communities across the country—between police agencies and many citizens, particularly in communities of color.
"The Irish had tough times, but little compares to the experience on our soil of black Americans. That experience should be part of every American’s consciousness, and law enforcement’s role in that experience—including in recent times—must be remembered. It is our cultural inheritance."
This is the beginning of a much needed discussion amongst Americans of all races, civilians and law enforcement. Though I appreciate Director Comey's speech, I believe he left a lot uncovered.
- Racial Disparities in Sentencing. A report issued by ACLU - October 27, 2014. Found here: ACLU.gov.
- Corruption within the judicial system, such as private correctional facilities bribing judges to incarcerate as many people as possible, including children. Read more...
- White supremacist groups "infiltrating" law enforcement at an alarming rate. A report which was issued by the FBI in 2006. Read more...
Regardless, I believe his point about us "really seeing one another" is poignant and it has to start within our own communities. If we are expected to be seen as human, we must first treat one another as such.
Rather than instigate violence for the sake of WorldStar views, we must diffuse the violence. Rather than promote segregation amongst our own, promote unity. Simply regaining the ability to empathize with one another is a must. Because without unity, we have absolutely no voice.
Full transcript can be found at: FBI.gov