Another Black man shot dead due to an accidental discharge of a gun belonging to a Minnesota veteran police officer. 20-year-old Daunte Wright is now a tragic casualty of the thriving terrorism of police brutality.
Coincidentally, the location of the crime is currently a source of fixation for anyone following the trial of the year. Another Black man, 46-year-old George Floyd was also a victim of police brutality at the hands of a white thug with a badge, who placed deadly force on Floyd’s neck with both his grimy hands wedged in his pockets.
Wright was pulled over for a traffic violation, and instead of a routine process that usually ends without incident, the cop in charge yelled “Taser!” at the moment of escalation. This prompted her to recklessly dispense a single bullet that took the life of the victim.
So was it an accidental shooting or a panicked reaction to an active situation that police officers should be capable of deescalating without brutal force that could lead to death?
28-year-old Sandra Bland was on her way to work on the morning of July 13, 2015, and was stopped by a State Trooper for a minor traffic violation. The event could’ve been easily resolved without incident, except for the growing tensions that prompted her white oppressor to violently yank the Black woman out of her vehicle, and proceed to pummel her into the concrete ground.
Sandra Bland didn’t survive her deadly encounter with an enforcer of the law. And while the circumstances behind her untimely death in a jail cell in Waller, Texas, three days after her arrest still remains a mystery, we can’t dispute the facts based on the incriminating footage that showcases the excessive brutal force levied on an unarmed Black victim.
Black pain has become a national spectacle.
My timeline continues to be populated with viral clips of harrowing episodes dramatizing the dangerous interactions between Black bodies, and the badged murderers who are trained to massacre Blackness by any means necessary, even when there’s no existing threat.
When the resounding cries to “Abolish The Police” picked up momentum during the election cycle, there was fear from moderate Democrats that such an extreme declaration would hurt Biden’s chances to defeat the greatest white terrorizer of them all. Even former president Barack Obama voiced his main reasons why he was against taking such a drastic stance against law enforcement.
But what exactly is the more efficient alternative to a national crisis of domestic terrorism against Black people, including Black children who are not too young to be considered full grown Black adults by white supremacists in uniform with questionable vision.
And now we have to contend with additional triggering content to add to the daily reminders of the Derek Chauvin trial, that Black lives will never matter unless there’s an epic overhaul of the status quo that will completely dismantle the pillars of white supremacy that dictate the expendability of target communities.
In the meantime, it’s business as usual for badly trained, trigger-happy, racist police officers, who feel entitled to the authority they brandish with the help of the trusted firearm, that’s locked and loaded.
Newbies and veteran cops alike are trained to blow up the existence of bereaved Black families, that are forced to reconcile with senseless losses and the injustice that white families never have to fathom.
The names and faces of Black victims of the incurable disease known as police brutality float around in crowded platforms. They plaster TV screens during nightly news and spirited roundtable debates showcasing the expertise of Black pundits. Black profiles of the dead, brutishly slain by systemic violence are immortalized in hashtags that are too many to count; the dreaded symbol of painful recognition.
The torture of being a Black citizen in a world that was wired by the supremacy of whiteness for the primary goal of de-powering the potency of Blackness in all it’s primal forms with intent of diminishing the ancestral codings beyond recalibration is the crimes against humanity that has yet to be duly addressed.
Police officers recruit seasoned thugs for a reason, and until there’s a nationwide mandate to recode those hiring practices with the revised training that’s geared towards the understanding that Black lives should and must survive encounters with enforcers of the law by all means necessary — we will continue to be assaulted with the horrors of systemic brutality.
And the frequency of these deadly episodes will erode the shock value that barely exists when Black pain and Black death come into focus. Instead of refraining from the robotic action of retweets and reposts, the urgent need to distribute the bloody evidence of normalized terrorism against Black people becomes the familiar mode of engagement.
Dear media, maybe balance the repetitiveness of those disturbing videos that serve to torment Black viewers with the constructive discussions about why we need way more than the generalized approach to police reform. Maybe formally acknowledge the realness of the emotional turmoil that’s exacted on Black folks on a daily basis, especially the ones who tune in for an extra helping of sorrow.
Black pain shouldn’t be an orchestrated spectacle for complacent white executives who make decisions about coverage that clinically presents what hits too close to home for the population that can’t stop living on the edge with the burden of heavy hearts.
We are at the precipice of law and order, and we all know what happens when acute pain that’s bitterly longstanding, imminently explodes.
Nobody will be saved.