I wholeheartedly agree with Justin Smalls in his article “I Shouldn’t Have to Write This.” Black individuals shouldn’t have to think twice about just stepping outside, afraid of being shot by police because of the color of their skin. In his piece he writes, “I saw footage of a white man fight off two officers for a prolonged period of time before being tazed by the police and restrained without lethal force, knowing full well that had it been a black man, he would have gotten two in the chest before he even got up off the ground.”
Aren’t we all supposed to be equal no matter what our color or race? No one should have to fear police officers who are supposed to protect us, not harm us.
Thank you, Justin, for inspiring me to share my thoughts about this issue.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.