I think nothing has changed. But now we see it on social media but it’s the same, the abuse is the same and no one is trying to change it. At least since I have been here for the last 33 years, no one has changed it.
Where I live in Maple Valley, Washington, I know my place and I don’t do anything to get out of it. That being said, as a Black man in the United States is still scary, nothing has really changed! We are still fighting for our lives to matter.
Police brutality still remains in my community. The only reason why we have heard about less incidents is because of the police cut. The police are still harassing the young black men in my neighborhood. I try to be that voice of reason and change in my community to show these young children that they have every right to be free. When our children are trying to do the right thing like walk to the boys and girls club or go play basketball they get harassed. These are the main reasons our young males turn to the streets and become gang members and drug dealers. They need more honest officers who are non biased.
Some things have progressed. Society I believe is trying at least this generation, like Black Lives Matter, the ACLU and similar organizations are working to bring attention to the struggles of Black and Brown people. But police accountability is still elusive and police killing Black men and women is still prevalent. So in that sense, nothing has changed.