A Bridgeport teacher speaks up after another unarmed teenager of color is shot dead. Please read the link below?
No parent of a 15-year-old should hear the words your son was shot today by the police although he was unarmed. He laid bleeding to death alone, hand cupped, and without any medical attention. With not one single person holding his hand as he died. This should not be the norm for anyone's son. Justice should never be we were scare, and decided to shoot first ask questions later.
We know this can stop, we know it can be done differently. In New York City last week, a drunk driver killed an innocent 18-year-old girl, injured 28 others, and jumped out of his car and started attacking people physically. He was arrested not shot.
If we say we should teach young people respect in our schools and in the home, then that lesson should not be, to Black sons you are black and you'll be treated differently by the police. As long as this is the lesson Black parents have to teach, then justice is not equal in America. Respect should begin with regardless of your color, your immigration status respect is equal treatment by the police.
As a former high school teacher, I have felt the pain of losing students to violence. It rips your heart out. That empty desk every day is a reminder of what should never be. We all understand that for their families this will never go away.
Any school curriculum that does not address this norm of injustice in our society every day is a curriculum without meaning. If curriculum that does not address the fact that young boys and girls of color are arrested, convicted, treated brutally, and shot by our police in vastly higher numbers is meaningless. Any curriculum that chases test scores, and not justice is meaningless to the youth of our nation. A curriculum void of justice is no curriculum, but what Marcus Garvey called mental slavery.
Respect should begin with every person regardless of their color, every one should be treated the same under the law. Anything less is disrespect to fairness and justice. This is not only a Bridgeport problem, this is a nation crisis.
All Prayers to Jayson Negron's family, to all Bridgeport families, and for every Bridgeport teacher.
Dr. Jesse Patrick Turner
Dear Lord, hear my prayer that someday we won't have to march for justice for all. If you like to hear what this Walking Man is listening to on his walks these its...Rhiannon Giddens "Better Get It Right The First Time" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VftPiNjaas