I’ve seen a lot of racial division unfold when it comes to cops and people of color. Usually (or what the media shows us), the cop shoots a black person and that cop gets to walk away with no jail time. In response, activist rally the troops to protest, to march, and demand some type of change. The rage normally last for a good three days and then fades off as those who were so very vocal return to their daily lives. Everything gets back to “normal”. They weren’t really angry, just wanted to show people that the topic disturbed them, but not to the point of actually doing anything about it.
I saw the same thing happen, this same rage, recently in the Amber Guyger case. There was a slight difference here. She went on trial, she was found guilty, she was sentenced to 10 years. The rage was not so much her sentence but the reaction from the brother of the murdered victim, the judge, and the transporting police officer. Instead of the unity amongst the blacks I am used to seeing, there was a divide. A divide that was very unfamiliar.
Just to give you a brief background of what happened (in the event you live under a rock), Amber Guyger killed an unarmed black man named Botham Jean in his apartment because she thought the apartment belong to her. It was not her apartment and he was not an intruder. He was simply sitting in his chair, eating ice cream, thinking he was safe. Amber doesn’t try to get help immediately, she actually tries to cover things up. Fast forward, her attempts where pointless because she gets caught, convicted, and sentenced. The anger from the public arose because the brother of the Botham Jean got up in court and said he forgave her. He also said he wanted to hug her. The judge in the case went to her after the sentencing and gave her a bible and hugged her as well. Then there was a snapshot of the transporting police officer running her fingers through her hair. The brother, the judge, and the police officer are black. This sparked a debate amongst the black community saying that black Christians were conditioned and they were weak.
I completely disagree with that notion. I don’t hide the fact that I am a Christian woman and believe Jesus died for my sins. Nevertheless, me practicing the disciplines of Christianity does not make me weak. Instead, it takes a strong person to not give in to worldly desires most people find themselves surcomming to daily. The jabs at my faith bothered me, but what bothered me the most was the aftermath.
The “pro blacks” came out of the woodworks to voice their opinions and call for the heads of all whites and the weak blacks. They threw awful insults. They posted derogatory things on social media. Most were just reacting to the photos being circulated not having any real context for what was happening. I’m going to give you that context and make my point. Botham Jean’s brother forgave Amber because he no longer could bare to hold on to the hate, anger, and resentment that held him hostage. It was affecting him in a negative way. He wanted to let it all go so he could move forward in his life. The way he chose to take back his sanity is to do what his brother would have wanted him to do which was FORGIVE.
The judge walked over to Amber and handed her a bible because Amber asked how could she even begin to forgive herself. This is after the brother forgave her. The judge hands her a bible with instructions to read a certain book. She hugged her and wish her the best (because she knew she was about to encounter another uphill battle). The transporting police offer was simply doing her job. She wasn’t fixing her hair, she was checking it to make sure she didn’t have anything in it before transport. But of course, no one decided to find out what was really going on …. Cue the fake rage!!!!
All the anger and rage behind what happened in the courtroom was FAKE! It was unfounded. When the actions were explained, the court of judgement fell silent and the very opinionated “pro blacks” faded to black. Those who tried to redirect their anger at the Dallas police department rage was fake as well.
The reason this was all FAKE and just an example of the herd following each other is because everyone voices their opinions with absolutely no intention to make a change. I personally know change makers. I know the people who put the complaints of the people on their back and move forward to making things happen locally, state, and nationally. The whole time they said nothing. Mainly because these people, like myself, had enough sense to just research what happened and see if this was a fight to get involved in. There was no need to fire the judge or the transporting police officer. Once their actions were explained, no one even had anything left to say. The real anger should have been at the police officers who were willing and tried to help Amber cover up what she did. Due to a lack of research, most angered facebookers didn’t even know this happened.
Activist in Dallas who understand the situation in full has it covered. They are currently working to make sure there is more transparency in the police department and that police officers are held accountable for their actions. Sadly, another person of color has lost her life at the hand of a Dallas police officer. She too was in her home, not bothering anyone, and was shot and killed. Seems like those activist who had real rage are making sure the police department doesn’t sweep this under a rug and the officer to blame is dealt with correctly.
It was so sad to see some of the people I really had respect for get caught up in the “Fake Rage”. It was good however to see how they really feel about people who believe as I do. I kept telling myself that people have their own opinions on life because of their experiences. I’ve always respected other people and their perspectives on life. I guess the hard thing was to see the fake rage happen over photos. Some people I expected to see certain comments from, but to see mentors and other associates I respect hop on the Fake Rage train really surprised me. It hurt. To see how quiet everyone is now proves my point about Fake Rage. It just seems like everyone wants to be mad and offended by something. There was no unity this time. It was a full fledged attack on black people of faith.
I’m strong in my faith so I wasn’t shaken. I do however know I have to recategorize some people I had in certain places. If it’s one thing I know that happens during a Fake Rage campaign, it’s that people express how they truly feel. I respect that all opinions do not align with mine. It’s just hard to resect people when you know how they really feel about you. The smoke has cleared and the social media riots are over. The only thing that is left are broken relationships in an already broken black community.