When a school or city wins a major sporting event and fans tear down the city, it is called a celebration. Police don’t pepper spray or tase fans. Police somehow manage to save life and property. All of a sudden they show remarkable skills in de-escalating situations. A skill that is rarely employed when interacting one-on-one with black and brown bodies.
Time and time again we see police escalate peaceful encounters with black and brown peoples often ending in murder when they have full compliance from those they are harassing and arresting. Colin Kaepernick peacefully protested police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem. That was met with anger and disdain. Kaepernick lost his career as a result. There have been three nationally reported murders of black people in the month of May whose murderers have either yet to be arrested or arrests were delayed – Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. I say nationally reported because undoubtedly there have been others. Ahmaud was murdered in February, but nothing happened until May 2020.
After witnessing so many murders of black and brown bodies at the hands of the police and pleading for our humanity, we are still met with resistance. When that anger boils over into the streets, it is used as proof that we aren’t worthy of our humanity. Not that is is our responsibility to prove our humanity, I see it as proof of our humanity. Jesus got angry and tumbled tables over. Anger is a righteous emotion. We have the right to feel how we feel. But, when we express ourselves in the same fashion as those celebrating sports championships, we’re looting and called thugs.
No, the thugs are in blue. The looters are those tearing up sh$t for fun, cause a team won a game. America is so full of double standards and hypocrisy that it’s infuriating. We say please stop hurting us. America tries to gaslight us and says, “What on earth are you talking about? We’re not hurting you. My knee is on your neck out of love. Not hurt. Stop being so dramatic.”
Until the philosophy
Which hold one race superior and another
Everywhere is war
Me say war
That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the color of a man’s skin
Is of no more significance than the color of his eyes
Me say war
That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all
Without regard to race
Dis a war
That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained
Now everywhere is war