This is what winds me up. Time after time after time black people will recount their negative experiences within society and with the police authorities yet it constantly falls on deaf ears. “You’re exaggerating”, “you’re using the race card”, “you’re not the only ones who experience hardship”, they often respond. This, my fellow readers is called “gaslighting” – abusive behaviour, specifically when an abuser manipulates information in such a way as to make a victim question his or her sanity. In other words, making black people sound crazy about their hardship until situations like the cowardly murder of George Floyd occur. I had a couple of my non-black friends reach out to me saying how shocking it all was… Shocking? Situations like this are the lived experiences that many black people speak out against, yet you needed a video of a p*ssyole cop choking an unarmed & detained black man for it to be shocking? Well there you go, an innocent life taken and another hashtag created.
And like clockwork they’ll start to dig up background information on these black victims to publicly discredit them. “He allegedly paid with a fake twenty-dollar bill”, “He’s been arrested before in the past”, or my favourite, “He’s been known to the police for some time”. You see, when it comes to black people, they have an art of victim blaming – justifying their heavy-handed tactics to make out that we somewhat deserve the treatment that we receive. Now let me not front like black people are always victims but give us the opportunity to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. “I felt threatened”… but b*tch, you’re the ones pointing the guns at us! You are literally the bearer of bad news right now yet it’s the unarmed and detained black man that scares you. Is it an inferiority complex? Behind your guns do you feel so intimidated by us that you choose to point your weapons to assert your dominance? News flash, being an officer is a dangerous job and kudos for wanting to serve the land you live BUT there’s no place for this irrational and impulsive behaviour just because you felt threatened by black people doing normal sh*t.
Also, when situations like these occur you’ve always got these fools talking about, “what about black-on-black crime, y’all killing yourselves within your own communities…” – can we debunk this myth please? Black-on-black crime, despite all the hysteria surrounding it, is simply just crime. Blacks, just like any other race, do not go out of their way to commit crimes solely towards other black people; this is merely due to proximity as many black people live within a community amongst (you guessed it) other black people! Crazy how that works right. In the same way, White-on-white crime is not a thing, similarly Asian-on-Asian crime. But for whatever reason, they do not give black people the same ‘privilege’ and focus on our crimes as yet another means of justifying their heavy-handed approach. Imagine that… imagine having the privileged of being given the benefit of the doubt simply due to your skin colour, must be nice!
And even when we protest, we can’t even do that without hearing “All Lives Matter” *crying face*. Question, do “All Lives Matter” all of the time or is it just when we say, “Black Lives Matter”? That’s why I’ll never subscribe to that “ALM” notion because it’s disingenuous. Yes, of course All Lives Matter but don’t be patronising and use the term merely to water down our cause. Lemme give you an example; let’s say I’m mourning the death of a loved one at their funeral and you come along and say, “look at me, I’m sad because I too have dead relatives”… now, you’re entitled to feel a way but why do you need to bring that up when we’re mourning, at our funeral, dealing with our loss? Why do they always feel the need to dull our shine? All Lives Matter will ONLY be true once Black Lives Matter but unfortunately, our lives have been disposable for way too long. We go from statistics to hashtags far too often and I’m sick and tired of it.
And the they I’m referring to in this blog isn’t directed at white people, it’s directed at ANYONE who’s against us, period. So if that applies to yourself then please feel free to replace ‘they’ with your first name and I’m sure this blog will still make sense to you. In fact, after you do that feel free to identify yourself so I can block you on all platforms because I don’t tolerate racism of any kind. The officer in the George Floyd case has been charged with Second Degree Murder and the other officers charged with Aiding and Abetting a murder… let’s see how this progresses aye. Regardless of the outcome, it’ll never fix the damage done to George Floyd, his family nor the black community in general. But like one of my favourite MC’s said, “if they don’t hear, they’ll feel instead”. The city of Minneapolis, where the murder took place, is currently in anarchy as mass rioting sweeps across the city. We tried to be peaceful, Colin Kaepernick knelt during the U.S. national anthem yet that didn’t stop George Floyd from being murdered by a scum officer kneeling and choking him out. So when us black people explain our struggles, please don’t think we’re exaggerating. We do not deserve our last words to be “I can’t breathe” too.