The Melanin Map above shows how the world has beautifully shaped us.
Benefits: Unity and protection of all people in the USA.
To Do: 🎗No worries on doing it all, just focus on what you need to do.
●Acknowledge racism. Define racial discrimination & racial profiling. Put yourself in other people’s shoes before you speak. Validation and sharing common experiences is necessary for healing to help us feel safe and be safe in our communities.
●The goal is to get home safe and to prevent obstruction of lives because of the color of a person’s skin, belief system, and stereotype. Train citizens in every neighborhood and children on safety responses. Dial 211 for the community helpline.
●Talk to people who are willing to listen to listen, not listen to speak. Listening and
believing in the truth is the first step in resolving the issue. Leave the conversation if they refuse to listen.
●Practice Self-Respect. Doing this creates an environment of strength, intelligence in where to draw the line, and creating peace and discipline to problem solve.
●Remember to humanize everyone to break barriers.
"The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil," by Professor Philip Zimbardo Educates us on where true evil lies.
-Abuse -Oppression -Neglect & -Lack of support are key misfortunes to creating evil in our world. Why it is so important to know how to love and take care of people to create a beautiful change.
What you can do to better unify the Criminal Justice System and The People:
❖Know Your Rights and stand up for yourself. Check out the Know Your Rights Campaign @ http://knowyourrightscamp.com/ - At police stops you have the right to record, the right to report, the right to state when you don’t feel safe, the right to ask what you’re being charged with, the right to take a selfie before a police officer confronts you, the right to your own body. Police officers must have permission before putting their hands in your pockets and etc. Documentation is everything. If you feel unsafe, ask for an officer supervisor, badge number and name. Be formal with yes sir, no sir.
❖If a police officer pulls a gun on you, be brave. Don’t run. Sit down or lay down with your hands up. This is easier said than done. Remember they have their body cameras on.
❖Support system for police due to stress on the job, continue counseling and working with outreach employees to set an example on how to problem solve and de-escalate without using excessive force. Develop a team who specializes in Mental Health and can be called to calm the situation.
❖Police officers need to get to know the community. Work on the field without weapon dependency. We need police officers to walk on the streets, get out of their cars, knock on doors, create block parties. They should introduce themselves to build trust so we know that this is someone who can help. Be apart of the community to help the community.
❖Ask Chiefs of Police for MORE training to better handle crisis situations. If they receive better training in de-escalating more people will come home alive, come home feeling safe, and more people will naturally respect the PD. Check the bottom of the page for good examples of community policing that has saved more lives on both sides with better training and communication. *Update* Thank you NAMI for helping more than 20+ & counting Huntsville Police officers receive Crisis Intervention Training!
❖Understand that the American justice system mass incarcerates more people than the rest of the world, most being people of color with harsher sentences than their white counterparts.
❖Check out nonprofits for justice and equality for all:
•Southern Poverty Law Center Montgomery, AL “Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice”
•Equal Justice Initiative Montgomery, AL “Committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States.”
•Tennessee Valley Progressive Alliance Huntsville, AL “We fight for progressive change by uniting community members and organizations to build political power, economic security, and quality of life for the 99%.”
•And Justice For All Salt Lake City, UT “Free civil legal aid programs.”
•Andrew Glover Youth Program New York, NY “Providing an alternative to incarceration for youths.”
•Life After Hate Chicago, IL "Life After Hate, Inc., a 501(c)(3) U.S. nonprofit, was created in 2011 by former members of the American violent far-right extremist movement. Through powerful stories of transformation and unique insight gleaned from decades of experience, we serve to inspire, educate, guide, and counsel."
Check out more high rated nonprofits for justice
More tips from Travis Jackson
"From personal experiences, what I suggest:
1.) LISTEN TO LISTEN. When a black person shares their testimonies, listen to listen, not to respond. Too many times white people jump to conclusions. Quick to assume, but very slow to listen. This will instantly lead to you being cursed out by a black person.
2.) Never say "I'm not racist". This phrase has masked racism. Nine out of ten times, a white person saying this phrase is racist. Instead, say the following: "Tell me more". It will make the black person feel at peace to elaborate their experiences.
3.) Don't deny racism. When you cut off black people's talk through ignorance, it shows you don't give a damn about their struggle. Ignoring is simply let the black person's talk go in one ear and out the other ear. Denying racism is racism.
4.) Use your white privilege to increase racism awareness. If white people want to support black people in this world, then they must be willing to utilize their privilege to educate other white people on racism. If a white person cannot exercise their white privilege to increase racism awareness, then they won't be able to support black people. They'll continue to ignore racism.
Those are some of my noticeable lessons from my lifetime. Happy to be of help.“
More tips from Angee Stringfellow
"Stop saying when black people talk, making reference to Anger. Passion and
passionate is NOT the same as Anger, Emotions are just what they are. Don't tell a person they should not feel that way. Validation comes from listening. You dont have to agree but Dont dismiss their truth. "
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Officer Tommy Norman has been hailed as America's Favorite Police Man. He says, "I give my work in mental health a great deal of credit !" Check him out in the video below!
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