As we have welcome in the new year, police brutality and the Black Community continues to be a part of national discourse. Police brutality has always been a problem for the Black Community , but 2014 seemed to be the year of increasing incidents of police brutality. Whites, whether they be police or regular citizens have gotten away with the murders of Black People for hundreds of years with absolutely no repercussions whatsoever. It is just as Amerikkkan as apple pie ( I present a few examples of murdered Black Peoples stories because the amount of Black People murdered by whites is too many to name here). We are just now getting news that there will be no federal indictment in the shooting death of Micheal Brown by police officer Darrin Wilson. Meanwhile Kendrick Johnson’s family continues to seek justice for the his gym mat death by filing a $100 million dollar lawsuit and calling for “Kendrick’s Law” which will make it mandatory requirement for all American coroners to be medically-trained professionals.
The deaths of Micheal Brown and Eric Garner was the catalyst for national and (international) marches and protests demanding that cops who kill unarmed Black Men/Boys to be held accountable. Black Women and Girls are often left out of the conversations surrounding the Black Community and police brutality as if the only Black People are Black Men. This makes it appear as if Blackness and Black issues are ONLY centered around Black Men. Both Black People and non-Black People are guilty of this. Black Women have to remind everyone that our lives matter too. This is SAD.
I’ve noticed around the time Reneisha McBride’s murderer was being sentenced the news of the Micheal Brown shooting made national headlines and Reneisha’s story immediately disappeared from the news (and seemingly public memory). Then there is the story of Tenisha Anderson, last year the 37-year-old mentally ill Black Woman of Cleveland, Ohio was slammed to the ground by police resulting in her death. Her story barely made the news and a lot of people don’t even know her story or don’t pay it too much attention. In addition, Al Charlatan, I mean Sharpton, organized marches and protests for Mike Brown and Eric Garner and other Black Men and Boys, but RARELY IF NEVER marches and protests for Black Women and Girls. He’s not the only one. Now I’m not saying NO Black people on an individual level do not care and try to protect Black Women/Girls, but the Black community collectively march, protest, and seek justice for murdered Black men and Boys at the hands of whites more so than they do for Black Women and Girls. THIS MUST STOP! We can’t continue to ignore how Black Women and Girls are NOT exempt from white violence in any form while expecting Black Women and Girls to march and protest while it’s rarely done for Black Women and Girls.
Black Women are always on the front lines marching and protesting when Black Men and Boys are murdered like dogs by whites, so the same should be done for Black Women and Girls. This called is reciprocity. We need to march for, protests for, and REMEMBER ALL Black People murdered by whites. We need to show the same level of concern for the lives of ALL Black People. Cause if we don’t, who else will? #ALLBLACKLIVESMATTER