Rekia Boyd, Reneisha McBride, Aiyana Jones, Troy Davis, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and now Michael Brown. These are the names, with the exception of Troy Davis, of people who have been gunned down police or a faux police officer. How many more people have to die before we admit that law enforcement is full of racist officers who look at Blacks as not citizens, but criminals in the making?
The police during the March on Wall Street have proven, they are here to serve and protect those with money and Blacks are not on that list, unless you are clearly Lebron James or some other athletic figure. So what do we do? Now people are marching, protesting, and rioting. I don’t condemn the rioters because this is what happens when people are tired of history repeating itself. Black people have been killed without a second glance since the slave trade began and it continues now.
I don’t focus or pay attention to “New Blacks,” those agents “Rap artists”, and all those other we shall overcome people who have drank the Kool-Aid: “racism is dead in America.” All the “isms” that plague this country like the locusts plague Egypt have not disappeared. The main reason is because people would rather lie and pretend then face a hard truth; “nothing has changed.”
What people fought for back in the day has come to fruition but a lot of it has not. Anyone walking out in this world feeding their child Disney happy endings is doing their child a disservice. The music, which isn’t the only ill, is telling them to do stuff to get locked up and run from the cops, while denying the existence that you can be shot simply for breathing.
My folks always said that “ignorance of the law is no excuse,” ignorance of what it means to Black in America is no excuse because a bullet can end up in you either way. I have said it before and I will say it again, there needs to be a deep psychological reprogramming of the police force and Americans as a whole.
A police officer cannot serve and protect with their gun when they are bias. What do you get when you add: police officer + racist+ gun= what we have going on now. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. These cops are not here for us and will shoot us if they feel threatened, not whether or not they are actually threatened.
I don’t believe I will be teaching my child to run to the cops for anything because of what may be done to them. It is a long running joke that cops are criminals, every cop show has a crooked cop in it, and art imitates life, except we have police all over the 50 states waging war on unarmed black people as though lynching is coming back in style.
Not all cops are like this, just like all politicians are not dishonest crooks, but guess which stereotype thrives when 99.9% act like heathens. So what do we do? What do we do when we have to not just watch out for who our kids hang with, but the flashing police lights that want to stop them just because they are “too black?”
The names above who have died are lives that could have been saved. These innocent lives are lost while the Colorado movie theater shooter is still alive, and I’m sure a book deal and movie deal is coming his way, the Boston bombers, who caused much suffering, is still alive and even got a cover on Rolling Stone.
Yet, people are shocked at how America can sit back and defend Israel when they are killing innocent Palestinians. America can do this because they massacre people within their own borders and not think twice about it, why would thy not support their equal, Israel?
So now we know that we must protect our kids, but how do we do that? We do that by protecting our own neighborhoods, cops are not there for us, they already have prejudged us, and they won’t think twice to treat us like a first-person shooter game, without a reset button.
So we defend our neighborhoods physically, if a cop comes in there willing to shoot, he needs to have just as many guns pointed back at him. Notice they are not shooting armed people, but unarmed people, people they know have not weapons to defend themselves. No cop is going to act irrational when he does not have the police power to back him up, unless he wants to die, and surprisingly considering their job, they don’t want to die.
A scenario like this protects an innocent life. People simmer down when they are outmatched and police officers are no different. I would love to see these officers bust into West Virginia or the rural parts, where they know the people are heavily armed, but they wouldn’t because they know 1,000 guns would be pointed at their heads.
Physically defense of our neighborhoods is not the only way to protect our neighborhoods, we must be very careful of who we elect to office, meaning not every Black politician will get our vote and every white and other politicians, will need to prove that they are non-racist and truly for us. If they switch up once in office, then we pull the house of cards down and get them tossed out.
The trick to this is to look at their language, how do they talk about Black people and black neighborhoods, do not get caught up in the new issue of the week that seems to pop up every presidential run, every governor run, or ever mayor run. Every big election has some huge issue attached to it: it was homosexual’s wanting to marry, and then it was universal health care, and so on and so on. These issues are used to gain money and support, but they do not help us in the least. They do not focus on us or tell us how we and our interest will be protected.
On Wall Street every group you can think of have lobbyists: Tobacco, Israel, Latinos, Farmers, car manufactures, Health insurance companies, Google, and more, but Black people have no lobbyists and it is hurting us. We need to lobby and we need more lobbyists whose focus is just for us and not for others, head nod to you NAACP. You don’t see Israel lobbyists focused on anything but Israel, they are not focused on LGBT, Latinos, or anyone else, they are focused on their interests and that’s why our government is scrambling to give them over $22 Million dollars in foreign aid to kill more Palestinians.
Another focus should be on whose pockets we are lining with our money. If you are not for us you do not get our money, it’s that simple. Many businesses are run by racist CEOs, executives, and owners; they could care less about Black life, so we make them. If any owner or CEO is funding the bail of or supporting someone who kills a black person, then we do not buy any of their products. We ban them from our homes; we make sure the markets in our neighborhoods do not hold them, but not buying them. No one likes losing money, there is a reason why Jesus told the rich of his day to not overcharge people, and the rich haven’t changed. They are consumed by a greed that is never satisfied and we should use that to our advantage.
Understand that we should be for self and no one will make us feel bad for it. People are quick to come to Blacks and label us racist while making deals behind closed doors, again their people are not the ones being gunned down in the street in every day ending in “y.”
Last but least we must not forget these names nor must we let these people get away with taking bright lives away from our community. Do your research, be the change, talk to your children, and kids focus on the news. Don’t believe anyone that tells you, you are in a post-racial America, that these black names did something to cause their death, and don’t believe any music that tells you to go jail, when you will end up in a body bag before you can make it to jail.
This is all I have to say, R.I.P to all the innocent lives lost to racist officers and racism in America.