Chief Russell Mills to the LA Times after shooting and killing black 89-year-old great grandfather Shawn Monroe at a barbecue unprovoked. Today, he walks free with no charges, despite numerous witnesses and his own admission that he enjoys terrorizing black people.
Tell me again why Black people should be okay with police when they have, since the history of our being kidnapped to this fucking country, have not EVER been about protecting us, but about terrorizing us?
Police are NOT for Black people’s safety. They are about torturing us, terrorizing us and killing us. Period. There is no safety with police. There is no peace keeping with police. They have ALWAYS been a terror to the Black community and I am tired of this fact being pushed to the wayside.
And Ray Kelly, when he was Commissioner in NYC said the same thing.
Arpaio has said the same thing.
This is a ROUTINE assertion that the point of the police is to be an agent of state terror. And that such terror should be all but exclusively focused on Black and Brown bodies.
"The ghost of bull conner" ~ MHP
This statement doesn’t surprise me, but please note how boldly and comfortably he came out of his face to say this.
…How dare people preach and condescend to these people and tell them not to loot, not to riot? Yes, those are destructive forms of anger, but frankly I would rather these people take their anger out on property and products rather than on other people.
No, I don’t support looting. But I question a society that always sees the product of the provocation and never the provocation itself. I question a society that values property over black life. But I know that our particular system of law was conceived on the founding premise that black lives are white property…
Nothing makes white people more uncomfortable than black anger. But nothing is more threatening to black people on a systemic level than white anger. It won’t show up in mass killings. It will show up in overpolicing, mass incarceration, the gutting of the social safety net, and the occasional dead black kid. Of late, though, these killings have been far more than occasional. We should sit up and pay attention to where this trail of black bodies leads us…."
— Brittney Cooper, White Supremacy Wins Again: Melissa Harris Perry and the Racial False Equivalence (via checkprivilege)
On the whimsy of God, alone.
Your skin, the most dangerous neighborhood to live in.
Your mother’s asphalt tongue lamenting boys
that are not her own.
Born in the year of Trayvon and Troy.
The year the neighborhood watch failed us.
Fresh wounds, the lynch mob nuzzles against the iron pulse.
You, born into this squall, come in the year of wristband warriors,
activism á la mode.
New hoods on white boys in old hoods,
say fight the power, like they just discovered injustice.
Woke up this morning, history on their breath,
cotton mouth. Like this gin fan ever stopped turning."
We feel a lot of things this week after hearing Saturday’s verdict from the George Zimmerman trial. Eboni Hogan’s ode to her son is so beautifully important that we’re reposting this again.
@ebonihogan Why is there not video of this poem ??