I’m fucking angry right now. I’m also tired of being the “angry Black woman” who has to constantly spew out all the obvious reasons why I have to remain angry.
I don’t enjoy being this way — and to be completely honest it’s quite exhausting and unhealthy to constantly endure the daily assault of images — that serve as evidence of why you might be better off returning to your shithole country.
As a Nigerian-American — it’s fair to assume that I’m basically screwed.
I can’t enjoy a decent existence in a country that loses school girls to a Jihadist militant cell — that has been successfully terrorizing the Northern region of Nigeria for almost a decade. And I can’t blissfully dwell in a country that was founded on the principle of systematic imprisonment — that aims to cripple people of color — who are already behind bars before they’re officially locked up.
It’s assumed that Black men have a far worse experience at the hands of the law — that was instituted for their rapid extinction.
As social media becomes the tool of awareness and the preferred method of capturing and sharing criminal acts — in real time — we’ve become accustomed to the ultra-violent videos that don’t dilute the bloodiness of death at the hands of thugs in uniform — who don’t give a damn about the crying toddler in the back seat — who just witnessed the unimaginable.
At first it was informative and very necessary to be tasked with sifting through the numerous testimonies that showcase the horror of what it means to be Black in America.
The conversations that were rarely initiated back when diversity was a dirty word — suddenly dominate the culture — as White people have to contend with the removal of denial — and finally admit that they won the lottery when it comes to enjoying the luxury of humane treatment.
But — it’s only natural for the mind to adjust to the never-ending recordings of screams and gasps for breath with the ever reliant presence of cops — who are purposely exacting serious harm on the ones they deem less than human.
We know that Black people are treated like utter shit because we hear about how they get thrown out of establishments in handcuffs for reasons that keep White people seated and safe. We know that Black kids have to be very afraid of White adults because if they dare make wrong moves with a toy gun or randomly ringing a door bell — they will be shot to bits. We know that “existing while Black” is a situation that can swiftly escalate into something that is beyond our control — due to the those who are trained to manipulate the power they wield.
My anger against the White woman who got the Black patrons arrested is justified — but it also comes from a deeper sense of rage that is fueled by the fact that as a Black woman — I’m more at risk of being wrongly accused as a law-abiding citizen — than my White counterparts — simply because of my skin color.
When Sandra Bland was pulled over by a state trooper over a traffic violation back in the summer of 2015 — the ill-fated encounter proved beyond a doubt — the intense hatred that Black women have to face — not just from cowards with badges — but also the men who reject the duty of supporting their own.
Black women were outraged to witness the way Bland was yanked out of her vehicle and violently pummeled to the concrete ground — before she was tossed into the vehicle that delivered her to her death. But — the naysayers were not so sure that she was without fault — and hyped up her “attitude problem” as the reason for the blatant mistreatment.
Breaion King was twenty-eight-years-old — the same age as Sandra Bland — when she was pulled over for a traffic violation in Austin, Texas. The second-grade teacher’s nightmarish event took place on June 2015 — literally a month before Bland’s encounter— and the circumstances are just as jarringly disturbing.
King — who was returning from Texas State University where she was pursuing her Master’s degree complies with the cop who orders her to pull over. She drives into the nearest parking lot where she’s asked to step out of her car— and then when she’s ordered to return to her car — all hell breaks loose.
The HBO documentary — Traffic Stop — gives viewers an opportunity to assess whether or not the White cop who bodyslams King to the ground — and then inexplicably charges her for “resisting arrest” — is upholding his duty as an enforcer of the law — or readily seizing the opportunity to be excessively violent towards a helplessly frightened woman — whose actions didn’t warrant that level of physical abuse.
We really need to start discussing the abuse of Black women by cops because it’s an issue that demands immediate attention.
It a sobering fact that Black women are more likely to be unarmed during volatile situations with law enforcement — and this gives their captors the unfair advantage of using excessive force in non-threatening circumstances.
The latest video to hit the web is a prime example of that fact and it ironically involves a Waffle House — and this time it’s located in Saraland, Alabama.
The first incident in Tennessee saw a White supremacist who killed four people of color — and was finally thwarted by a young Black man who is now a celebrated hero.
The other occurrence features a young Black woman — Chikesia Clemons — who ends up being abused by a couple of White cops — who were summoned to the eatery because she dared to question why she and her friend were being ordered to pay for their cutlery while ordering a meal.
The video footage is damningly vile — as we watch Clemons remain composed despite the threatening stance of the cops who are convinced of her guilt — and itching to demonstrate their biased intentions.
Clemons — is clearly aware of what’s coming and calmly warns her aggressors not to cross the line — but of course they do. The cops slam Clemons to the ground with breathtaking force and begin to violently wrestle her to submission — to the horror of her friend and witness — who is vocalizing her disbelief as she films the madness.
The most unbearable aspect of the footage is noticing the way in which the men demean their captive by inappropriately exposing her to the elements without any consideration for her womanhood. Clemons is obviously trying in vain to keep her garment from slipping — under the duress of vicious fondling.
How can something like this happen?
It goes without saying that it should be absolutely unacceptable for cops to be able to manhandle Black women — who are supposed to be innocent before proven guilty.
The growing list of women of color who have suffered the consequences of not being White women who can freely express themselves without the danger of being relentlessly attacked by men in uniform — is indicative of a serious trend that is showing no signs of slowing down.
If Starbucks is investing in “racial sensitivity training” for the sake of ensuring that employees adapt the basics of equality when tending to customers — then perhaps it’s time to implement a mandated program for White cops who desperately need to learn how to discipline their abhorrently violent tendencies towards Black people.
But — more importantly a thorough examination has to be performed as a way to diligently tackle this national crisis that is unfairly affecting Black women — who are victims of the systemic bigotry that leaves them emotionally scarred or even worse — dead.
Breaion King — the teacher from Texas — who agreed to have her harrowing tale turned into a documentary as a way to highlight the legalized injustice that almost paralyzed her life — has admitted that her terrifying experience is responsible for her ongoing struggle with PTSD.
So — not only do Black women have to deal with the consequences of the rising incidences of hate crimes under an administration that has been anointed by the loyalty of White supremacists — but we have to also watch out for murderous cops on the rampage.
We can no longer tolerate the brutal climate that allows Black women to be physically abused by police officers without issue.
It’s time to end the violence and ensure that future generations will be spared the curse that comes with their targeted disposition — regardless of conduct.
It’s never okay for grown men to rough up women — and this shouldn’t just apply to White women — it has to be applicable to ALL women. Police officers are employed to protect and serve — not endanger and kill — and that’s why we shouldn’t be expected to permit this viral indignity of Black women to flourish indefinitely.
It. Has. To. Stop.
In the meantime — the fear and loathing of “surviving while Black” continues…