~~July 7, 2016~~
SECOND OF TWO
I haven’t been able to blog today.
As I said before, I have no words.
I can’t forget two Negro men who were killed in the light of day, with witnesses around, with the police cameras and civilian cell phones.
Social media is exploding with information about these events which occurred back to back in different cities.
The perfect words.
They are not mine.
I need to share.
LAB Pro Lib
by Ricardo Neftali Arroyo
She had to call the officer who just murdered her boyfriend “Sir“.
She had to comply with every order made by every officer who showed up to the scene of her loved ones death with “Yes Sir“.
Every officer who barked orders, who put her in cuffs rather than console her. Who put her and her beautiful black child in the rear of a squad car, to mourn Philando Castile as he spent his last moments alone, in agony, dying in his car.
She had to do that because she understood innately. As all people of color who have grown up in America, that your chances of survival increase if you show deference to those who oppress you.
She called that murderer “Sir“. Because her very existence relied on compliance with her oppression above all else.
The same compliance killed Philando Castile. He gave every reason he could for his continued existence. But officers in America do not need a single one to be your judge, jury and executioner.
That’s the difference between state sanctioned violence and violence between civilians for those of you that still seek to deflect from the issue.
For those that seek to justify state sanctioned violence on black bodies. I pity the parts of your brokenness that keep you from loving your brothers and sisters as you should. That enable the systematic oppression that kills men, women and children.
Last night I was readying myself for sleep when I saw the Philando Castile video. Live. As it was occurring. And I wept. I was haunted by that video all night for so many reasons. But that “Sir” cut in so many ways that I struggle to give voice to them all.
My heart is unbelievably heavy as I go through today. For so many people who feel the same way know that I love you. That I’d rather reflect on that love of you then the anger at those who oppress us.
I love your resolve in the face of oppression.
I love your strength as you push through your weariness.
I love your blackness and brownness.
Please take care of yourselves. Sometimes that act of self love is the most revolutionary thing you can do.
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PHILANDO CASTILLE WAS THE 115TH BLACK MAN TO BE KILLED BY POLICE IN THE US IN 2016
We ALL are ONE!!