“SIR” …. This I have to share …. “POWERFUL …. “!!


SIR

~~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.

HortyRex©

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“SIR”

POWERFUL STATEMENT

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

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“I Wish I Hadn’t” …. This I have to share …. “POWERFUL …. “!!


Wish

~~July 7, 2016~~ 

THE FIRST OF TWO

Alton Sterling Killed by Baton Rouge Police

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.

HortyRex©

GrayL

~~GRAPHIC SOURCE~~ 

LAB Pro Lib

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GrayLAlton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was standing in the parking lot selling CDs as he had for years when two white cops arrived on Tuesday night, July 6.

By Wednesday morning he was dead and protesters were in the city’s streets.

Calls erupted from Congress and the NAACP for an independent investigation into the shooting, which the Justice Department announced within hours.

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~ALTON STERLING~

POWERFUL STATEMENT

By Ricardo Neftali Arroyo

I watched the Alton Sterling execution video.

I wish I hadn’t.

Not because I didn’t want to bear witness. The way Emmett Till’s mother wanted an open casket, “so all the world can see what they did to my boy.”

I’ve borne witness before.

I saw the final moments of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald, Samuel DuBoise, and so many others. I’ve felt my heart break as Black men, women and children are gunned down for existing.

Not because it was triggering.

Police brutality is always triggering.

Triggering in that I too have seen the other end of a police officers gun, I too have felt the violation of being searched, of “fitting the description“, of being well aware that your body, at that moment is not your own, that even in the heat of my greatest discomfort my well being depended on having that officer feel as comfortable as I could.

Comfortable in my violation. Comfortable in my pain. Comfortable with my existence. All while knowing that even though I must give as many reasons for my continued existence as possible.This officer wouldn’t need to provide any to be my executioner. I am not alone in having that experience. That experience, like police brutality, is not isolated. Not even in the direct example of my life.

Not because I was already sick and tired thousands of deaths ago.
As a public defender in our criminal injustice system sick and tired is a state of existence. When on the best of days I can achieve a result for a person that resembles justice. But far more often I am simply fighting, as hard as I can, against the worst of several unjust outcomes so that I can minimize the level of injustice they must endure.

You learn, as a person of color in America, at a very early age, how to push on through the weariness of injustice.

No.

I wish I hadn’t seen that video because I have grown uncomfortable with the fetishization of black death and more importantly of its desensitization. Of those who do not lift a finger in the interest of racial justice. Or against police brutality. But are content to gawk at the trauma and injustice without engaging in the struggle against it. Those that only contribute by bearing witness.

I am uncomfortable with those who have grown comfortable with the idea that we must present our dead in order to be believed. In order for there to be action. How many more must we lay before you in order for you to do more than passively engage? If not us then who? If not now then when?

I’ll leave you with this.

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time; but if you are here because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

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