As a white man, I cannot know what it is like to be a black parent and feel the need to teach my children how to interact with the police in the hope that it will keep them safe.
We all need the help of the police at times. For policing to work, the community and the police must have mutual respect. How can that respect exist in communities of color when innocent black people are brutalized and killed by police who face no consequences for their actions?
I do not pass judgment on every instance in which a person of color is killed by police nor do I condone in any way the murder of police officers.
However, we should all be able to agree that the killing of an unarmed black man, whose “crime” was selling loose cigarettes, the shooting of a small child playing with a toy gun and the recorded execution of a man who was attempting to comply with a police order to produce his license were criminal acts.
The Black Lives Matter movement is demanding justice. It is imperative that white people stand with it in order for change to occur.