In a recent speech delivered to law enforcement officers, President elect Donald Trump recently addressed the current racial tensions between citizens and law enforcement officers by endorsing Police brutality. Trump asked officers to “Please don’t be too nice” and also suggested to be rough when dealing with criminals. When police officers escort a handcuffed criminal to the police car, they put their hand on their head to protect them from hitting their head, so by stating “You can take the hand away, OK” is clear evidence of his lack of racial and social sensitivity.
However, Trump’s endorsement of police brutality should hardly be a surprise. During his presidential campaign, it was highly noted and publicized that Trump was against the Black Lives Matter movement. In an interview with Fox News he stated that the Black Lives Matter Movement “are trouble, I think they are looking for trouble.” He continues to say “give me a break, all lives matter.”
Trump acknowledges the racial divide in the U.S. between black Americans and the police. However, he always defends the police stating “the police are absolutely mistreated and misunderstood and if there is an incident, whether it’s an incident done purposely, which is a horror, and you should really take very strong action, or if it is a mistake, it’s on your newscasts all night, all week, all month, and it never ends. The police in this country have done an unbelievable job of keeping law and order.”
But can the murders of innocent unarmed black men caught on video really be called a “mistake”? The answer is no, and the evidence to support the answer can be found during Obama’s presidency. During Barak Obama’s presidency, he addressed to topic of police brutality to the public. He stated “When people say ‘black lives matter,’ it doesn’t mean that blue lives don’t matter.” He continues to address the racial tensions by stating “But right now, the data shows that black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents. There is a particular burden that is being placed on a group of our fellow citizens.” This data is something that Trump, even through out his presidency, completely disregards.
By endorsing police brutality, how does this effect the current racial tensions between the police and the black community? Has anything changed with the rise in media coverage over police brutality cases? Since Mr. Brown’s death there have been a number of reported murders of black men and women according to the Los Angeles Times.
Trump’s endorsement of police brutality, will no doubt increase racial tensions between black America and the law enforcement. Without the proper address of the ongoing problem, and no clear solution there will always be a divide between black America and the police. Trump’s statement only added fuel to an ever growing fire.
By Anika Shakir