Cop Killer or Poetic Interp?
When I read this article I was shocked...but i wasn't surprised. This world has become a world divided by color and class. And no matter how many people try to bring everyone together, separation will always be apparent. This isn't because we aren't trying hard enough or that those in power are too good at keeping this on going feud and battle for equality vs exploitation. No I believe that the reason we have so much division, is because that is the world that we are all brought up in. No matter your race, class or creed, the world raises its youth to divide and to judge. It is my own personal belief that a person fighting for equality, is only separating many farther apart because they are acknowledging the division. How can one bring about equality, if the person refers to groups as 'us' and 'them'? So I don't blame the companties for doing what they did and interpreting the lyrics the way they did, but if you were in power and a song came out by a popular artist saying he is going to kill your form of law enforcement...wouldn't you try to stop it, regardless of perspective? I mean in the recent decades the world has traded in their scientists, revolutionaries, youth leaders and even political leader as heros for actors, artist both painting and music, and authors. We live in a world of ongoing fads and the popular trends that are influenced by these people. Now in no way am I saying that perspective has no validity in the matter, because when it comes to that issue I am all for it. Certain people grow in certain environments, my expressions and what I write about are greatly influenced by my upbringing and experiences.
Now onto the other perspective, though I have not lived through it, i can get a sense as to the feeling behind what people go through in these situations. I have watched many videos of 'blacks' during riots and their 'encounters' with police, but it never phased me, because i could not really relate. But then last semester I saw many videos on the injustices facing latinos in the recent decades. It was when I saw these videos that i really got a sense of what was going on. I relate to the Latino population because I am latino, though many have told me that I don't look it, this fact has only made me more passionate about this topic. Since watching those video, I do not hate cops, but rather dispise the idea of riot poilce. Their pressense at any protest only makes people feel uneasy and thus one wrong move from either side, one misconception or misperception and those that showed up unarmed and trying to fight for a better living, are the ones that get hurt the most. Please if you read this, help me understand how grabbing a girl in high school from her hair, dragging her to the ground and then hitting her with a baton is in any way, keeping the peace and taking control of a situation. I mean if this is what we do to protect and keep order, I hate to see what our armed forces are willing to do when there is real trouble...but i guess we already know the extent of that, whether all the information is true or not.
I don't hate cops, they are people doing their jobs, and for that I respect them, but as i have heard before "power corrupts" and it is the methods and mentality that amny of these people take that really does not sit well with me.