A teacher told me that one hand raised in a classroom represents dozens of hands, not raised, who have the same question. We received an email from a mother of Black boys. I thank her for spurring me to find words for the indescribable.
Q: How can I trust the system when I feel it works against me, my boys, my people?
A: Law enforcement is a system that has to earn trust. George Floyd's death forfeits trust. There are officers interested in earning trust and there are untrustworthy cops. The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) makes a statement that also speaks to your question.
Q: What can or should I do to be more proactive?
A: Register and attend the nearest citizen's police academy.
Q: How do you address this issue with your own son?
A: We use history to guide. He knows about my trauma as a teenager and the impact on me as an adult. He and his sister have accompanied me to the police station, on support raising appointments and to preaching event that included my testimony.
They've been in rooms full of cops and we've talked about their feelings. We discuss deaths of black men by police, remind that the world is fallen and that we truly need a Savior.