‘Mummy I would like to become a police lady when I’m older’ I would tell my mother every day that when I grow up I wanted to become a police lady and she was happy I wanted to do something that would help the community and others around me. I used to love the uniforms and enjoy talking to them. I would ask so many whenever there was an incident as if I was an investigator. The crime and the facts always made me curious about the law.
My elders and the church men would always sit down when we had gathering and talk about current affairs and as I was curious about the law I would quietly sit down next to my dad at the age of 12 and listen to their views so next time a crime happens I could think of all the possibilities of why a crime happened and what sort of punishment the defendant would get.
When my black male friend got in trouble I would always say ‘next time don’t do it and follow the law’ but they always tried to show me that they didn’t do anything but as I only saw things from my area highgate’s point of view I always thought that my mates were in the wrong.
However my attitude changed and my views also changed once I was in in sixth form. Studying politics & Law allowed me to see a different World; it made me see the truth with the policing system, it made me understand why there are more black males in prison and why black people get stopped more by the police and why the figures of crime are high with ethnic minority.
I started to question more things within the policing law and politics system but no one really gave me answers so I went and started to look for myself. But my personal research won’t that good as it could have been biased so instead I started asking people around me of different races on what they think about the police. Some people had a positive view and some had a negative view about the police. So I got confuse.
So I decided to go university and study politics and law and do more research and to my surprise I had to apologies to my mates as I didn’t believe anything. I found out the policing system was fair and racism is another way to describe it.