The answer is surely to call for reform and greater oversight and accountability, not blood in the streets?
And - look, I have the ability to empathise, and I feel the frustration that exists - it's almost always a mistake to extrapolate the failings of a minority (even a large minority) onto the whole when the practices exist as an illicit undercurrent as opposed to an openly declared stance. And that's where I feel BLM differs notably from the various police departments across the USA. If institutional racism exists, that's a failing of the department to screen individual officers for their biases; by comparison, cop hate seems to be an openly espoused stance across BLM, indeed it seems to be a crucial part of their divisive rabble-rousing. Yes, American police seem alarmingly trigger-happy - but as Justine Damond would tell you (if she could), that's not unique to black victims of white cops.
BLM shoudln't ignore the issues you mentioned. But their leaders have been frankly reckless and inflammatory in their rhetoric. I mean, you tell me - have BLM's actions actually improved relations between black people and the police?
Here's the thing.
We've been trying that.
Since the beginning. When Blacks say they are arresting us for nothing, other cultures got together and laughed at the blacks. Police wouldn't just arrest and/or harass people for no reason was the prevailing thought. They said blacks were just lying to get out of trouble.
From Rodney King, Amadou Diallo, Oscar Grant, Orlando Barlow, Aaron Campbell, Freddie Grey, Walter Scott, John Crawford III, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Alton Sterling, Charles Kinsey, Terence Crutcher, Jemel Roberson, Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., Stephon Clark, Jamar Clark, Sandra Bland, Steven Eugene Washington, The Danziger Bridge shootings, Jonathan Ferrell, Jordan Baker, Victor White III, Dontre Hamilton, Akai Gurley, Rumain Brisbon, Samuel DuBose, Gregory Gunn, Patrick Harmon, Gary Smith... You know what? The list is long. The sadder part still is that these are just the names that made the news. There is a long list of police over reaction to even murder, with the most they get is a slap on the wrist. The common answer is it was a tragedy or a mistake to learn from.
A life lost because of improper training is not a mistake people would accept for a child or any other person that was not black. And that's something that every Black Male has to wake up with in this country while being told to stop talking about it so much.
I can't even get into the number of people who are harassed for no reason, but situations like this are normal parts of people's lives.
Two people who work for Law Enforcement like Annie Dookhan and Sarah Farak can have the ability to harm the direct lives of 47,000-50,000 people, and indirectly hundreds of thousands more due to falsified evidence.
And these are just the people we know of.
When this is brought up, the public responds with "Well, what about Chicago?", "Do you realize how tough of a job it is to be a Police Officer", or "This? Don't you ever talk about anything else?"
The Police Responds with "Lulz, no one is going to convict us".
When we have any platforms of power or focus, we try to get people to listen. That was the whole thing about kneeling. It was just to make awareness of police brutality.
It's not palatable to Black People to feel so worthless that a football is more important than thinking about fellow citizens. But while we're being gunned down in the street, falsely arrested, or not being worth the effort it takes to arrest (and I've seen how cops act with combative white people)... Well, I'll just ask you. How many generations would you be able to deal with this before you lose faith in the system that everyone knows is unfair to you, but still asks you to adhere to it as it constantly fails you?
You asked me a question about if BLM's actions actually improved the relations between Black People and the Police. My answer to you is this. It's not BLM's duty to improve the relations with Black People and Police. That's solely on the police. You can't systematically abuse a group of people, call them liars, pick anyone to send in the prison industrial complex which is now the modern form of slavery and say to that Group... Hey, can't you be civil and make nice?
It's tantamount to asking a child who's been abused by their father to mend the bridges and understand their point of view... while the abuse still goes on.
I'm going to leave this off with a quote from a Mural that was put into the article about the Castile Case. If anything, I want everyone who has an issue with BLM to look over the list of injustice I forced myself to get through, understand how black men are treated like more than less target practices and justifications for more policing, and then answer this quote.
What do we tell our children when education didn?t matter? When compliance, age, or evidence didn?t matter? When guilt or innocence didn?t matter? When our outrage didn?t matter?