The average Black male
Live a third of his life in a jail cell
Cause the world is controlled by the white male
And the people don’t never get justice
And the women don’t never get respected
And the problems don’t never get solved
And the jobs don’t never pay enough
So the rent always be late; can you relate?
We livin in a police state
Anti-racism is not a new trend.
Racism is based on the concept of whiteness–a powerful fiction enforced by power and violence. Whiteness is a constantly shifting boundary separating those who are entitled to have certain privileges from those whose exploitation and vulnerability to violence is justified by their not being white (Kivel, 1996, p. 19).
Over the past 100 years in
The United States, movements have changed form, names, ideas and levels of radicalization. Many of us are inspired from the life and works of people like Harriet Tubman, Henry Bibb, Susan B. Anthony, William Still, “Box” Brown, Frederick Douglas and John Brown. People like Huey Newton, Angela Davis and Kimberle Crenshaw. During the civil rights era, groups like Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) challenged white supremacy by engaging in direct action such as the first Freedom Ride, in which an interracial group of eight white and eight black men provoked harassment and arrest as they rode interstate buses through Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Journey for Reconciliation focused national attention on CORE, nonviolent action and the injustice of segregation. Direct action became the movement’s salient strategic weapon by the mid-1950’s.
In the decades to come, Anti-racism and direct action has evolved and continues in the hearts of working class people opposed to the bigotry and false claim to supremacy mandated by the white ruling class and the
United States government. With the assassinations of revolutionary Black leaders like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, the COINTELPRO infiltration and ultimate destruction of the Black Panther Party, the suppression and propaganda campaign against a growing unity of revolutionary Black people under the Communist Party in Amerikkka, the United States government of the 20th century showed the world that their idea of white supremacy was not only part of the foundation of this country, but that they would spare no expense to uphold its violent history.
From 1865 to 1965 more than 6,000 African-Americans died in racial violence in the United States. In this link is 141 additional links, each it’s own record of incidents, racists, or hate groups that have committed violent attacks against people because they were Black. They are only a small fraction of our history. All of these incidents happened in Amerikkka, all of them committed by white people. This is the history that white Amerikkka asks, often demands it’s Black citizens to forget and “get over”.
The crack epidemic was created by the
United States government.
The war on drugs was created by the
United States government.
The school to prison pipeline was created by the
United States government.
The prison industrial complex was created by the
United States government.
Slavery was and is an institution that profits the
United States government.
Slavery was made legal by the
United States government through the 13th amendment.
Killing Black people for reasons that would under any other circumstances be considered murder is justifiable by the
United States government if you are a sworn officer of the law.
If you don’t see what is happening; The murder and brutilization of Black people is weaponized by the
United States government via incessant instant replay on the internet and television. One by one, cops who murder Black people are “investigated” by their own internal affairs and find themselves not guilty of any crime because they “feared for their lives”. Video evidence that should be a weapon of defense for the people is instead used to vindicate cops, used to beat the trauma into the psyche of Black people so that each time it happens we already know the outcome.
Terence Crutcher: Officer found not guilty
Philando Castile: Officer found not guilty
Samuel DuBose: Officer found not guilty
Sandra Bland: Officers found not guilty
Freddie Gray: Officers found not guilty
Jocques Clemmons: Officer found not guilty
Keith L. Scott: Officer never charged
Tamir Rice: Officer never charged
Alton Sterling: Officer never charged
Paul O’Neal: Officer never charged
Michael Brown: Officer never charged
Eric Garner: Officer never charged
60% of Black women killed by police were unarmed.
Of the 1,146 people killed by police in 2017, Black people were 25% of those killed despite being only 13% of the population.
13 of the 100 largest U.S city police departments kill Black men at higher rates than the U.S. murder rate.
Fewer than 1 in 3 Black people killed by police in 2014 were suspected of a violent crime and allegedly armed.
A report by Gideons Army on the conduct of the Metro-Nashville Police department in 2015 states:
Our report shows that “driving while black” constitutes a unique series of risks, vulnerabilities, and dangers at the
hands of the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) that white drivers do not experience in the same way.
Upon reviewing MNPD’s traffic stop database, our report finds that:
• Between 2011-2015, MNPD conducted 7.7 times more traffic stops annually than the U.S.
• Between 2011-2015, MNPD made more stops of black people than there were black people 16 years old and over living in Davidson County
• Between 2011-2015, MNPD consistently and unnecessarily stopped and searched black
drivers in predominantly black, Hispanic, and low-income communities at rates substantially higher than they did white drivers in predominantly middle to upper income communities
• MNPD consent searches are invasive and fail to yield incriminating evidence 88.4% of the time.
• Evidence of unlawful activity is found during searches of white drivers more often than in searches of black and Hispanic drivers
• Nearly 80% of all MNPD traffic stops in 2015 result in a warning, and, in traffic stops including a search of the vehicle or driver, between one-third and half result in a warning, which means hundreds of thousands of drivers are being stopped and searched unnecessarily every year
• Since 2012, Operation Safer Streets (OSS) has resulted in more than 58,000 vehicle stops and 11,000 arrests, the vast majority of which were concentrated in communities of color. More than 90% of OSS arrests were for misdemeanors, often for possession of small amounts of marijuana or driving without a license, and more than 80% of stops yielded no evidence that warranted arrest.
Our interviews with black drivers in Nashville show that:
• Metro police officers regularly intimidate, harass, and unfairly exert their authority over black drivers
• Aggressive tactics by officers result in traumatizing experiences of fear for one’s safety and the safety of one’s family and friends
• Black drivers experience anger at being treated unjustly and disrespectfully, frustration derived from being profiled because of one’s race and its assumed correspondence to criminality, and the feeling that police do not “serve and protect” black people like they do white people.
Through these findings, our report shows that MNPD’s traffic stop practices impose a severe disparate or discriminatory impact on the predominantly black and low-income communities that MNPD’s traffic stop and search regime disproportionately targets. MNPD’s internal reports justify these disparities based on an alleged correlation between where stops are made and the number of crime reports in the area. However, our findings show that traffic enforcement targets and impacts entire communities, not just people who commit crimes, and that regardless of the area, black people are searched at much higher rates than white people. For these reasons, racial disparities in policing are unlikely to be caused by individual officers’ behaviors alone, but by institutional norms and policies that justify targeting predominantly black and low-income communities. The MNPD traffic stop lesson plan used as part of officer training shows that the department is primarily focused on using traffic stops as a way to gain entry into vehicles and search them (See Section II). In practice, this means making pretextual traffic stops for technicalities, such as rolling through a stop sign or having a broken tail light, in order to get an opportunity to make contact with the occupants, use manipulative forms of engagement to gain consent to search, and search drivers and their vehicles. While the lesson plan does not explicitly prioritize stops and searches of black drivers, MNPD disproportionately deploys its patrol officers to predominantly black and low-income communities, and as our report shows, black drivers are more likely than white drivers to be stopped, stopped multiple times in a year, and searched during a traffic stop, even though searches of black drivers are less successful in yielding criminal evidence than are searches of white drivers.
February 10th, 2017 officer Joshua Lippert of MNPD shot and killed Jocques Clemmons at Cayce Homes in East Nashville.
Davidson County DA Glenn Funk ruled that Lippert would face no criminal charges because he had a “legitimate self defense claim. Despite murdering Jocques after 20 days of suspension on his disciplinary record for unnecessarily escalating encounters with civilians, Joshua Lippert remains on the Metro-Nashville Police Department. He is currently working in the records department, receiving a tax-payer funded paycheck. We are paying cops to prey on our communities.
Clemmons’ family along with support from the community have been taking action against the department since last year. There have been sit-in protests in front of the East Nashville precinct calling for Lippert to be fired, rallies in the streets marching from Cayce Homes to the state capital, and occupying the temporary headquarters demanding a meeting with the chief of police.
A new study from the Brookings Institution lists the 40 U.S. zip codes with the highest incarceration rates. North Nashville was first on the list. East Nashville (37206) came in at No. 38. In North Nashville, 14 percent of residents are living behind bars and 42 percent of children in that neighborhood are living in poverty. In East Nashville, where the incarceration rate is 9 percent, 29 percent of children are living in poverty.
***Yet community oversight is rejeted??!!***
White, Black and Brown people live together in poverty. Some of us fight for the same cause, but there is an unmistakable difference that white people are going to have to accept and respond to if we mean sincerely to be accomplices, not merely allies;
White people can wake up any given day and decide that they dont want to fight anymore. They can skip the next protest. They can decide that activism isn’t for them, delete their social media and go back to their normal life, even in poverty.
Being Black in Amerikkka doesn’t exist in that realm of choice. It doesn’t afford the privilege of being born with access to power and resources.
White privilege is an institutional set of benefits granted to those of us who, by race, resemble the people who dominate the powerful positions in our institutions.
Far too many of us who are white erroneously believe that we do not have to take the issues of racism seriously. While people of color understand the necessity of
being able to read the white system, those of us who are white are able to live out our lives knowing very little of the experiences of people of color.
The history of this country was written by the colonizers and continues to be white washed the more violent and oppressive it becomes. To be anti-racist today means we have to actively and consistently use what resources we have available to us to reject and resist white supremacy and capitalism. Seek and respect Black and Brown leadership. A movement comprised of and centered around the activism of white people will inevitably benefit white people. We mean to end oppression. We will not achieve this if the voice we hear the most is that of the oppressor. And if our work is not intersectional, there is no work at all. Intersectionality cannot wait.
Think beyond the protest.
Think beyond social media.
“You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future”
We can’t bargain with the state. Organize, agitate, educate.
We need to have these conversations and we need to keep having them
Direct Action Gets the Goods
Non-violence only works through violent resistance