Blackphobia - Bluephobia: Police Race and Rage in America
by D.T. Pollard
There is a crisis in the United States that exploded during the summer of 2016. Levels of distrust between the Black community and Police community seemed to spiral out of control. Two separate events, one in Minnesota and one in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that resulted in the deaths of two Black men at the hands of police officers seemed to be the straw that broke the camels back. Protests erupted nationwide. During one of those protests frustration transitioned in deadly violence after the end of a peaceful demonstration when a man armed with an assault style rifle unleashed death in Downtown Dallas, Texas. Five policemen were killed and several other injured, including protesters by his gunfire. A few days later another lone gunman traveled hundreds of miles to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the city where a black man was killed by police earlier, and killed three policemen. Other incidents were to come. It seemed that a level of mutual anxiety and fear had build up between the police and Black communities had developed and it has to be resolved.