Houstonians Reflect On State Of Nation After Police Shootings And Unrest

The recent shootings involving police and black men are deeply affecting the country – including Houston, one of the most diverse cities in the nation.


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Houston's neighborhoods are for a large part segregated, but you see a representation of the whole city in places like Hermann Park.

There, we met Mayra Yanez. She doesn't feel so good about where the nation stands these days.

"I feel like history is repeating itself again," she said. "With the whole people protesting and trying to take revenge in a bad way. I just think they should just make peace."

Nearby, Andrea Peters said the state of the country is bad right now, but not as bad as it has been, and she feels there's hope if everyone focuses on the positive.

Peters has a brother who is a policeman and said most cops are good and want to make a difference.

"And to have to go to work every day and be worried about that is really a tragedy beyond words when your whole life is dedicated to helping others," she said.

Our next stop is Harwin Drive in southwest Houston. The street is lined with strip malls and ethnic restaurants, including Middle Eastern and Asian.

Tao Yan was doing some work on the outside of a building. He said there are too many guns in America and he sympathized with the police who he said have a difficult and dangerous job.

He emphasized that America has people of so many different backgrounds.

"So when we live in this country, I hope everybody can understand each other so we can live very happy," Yan said.

On the campus of Texas Southern University, a historically black college, opinions focused more on how police treat African Americans.

"I feel like for us black males it's not safe because we just get shot for just being black most of the time, just walking down the street," communications major Prince Geeko said. "So I feel like that needs to stop."

He said police have profiled him before because of his skin color.

Shatavia Collins, who just graduated with a degree in business management and communications, said she too is worried about encounters with police after seeing what can happen, even if you do everything right.

She hopes for peace and justice.

"We're going downhill with all the shootings," Collins said. "Every person is a human being, so everyone should give each other respect, everybody should look at each other's side of the story."

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

Business Reporter

Florian Martin is the News 88.7 business reporter and also covers criminal justice, guns and shootings.Florian's stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of...

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