Police and Black Men Are at War, and the Two Men I Love Are on the Battlefield

Kristen Jansen Photography

As I watch the news unfold in Ferguson, my insides feels like they are boiling. I feel conflicted, hurt, betrayed and disappointed. I feel torn on the issue, because the two men I care most about in this world are in the line of fire and could be taken from me unjustly. One is my black son (who is biracial, but black as far as society is concerned). The other is my cop husband.
My television screen flashes through scenes of the riots and protests across the country, and I feel as though I’m watching through three different sets of lenses. The first pair are as a journalist. I listen to the speculation and chaos and sigh. The civil responsibility we have to first seek the truth, then report seems to have fallen by the wayside.
The famous words of Malcolm X ring truth in my mind: “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
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