ULM social work professor weighs in on unity crisis

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MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) - From the killing of three officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday to the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

ULM Social Work Professor Pamela Saulsberry says tragedies like these are anything but new.

"we've had this issue in some form or another since 1865, have we really addressed these issues," says Saulsberry.

She says that answer is no. Saulsberry says until we start talking about what's really going on emotions like fear and powerlessness will continue to lead to problems.

"Think of the power that individuals have if they know that has a whole more weight, and we also have to remember police are human beings too and can have feet of clay," says Saulsberry.

She has strong words for the black lives matter movement, saying it doesn't mean only black lives matter.

"And a person who helps give out the plates of food and they give me nothing or a smaller amount well I want my fair share too and the person who is helping out and other people have more than I have and they say everybody wants their fair share," says Saulsberry.

She says it's all about viewing the world through someone else's eyes and life experiences shape us and teach us how to act, but in the end we are all human.

"When I've looked at the videos that the world has seen if someone is choking you and you do like this then I'm not trying not to comply I'm trying to breathe or if you're hitting me and I do like this and they are saying comply comply and you're doing this that's a human reaction if you're protecting yourself," says Saulsberry.

She says there needs to be more talking and less ignoring of the problem and saying that's one way we can move forward.