The murders of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and the five cops in Dallas are the result of a society too afraid to acknowledge racism is still a problem in this country. People are too afraid to call out the police. Or because of their racial privilege and racist beliefs think all of these killings of unarmed Black people are justified. And that's in part because they assume the police are always right and Black folks are always up to no good.
I have relatives and friends who work in law enforcement. I've been pulled over for driving while Black. I've had police help me out. There are great police officers, and like any other profession there are bad cops. There are Black criminals and there are everyday Black people just trying to get through another day.
I made this video because violence and racism can take a toll on our mental health. Many African-Americans don't have access to quality mental health care. This video was a reminder to take care of your mental health and what you can do to take care of your mental health during these crazy times.
As I posted on Twitter, 7 people didn't go home to their families over racism. I blame their killers and I blame our justice and criminal systems. As long as bad cops are not prosecuted for murdering and abusing unarmed people of color, these killings will not stop. If our justice system cracked down on racist cops and strongly condemned their behavior, maybe Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and those police officers in Dallas would be alive today. Maybe if more people were open to having an honest conversation about race, those people would be alive. Nobody wins with hate. No one.
Take care of yourselves and make sure you check in with each other.