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How parents talk to their African-American sons about the police
Families of police shooting victims form bonds built on loss
Both groups have a history of state-sponsored injustice in the U. Both groups also deal with some of the highest rates of mental health issues in the country. Between blacks and non-Hispanic whites, blacks are more likely to report serious psychological distress. There were public protests and demands to hold the police officer who fired the shots accountable. Rosfeld, the officer, has been indicted. Even more damning from a systemic perspective is the admission by the Allegheny County district attorney, when asked about established protocol for dealing with police use of force, that the county doesn't have a policy.
Over the last few months, I have spent time speaking with both mental health professionals and the loved ones of police brutality victims. Nothing can prepare you to listen to the stories of families who have been robbed of those they love and justice. No event happens in a vacuum, including brutality. As a result, each death leaves a trail of heartbreak and trauma forcing these families to develop a new normal. I have listened to these individuals say how their communities turn their backs on them and label their loved ones as criminals even when they did nothing wrong.
Photo courtesy of Montye Benjamin. As the summer winds to a close, the number of Americans fatally shot by police continue to rise. The messages about black men, in particular, being shot are so uncomfortably frequent that I've begun to ignore the news all together. It's hard to navigate life in a nation that believes you can't be pro-black and pro-cop. Many believe the fear black mothers like myself have for our children is in vain, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. I'm afraid my toddler will grow up to be a 'threat' and pay for it.