Our Turn


Sage Sherburne, Herald Staff

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


I get it, not all police are bad. Mean. Evil imps. But they are not all good either. Nice. Heroes. The world we live in is changing all the time. And change is scary. But, it’s a good thing. Imagine we live in a utopia where everyone is happy. Where everyone could walk around without being profiled. Where it doesn’t matter if you were black or white. Pink or purple. Where if you went to the store you came out happy. Where you weren’t stopped because you’re “suspicious”. Wouldn’t that be awesome. Instead of living in the modern day dystopia. Where police kill. And don’t even go to jail. Where black people don’t have enough money to even protect themselves from COVID. Where being black isn’t beautiful. It’s ugly. I don’t want to live in this world. Do you? I mean, please.


“In the future, as in the present, as in the past, black people will build many new worlds. This is true. I will make it so. And you will help me.” – N.K. Jemisin


People are mad. Angry. Upset. Disappointed. Full of emotions. And right now, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin and so many more are dead because of the police for unlawful and unrightful killing. Some people are bad despite their color. But killing is never the answer. Right? I need you to do something, it’s important. I need you to think. And then I need you to act. Can you do that? Let’s continue, people think the police should be defunded. The police abuse and abuse their power of authority over and over again. It’s unfair to the public and the black community. They go to jail, they go on trial. And do they go to prison for their wrongful killing. No, now I said in the beginning not all police are bad. But they are the ones who give the police a bad name. A bad rep. The police who are corrupted by power. The police who took an oath. And the police who abused. Gives their department a bad rep.

This is the police oath of honor, it says they will hold themselves and others accountable for their actions. And when was the last time we heard a police officer go to prison. Oor admit they were wrong. Or at least feel bad and sorry for what they’ve done. They don’t, which is quite sad. The police are seeing modest cuts but no defunding. Which means they’re probably still going do what they want. People want change, and the protests are doing that. We live in a difficult time right now. People are dying, but that doesn’t mean we can kill the dinosaurs. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t an asteroid but us. We’re killers. Murderers. Lunatics. Evil imps. Monsters. Demons. Villians. Monstrous killers lunic pathetic people. Point is, we’re not perfect. We have darkness and goodness. We have light and evil. We are heroes and villains. But there’s a line that you do not cross, whether you’re black or white. Brown or yellow. Purple or blue, you don’t cross lines. You don’t go into a lion’s den when the lion has eaten its days. You don’t walk straight up to a mugger with a gun and think they’ll not try to threaten you for money. You don’t steal from a high security facility and not get caught. The line is, you don’t think before you act. Big problem. If your brains are turned off, then you run in blind. And if you can’t see, then how will you see from right and wrong? How do you know when you crossed the line? You don’t.


The police continue to kill unarmed black people, hurting the black community. And this is where the cause and effect come in. The cause is the killing of an unarmed black person. The effect is protests. They took an oath when they put on that badge. They made a vow when they decided to be police. And the president just got tested for covid. And it’s positive. That is karma. For all those lies he’s told, he’s done more for the black community than any president, you’re supposed to listen to your people when becoming president. You’re supposed to be truthful. And you’re supposed to help and know when you’ve crossed lines. But this cheese puff thin hair lair fake president, have crossed more lines than the police, then muggers. Then those people who think they’re better than everyone because they have money. At the end of the day it really comes down to: Power. Our world is built on power. Power or life. Power or love. Power or hate. Power or gun. Power! Power! Power! This world is consumed with power. We crave it. But we abuse it. Power is more dangerous than any drug.

“I don’t fancy colors of the face, I’m always attracted to colors of the brain.” – Michael Bassey Johnson


So, as we finish I need you to do something for me. I need you to think. Then I need you to act. Continuing on, the world is changing. And maybe defunding the police will go a long way. Cause If we keep giving them money. They’ll still think they’re entitled to do whatever they want. Months have passed after the killing of Breonna Taylor, and the verdict was, no charge will be brought against the police who killed her. Not a big shock. The majority of all people in the United state are Hispanic or white. And if more black people have babies. More black people get killed. Why do they have to kill? It’s a question everyone asks. Fear, and false fear. We do nothing. All we want is to survive. To walk down the streets with confidence. To drive in a car without being stopped. To walk out of a job at night and go home. To visit our family with a bag of candy or a phone and go in a way that we’re used to without being shot at 17 times. 


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther king jr.


We deserve the same rights as our white counterparts. We have the right to be heard. The right to film. The right to an attorney. The right to stand up for ourselves and others. The right to protest in any form. The right to speak. The right to defend ourselves. The right to sing. The right to vote. The right to use a public bathroom. The right to fight. The right to carry a gun. The right to love whoever we want. The right to be whoever we want. The right to dance. We have rights. Black lives matter too. Brown lives matter too. Grey lives matter too. It’s not worth killing, to live with that is gonna haunt them forever and ever. To live with the blood on their hands. We all have family, Breonna Taylor had family. Travon Martin had a family. Emmet Till had a family. Martin Luther King Jr. had a family. 


“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” – Dr. Martin Luther King,  Jr.


There is no story without a struggle, but first the story has to start. So, let’s start it, and then struggle. Life continues even after their death. There is so much we can do now. To honor them, by fighting for them and their family. By not taking no as an answer. Maybe it’s a good thing that the police aren’t getting defunding just seeing cuts. This is so because they have to live with the countless of deaths they’ve caused. Pain they’ve inflicted. Movements they’ve started. They have to live, and watch as we make change. It starts with us. We need to start the story. We need to change the story. It’s not theirs. It’s ours