In the face of another black male being killed at the hands of police, we all must challenge ourselves as to why this has become a norm that society has accepted. For something so horrific to happen this frequently speaks to how our communities view black males. Although this conversation is uncomfortable, we all must question why we are closing our eyes and hearts to a segment of our population. Although we love seeing black males in sports, why do we avoid seeing them in other environments? And what impact is this having?
The role of the police is vital, as their slogan is to serve and protect all citizens. Unfortunately, the power of stereotyping has aided in the demise of black males who find themselves victims whose voices consistently go unheard. Stereotyping is believing unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same. The stereotyping of the black male population has gone too far and has justified the brutal treatment and devaluation of these lives. How long will we aid these harsh and untrue generalizations of black males that endanger their lives, families and communities annually?
Stereotypes are a very impactful way for us to use words. As leaders, we truly need to understand that when things are said repetitively, they become reality. Therefore, as leaders, we must be very cautious of how we use our words and what we support or challenge. We can all change how others think and operate within the world. When we care about each other, we can do so much. On that note, use your words to breathe life into the world; if we are going to change this horrible narrative, we need everyone to be intentional in changing how we interact and support the lives of black males everywhere.