It is disappointing to see a Black man pushing this nonsense. The police have a very dangerous job. No one is saying the police don’t have a difficult job. No one. However, being Black is not a choice or a crime.
I would also like to note, Black Lives Matter can’t control the people who show up to protests. Some people choose to riot. Black Lives Matter protesters are trained in nonviolent civil disobedience. Anyone killing or destroying property isn’t affiliated with the organization. Shit, I’m not affiliated with the organization and I’ve been to protest training. The organization welcomes all people to protests. Still they cannot control what all the people will do. During training, we are told specifically not to touch the police. We are told how to stay together and remain safe.
When the Klan shows up to a Black Lives Matter protests armed, no one concludes they are part of the organization. No one considers them dangerous either, even though they are armed.
For some reason we assume everyone Black at a Black Lives Matter protest must therefore be part of Black Lives Matter, rather than local people from the community who are upset about their relationship and history with the police.
Let me also note, Charles Beau Menefee, the white man who won an Emmy for his coverage of Ferguson was fired after posting among other racist things, protesters should be shot and bombed. The point of mentioning this… Menefee projected his narrative more than facts.
There were countless protests over the months following Mike Brown’s murder. However, there were only two riots. Once in the beginning after Mike Browns body was left on the ground for four hours in his neighborhood and people responded emotionally. In the end, after the verdict was released. During that time, I watched along with the press as young white men broke the glass windows and doors on “The Medicine Shop.” They were not there for protesting they were there for drugs. No one talks about the white people looting and destroying property. I’ve never seen the footage of them.
I don’t live in the inner city. I don’t have people being killed around me regularly. I’ve never seen the reality in this video. I don’t know any gang members. I don’t do drugs or sell drugs. I work about 75 hours a week between two jobs. I bought a house in a neighborhood where maybe the police didn’t feel I belonged. The police pulled me over so often, I had to leave early for work to allow time.
If you look at statistics for traffic stops in Missouri, Blacks were over 90% of the traffic stops, but only 11.8% of the population. Only 30% of those stops led to citations and/or greater charges. You don’t see the other 70% of us stopped and harassed by police, which is what we are protesting. Just like people say all police are not bad, neither are all Black people. Furthermore, police choose to work at enforcing laws which requires them to deal with criminals. If a cop is afraid or doesn’t want to be a police officer they can quit. I can’t stop being Black.
I work hard. I live within my means. I live in a great neighborhood where I was constantly being pulled over by police. One time, I even got pulled over pulling out of my own garage going to work, by a Black cop. It’s not just about white cops it’s about the way Black people are viewed as one large group. Even this video, asking why Black Lives Matter doesn’t protest Black on Black crime is pushing stereotypes. Black Lives Matter is focused on addressing police who harass Blacks and kill unarmed Blacks without impunity. There is already a system established to address criminals, black or otherwise.
I didn’t even realize Black on Black crime was an issue. Until Black Lives Matter started protesting police brutality. Now that I know the statistics, 87% of Black murders are committed by other Blacks, just like 82% of white murders are committed by other whites. Crime and murder is usually INTRARACIAL. Furthermore, I don’t live in a neighborhood where crime is an issue, I live in a neighborhood where police racially profiling Blacks is an issue.
All Black people are not affected by Black on Black crime just like all white people aren’t affected by white on white crime. I’m not afraid of Black people killing me. I am afraid of the police charging me falsely, writing tickets to meet their quota, beating and/or killing me.
I hold my breath every time I pass a police car to see if I’m being followed. Unfortunately too many times I actually am being followed. I don’t identify with people who pull guns on police. I don’t know anyone who has been shot recently. So no, I can’t name the last Black person who killed another Black person. I can tell you I was pulled over more than 20 times in 2014. I can tell you I was never ticketed. I can tell you I was pulled over several times in 2015, but it stopped after the Michael Brown protests got media attention to focus on Black people being profiled.
Once the media started investigating how Black people were being profiled, I wasn’t pulled over as often. This is because of Black Lives Matters. Before, the police wouldn’t even tell me why they pulled me over. They’d interrogate, asking questions like: do you have a job, how long have you worked there, do you have children or they assume I have children and ask how many I have. The shorter profile stops ask fewer questions, they ask where am I going or where I’m coming from, how long have I lived in the area. One asked what job do I do that affords me that type of house. Other officers after they see I have military car insurance ask who in my family served. When I say I was in the army, they sometimes just let me go without all the questions.
I’m still traumatized every time I’m pulled over. So what they don’t write me a ticket. So what I don’t have a record. I am still hurt that I live in a world where I can be harassed by someone with a gun in broad day light. Sometimes I cry on my way to where I’m going and don’t mention it, because it’s what happens when you are Black. Every person Black knows what it feels like to be stopped, even when walking in your own neighborhood. It is only after these protests am I able to say, I’m one of the ones, who is being profiled. It is only after these protests are my white friends becoming aware of how challenging it is to be Black in America.
I’m a female. I’ve been pulled over and had my car searched without any reason being given, and I didn’t ask, because to ask would be considered belligerent. My parents taught me to obey the police so they won’t kill me. All Black parents have to talk to their children about the police.
I was driving from a family reunion in Alabama back to Georgia, when I saw a police officer at a gas station. He left before me. After I got back on the dark two lane highway about two minutes, the same officer pulled me over and trained his gun on me. I was instructed to get out of the car. Another officer showed up. Then I was handcuffed, searched, questioned about where I was going and where I’d been. Afterwards, I was sat on the highway behind my car, where I watched them search my car, pulling up the car material in my trunk and ripping my backseat away from the window backboard or whatever it’s called. It was forever ripped. After they were done, the officer who pulled me over went back to his patrol car. The officer who assisted told me to have a good night.
I don’t have a record. I’ve never been arrested, but I’ve been handcuffed three times in my life. When I was 15, I had police officers train their weapons on me and three other teenage girls after we walked out of a McDonalds. They ordered us to put our food on their patrol car hood, then swept all our food in the trash. We laugh at how hungry we were now, and how McDonald’s fries use to be the best…but it was upsetting then. We went to a McDonalds in our rich friend’s neighborhood because she’d just got her license. The police told our parents they didn’t arrest us, they were just holding us for being out pass curfew, it was 9pm on a Friday. We didn’t know there was a curfew. Meanwhile, they didn’t arrest/hold any of the white kids at the McDonalds. Many of them were not even getting food, just road their bikes up there and were hanging out.
The comments on this video were so upsetting I had to talk about it. People calling Black Lives Matter a terrorist group, meanwhile I’m being terrorized in my own country by the police and this is the only group of people standing up for us. I shouldn’t be told to go back to Africa because other citizens who took the job to protect me think I’m less than human. This video is part of the problem.
More white criminals have violent fatal incidents with the police. Still, white people are not being profiled. The police don’t assume when they see a white person in a nice car they stole it. The police don’t assume when they see a white person in an affluent neighborhood they must be looking for homes to break in. The police aren’t randomly stopping white teens walking in their own neighborhoods. And the police would never think it was okay to shoot at a white child talking on the phone walking from a local store, the way Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin. Trayvon literally ran from Zimmerman because he was afraid of Zimmerman. Zimmerman still got off on self-defense after chasing and attacking Trayvon Martin. Even though he stalked and chased Martin against the advice of the 911 operator.
Who do you think is supporting Black Lives Matter? Do you think gangs are collecting membership dues and paying for protesters to get out of jail? Do you honestly believe drug addicts and drug dealers are supporting a movement for an entire community? No, Black entertainers, Black intellectuals, doctors, lawyers and working class Black people who are tired of being pulled over and harassed in their own neighborhoods for being Black. College students are on the front lines of Black Lives Matter.
You only hear about Black people who disobey police and there is some tragic ending. You don’t hear about people like me, who get written up for being late to work because I’m not willing to tell my employer the police keep pulling me over because I’m Black. You don’t hear about entertainers who are pulled over so often for being Black, they buy cheaper cars, hoping that will stop profiling. Only to find, the cheaper cars don’t stop the profiling either, because when they’re pulled over the cop says, the car didn’t fit the neighborhood they actually live in. Black Lives Matter is saying this is not fair.
Let me also note, I’m not affiliated with Black Lives Matter. I don’t represent them and my views and opinions don’t coincide with their mission. They say they care about Black on Black crime. I’m not saying I don’t, I’m saying I’m annoyed that when someone is addressing a serious problem people try to deflect. I didn’t even realize Black on Black crime was an issue until people kept asking why Black Lives Matter doesn’t address Black on Black crime.
Here is their official response to myths about Black Lives Matter.
I capitalized Black, because I consider this my race, like Japanese, Australian and Egyptian. Speaking of Egyptians, Africa is a continent with several countries, languages and tribes. Black Jamaicans came from Africa, but don’t call themselves African Jamaicans, they are just Jamaicans. With that being said, I don’t claim Africa as my home. I am Black American.
I believe all people came from Africa, I believe Africa was once the center of all the land mass on Earth. I believe we spread out an so did the Earth.
That whole Pangea thing is a fact.
Some resources that need to be considered in this conversation.
Here is an article where Chris Rock talks about being pulled over three times in seven weeks. http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/02/us/chris-rock-pulled-over-police-selfies-feat
Affluent Black men discuss how wealth and hard work doesn’t stop them from being harassed by police. http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/14/news/economy/wealthy-blacks-racial-profiling/
Police Killings of Blacks: Here Is What the Data Say http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/upshot/police-killings-of-blacks-what-the-data-says.html
On Wealthy Island, Being Black Means Being a Police Suspect http://www.nytimes.com/1998/05/10/us/on-wealthy-island-being-black-means-being-a-police-suspect.html