My YPI issue was Police Brutality. Over the course of this Project, I have been grateful to get the opportunity to express my feelings about the recent murders of several African Americans on the news, and being able to express to my classmates the fears that my African American friends and family, as well as myself have felt due to police violence. I don’t think my attitude to police misconduct has changed all that much. Its not like I was ignorant of the murder of my people and this project just lead me to an epiphany,or that I’ve suddenly stopped fearing for my life in the wake of the recent murders, or even that I have any more or less disturst for police before the commencemnet of this project. The way I could see my attitude as being changed is that I figured out that I could do something about police misconduct by raising awareness.
The great thing about this project is that it helped me to discover that I am apparently a good public speaker. At least that is what several people in and outside of the Friends community have been telling me. Before my group won the YPI grant, I was just looking for a way to encapsulate my and many other African-American’s fears and experiences in the wake of the murders of African Americans. Then it turns out that I am a goodmorator. That was crazy to me because I never thought of myself as being good at thinking on my feet.
One part of this project that was most challenging was actually getting up the nerve to go and speak in frontmof all my schoolmates. But the really hard part was finding a way to present Police Btutality as a viable social issuse. Everyone knows Police brutality is a horrible thing, but its hard to imagine it in the smae sentence as Homelessness, Hunger, Suicide, Domestic Violence, and Addiction. It was hard, but I think we focused on the people affected by it really well which I think swung the decision in our favor.
I think the most rewarding part of this YPI experience was actually having the experience of winning a grant for an orginization. It really speaks to my group’s hard work and passion for our issue which I cant help but be proud of. When I heard my group won I couldn’t believe it, although a lot of people were predicting that we would. I was so incredulous becuase I had never really helped to win anything this big before. I was so proud my wallpaer on my phone is a picture of me holding the big check!