Permission of the state

How is Black on Black crime different from white on white crime?

We live in a segregated society and crime is often defined by proximity.

The police however have taken an oath and sworn a duty to serve and protect.

They are trained and armed and sent into our community by the government, by the state.

They murder us with the

permission and

training and

equipment of the government.

WE JUST DIDNT KNOW HIS NAME.

I woke to learn that Malcolm London had been arrested and called the CPD first district number that had been tweeted out.MALCOM lONDON

the Lt. that answered the phone offered an interesting perspective.

London is a horrible person who hit another HUMAN BEING.
He deserved to be arrested.

I pointed out that he was protesting the failure of the system to arrest Jason Van Dyke for OVER a year, for killing another human being…jASON VAN DYKE MUG SHOT

“no one cared about Mr McDonald before he died. No one marched then”

No, we marched for him. we just didn’t know his name until he was murdered, I responded. we have been marching a long time.black power salute

she hung up.

 

 

 

My humanity is not yours to control: My thoughts on #ShiningALight

 

My thoughts on #ShiningALight

So I finally watched all three hours of Shining A Light concert and town hall meeting.shiningalight2

The mission statement of the initiative reads

A+E Networks, iHeartMedia and United Way have joined forces to launch Shining a Light, a multi-platform initiative designed to promote real progress on race in America, following the Emanuel AME Church tragedy and inspired by the reaction of the family members and Charleston community. The  program is designed to inspire others to go beyond short-lived, symbolic gestures and to explore the uncomfortable truth about the racial inequity and bias in our country and to help individuals and organizations that are working to make progress on issues of race.

I read through the viewing party guide, the start a conversation guide and several of the links. I went through the study guide for educators.

 

And I took a couple of hours to think about the concert, fundraiser and townhall meeting.

 

So, a lot if not most of what makes this project worthwhile are in print and on line.  Many of the interview segments were awkward and offered little new information to the viewer or the participants.

That said I fully encourage you to thoroughly investigate the website, http://www.unitedway.org/shining-a-light .

 

I watched most of the white participants offer qualified apologies, requests for patience and demand sympathy and support for their position.

I saw many Black participants discuss the matter from a colonized mind that could not demand for itself what it would offer others.

The white participants took the forgiveness and anguish of the Black Participants for granted. And requested more of the same without offering anything in return.

 

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that relations between peoples mirror those between individuals.

As an individual, when wronged, mistreated, disrespected, marginalized, maimed, murdered… etc., I am looking for a full acknowledgement of what was done to me and an unqualified apology. If there is an explanation of why I was you victim, great. But no excuses.

And then I fully expect the wrong doer to make amends. To evidence his emotional state of being sorry.

Anything less than that is useless.

And then the wrongdoer is to commit to and actually never commit the harm to me again.

Whites in America are very comfortable with the notion that black people have to earn full humanity and citizenship. And upon the completion of the Herculean effort, by Black people, white people will pronounce us human and citizens.

If you don’t already see my full humanity and acknowledge my full citizenship that we don’t even need to talk.  There is nothing I can do to change your mind.  My humanity is not yours to give. It never has been.

White people as the keepers of power have the ability to end racism today.

And my question is, why don’t you?shiningalight3

this is how RACE Works, Mr. Diggs

Dear Taye, (may I call you TAYE?)

Race is a social construct.

It has political and historical context and real world, political and legal  implications.

Race is determined by how society and its members perceive you.

These arbitrary and completely subjective perceptions determine how people interact with you.

You control how you respond to these interactions.WIN_20150127_172443

in light of your ‘announcement’ it appears that on your planet, people can choose how they are perceived and treated.

 

(this has been tried before, see Respectability Politics)

I am going to test this theory today.. I am announcing that my family is now white.

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I would like my privilege delivered immediately. I don’t need the fragility, as I grew up Black, and well, don’t need that shit. IMG_7838

FORGIVENESS AND RACE

forgiveness is a tricky thing.

I see the stereotype of the loving oppressed Black person  as a person co opted by racism and white supremacy.

in the political theater of history it has been the duty of the oppressed to forgive the oppressor, to avoid greater oppression, or to earn the privilege of less oppression without fear of retaliation.

Yes, on a metaphysical level, forgiveness frees me from the hate and anger and hurt of the wrong done to me,

but in history and literature the forgiveness of the wronged Black is given to the oppressive white without atonement or supplication.

and in this type of situation it supports the notion of most white americans that Black people really dont feel pain, hurt etc.

On 9/11 America vowed NEVER AGAIN.

Richard Gere was booed for suggesting we work toward forgiveness.

The forgiveness of the oppressed is a necessary part of the oppressors daydream, suggesting that it will never become a nightmare.

The oppressor fears, perhaps knows, that he cant withstand a portion of what the oppressed have endured and that twice of what the oppressed have endured are due as his punishment.

It is as much the fear of retaliation as it is of a level playing field.

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WHY THERE IS NO ONE WAY TO BE BLACK

And if I rebel against anything, it’s the notion that there is one real way to be black. ~ Jonathan CapehartIMG_1559
History: WHY THERE IS NO SINGLE WAY TO BE BLACK AND THERE NEVER HAS BEEN.

the African Diaspora includes for most Black Americans the TransAtlantic Slave Trade. Human Beings were stolen, kidnapped from the Continent of Africa. The Gold coast and the Grain Coast is the location for modern African countries such as Ghana, Togo and Benin. Other countries from which people were taken against their will were Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Angola.sources of tranatlantic slave trade

Would you condemn an Italian who was indifferent to an Irishman?
but you want all Black people to think and act as one.africa slave_trade_1650-1860_

and lets look at the ethnic communities within these countries.
Nigeria is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups. The most populous and politically influential groups are: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%. The principal religions are Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, and indigenous beliefs 10%.
Ghana, The principal ethnic groups in Ghana are: Akan 45.3%, Mole-Dagbon 15.2%, Ewe 11.7%, Ga-Dangme 7.3%, Guan 4%, Gurma 3.6%, Grusi 2.6%, Mande-Busanga 1%, other tribes 1.4%, other 7.8%.

People were put on boats by slavers. striped of freedom, status, clothing, language, tradition and family. forced, against their will, at fear of death, to speak english, worship a foreign god, to imitate chattel, property, animals… in order to survive.ancient africa map

Our common history begins in the horror of enslavement, the middle passage and slavery…africa slave ports

when were we ever just one type of people.

further, the notion that there is only one way to be Black denies the infinite variation of humanity.

white privilege and the myth of white supremacy dictates that there is only one way to be black because it is not complex enough to respond to more than that.

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Decolonization 101

Decolonization exercise.
Stop “othering” yourself.
White should not me the default (adjective or hyphenate less) person or Americans for Black people talking to Black People about Black people.
I am a person. I am the center of my universe. When I talk about myself and my people I don’t need an adjective or hyphenate.

“Other” white people.

I tell a story about a friend who travels extensively and has his gorgeous blouse that I would love to have lunch it’s like. I ask her about it and she tells me that you got it it Italy street address everything she doesn’t care if I buy it just go to Italy get it.
And than I say to the person that I’m telling the story to, “what race is the woman, is my friend?”

Most people say why when I ask why they answer but you didn’t say she was Black.

Part of the colonization of the people is to create in the mind of the individuals in the community the notion that you are the other in relationship to the norm.

When I speak of my people I do not require an adjective or hyphenate.

I am no longer in my own mind.