Jordan Edwards Case: Are Police Shootings Desensitizing Us? 

The misuse of power by law enforcement officials seems like a never ending issue. Just recently, Jordan Edwards — a 15-year-old unarmed Texas teen — was shot by a police officer while leaving a party with friends. We discuss ways of coping with this constant narrative of police brutality. Check out the above clip.

ESSENCE.COM May, 03, 2017
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[BLANK_AUDIO] You hear of stories like Jordan Edwards. What do you do to cope? Do you call into work black? Binge watch favorite movies? You just kind of vent with friends? What do you do? First and foremost, I have to take a minute to myself. A lot of times when you read things off of social media. It gets skewed. I have to come up and research and figure out exactly what's going on to absorb it and process it. Once I have the whole story, I pray first and foremost and then I just sit back and let my emotions hit me. A lot of times we also fight the emotions that come with it or we try to ignore them, and that's Not what we need to do to kind of positively address this. So first and foremost pray and then kind of just process. And I think what you're saying we have to feel something. Definitely, we wanna, whatever we're feeling, we wanna go with it. Alicia, you've been on the frontlines of protesting this type of violence as an activist How do you personally stay singing while fighting for our rights? Well the first thing for me, I think Silvana's totally right is just allowing yourself to feel. We get so much of this news all the time through so many different channels, that it can create a level of of apathy, there's so much information coming at us all times that I mean it's important to take a minute and just really feel and be in your feelings. But the other thing that's really necessary for me, is to keep fighting. So it can be disheartening in moments like this when we see yer another black person gun down for absolutely no reason. But what we also know is that the only way to change that dynamic is to fight for our lives, and so for me the way that I channel that rage, that anger is into love for For my people and that love gets expressed through the work that we do at Black Lives Matter and in other spaces throughout the movement [BLANK_AUDIO].