• Mayowa Sanusi (SPH’19)

    Mayowa Sanusi (SPH’19) is a research associate with Health Resources in Action, a nonprofit in Boston. He can be reached at mts5355@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 2 comments on POV: The America I See Is Not the Same One My White Friends See

  1. Thank you Mayowa for sharing your truth. As Black people, we know that our experience with law enforcement is very different than what our white friends experience. When white people tell me about their positive experiences with police, I never doubt the truth of their experience. It is infuriating when they doubt or simple refuse to believe the violent truth of our experience, even when it’s recorded on video. Even when I say, ‘Yes, your experience is different than mine. That’s what I’m telling you. That’s what you’re looking at and yet somehow refuse to see. You say you don’t understand what systemic racism is; you’re looking at it. Yes, it’s ugly.’ Some in the Massachusetts legislature are making an effort at baby steps toward police reform. It’s a disgrace that this initiative has and continues to be such a struggle. Its ultimate outcome is still uncertain. The paper thin ‘outrage’ about the murder of George Floyd under the knee of systemic racism is revealed in the foot dragging and undermining of these modest efforts toward justice for all. I fear it will get watered down. Efforts to water it down are as deliberate as a knee on the neck. I fear it will be watered down to the point where in America Black lives will continue to matter less than blue lives, less than white lives, less than all other lives. Regardless, we will continue to cry Black Lives Matter (AKA, please stop killing us).

  2. Thanks to this POV, I was able to imagine walking in the shoes of someone with a different skin color. Though I have read other similar experiences, each one is different and very personal. I remind myself that I can turn the page, click on another story, or change the channel. An entire community does not have that privilege. I choose to take another step in my journey to be a better ally.

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