The goal within this racially fractured country, from educators, politicians and community activists should be to educate and protect the lives of “at risk youths” especially within the inner cities of America.

And perhaps the quickest way to save lives among this hardest hit group is a proposal by Senator John Whitmire, a Democratic lawmaker from Houston, who is advocating for a program that will teach 9th grade students how to interact with police, when stopped for a traffic violation or perhaps detained.

However it seems that teaching “at risk black youths” the basic principles of being respectful, well-behaved and complying when interacting with law enforcement, and perhaps defusing a tense situation, is somehow “insulting.”

So says Ashton Woods, a spokesman for the Texas Chapter of Black Lives Matter, stating;

“It’s saying to a little black child, ‘When the police stop you, and they will, this is how we want you to act, even though we know you’re still going to get killed,’” Woods told the Observer. “It’s an insult. It just seems to me that they are trying to satisfy the demands and needs of the police unions.”

Ashton Woods

Whitmire who chairs the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, held a hearing on Tuesday referencing his proposal, and invited leaders from both law enforcement and within the African-American community to discuss the measurement, on hand were local pastors and the president of the Houston chapter of the NAACP, none of whom seemed opposed to the measure

The flash-point for the proposed bill came in response to the tragic ambush assassinations of the 5-police officers gunned down in Dallas, and the immediate response from Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick blaming Black lives Matter indirectly for the carnage while also stating; “I do blame people on social media with their hatred towards police.”

There’s little doubt that there’s raw emotions on both sides of the racial divide, however to ignore the hostile response that is all to common within the black communities of resisting arrest, which is perhaps the single most common reason why African-American youths are killed, regardless of skin color.

Do you think Black Lives Matter has made any proposal on how to make relations better between African-Americans and police or are they a huge part of the problem that is just making things worse for everyone?

Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.



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