RIP Rekia Boyd: November 5, 1989 - March 21, 2012
“Not only did he take away my sister’s life, but he took the peace of all of our lives away. Do you know how bad that hurts?” - Martinez Sutton.
Martinez Sutton is Rekia Boyd’s brother and spoke out on the pain experienced (in a society where Black pain and sentience are denied; which is the same reason why people justify the State’s violence on us) because of the extrajudicial execution of his sister Rekia Boyd. Dante Servin is the cop who killed her; his charges were thrown out today.
This is not a moment for “see, State violence impacts Black women ‘too.’” Drop the “too” once and for all. Realize that Black women’s bodies have always been a site of violence from the State and that we have never escaped State violence nor anti-Blackness. (Nor am I interested in the repetitive violent false equalization of intraracial civilian crime [that every race experiences, yet is only viewed as “pathological” if among Black people] with centuries of State violence, structural oppression and anti-Blackness, so don’t reply with that here.)
Sutton also reportedly said “when we walked in, we already knew we lost,” speaking of Rekia’s family. I understand why he said that; what hope would he have when statistics alone reveal unlikely accountability for State violence? When Blackness itself is treated as “criminal” for existing? She did…nothing wrong. Nothing at all. Other than be Black and be near a cop. And that is deemed more than enough in an anti-Black society.