New Orleans PD shoots unarmed black man in the head, doesn’t report incident for 2 days
August 17, 2014

While most of the nation’s attention has been focused on the police shooting deaths of unarmed African Americans around the country — most notably Michael Brown and Ezell Ford — one story managed to slip under the media’s radar. News of a young African-American man shot in the head by a New Orleans police officer on Monday managed to go unreported because the police department never released details about the shooting.

The victim, identified as 26-year-old Armand Bennett, was shot in the head Monday during a traffic stop with a New Orleans police officer. He has been admitted to the intensive care unit of a local hospital. Armand’s attorney Nandi Campbell told UPTOWN via email, “My client was shot in the head and staples were required to close the wound.”

He was with his brother in a parked car, near the Tall Timbers subdivision, when officers confronted them with their guns drawn. Tall Timbers is a fairly affluent neighborhood, where Armand’s brother is a resident. The brother reported that a female officer fired two shots at them.

Campbell also tell us, ”He was not armed. After the first [shot], Armand started running toward his brother’s home. He was fired upon again as he was running. I’m unclear about whether he was in car when first shot was fired, but he was close to the car when the first shot happened.”

The story was first reported on Monday, which had a bare bones report that an “officer needs assistance” call was placed on the 3700 block of Mimosa Ct. in Algiers, a community in New Orleans. The NOPD reported an officer, recently identified as Officer Lisa Lewis, suffered a minor injury to her right hand during a scuffle with a combative suspect around 1:30 a.m. Details were not released that anyone had been shot or what the confrontation was about.

Campbell said there is an ongoing investigation into her client’s ordeal. At this time, Bennett has been charged with five outstanding warrants, including illegal possession of a weapon, resisting an officer (Gretna, LA), resisting an officer (New Orleans), possession of marijuana, and criminal damage to property, according to WWLTV.

A public records request for information fell on deaf ears over at the NOPD until Wednesday evening when the following statement was released:

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, around 1:19 a.m., a Fourth District NOPD officer was conducting a traffic stop in the 3700 block of Mimosa Drive. During the traffic stop, the officer was injured and the suspect, 26-year-old Armand Bennett was shot.

New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas publicly apologized on Wednesday for taking two days to release details about the shooting. “In this particular case it’s a complete snafu on the part of my team. I take responsibility for it, I apologize for it, and I don’t want it to happen again,” said Serpas. He said that a press release was prepared on Monday, but somehow slipped through the cracks.

“I find it simply unacceptable to you and to the public that our office failed to get the information out,” Serpas added.

After the information was made public Wednesday evening,  Campbell had this to say via email, “Normally traffic stops do not include officers approaching the car with guns drawn. [The NOPD] Chief cannot decide if it was a traffic stop or if [the] officer stopped my client because she was aware of [the] outstanding warrant.”

She continues, “According to my client and his brother, there was no tussle, wrestling, or physical altercation with my client and the officer. They totally dispute the statement made by the chief.”

Photo credit: Bennett Family

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The lynching of Jesse Washington.

Washington was beaten with shovels and bricks,was castrated, and his ears were cut off. A tree supported the iron chain that lifted him above the fire. Jesse attempted to climb up the skillet hot chain. For this, the men cut off his fingers.

Jesse was 15.

1916.

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The Extrajudicial Execution of Michael Brown and Its Relationship to Lynching. Past Is Present.

While Black experiences with racism and anti-Blackness are used as analogies/metaphors and narratives to shape the experiences of non-Black people while erasing Black people’s experiences and humanity (as I discussed in White People Using Blackness and Anti-Black Racism Analogies For Their Experiences Is NOT Intersectionality), these experiences past and present are indicative of our lives, our history, our deaths. A reality. Not an anecdote to lead into something else. 

Michael Brown's execution and all of these extrajudicial executions are indicative of violence that never was truly “past” as it is always present. And it is a REALITY—not a metaphor—with a human cost in Black mental and physical health, in Black safety, in Black bodies. 

Below are the links mentioned in the tweets that I sent above: Black Women Were Lynched TooConsuming Black DeathFamily of Michael Brown, Teenager Shot to Death By Ferguson Police, Talks About His Life.

And look, I am disinterested in White supremacist sociopaths, anti-Black non-Black people of colour or unfortunately some Black people who have internalized racism and believe that the politics of respectability can protect us to now throw out the violent lie, derailment and misnomer (“Black on Black crime” is a misnomer and epistemic violence) that Black people “don’t care about intraracial crime.” This is a VIOLENT type of derailment and is dehumanization. When every race has intraracial crime yet only Black people are deemed to “not care” despite evidence to contrary and then civilian crime is juxtaposed to extrajudicial executions as modern lynchings and State violence? The false equalization is not solely epistemic violence; it is a direct attack on the mental health and well-being of Black people. Save it. (And notably, this derailment only addresses violence between cishet Black men; never a mention about any other Black people cared about or not.)

Black life is valuable in it of itself. Not solely as a trope for consumption with erasure and a demand that we feel gleeful about the erasure to prove “solidarity.” Anti-Blackness and misogynoir are not “progressive.” Michael Brown’s life MATTERED…FULL STOP.

Peace to every Black victim and family of this violence. (My own family is one of them, by the way.)

Peace to Michael Brown’s mother and his family. 

The last recorded lynching was 1968 that’s 45 years ago but let’s not forget James Byrd in 1998. Remember, laws had to be implemented for people not to kill us. This is not a post racial society. This is a society that horribly attempts to conceal and protect a racist foundation. #wakeup #throwbackthat #tbt #neverforget #lynching #americanhistory #amerikkka #jamesbyrd

In 1981 the trial of Josephus Andersonan, an African American charged with the murder of a white policeman, took place in Mobile. At the end of the case the jury was unable to reach a verdict. This upset members of the Ku Klux Klan who believed that the reason for this was that some members of the jury were African Americans. At a meeting held after the trial, Bennie Hays, the second-highest ranking official in the Klan in Alabama said: “If a black man can get away with killing a white man, we ought to be able to get away with killing a black man.”

Nineteen-year-old Michael Donald was on his way to the store in 1981 when two members of the United Klans of America ( Bennie Hays’s son, Henry Hays, and James Knowles) abducted him, beat him, cut his throat and hung his body from a tree on a residential street in Mobile, Ala.

A short investigation took place with the local police claiming that Donald had been murdered over a disagreement with a drugs deal. Donald’s mother, Beulah Mae Donald, knowing her son didn’t involve himself with drugs, was determined to get justice. She contacted Jessie Jackson who came to Mobile and led a protest march about the failed police investigation.

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Apparently I’m supposed to be more mad that somebody told JonTron to shut up than the fact that JonTron genuinely & unironically compared himself to people who were systematically murdered by the Klan like I think we need to really take a step back here & remind ourselves that TumblrInAction & similar hubs of ideology like this genuinely consider themselves the sane & rational & logical & common sense party despite the fact they run all five cylinders on an emotional reactionary level so self-obsessed they completely skip over a dude who got yelled at by people on Twitter comparing himself to slaves in the antebellum South to get angry over the lack of “mature responses”

Emmett Till: July 25, 1941 - August 28, 1955

Emmett Till was born on July 25, 1941. He was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Emmett Till would have been nearly 73 years old today. 

#RememberEmmettTill #RememberTrayvonMartin#RememberOscarGrant #GonetooSoon

Via Tom Joyner

NewsOne:


Denzel “Jaba” Curnell, 19, died from a bullet wound to the head after an encounter with a South Carolina police officer on Friday night in, what authorities claim, was a suicide. But witnesses tell a different story.

Several witnesses say that Officer Jamal Medlin told Curnell to get down and put his hands behind his head before he shot him. An autopsy revealed that Curnell died from a bullet wound to the right side of his head. Curnell, according to family, is left-handed.

MORE HERE: http://newsone.com/3026965/denzel-jaba-curnell-unarmed-sc-teen-killed-by-police-officer/

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Translation: This man was lynched by a racist cop in South Carolina — a state which still openly flies the Confederate Flag at its Capitol building.

“Tell Me Again”

Tell me again why we should forget
I see that you haven’t forgotten Pearl Harbor yet
Tell me again why you say you can’t
You paid everyone else for their time in the camps

Tell me again why we should ignore
The many times you said “you’re mama’s a whore”
Tell me again why because we fail to see
The reasons you hung all our men from a tree

Tell me again why our history you choked
For chaining us, killing us, suppressing our vote
Tell me again why we should share your terror
Our enemy’s long been who you see in the mirror

Tell me again why you wouldn’t relent
From calling our ancestors niggers and wench
Tell me again why so we’ll understand
And please with a straight face if you think you can

Tell me again why those little girls died
For once tell the truth not another ‘white lie’
Tell me again why now that you live in fear
It’s about time you felt what we felt all those years

Tell me again why because we’re not insane
We know no one’s cornered the market on pain
Tell me again why is it you find?
When you cry your tears they are wet just like mine

Tell me again why, we pray that you tell
Why when we made your heaven you gave us pure hell
Tell me again why what is your excuse
Why you won’t compensate us for all your abuse

Tell me again why because our ancestors need
To hear that you’re sorry for your hate and greed
Tell me again why, why should we forgive
The ones who detest the mere fact that we live

I’ll tell you why if I may be so bold
We have to forgive you to save our own souls.

From the gospel musical “Reaching For Freedom” by Jay Arrington

Jesse Williams LET THEM KNOW! He has always kept it 100 and speaks in defense of Black life, celebrity career to “protect” or not. And I’m not saying that there is not a price for speaking out (as some Black celebs over time and definitely non-famous Black people are punished and abused for speaking out) or that the racism itself that a Black celeb has to speak against/not speak against is their fault. It is not.

But even so, taking the politics of respectability route or conflating intraracial violence with State violence/systemic abuse/Constitutional violations route, thereby denying the reality of extrajudicial execution and State violence on Black life is the route he did NOT take.

Thank you, sir. ❤ 

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Will Brown was a 41 year old Black Man on his way home from work when police arrested him on rape charges. A white woman was raped in town and they wanted to pin it on the first Black Man in sight. Soon after his arrest, a white mob gathered outside the jail he was staying in. They demanded the officers give up Mr. Brown to them. The officers agreed but wanted the mob to wait a little longer but they refused. They stormed the courthouse and set it on fire, hoping the flames would make William give up his location. It didn’t and the courthouse was completely in flames. This didn’t stop the white crowd however. They still wanted to “kill a nigger” and ran into the burning building. William had managed to get free and ran to the roof of the jail. At the top, he encountered a group of white prisoners who had also gotten free. They beat Mr. Brown relentlessly and attempted to throw him off the roof before one of them told them to stop.  They then handed Mr. Brown over to the crowd. In the next 5 minutes, Will Brown would be tortured beyond belief. They would cut out his eyes and hang him by the neck from a tree. As he hung from the tree with blood spilling down his body, the mob shot him over 100 times. They then cut him down and tied him to the back of a car. After dragging him throughout town, they stopped the car in the middle of a cheering crowd. To finish it off, the crowd of 700 White men, Women, and Children cheered as they set him on fire. Pieces of the rope used to kill Brown were sold for 10 cents each…………. White people ran into a burning building in order to kill an innocent Black man. This is Real White History.

Written By @KingKwajo

Ferguson police claim Mike Brown robbed a convenience store; this changes NOTHING

In the U.S. in 2014, if you are an unarmed Black youth who allegedly stole some cigars from a convenience store, you can be summarily executed in the streets by police and left to rot, while your community is put under martial law.

But if you are a racist white guy who owns a cattle ranch in Nevada and you steal approximately $1 million from the government and then take up arms to defend your spoils, you will be lauded as a hero by the media and the police won’t lift a finger against you.

And this is not even to mention those who steal billions of dollars every year in the form of “white collar” crimes such as corporate wage theft, tax evasion, financial corruption, price gouging, etc. Nobody saw a single employee of Enron, Goldman Sachs or Lehman dragged out into the street and shot by the cops after their mass thievery was exposed a few years ago.

Even those who steal billions of dollars directly from millions of Americans, such as the owners of WalMart who exploit the shit out of their impoverished workers, get off scot-free because the government confers the aureola of legality upon their industrial robbery.

In the U.S., if you have money and power it is nearly impossible to commit a crime because all of your banditry is made legal by the laws which you yourself write. But if you are poor and Black, it is nearly impossible to stay out of prison because everything you do is criminalized by the former.

In sum, over the course of 200 years we find that the value of the life of a Black person in the U.S. has gone up from zero to the price of a few Swisher Sweets.

White America will justify the lynching of an impoverished Black youth who may or may not commit a petty theft amounting to a mere misdemeanor; yet they don’t even want to TALK ABOUT the giant theft that is Black slavery, poverty wages, and mass incarceration, which amounts to an actual crime against humanity.

#JusticeForMikeBrown
#StandWithFerguson

"There can never be justice in a nation based on stolen land, genocide, and human bondage"

cincinatti lynchings (trigger warning)

I need serious help from any of y’all if you can give it. A little over a month ago, my friend’s little brother was found hanging from a tree in the woods in Cincinnati, Ohio. The police barely did an investigation, and almost immediately ruled it a “suicide”; which: WHAT BLACK MAN HANGS HIMSELF FROM A TREE IN THE WOODS AS A MEANS TO COMMIT SUICIDE

And we knew we had to do something, but didn’t know what.

Now today I just got a text message from that same friend saying that ANOTHER black man was found the same way a few miles from where her brother was found. The police, once again, are calling it a “suicide”.

My friend is looking to get in contact with the other family, but in the meantime, if any of you have any resources or ideas or anything for fighting back against the Cincy PD, it would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Feel free to pass this around anywhere: blogs, Tumblr, wherever. If you can help, send an e-mail to my friend at sarah.m.underwood@gmail.com. I’m at a loss and so is she.

Please reblog or otherwise spread the word if you can. Heavy shit.

Seeking help after being in a car accident, Renisha McBride,a 19-year-old young Black woman, knocked on the door of a home in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn Heights last Sunday. Instead of assisting her, the White homeowner Ted Wafe (54 years old) opened the door and shot McBride in the face with a single shotgun blast and killed her. She had knocked on several doors seeking help after the accident. #blacklivesmatter#justice4renisha #blackwomenmatter

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The Erasure Of Black Women's Experiences As Victims Of State Violence Is Unacceptable

I recently read an unfortunate and to be honest, rather dangerous article on The Root titled Michael Brown’s Death Reopened My Eyes to My Privileges As A Black Woman, written by Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele. In this article, she suggests that Black women have “privilege” over Black men because Black men experience police brutality. The article is incredibly dangerous because it engages in: epistemic violence by the blatant misuse of the word “privilege” (and “ally”) in terms of violence experienced, erasure of the actual truth of police brutality and extrajudicial execution/State violence on Black women (and then for the purposes of heterosexist sentimentality as “allyship,” which is an inaccurate, limited and rather gross interpretation of intraracial structural power), and a misapplication of her personal lack of fear of “ruffling feathers” with the belief that Black women have the “privilege” of doing so in every instance and Black men do not, because of the latter being perceived as threats due to anti-Blackness and White supremacy. 

While I respect her personal experiences shared via anecdotes and respect lived experience as knowledge in general, the way it was used to conclude Black women do not experience State violence and thereby have “privilege” over Black men is painfully ahistorical to the point of erasure, which is also violence. Again, the erasure of Black women as activists beyond the heterosexual Black male gaze and erasure of Black women as victims of police brutality, extrajudicial execution (that structurally functions in the same way lynching did) and State violence, is also violence

There is no structural circumstance where Black women are privileged over Black men solely for race and gender. And throwing out college degree numbers or labor numbers when how Black women are paid compared to Black men, Black women’s net worth among the lowest in the U.S. and globally, or ignoring intricate Black labor experiences by gender, post-Civil War, is not proof of structural advantage for Black women. Ignoring the abuse Black women endure for “succeeding” and how those examples of success are regularly used to deny Black girls and Black women in need of social support and programs is proof of the lack of privilege, not of it existing. And since her article seems to solely allude to the experiences of cishet Black people (versus complicated intersections where sexual orientation, being trans/non-binary, complexion, class, size, ability etc. create more nuanced experiences of privilege and oppression intraracially and interracially), this is definitely the case; Black women do not have privilege over Black men. 

Using “privilege” as an example in that article in relation to violence, she implies there is structural power afforded to Black women that Black men do not have and such power protects Black women from State violence. However, the history of the lynching of Black women refutes this. The police brutality on Black women from the homeless such as Marlene Pinnock to the professor with the Ph.D., Dr. Ersula Ore refutes this. The sexual violence, brutality and regular abuse of Black sex workers refutes this. The sheer terrorism, violence for solely existing in the presence of police that Black trans women experience refutes this. The street harassment that Black women not only experience intraracially (though income/domestic proximity does in fact impact who street harasses Black women) but via cops who can do so with impunity refutes this. The multi-faceted criminalization (via schools and as victims of violence, yet not viewed as “victims” in the perspective of the State) of Black girls and Black women refutes this. The police killings via negligence because of anti-Blackness (i.e. Aiyana Jones, Rekia Boyd) and willful extrajudicial execution (i.e. Renisha McBride, where Wafer’s conviction is honestly a fluke and not a norm for any Black people killed this way) refute this. The on the spot extrajudicial execution of Shelly Frey, for the accusation of shoplifting, refutes this. The experiences and/or lives of many Black women—names barely known or not publicly known at all—refute this.   

The experiences of police brutality on Black pregnant women at their homes (especially with the use of foster care as an arm of the State because of anti-Blackness), in the streets, and within the jails/Prison Industrial Complex, (where Black women are the fasted growing female population) refute this. I mean, the article includes Michael Brown in the title, who was in fact extrajudicially executed. A Black pregnant woman in Ferguson was among the protesters thrown to the ground on her stomach by the police. Black women (like me) regularly discuss not having children because of police brutality, an aspect of reproductive justice regularly eclipsed in mainstream feminism's discussion of “pro-choice.” Where are Black women's choices here amidst such a risk because of anti-Blackness and misogynoir? Choices in this context barely exist in the face of violence, let alone “privilege.” 

Would anyone really dare speak of this “privilege” to not experience the undocumented/underreported and documented, recorded and at times (though not always; often charges are not even filed let alone go to trial/conviction) criminally tried police/State violence and extrajudicial execution to Black trans women? Would they dare look a Black trans woman in the face and suggest that her “privilege” over Black men keeps her safe from State violence? When Black trans women are regularly verbally and sexually assaulted and actively denied the start of due process by the police when they even risk calling the police in response to other violence on them? How does the astronomical level violence on Black trans women resolve itself with a claim of “privilege” for Black women over Black men? How does the absence of State violence for Black trans women as a hypothesis reconcile its existence with what happened to Islan Nettles, (the violence of the civilian killing itself and then the State violence via the police/courts), Monica Jones and CeCe McDonald?

What privilege (as in structural power which creates protection from a particular oppression based on fixed or shifting identity facets that power aligns with) does a Black mother experience when she buries her Black child, of any gender, murdered because of anti-Blackness and State violence (where unlike intraracial crime, she has very little hope of actual justice and has to face years of racist abuse and media/capitalistic exploitation on top of grieving her child’s murder)? She’s a Black woman too, so by this hypothesis, she is “privileged” over her son, if the person is a son killed. Would any Black woman, this writer or not, suggest Lesley McSpadden has “privilege” in this context? Or how about Sybrina Fulton? Perhaps Lucia McBath? If the reference to “privilege” is burying a son for the anti-Blackness—manifested as extrajudicial execution and State violence—that he faced and so many Black girls and Black women have faced, this reference is epistemic violence. It’s purposely altering the language used to describe oppression to engage in ahistorical analysis that supports oppression (in this case of Black women) or erasure of that history itself. Black women are HURT when Black men are abused and killed. Black women are ALSO abused and killed. Anti-Blackness as a manifestation of dehumanization through socially sanctioned violence harms Black people, period. Misrepresenting Black women’s experiences and lives as a way to “support” Black men commits more violence on Black women via erasure. 

And since when do Black women get to “speak out” when Black men do not? When do we have universal luxury to “ruffle feathers” in a way Black men do not when violent repercussions from everything from being denied employment as economic violence to street harassment, physical violence/beating, rape, incarceration and even death are the price? Certainly Whites have their unreasonable fears of Black men specifically and have proven it through unspeakable violence for centuries while pretending they are the ones at risk. They have media controlling images to further sanitize their violence or normalize it as an acceptable response to Black men’s existences as “inherently non-human.” But that fear of theirs does not start and end with cishet Black men in particular. And that structural impact of anti-Blackness has never spared a Black body for respectability or for gender. I mean, even making such a supposition is just a modernized version of suggesting slavery “harmed” Black men “more” since they couldn’t be equal patriarchs with White men, versus examining the impact that slavery had on Black women specifically or examining the dehumanization it created for Black people in general. Being patriarchal is not being “pro-Black.” It’s supporting the politics of erasure via non-structurally connected and/or ahistorical views that imperialist White supremacist capitalist cisheteropatriarchy needs to thrive.

Finally, I am deeply uncomfortable with patriarchal and heterosexist framing in terms of “allyship.” She wrote: 

We Black women, too, have to be equally aware of the ways in which the privileges we enjoy might harm Black men—especially those of us who already are, or will one day become, life partners with a Black man. For me it means that I’m going to have to learn when and where I should bite my tongue, swallow that lump in my throat, and adhere to the ways in which Black men have learned to survive and thrive in this world, especially if they don’t quite jibe with my own methods.

This statement is patriarchy. It is not anti-oppression or womanism or Black feminism or anything like that. Black women are not Black men’s “allies.” We are their oppressed at worse or their partners (speaking politically, not romantically right now) at best. “Allies” implies we stand at a structurally more powerful position than them and have to facilitate the undoing of their oppression that we cause. Are Black people White people’s “allies?” Are LGBTQIA people heterosexual people’s “allies?” Using “ally” in this context in her article is also epistemic violence. It’s too gross an inaccuracy to overlook and it is dangerous as it paints Black women as oppressors who have to work to not oppress Black men. And with a heterosexual framing, this is simply not the case. (With an intersectional framing, for example, a cishet Black woman [and for the record, not all cis Black women are heterosexual or thereby “cishet”] could be homophobic to a cis gay Black man as he could simultaneously be misogynoiristic and misogynistic to her. In other words, it is not a linear supposition that Black women can never be oppressors and oppressed by Black men simultaneously, but with a heterosexual framing, the claim Black women have “privilege” over Black men is epistemically violent.) Black women are not oppressing Black men in this context. And simply because the author “ruffled feathers” in an interpersonal situation while the Black man she was with wanted her not to respond does not mean she had privilege to “ruffle feathers” while he alone had to fear violence. Black women also have to fear violence for speaking out. (I am ACUTELY experienced with this, as you know, if you’ve followed me online even for a short time.) 

I mean, just a few weeks ago I experienced extremely abusive Black men telling me to shut the fuck up about street harassment on Black women (and I included other men/cops harassing me, by the way, not just Black men) and instead focus on State violence on Black women. Now all of sudden (again) some Black men are stating that Black women’s activism against violence doesn’t exist (which connects to a long history of erasure of Black women and activism) or shouldn’t exist, and some Black men and some Black women (like the author of the referenced article) are centering Black men as the only victims of State violence? Interesting. (And I discussed this before, the nuance needed to examine why suggesting Black people “don’t care” about intraracial crime is ahistorical and violence via dehumanization, but also how “Black on Black” crime, beyond being a violent misnomer, eclipses the experiences of Black people who are not cishet Black men anyway, when used as a false equalizing silencing tactic against discussing extrajudicial execution and State violence on Black people.)

As I alluded to on Twitter this morning, my activism is NOT about turning Black men into White men’s peers via patriarchy and continue the oppression of Black people. My activism is about the liberation of Black people and that cannot occur by indulging erasure and deciding that silence can replace justice. Black women’s lives matter. Them mattering does not mean Black men’s lives no longer matter. I don’t have to erase myself to support Black men. I refuse to engage in “support” that requires me to be silent and categorizes the abuse that Black women experience as a “privilege” by erasing the history and experiences altogether. 

A honest conversation on privilege as it occurs intraracially? One that speaks to the reality of male privilege that Black men, especially cishet ones have over Black women. One that speaks to the fact that even as Black women are minimized and ignored, Black trans women face this marginalization more than cis Black women do. One that takes a look at the misogynoir that cis gay Black men engage in when they demand Black women be mules and center Black men over Black women—who are not all heterosexual—who are also abused and ignored as cis gay Black men are, yet no such demand exists from them to cishet Black men, when perhaps it actually should. One that examines how respectability politics is tied into class and fellow Black people doing better than masses of impoverished Black people regularly blame Black people for our own deaths at the hands of the State, even when blamed “benevolently" or via victim blaming. One that examines how colourism shapes the myth of the “brute” for Black men because it is not a coincidence that most of the Black men who are brutalized tend to be darker Black men. One that examines this same colourism and how Black women are deemed less worth of safety and less “feminine” the darker we are. One that looks at complexities of disability (and how anti-Blackness is inherent ableism), of citizenship, of fat shaming…of many intersections. One that examines how heterosexual Black people (whose heterosexuality still doesn’t structurally engage in the way White heterosexuality does, to be clear) fail Black LGBTQIA people, and not because of White supremacist myths of Black “inherent” bigotry as if Whites do not enforce this bigotry themselves via endless structural power, but one that takes a look at how Black social structures (also influenced by White supremacy; i.e. homophobia in the Church directly connects to binary gender roles and “appropriate” sexuality to be deemed “human” in the White Gaze via “respectability” post-Civil War to current) leave them the out. One that contextualizes the fact that many Black women suffer abuse from Black men for the very reason that Black men are brutalized and do not call the police as to protect them from police brutality. How…is…that…privilege?

The erasure of the history, the experiences, the activism and the reality of Black women in relation to police brutality, extrajudicial execution and State violence is unacceptable. Erasing Black women is NOT “supporting” Black men. It is erasure of Black history, something Whites/non-Black people of colour gleefully engage in via epistemic violence, false equalization and using Black death solely as a trope to center non-Black lives. We can’t also engage in our own erasure. Love itself, as a concept and praxis, needs to be decolonized when it’s expected to be/expressed as the erasure of Black women in the service of Black men. Harm to any Black people is not “pro-Black.” Black women’s truths and lives matter. Black lives matter. And everyone, including fellow Black people, have to start actually believing this. And then start or continue acting against any oppression that seeks to confer anything different from the value of Black life.

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