Whataboutism is not the answer

Recently, in the wake of mass protests over the killing of George Floyd at the hands, or rather the knees, of a white cop, people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds have been coming forth with the following arguments: 1) What about Black-on-Black crimes in Chicago and elsewhere? And 2) White cops kill more white people than Blacks, where is the outrage?

My answer is simple:

If putting race at the center of this discussion makes us uncomfortable, can we at least all agree that police’s training should be reviewed? Instead of focusing on shooting to kill or putting a person in a prone position to end life, how about focusing on de-escalation? When there is mass shooting, and the shooter happens to be White, we quickly explore the possibility of a poor mental health condition. How about asking the “killer” cops what was happening in their minds at the exact moment they decided to take somebody’s life, then identify patterns and introduce those patterns in their training so they can be aware of them and de-escalate instead of escalate? We can all learn from this moment and quieten our sensitivities. Someone once said: “In the house of analysis, once emotion comes in through the front door, reason goes out the window.”

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