I Can’t Breathe

I Can’t Breathe

Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen https://failuretolisten.wordpress.com/ uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

3 thoughts on “I Can’t Breathe”

  1. I spent over two decades in the law enforcement field and I can tell you that there IS training on ‘positional asphyxia’ in most departments. The officers should have known that kneeling on the back of an obese person who is face down on the ground is dangerous enough to result in death. I’m for cops, but like the Rodney king incident, as soon as I saw this video I knew the officers were doing something wrong. I’m sure it was ‘in the heat of battle’, but these guys should know that they are held to a higher standard than those used in a street brawl.

    “Protect and serve” is a great departmental motto, but it needs to be reflected the actions of individual police officers or it means nothing.

    Are minorities discriminated against by police in general? I don’t believe so, but certainly there officers on any street and in any jail that have those biases and routinely act on them. That’s who needs to be weeded out.

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  2. I saw the video, disgusting is all I can say, he was having trouble breathing and the 4 Officers still held him down, I know many will not agree with me but if you really watch the tape, there was necessary roughness and he did have him in a choke-hold, that cannot be denied and it caused a human being to die, I am shocked nothing was done about it.


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