The Time Is Now: Sandra Bland

Why did instagram delete most of the ‪#‎sandrabland‬ posts? Over 226,000 pictures gone…

If #AllLivesMatter, why does the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag exist?

Why can’t we express our grievances?

How are we going to change this?

When it comes time for a black man to explode, they call it violence, but white people can explode and implode against black people all day long and it’s never called violence. I’ve had people ask me, “Are you non-violent? Do you identify with Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X?” My answer is this: I’m the victim of violence, as are you. In fact, you have been so victimized that you are completely desensitized to it and you can’t recognize it for what it is today.
They don’t mind you struggling for freedom as long as you struggle according to their rules. As long as you let them tell you how to struggle, they support your struggle. However, when you remind them that you want total freedom and you’ll achieve that by any means necessary, he targets you. He’s for his freedom by any means necessary, but he’ll never go along with yours.
The history of the United States is that of a country that does whatever it wants, in the interests of those it cares about by taking any precautions they deem “necessary.”  We can not go along with that. If we are going to be non-violent, then let America become non-violent. Let her pull her troops out of Saigon and pull her troops out of the Congo and pull back all the troops from the numerous continents and then we will see that this is a nonviolent country and that we’re living in a nonviolent society. Until they get nonviolent themselves, you’re out of your mind to get nonviolent.

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I’m for peace, but I don’t see how any black people can be at peace before the war is over, and you haven’t even won a battle yet. I am afraid to approach a police officer, even if I am in a dangerous circumstance. They will undoubtedly think that am the danger. I have always been taught that I have to work ten times harder to be just as good as “them”. I was taught that life was going to be unfair sometimes, and I never fully understood the reasons until today. 
Day after day black lives are being taken away by cold hearted, inconsiderate, misunderstanding bullies with a gun and a badge. It’s not only pathetic but infuriating how the pigment of your skin can put you in danger, and it is unfair.

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Sandra Bland inspired painting

They replace black lives matter with all lives matter to make the media look better. They replace unarmed with troubled background or suspicious looking.They replace white privilege with injustice to hide what is right. 
And what is right is that I shouldn’t feel afraid to approach a police officer, I shouldn’t have to be afraid to walk in my own neighborhood without someone accusing me of looking suspicious or harmful, I shouldn’t have to prove to anyone that I am deserving of life. We all are human and we should be treated as such.

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The Houston Chronicles has made a joke out the incidents leading up to Sandra Bland’s unlawful detainment and untimely death.

I thought I was desensitized. Yet the current smear campaign that Waller County and the press have going on against Sandra Bland is flat-out nauseating, even by their low, low standards. This was a woman that had earned two college degrees and we saw her being violently arrested on camera for no reason by a cop who got caught blatantly lying about it…and all they want to talk about is her smoking weed. Victim-blaming is saying that what the victim did relieves the attacker of responsibility. That is never okay. The last time I checked, the government didn’t fund any studies conducted on marijuana. If her “suicide” and “suicidal” thoughts were influenced/intensified because of the marijuana in her system, I want to know where they’ve conducted studies showing marijuana cause suicidal thoughts. As of right now there is no study, no reliable resources to speak on the behalf of marijuana and its effects on the human braid. It makes no damn sense.

Sandra Bland warned us of this. Sandra Bland knew what we were up against and in her own words she insisted that we take action NOW. The time is now. No more injustice. No more wickedness. No more victim-blaming. The system of white supremacy must be destroyed BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

Sandra Bland’s story is weighing on the hearts of many and those who she touched, refuse to believe this story of Sandra taking her own life. Her face, thanks to passion and pain from many is everywhere- TV, Social Media and even on city streets.

We have to take Sandra’s death as a warning and as a means of truly getting down to business and taking the justice that we will never be given. We need a plan, we need action and more importantly we need unity and prayer.

The question now is how? What are we going to do? The Black Power movement of the 60s & 70s has be reignited by a wave of conscious black youth that utilize the power of their cells. Recording incidents involving injustice has propelled civil rights issues to the forefront of all discussions. Social media is where most information regarding this case was released! Not CNN, Fox, BBC, or any other news station. Twitter and Instagram are the leading news stations. And although I’m not a Kardashian fan, Kim even spoke out saying that there must be a “#MassiveCoverUp” in this case.
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Why I Love Sandra Bland

Sandra bland is now our eternal angel. Every photo I see of her radiates so much supremacy, strength and power. She was as beautiful on the outside as she was on the inside.

What hurts me that most is how sad and ironic it is that the very thing she was fighting against ending up taking her life…and you all know damn well, that I am NOT talking about suicide. A systematic oppression that has been going on for many years, that Sandra was aware of and more importantly, that she was vocal about, is what led to her unfortunate demise. I have thought about her family each and everyday. My heart aches for her daily. However, my heart was filled with so much joy and excitement when I was sent a video of Sandra praising God after a horrible wreck. One thing that makes me so happy is knowing that Sandra loved the Lord and was extremely open about what he’d done for her. She’s a pure soul.

I love Sandra Bland because in every sense of the word, she was unapologetic. She said what she meant, and she meant exactly what she said. In a world where the “Angry Black Woman” stereotype runs loose, Sandra’s persistence in speaking her mind despite having the “Angry Black Woman” title linger over head, was refreshing. And, even more refreshing was that smile. My God, what a beauty she was. She embraced her blackness and her black IS so beautiful. Sandra truly had a spirit that radiated outwardly.  

There have been so many black lives lost to this system and each and every story has placed rocked me to the core. But, when Sandra’s story broke, I thought about her every second of everyday. I still do. No one understands how serious I am when I say that I could have very well been in that same position a month ago. I have so much love for this woman. She had a sisterly spirit that I felt in her videos. She had a smile, that reminded me of me own. Even more important was that she had so much passion and strength that I couldn’t help but feel a spirit of oneness with her.

I pray for her every day and every night, out of love and out of fear. Because of Sandra’s fearless, I vow to fight hard each and everyday. I will never bow down in fear.

Rest in Love, Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland: Justifying & Denying

I haven’t been able to find my smile. Sandra Bland’s story has weights sitting on my heart. It has been reported that Sandra Bland’s death was ruled a suicide and as expected, EVERYONE has something to say. There are some that are “justifying” her death: “If she had obeyed the officer, she wouldn’t be dead” (which is weird considering the allegation is SUICIDE), and there are the others, the people with insight, anger and a desire to know the truth. They are “denying” this so-called suicide. We refuse to believe that Sandra Bland committed suicide. Before I continue on, here a few facts that you need to know about the case so far, along with a few questions I have.

1) Sandra reportedly was documented as admitting that she’d previously tried to commit suicide by overdosing on pills after suffering a miscarriage.

2) Sandra had apparently been repeatedly calling a friend who was supposed to be bailing her out of jail. He was not responding to her phone calls.

3) It is believed that Sandra was already dead at the time that her mugshot was taken. Many people have analyzed her physical attributes in the photo, in comparison with her ‘selfies’ and other images taken prior to her death. Some also believe that the mugshot was photoshopped. There are also no CLEAR side view mugshots that have been released.

4) In her mugshot, Sandra is already dressed in the orange prison gear. Most mugshots are taken as soon as the officer and alleged offender arrive at the precinct, meaning the alleged offender is still dressed in their personal clothing.

5) The dash cam footage was edited. There are numerous inconsistencies including the placement of clouds and cars.

6) Sandra’s co-inmate has spoken out about her time with Sandra. Sandra was in a cell alone while her co-inmate was in an adjoining cell with 3 other women.

7) There has been more footage released of what some are saying is the arrival of Sandra Bland and the arresting officer, at the precinct. However, based on the clothing Sandra was wearing at the time of her arrest and the outfit and stature of the woman in the arrival footage, it appears to be a woman, other than Sandra Bland.

Questions

1) How does one get arrested for resisting arrest?

2) Why was Sandra Bland arrested?

3) Is there any explanation for the inconsistencies on her medical forms?

4) How could Sandra Bland, who was 6’0 feet tall, have hung herself in a room of the same height.

6) Where are all of her mugshots?

My advice on figuring out what happened to Sandra is to believe the EXACT opposite of what’s reported.

I was hurt and disgusted yesterday when I was sent Facebook screenshots of a (black) man by the name of Walter Lee Hampton II, talking terribly about Sandra Bland. He was justifying her death with no shame.


  

According to this man, Sandra should’ve just “shut her damn mouth.” I think a lot of people are missing the point. Whether or not Sandra had an attitude, she did NOT break the law. All he had to do and all he should’ve done was give her the warning, the ticket or whatever the hell it was that he was fabricating. There are a lot of people making excuses, saying things like “She was cursing the officer. She should’ve just complied.” Since WHEN does simply cursing have anything to do with complying? And again, she did NOT break the law. Therefore, she should have NEVER been asked to get out of her car and she surely shouldn’t have ended up in jail. What was her charge? Failure to put out a cigarette when asked? Thats not possible… because once again, that’s not a law. I am beyond tired of seeing “She should’ve just….”, “If she would’ve complied….” etc. That should have been THE QUICKEST traffic stop ever. Check her license & insurance, pull a ticket out of your butt and go along. He was wrong and theres no debating that. To see a black man, defending a man who would’ve shot or tangled him without a second thought was beyond disgusting and unbelievable. This is yet another example of white supremacy run by white men hell-bent on asserting false authority.

On the other hand, you have people like me: the people who see through this BS. There have been so many lies regarding the case up to this point that I refuse to believe anything else they report. The officers phone call to his boss contradicts the edited dash cam footage. The outfit Sandra wore in the dash cam footage is different than the outfit on the woman in the footage of the precinct arrival. The ghost of Christmas past didn’t kill her. The ghost of white supremacy and racism did. Nothing about this case makes sense. They’re liars. Yes, they RULED her death a suicide by hanging but what the hell does their ruling really mean? To me, it means that they do NOT care . In their eyes, she is one less “loud mouth black woman” out to stop their new world order agenda.

Open Letter: Anti-Black Hair Beauty Standards, Judgement & Perception

This is about my NEWEST set of cornrow braids, the backlash & judgement they received from my family, my opinion on black hairstyles, and me- starting to do what I wanted to do, on my own terms. This was going to be a four-part series, but I’ve condensed into one post and I will elaborate on the themes & topics within this letter, in future posts.

I’ve been receiving a lot of criticism from my family lately and It’s expected. I am very different; It’s probably safe to say that I’m the “black sheep” of the family. The latest incident regarding MY hair consisted of my female family members saying & doing some pretty harsh things. But, being that it has BEEN happening, I wasn’t too upset. Now, fed up? Oh yes.

With that being said, this isn’t only about my hair. It’s about ignoring what people say about my life overall. It’s about rejecting societal norms and redefining every element in MY life from “standards of beauty” to “success”.

Here we go!

My junior year of high school is when I “embraced” my “roots”. Twist-outs, bantu-knots, crochet braids, high puffs, afros… you name it, I probably rocked it. It was a lot of work, it was extremely time consuming, but more importantly, it was exactly what I wanted to do. I was becoming more “conscious” and aware of things happening around me and I was completely engulfed in my blackness.

Yet, my mom frowned on it so much. My naps, kinks and curls just weren’t “presentable” and I needed to “do something with my head”. I was heartbroken. She would constantly say how she wasn’t going to make me relax my hair but I should definitely consider it. Eventually, she couldn’t take it anymore. She pushed and pushed for me to get my hair permed. (This would be my second perm. She’d permed my hair for uh… “manageability purposes” when I was much, much younger. It damaged my hair  and I began transitioning around 6th grade)

Fast forward to now. After I got my relaxer at the beginning of my senior year in high school, I cut my hair extremely short and surprisingly, I loved it (style pictured below).

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But now, I’m ready to embrace my natural hair again. Because of the haircut, my hair is now in this awkward, “in-between” growing stage where I can do NOTHING with it.  A few days ago, I grew so frustrated with how my hair was, so I decided to get cornrows (my SIGNATURE style). This time, however, I switched it up and had them styled differently (style pictured below).

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I KNEW my mom wouldn’t like my hair. I also did not care. That’s not out of disrespect for her, but respect and admiration for MYSELF. After my aunt finished my hair, she took pictures; something she normally does when trying new styles.

Then, a day later, this happened: I was at home and my mom called. She wanted to talk about hair. *Rolls Eyes* Here we go… again.

She informed me that my aunt/hair-braider had sent the pictures of my hair for her “portfolio” to one of my cousins and I had for some reason, became a joke. My cousin and my aunts were laughing at my hair. Why? (My mom has her theories but I really don’t know.) I was annoyed. Hurt? Not so much. This theme of laughing at my expense has been a reoccurring one for the past few months. I was fed up. Another aunt called my mom and asked, “Do you like your baby’s hair?” to which my mom responded, “No.” My aunt then said, “I knew you wouldn’t. It’s not her.”

THAT COMMENT RIGHT THERE. “It’s not her…” What do you mean? 

My mom went on to give me the speech a lot of black kids get growing up: In order to get half of what “they got”, we have to work ten times harder. But… what does my hair have to do with this? Why can’t I wear my braids? Didn’t Amandla remind y’all about how important cornrows are to black women?! But these comments and the conversation my mom told me about ignited so much of a fire within me. I was SO over it.

I’m reminded by so many people that I’m different..wise…yet, people always seem to have a say in what I can do, what I should do, what I’m doing and I’m tired of it. Now, after being the laughingstock of my family (they jokingly call me Sojourner Truth) because of me vocalizing my opinions on certain things, I was beyond irritated to find out that now, my hair is an issue. Yes, my braids are a problem. I have an aunt that is the epitome of “Misery Loves Company” and she’s 100% positive that I fit the misery mold (and it’s obvious in her actions that she’s anticipating the worst for me). I also have a helicopter aunt that checks my Facebook page and reports back to my mom as if she doesn’t already get on there. And now, I have my mama basically reinforcing what society has taught and demonstrated to me for so long. I know they (some of them) care…but damn. This is what I meant when I talked about cultural appropriation. Kylie Jenner can get her braids and it’s OK, because she’s a rich, white-washed, celebrity girl. But when I do, I’m not presentable and I’m not going to fit in at my nice, suburban PWI. They keep telling me that I’m different but they expect me to conform to societal standards of beauty. How can all these people keep saying that this is “not me” & this is not a style that fits me? How the hell do they know me, with I don’t even know me?

My mom went on to tell me the story of the lady at my church who complimented my mom’s braids one Sunday. The lady went on to say that she would like to get braids but her job wouldn’t allow it. She works for the FBI- the same organization who has a war on the black community. Of course that isn’t common knowledge, but how can we expect for things to change if we assimilate to unjust rules. We will never be given justice. We must take it.

Now, I don’t mean to be that hardheaded, defiant, young, black girl, but just as everyone else has something to say about me, I know what’s in me and I know what I’m here to do. I also know how I want to do it. I deserve to wear what I want to wear. I deserve to have my hair how I want my hair, without having people constantly policing me. I’m going to be great but I’m going to be great because of what I do. Not only because of my appearance. I don’t want to be a model. In the same way that God apparently tells everyone else about me, God tells me about me.

Oh, and then you know how we all have that one hating ass cousin? Well, I just so happen to have a damn handful. They’re talking a bunch of mess about me too. I don’t get it: everyone tells me I’m different and meant for greatness but they somehow expect me to reach my full potential by conforming and assimilating. Then, they’re left wondering why I’m unhappy and not content. You’re constantly trying to force me and “encourage” me to suppress “me”. I love my hair. I’m learning to love me and I’m tired of this indoctrinated belief system my family has. I’m hurting because my family won’t let me be me.

My aunt took pictures of my hair as if she wanted them for her portfolio but she just sent them around to other family members because 1) she knew my mom wouldn’t like them 2) as I said earlier, misery loves company & laughing at my expense meant…nothing.

This blog will include so much information: The FBI’s war on the black community (specifically black women), the versatility of black hair, the brainwashing and forced assimilation of blacks, and so much more. The language of my ‘Open Letter’ posts may will be generally informal. They are heart pieces. I’m coming to you from a place of vulnerability. You’ll witness my rejuvenation amidst disapproval.

Thank you.

Black On Black Crime Is A Myth

“WHAT ABOUT BLACK ON BLACK CRIME?! WHY Y’ALL DONT GET THIS MAD ABOUT BLACK ON BLACK CRIME?! WHY IS IT OKAY WHEN WE DO IT TO EACH OTHER BUT ITS RACIST WHEN A WHITE MAN DOES IT?!”

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Read (Warning: Many things may be repeated. that’s to ensure that you get it)

First, understand that “Black on Black Crime” is a myth. Please realize that what is being presented on your local news stations and internet home pages is a fraud. The myth of black criminality and the “distorted exaggeration” of black on black crime has people afraid of us. I’m going to say it again: black on black crime is a myth. Black people do not kill a disproportionate amount of other blacks. The vast majority of blacks commit no crimes whatsoever. Crime happens locally among the neighborhood. Neighborhoods tend to be predominantly one race. There is no “black on black crime.” Once you understand that, then you’ll realize that the “black on black crime” myth is another age old tactic to rob black people of their humanity. We know that black on black crime is a myth because it is statistically no different from white on white crime. So, yes we DO in fact care about what is being called “Black on Black crime” but black people aren’t killing each other simply for being black.  (Also note that many of those blacks who are committing these crimes are also in jail.) Black crime has decreased during the past 20 years. White crime has increased. Americas commitment to housing segregation is why see “black on black crime” which is caused by proximity and familiarity. When people constantly throw out the “What about ‘black on black crime’?” argument, they’re lacking the full mental recognition/capability to discuss the actual root of the issue. Now, let’s play pretend and say that “black on black crime” was in actuality “a thing”. In that case, it’s a sociological issue caused primarily by poverty and lack of opportunity. Either way you look at it, it’s in place to demonize blacks.
Let’s continue on with this “Black on Black” crime narrative. It is still a reflection of white supremacy. You take a group of people, box them in, miseducate and indoctrinate them, provide them with limited resources, take the fathers out of the homes, promote murder and imprisonment, consistently decrease job opportunities, and flood the communities with guns and drugs. What the hell do you expect to come out of that equation?
“I think the violence in black communities is fine as long as it’s being committed by another BLACK person.” said, No black person…ever.

The fact that people are not only segregating crime but also diminishing the lives of those affected by crime in general speaks volumes about moral standing. Crime is bad, full stop. If you are throwing in, “What about black on black crime?” in any racial discussion, you may want to ask yourself the following set of questions:

  • What about “white on white” crime, like the Holocaust of World War II?
  • What about the fact that while you are trying to argue for white supremacy (whether you know it or not) you may be a fan of a television show that displays (for the most part) nothing but white on white crime (Supernatural, Dexter, ALL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION/FORENSIC TELEVISION SHOWS, Game of Thrones)?
  • What about the fact that according to the FBI, whites held the MOST arrests in 2013 for every crime save, “gambling” and “manslaughter/non-negligent manslaughter?
  • What about the fact that black people are disproportionately imprisoned for the crimes done by white people as well as being used for free labor while whites, especially upper middle class whites, have a revolving door and comparatively pleasant experience in prison?

Maybe after asking yourself the above questions and doing extensive research, then, you may find that “black on black” crime discussion topic is a messy, tactic used by the media to control the fearful white bubble public. Stop letting the TV think for you.

I dislike when black people attempt to use the “black on black crime” argument AGAINST me when I speak about police brutality, white supremacy, etc. Aside from the ignorance stemming from the overall argument, you are not talking to someone who is “for” this alleged “black on black crime”. I am also not committing any of these crimes. Why are you attacking me with a bullshit argument? It is becoming somewhat of a cliche: in the wake of the many black deaths involving police (and other white supremacists), to point out that far more black people are killed each year by other black people than by cops of any color or by racist terrorists like Dylann Roof. It’s a “valid” point some may say, but it is archaic and generally has NOTHING to do with what the hell I’m talking about.

Right now, I’d like to personally send a message to the hateful souls working diligently at Coons-R-Us: Just because you’re too simple to know how state brutality in the forms of intentionally underfunded and exploited neighborhoods and communities creates barrios/ghettos/favelas/slums, which in turn also create a breeding ground for poverty, racism-linked intra-racial abuse, instability, exploitation and violence (which does not happen at a significantly higher rate than any other form of intra-racial violence because, surprise: the people most likely to hurt you are the ones directly in your proximity, & if those proximities are highly segregated, then…) doesn’t mean that we are (simple, that is).

I know where my anger and rage towards the circumstances of my people needs to be directed towards and it isn’t at myself. You may dismiss yourself until you learn more. I’m here to be accountable and do better but not to victim-blame, scapegoat, hate, & shame Black people for what is being intentionally done to them.

Kindly choke on my ankle.

NEVER, and I mean not even one time, should you EVER use Black on Black crime or internalized hatred to excuse the abuse we have endured from other races, but most specifically the abuse at the hands of whites. Telling me that “Africans enslaved Africans before Europeans enslaved us” DOES NOT excuse Western slavery. The two don’t even balance out because of how opposite the tactics were of African enslavers in comparison to European enslavers.

Trying the “we kill each other too” line is coonery at it’s finest. That’s a false statistic given to us by a system that couldn’t give a damn about our people.

I’m not one of those people who ignores crime in black communities because it is happening & it is an issue we need to address, but it’s not a valid argument against the racial disparities. It’s a policing tactic. So no, don’t give me that mess. I don’t want to hear it. I won’t take it. And if that’s your comeback to me saying I’m sick of “these people” killing us and getting away with it, leave the conversation before you enter it.

And please, stop defending white people and their feelings. Their privilege will always, always, ALWAYS protect their sensitive, racist, distorted perception of….everything.

I had someone ask me Why aren’t we doing anything about the black on black violence in New Orleans? A black man gets killed by another black man everyday yet I don’t see anything on the news. What’s with that? Are y’all not concerned?” 

First, boy bye. BLACKS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT CRIME WITHIN BLACK COMMUNITIES. I want to know why the term “black-on-black crime” even exists in our lexicon, but not the term “white-on-white crime.” That is one of the clearest signs that racism is a guiding principle in this country. All one needs to do is look at the facts:

  • 94% of all crimes committed against black people are committed by black people
  • 86% of all crimes committed against white people are committed by white people.

Surely, 86% is a number at which we can safely say that white-on-white crime is a very serious problem. Yet, we never do. The term is not in the dictionary. There is no Wikipedia entry for it. It’s not a “trending topic” and it’s not going to pop up on in the google search bar. It is not browbeaten into the public consciousness. The media makes little to no mention of this term. There are no news specials dedicated to looking at this problem. Neither Oprah nor Barack have touched on the topic. As a result, black people are scapegoated and portrayed as especially criminal when, in reality, we are merely, pretty much, keeping pace with the rest of a society that thrives on violence, often times, committing less. If black people are being asked to focus on black-on-black crime, then why aren’t white people being asked to focus on white-on-white crime? Why are some people so focused on black-on-black and black-on-white crime, but get upset when we focus on white-on-white or white-on-black crime? If it seems as though black people are more criminal than white people, it is because the racist criminal justice system and the racist prison industrial complex have conspired to make it seem that way. Numerous studies have shown that black people and white people commit crimes at pretty much the same rate, and any differences in the rate can be attributed to poverty—which, in the United States, affects black people disproportionately due to structural impediments that are sourced to (you guessed it), racism. Honest law enforcement officers and administrators of all races have admitted that their directives from the top have forced them to focus on crime in black communities in a way that they do not in white communities even though crimes are, indeed, happening in white communities. The perception, then, is that black people must be committing tons more crimes than white people when, in fact, they aren’t. This does not even take into account the fact that when black people and white people are processed through the criminal justice system and the prison industrial complex, it is done in a way that is inherently inequitable. Black people are more likely to die at the hands of law enforcement even though white people are more likely to resist arrest and be disrespectful or violent toward police officers; black people are more likely to be stopped and frisked by police even though white people are more likely to be carrying contraband; black people get harsher sentences than white people even when the exact same crime is committed and the perpetrators have similar criminal histories; juvenile delinquency is much more likely to be viewed and treated as criminal when committed by a black child or teen than when committed by a white child or teen; a white person with a criminal record has a better chance of obtaining employment than a black person with a criminal record—and just as good as chance as a black person with no criminal record; the justice system is much more sympathetic to white people who commit crimes than black people who commit crimes.

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The media plays a significant role in making the world believe that black people are the most dangerous people in the world. According to the research, black people are more likely to be victims than perpetrators of crime, but the media warps that perspective by over-reporting instances of black crimes and underreporting instances of white crimes.

It is my belief that the hyper-criminalization of black people is wholly intentional. In order to exploit a failsafe in the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment that allows for slavery as punishment for a crime, it is in a racist nation’s best interests to present black people as especially dangerous and especially in need of oversight, surveillance, and discipline. A racist regime can, then, return black people to a previous state of bondage in a way that is as legal as it is immoral. To add insult to injury, the United States, united by nothing if not racism, builds prisons—public, private, and for-profit—mainly in white, suburban areas, locks up black people disproportionately, disenfranchises them, and counts their bodies (full bodies, not 3/5ths this time) in the census not for the areas in which they were born, raised, and lived, but for where they are currently warehoused. As a result, these white, suburban areas obtain higher population counts and, therefore, higher representation in local, state, and federal governments. This would be genius if it were not so insidious.

If it seems as though some black people are more concerned with instances of racist murders than they are with so-called “black-on-black crime,” it is probably because

a. white people are more likely to get away with murder—especially if the victim is black.

b. with the exception of wealthy black people whose wealth grants them momentary, honorary whiteness, no black person would ever get away with murdering a white person (white people will, in fact, invent a black perpetrator where none exists).

c. many black people believe black-on-black crime in the United States is a by-product of racism-induced poverty and ghettoization as well as internalized racism, as black bodies are continually and consistently dehumanized and devalued, which makes it, in a sick sense, profitable and cache to destroy them.

d. when law enforcement is involved in incidents of black-on-black crime, it is not because they wish to bring a perpetrator to justice and avenge the loss of black life, but that they want to add another black body to the slave trade as they could not care less about the loss of black life.

In their minds, the murdered black person and the captured black person means there are two less black people in the world for them to contend with.

Crime in black communities and crime committed against black people by the state are not created equal. Michael Eric Dyson sums it up best by saying, “Black people who kill black people go to jail. White people who are policemen who kill black people do not go to jail.”

Certainly, it is my sincerest hope that we, as black people, divest from the pathology that infects this country and the world, in regards to the treatment of black people. I also think it would be unrealistic to expect black people to be superhuman rather than human. When the whole world is rife with violence, why are black people held especially accountable? And how can white people—inventors of the most deadly weaponry and guilty of the most egregious and heartrending genocides known to humankind—be considered the civilized arbiters of what is or is not moral?

In other words, black-on-black crime will end precisely when white-on-white crime does.

So with all due respect, I think you’re asking the wrong question. The right question is why are we so satisfied with a global system that cannot seem to function without holocaust, bigotry, and genocide? And how is it that black people are viewed as violence’s representative when it’s white people–globally, imperially, colonially–who have the most blood on their hands?

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Intraracial crime is “proximity” crime, meaning the closer you are in terms of people of your race, the more likely chance crime is committed towards each other because of your proximity. Whites kill whites , asians kill asians, blacks kill blacks etc etc. at the same rate. Everyone is pretty much in the 80-90% range when it comes to intraracial crime but some how black on black crime is “unique?” That is where the myth lies and is used to distract from the real problems.

I’m getting extremely tired of explaining it to other black folks (mainly black men) who use the same poorly constructed narrative to justify the slaughter of their own people.

The term black on black crime is exorbitant and should not be used. Listen to me honey, whites kill whites… all the time. All races kill people of the same racial background. Has it occurred to ANYONE that we as a whole, live racially segregated. Therefore, the criminals near you are more likely to be someone who looks like you. Crime is crime….is crime. No other race’s criminal activity is referred to as ____ on _____ crime. Why is ours?

Do I think violence in our community needs to end? Of course! But the time to talk about “Black on Black” violence is not when tragedies occur AGAINST the black community. How about you acknowledge them on an ordinary day (I use that term loosely). What are you doing to stop violence in the community on a day-to-day basis? Why are you speaking “passionately” about something you’re not actively working on fixing? If the only time you address “Black on Black” violence is in attempt to call out those who are addressing race-related violence and hate crimes, you’re useless to the cause and should stay quiet. Ultimately, you’re useless as a black person.

I am not scared of false media and non black people who are anti black …they are predictable and expected. What scares me are black people who live so contently in their own oppression that the murders of their own people is justifiable (ex: black on black crime).

Have y’all noticed that the people who always bring up “Black on Black crime” when there is a TERRORIST act done on Black people are the ones who AIN’T (yes…ain’t) doing a single thing to fix this so-called “Black on Black crime” in their own communities (Besides being a spectator and a commentator). Since you’re so passionate about it that you have to make an excuse for Black terrorism like you are not also Black and like it can’t also happen to you, get your butt on the front lines and do something about “Black on Black crime”. It’s crime in black communities, it’s proximity crime, not “black on black crime”.

Happy Birthday, Queen Angela!

Angela Davis, philosopher-activist and professor, was hunted down by the FBI for a crime she didn’t commit, jailed in 1970, and freed in 1972. While serving her sentence in a California jail, she gave a thoughtful interview (later included in The Black Power Mixtape) about the state of the Black Panthers at that time, and why violence is part of protest, because it is an inherent element in the daily lives of black and brown people

23 Sep 1969, Los Angeles, California, USA --- Admitted Communist and UCLA philosophy instructor Angela Davis said at a press conference that she was fired for racist, not political reasons. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
23 Sep 1969, Los Angeles, California, USA — Admitted Communist and UCLA philosophy instructor Angela Davis said at a press conference that she was fired for racist, not political reasons. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

     What did Angela teach me? What happened in Ferguson – and the solidarity people from Palestine are expressing – is exactly what Angela Davis talked about. The internationalization of these oppressive structures. The prison industrial complex does not exist in a vacuum. Police brutality doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Apartheid doesn’t exist in a vacuum. These oppressive structures are interconnected.

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Letters To My Sisters: Taylor Wright

Dear Taylor,

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You are a queen. A black queen, riveting and unmatched. Thank you for sharing your story. Do NOT be discouraged. You have a story to tell. You experienced blatant racism and hatred from one of your former friends. My hope and prayer for you and your life is that you always move forward. Never look at your blackness as a problem or a setback. There is NOTHING that you can not do. Work harder, work smarter, and work faster. People like Makayla are in place as road blocks but you must continue on, sis. You are destined for greatness. I am so glad that you are moving forward. What makes me happy as well is that you can laugh about it while the rest of us are mad as hell. Realize the power that you hold, Taylor. Treasure yourself: your mind, your skin, your queendom and your womanhood. There is no one like you.

Love,

Your sis,

Mo

This is what our girls are facing: Blatant racism, hatred, disgust and pure ignorance. The current state that our world is in right now has me shaking my head non-stop. It’s frightening that some people have such a passion for/spirit of hate.
This may seem trivial to many of you. However, it is not. Do not count this off as stereotypical “Girl on Girl Drama”. I thought about several things when I was tagged in posts regarding this incident. 1) The thoughts and feelings that Makayla has were not spur of the moment ideas. This is an indoctrinated behavior and thought process. 2) Has Taylor been told/reminded that her “black is beautiful”? 3) Are these girls aware of the racial climate in America? 4) Where the hell do we go from here?

How are going to protect our girls? Can we protect our girls?

Here’s the story: 17 year old Tay Wright was attacked with multiple racial slurs by former classmate & former best friend, Makayla Carson. The incident began when Taylor’s boyfriend at the time was caught receiving nudes from Carson. Taylor told Makayla that she simply did NOT want to be friends anymore. This revelation led to Carson becoming irate and a fight ensued several months ago. Taylor, fed up with numerous rumors and instigated drama, decided to confront Makayla Carson. In the video posted to Taylor Wright’s Instagram, Makayla is heard confirming allegations that she said Taylor “deserved to be raped and ran over because she was black”. It didn’t end there. Makayla later attempted to apologize to Taylor via the texting app “Kik”. In the messages, Carson is seen justifying her antics by saying that while black people are “trashy” and “have never commuted to anything good”, Taylor is in fact different. She claims to have not been speaking about Taylor specifically, but about the black community as a whole.

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According to Taylor, the two girls hadn’t spoken in months but Makayla made a sudden reemergence in hopes of rekindling their friendship.

Once Taylor posted the video/Kik screenshots to Instagram, Makayla sent this:

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After reaching out to Taylor and speaking with her, it is clear that this attack was unwarranted and unnecessary and in many ways, seemingly out of character for her former best friend. Taylor says that she and Makayla were the BEST of friends and had even spent several weeks together prior to the start of this incident. When Taylor found out about Makayla’s interactions with her boyfriend (note: he’s black), she made the decision to remove herself from the friendship. Makayla began to spread particularly hurtful rumors about Taylor’s family (while Taylor was going through issues at home) while simultaneously wishing that worst for Taylor (rape, death, etc.). However, Taylor is taking this as a lesson learned and refuses to let it get her down. She is anticipating her senior year and is “grateful for the amazing group of friends” she has in her life.

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We must protect our girls at ALL COSTS.

We love you Taylor!

Happy Birthday, Queen Assata!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY QUEEN ASSATA SHAKUR!

Born July 16, 1947, Assata Shakur is a well known long standing black activist. She is now living in exile in Cuba. She is the godmother and aunt of the late, great, & legendary Tupac Shakur.

ASSATA: IN HER OWN WORDS
“My name is Assata (“she who struggles”) Olugbala ( “for the people” ) Shakur (“the thankful one”), and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color. I am an ex political prisoner, and I have been living in exile in Cuba since 1984. I have been a political activist most of my life, and although the U.S. government has done everything in its power to criminalize me, I am not a criminal, nor have I ever been one. In the 1960s, I participated in various struggles: the black liberation movement, the student rights movement, and the movement to end the war in Vietnam. I joined the Black Panther Party. By 1969 the Black Panther Party had become the number one organization targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO program. because the Black Panther Party demanded the total liberation of black people, J. Edgar Hoover called it “greatest threat to the internal security of the country” and vowed to destroy it and its leaders and activists.

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Black women everywhere are captivated by the entity that is Assata Shakur. They are emulating her stance, following her principles and studying her ideologies all while hoping and praying for her safe return. She is amazing.

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We love you Queen! Thank you!