This campaign and ongoing discussion is extremely disturbing to me. Murder is an epidemic in our communities. Part of it is the criminal element within our communities acting like morons and part of it is individuals taking revenge for incidents. All of it causes mayhem in our streets, fear among the peaceful among us, and fatalism among our youth.
Within societies (even all white societies like Iceland, for example), law enforcement is there to prevent the kind of lack of security and violence that vigilantism brings to a community. To say, "stop snitching, we'll take care of it ourselves" doesn't make the community safer. It just perpetuates a cycle of violence.
Law enforcement has a dark history. However, the way to overcome this is for the best of our community to join law enforcement and for the leaders in our community to politically engage in oversight and dialogue with law enforcement. That's what they do in the white suburbs and why the murder rate is low and drive-bys rare. The good people in those communities form neighborhood watch and police oversight committees. And their kids sometimes become cops and, thus, have a tie to their community.
But because we cannot get past our issues, we can't keep a bar or club open because there'll be a shooting there. Our kids can't play in our parks because gangs have taken them over. A good kid walking back and forth to the library has just as much a chance of being killed by someone in the neighborhood with a beef through mistaken identity as does an active drug dealer. And meanwhile, the outside society looks at Black people and says, "Those people clearly don't know how to live in civilized society."
We need to turn our backs on the criminals of our community -- the drug dealers, the gangsters, the pimps, and the junkies. Turn these people in when it is safe to do so. At the very least, make it clear that they are no longer our sons, daughters, cousins, uncles, or aunties. They are outsiders, strangers, no longer a part of our families, and they no longer have our love and protection. By cutting this cancer out of our society, with the help of law enforcement, we may be able to save the whole community.