Monday Musings: Black Non-Compliance 5/15/17

May 15, 2017


Yesterday was Mother's day and I was happy to spend it with my Grandmother, Mom and many aunts that helped raise me. Seeing family always brings some perspective and humbles me to keep trying my best in everything that I do. While I was able to tackle a fair amount of reading this weekend, I'm still not back to the reading pace that I like. After spending months just grappling with a government that is actively trying to erode civil rights, I'm still trying to balance civic engagement with everything else.


I don't know when Congress, the Republican Leadership or Americans will reach their breaking point with this administration. But the firing of FBI Director James Comey followed by the President admitting that he fired him to stop the Russian Investigation aimed at his campaign should be the final straw. Country before party is how democracy works and I worry the more we allow Trump to go unchecked the further we get from deomocracy. Please continue to call your Senators and demand an independent special prosecutor to maintain the integrity of the Russian Investigation.

Black Non-Compliance Punishable by Death

Jordan Edwards is the latest victim of a scared white man with a gun reacting out of fear. The officer has been charged with murder but it is more surprising than assuring. Officer's who have killed in the past, have enjoyed administrative leave and the ability to return to work.

When the Supreme Court justified shooting someone running away, in Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1 (under the Fourth Amendment, when a law enforcement officer is pursuing a fleeing suspect, he or she may not use deadly force to prevent escape unless "the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others") this gave police officers the explanation they needed to justify shooting black men who don't comply. 

Unfortunately most of the United States see's a black male as a threat,  the Willie Horton effect continues to plague our society and overcrowd our prisons. The FBI reported this year that law enforcement has been infiltrated by white supremacists. Private prisons has made it profitable to criminalize and lock up brown and black bodies. Jordan Edwards was a fifteen year old victim of racism, and we shouldn't call it something more palatable. By continuing to rationalize the casualty's of racism, we ignore the human costs. There will be more victims and we must fight for racial equity, remembering that for most non-compliance to racism and authority will have far less grave consequences.


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