Saturday, January 17, 2015
The latest is this story of Miami Police using mug shots of African American youth for target practice. And if the fact they were doing this was not bad enough, they are not embarrassed or ashamed but in fact, are defending this practice.
Thanks to Pastor Lura Groen who created a Facebook Event for clergy in clerical collar to invite the North Miami police to use our photos instead of African American youth. It is a recognition of our privilege. I can afford to invite them to shoot at me because I have very little fear of being shot by police. It is a way to invite police to see the people they are shooting at as human beings which I fear, when they use mug shots of people of any race, they do not. I think you almost have to dehumanize a person before you shoot at them.
It's a symbol, it's a gimmick. It's not going to change the world. But when I see all the photos of people inviting police to shoot at their image, it's very powerful. I hope it gets some attention and traction.
But I really hope we find a way to recognize the worth of all human beings.
If you would like to participate, send your photos to this address. The more polite and Christlike the message, the better
North Miami Police
16901 Ne 19th Ave, North Miami Beach, FL 33162.