Police violence is a leading cause of death for young Black men in the United States. according to a research study, About 1 in every 1,000 Black men can expect to be killed by police. Being Black in America should and will not be a death sentence. This is the story of AmeriKKKa’s police state.
“He didn’t see a man with hopes and dreams, with disappointments and accomplishments. All he saw in front of him was just another nigger.”
― Kenneth Eade, Unreasonable Force
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Johnathon A. Ferrell Marlon Horton Ronnie Ledesma Jr. Montrell Moss
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Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. Dainell Simmons Deomain Hayman Tyrone West
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Charles A Baker Jr. Anthony Dwayne Harris Donovan Thomas Jayvis Benjamin
Quintine Barksdale Cedrick Chatman Darrell Banks Xavier Tyrell Johnson
Yolanda Thomas Breonna Taylor Yassin Mohamed Sean Reed Tony McDade George Floyd
Every single name on this list is a Black person that was murdered by a cop in recent years.
If any of the names are misspelled, please contact us.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an activist movement which began as a hashtag in the summer of 2013, after the tragic coldblooded murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, BLM campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards Black people. As the unjust murders continued from 2013’s Trayvon Martin to 2014’s Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the movement sparked from social media to streets around the world.
“Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression” (BLM’s Official Website).
However, to certain individuals, saying Black Lives Matter has been offensive and some bold individuals would even go to say it is anti-white. Not only is this offensive, but it is fucking outrageous to make the claim that promoting equal justice and fairness to African Americans is denoting, promoting hatred or violence against any other racial group. Saying, “Black Lives Matters” is speaking for the Black men, women and children who have been statistically more likely to be killed by the police than a white individual.
“But, All Lives Matter”-White proverb
If you’re white, stop saying it, and if you’re not saying it, continue to educate others on why not to say it. All Lives Matter never has and never will bring people together. White liberals love the phrase and have yet to understand and realize the ill- intention and wrongdoing behind the meaning of “All Lives Matter.” Of course, every life matters, the BLM movement isn’t refuting or choosing to ignore the lives of those that are not black. Instead, it is clarifying that Black Lives Matter too. Black Lives did not matter when they forcibly transported like animals’ ship to ship from their homes in Africa. Black Lives did not matter when they were hung from trees. Black Lives did not matter when they were medically experimented on like lab rats. Should I continue? Or have you understood the point that the lives of Black People have not mattered since the creation of Adam and Eve.
“To Serve and To Protect”
“I [patroller’s name], do swear, that I will as searcher for guns, swords, and other weapons among the slaves in my district, faithfully, and as privately as I can, discharge the trust reposed in me as the law directs, to the best of my power. So, help me, God.”
-Slave Patroller’s Oath, North Carolina, 1828 (National Law Enforcement Museum’s Official Website).
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Well it should, today’s police aren’t so different from America’s past-time, slave patrols. Rebelling and runaway slaves was the reason for the creation of the South’s earliest policing in America. The slave industry was running America’s economy and to ensure the growth of the economy, the slave patrols were formed. According to historian Gary Potter, the responsibilities of the slave patrols were as follows, “to chase down, apprehend, and return to their owners, runaway slaves; to provide a form of organized terror to deter slave revolts; and to maintain a form of discipline for slave-workers who were subject to summary justice, outside the law” (Chelsea Hansen, Slave Patrols: An Early Form of American Policing).
Slave patrols officially lasted for 150 years; it wasn’t until the 13th amendment adoption that abolished slavery that led to the end of the authoritative policing. However, slave patrols really didn’t end; the name just changed. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was founded in 1866 and has continued to exist until today. How? Why? Well, the answer is pretty simple, to be honest, the same constitution that aims to protect the rights of yours and your loved ones, also protects the rights of the largest white terrorist organization in America. That’s right, the First Amendment protects the rights of racist masked cowards. The Supreme Court case of Brandenburg Vs Ohio in 1969, recognized that speech advocating illegal conduct is protected under the First Amendment unless the speech is to incite “imminent lawless action.” So, in other words, white privilege.
But what do slave patrols, KKK, and America’s modern police have in common? Well, a lot, let’s first start with tradition. Much of the tactics used by slave patrols were transitioned into Southern police departments and, ultimately, the entire country’s police department. Chelsea Hansen notes that “systematic surveillance, the enforcement of curfews, and even notions of who could become a police officer,” were often the trend for controlling the general population. Systematic surveillance has existed in minority populations for an extended time, starting with the Civil Rights Era. Many Black activists were put under surveillance orders. John Edgar Hoover was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. He was notoriously known for abusing his power to restrict civil rights activists from exercising the right to protest. “Hoover would send informants to church meetings, intercepted mail and phone calls, engineered break-ins, and planted news stories to defame civil rights leaders” (TrackedinAmerica.org). Fast forward to the 21st century, The Patriot Act sanctioned by Former President George W. Bush would be used to spy on Muslims in mosques and their own homes without their consent following the September 11 attacks. The fact that much of what makes America’s police today originated from slave patrols is a terrifying horror that African Americans have to live with. The three parties not only have practices in common, but men in uniform as well.
In 2006, the F.B.I. warned of white supremacists attempting to enter into police departments and recruit police officers. Nowadays, there has been more than a dozen police officers who have been exposed to either being a member of the KKK or right-wing groups. So, what does a systematic oppressive police state lead to? The killing of unarmed Black men and women.
Police violence is a leading cause of death for young Black men in the United States. About 1 in every 1,000 Black men can expect to be killed by police, according to a research study. The study outlines that, “risk of being killed by police peaks between the ages of 20 years and 35 years for men and women and for all racial and ethnic groups. Blacks, American Indians, Alaska Natives and Latinos are significantly more likely than white people to be killed by police.
In 2019, the police killed 1,099 people. 24% of those killed were Black despite being only 13% of the population. There were only 27 days in the year 2019, where police did not kill anyone. Read that again, 27 out of 365.
Police in America kill far more people than police in any other advanced developed democracies. However, those figures can be significantly higher. According to Journalist’s Resource, the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) is the federal database that counts people killed by police. Yet, researchers have found that NVSS has undercounted much of the numbers recorded by more than half. So, who’s keeping count?
Researchers has also found that the levels of violent crime in US cities do not determine rates of police violence.
X marks Violent Crimes
Squares marks Police Kills
No correlation between the crime and the murders. What can be worse? How about no accountability? According to Mapping police violence, 99% percent of the police’s killings from 2013-2019 have not resulted in officers being charged with a crime. The only officer to be charged was a Somali Minneapolis police officer by the name of Mohamed Noor, who was sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison for the 2017 fatal shooting of Justine Damond…a white woman.
Therefore, all the names you read in the beginning of this article were not given justice nor peace.
“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist” (Angela Davis).
Being Black in America should and will not be a death sentence. We have become numb to the senseless violence done to our brothers and sisters. Remember their name, remember their pain because it is now our responsibility to protect one another and to be heard. If it is through the destruction of their very own property, so be it. I was 13 when Trayvon Martin was murdered, I am now 21 and the pain has gone long enough for us to share a tweet or post some memoriam. If you can’t stand up and protest, use your voice and words. It only takes one of us to incite change, the system doesn’t want you to know that nor believe it. But YOU, can be the change. YOU, can be the leader. YOU, must not remain silent. YOU, must demand justice and peace.
To learn more about BlackLivesMatter, go to supporting-standupforblacklives
To get justice for George Floyd, go to mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd
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