BLACK LIVES MATTER

SAY THEIR NAMES.

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Understand your Privilege (it is uncomfortable)

If you are White, no one is saying your life is not hard or that you have not struggled. It means that your life is not even harder because of the color of your skin.
An excellent systemic racism video.

*NEVER FORGET THAT RACISM. IS. A. PUBLIC. HEALTH. ISSUE (as is police brutality). You are treated differently in the healthcare system based on where you live and the color of your skin, whether you want to believe it or not. It happens consciously and subconsciously. It is called implicit bias.
–> Here is some US healthcare disparity info. <–
*Black women are still DYING more than White women during childbirth even when SES, job, education level, and all other factors are equal. Read How America is Failing its Black Mothers.

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*Black-Owned Etsy shops found here
*Black-Owned Businesses found here
*How to find black-owned businesses

Protest. #EndPoliceBrutality

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*Nurses & HCP: move beyond cultural competency to cultural humility!!
You must now be actively ANTI-racist. Challenge your racist family members and/or coworkers. Stop saying “all lives matter” when they clearly don’t. Take a stand or this world won’t ever change. #BlackLivesMatter #NoJusticeNoPeace

2 thoughts on “BLACK LIVES MATTER

  1. This is our moment.
    I wanted to take my time to address our latest heath care crisis in this country. It’s called systemic racism. In the middle of a pandemic those most affected are people of color. It’s not enough that African American communities and Latino communities are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, we have been reminded in stark living color of the violence perpetrated against people of color by the very folks hired to serve and protect them. George Floyd was murdered by four Minneapolis Police officers. Leading the what can only be characterized as a public lynching, Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with that murder. Where are the other three officers who were complicit in their behavior allowing this murder to happen, standing by and watching it go down with absolute impunity. Few people know I have a degree in Administration of Justice along with my degree in nursing so I think I can address what happened to George with at least some level of expertise, having also attended a police academy as well as nursing school.

    I remember during my police officer training I was taught that if you can arrest someone without a fight do it. You don’t take someone to the ground unless they are resisting arrest and are becoming dangerous. George Floyd was screaming ,”I can’t breathe”. Onlookers were telling the police they were hurting George, and to let him up. The recording of the incident has Officer Chauvin staying on George Floyds’ neck for over three minutes after he was unconscious. Choke holds of any type have largely been abandoned by most police organizations because of the inherit risks these types of holds pose, and yes I was taught how to place a suspect in a choke hold back in the days I was a police academy cadet. I also remember the sexist jokes told to the class of cadets myself being one of six women in a class of sixty cadets. This was back in 1983, and the joke tellers were an attorney teaching the California Penal code, and a Chief of Police teaching arrest techniques. If those two assholes teaching at the Redwoods Police Academy had told those jokes today, they would have been fired. Instead I was asked to leave the academy, told I wasn’t a good fit for law enforcement. I’m not surprised, as a law enforcement officer I make a darned good nurse. I consider what those buffoons did for me as a real favor. I look back on my nursing career with pride. I’m not sure I would be able to say the same had I entered into law enforcement. My first husband told me he wouldn’t marry me if I continued to pursue a career in law enforcement. He said I was a nice person, and going into law enforcement would change me, and he didn’t want me to change. When those instructors told inappropriate jokes, I told them they were inappropriate and that they had the power to show my academy classmates how to treat the female candidates. My words fell on deaf ears.

    Things have changed a lot since those days, but obviously not enough. There were guys in the police academy that were pure unadulterated bullies. You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to see why they were attracted to law enforcement, it gave them a chance to bully everyone and anyone who crossed their path, and they meant to take full advantage of it. Not everyone who goes into law enforcement does so for the wrong reasons. There are good men and women who want to help people, to make a difference. You can see those officers taking a knee with peaceful protesters and telling them we are with you, what those cops did was wrong and we don’t support it. Police officers and Sheriffs Deputies are taking a knee with the protesters to say, “we get it, enough is enough”. But this moment is a lot bigger than another African American man being killed by the police, it’s about the disproportionate numbers of African American men incarcerated, the injustice of a school system that decides the quality of your education based on your zip code, and the slow erosion of the EEOC and having the African American community being told it’s function is no longer necessary. This is the bullshit every African American faces daily, no wonder this community is protesting if the shoe were on the other foot, I wonder if whites would be so peaceful. I watched a posting from a bright African American woman who said something a lot of whites don’t want to hear, it’s not enough to put up a posting and call it a day. What will a white risk for racial equality? There were freedom riders who risked their lives. This is our moment. What will we risk to end racism in this country? What will we do to stand with our African American friends, neighbors and co-workers to say, “this is wrong, and it just won’t do anymore”? Whites don’t need to just be supportive we need to be proactive. I watched on TV this weekend as a 26 year old African American young man stood in front of a long line of police officers all strapped into their riot gear, he raised his right fist in protest and took a knee. That’s what is known as courage. How much courage do the whites in this country who can stop the systemic racism have? What would you be willing to risk to stop it?

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    1. Thank you SO much for sharing your story. I agree with you 100% that the issue is systemic racism and nothing will change until we dismantle white supremacy. You are so brave for what you endured and for confronting all the bullying (jokes). Yes, the profession with the highest rates of domestic violence is police officers!! Policing in inherently violent. We will not rest until systemic police brutality is addressed, defunded, and changed. I appreciate you.

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