A Conversation Between African-American Women and the Police.
If it is to be, it’s up to me!
This is the message that nearly 100 African-American women heard when they came together with several black officers of the Dallas Police Department on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
They discussed the realities of negative encounters with the police and how to heal and find solutions during the African-American Women and Police Summit, held at the Black Police Officers Building in Dallas.
Dr. Sheron C. Patterson, communications officer of the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, moderated the discussion. Dr. Patterson, the daughter of a Charlotte, N.C., officer, is passionate about strengthening the relationship between police and black residents.
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She remembers a time when police officers were heroes to African-Americans.
“Black police were a gift to the black community. They were adored, they were loved, they were needed,” Dr. Patterson said.
Dr. Lawana Gladney’s Four-Prong Approach to Healing
Acknowledging your emotions. Understanding where they come from.
Educate yourself. Understand your rights so the fear and emotions won’t come out. When you fight with education, it gives you empowerment.
Let out your emotions, but find a safe place to do it. It may be writing in a journal, talking into a recorder, going to the gym, etc. You have to manage your emotions; get it out. Because when you hold it in, that’s when it becomes toxic.
Turn a corner, and let it go. If you’re holding on to stuff, it will drag you down emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Tell yourself, “I focused on the problem, now I need to focus on the solution.”