O.k… Here are my questions?
How many times do you hear about Police Officers…assaulting…shooting…killing White folk for fleeing & evading Police Officers??? How many times do you hear about Police Officers…assaulting…shooting…killing White folk…who have just shot & killed some other folk when the Police are trying to take them into custody??? How many times do you hear about Police Officers…assaulting…shooting…killing White folk…during a traffic stop???
On the regular…YOU DON’T! Santa Claus & Rudolph coming down here from the North Pole…is rarer… than that shit happening. It’s the truth!
Every time you turn around…there is some video showing…evil ass Police Officers, acting as if “state sanctioned policing” in this country is OFFICIALLY operating under an Apartheid system of policing…when it comes to folks of color. It is over the *^%$#*# top! They are shooting Black folk in the back…when they are running away. Oh, don’t let me forget to tell you this part… Yeah…for having the audacity to fall asleep in their car…while sitting in a drive thru. Now, don’t misunderstand. I do know that…preferably…nobody’s ass should be asleep in a drive thru (that’s for your bed…in your house). Why??? Cause you holding up the got damn line! HOWEVER! With that being said… “falling asleep in a car, while in a drive thru…is not behavior that should be punishable…BY DEATH!” Because for me what’s next??? Mr. & Ms. Officer are you next going to shoot & kill somebody else Black…for smoking a cigarette while sitting in the park on a Sunday??? SERIOUSLY! WHERE IS THE SHIT GOING TO END???
Watching these videos…I say to myself… “Self, what is the %*&^%$#* difference between what I’m watching right now…and what I have seen in how Police Officers treated Black folk during Apartheid in South Africa???”
The answer is… NOT A GOT DAMN THING…IS DIFFERENT!!! NOT A GOT DAMN THING!
Black folk have been brutalized by folks known as “police”…for centuries now, in the United States. And, NO! I am not whining…moaning…or any got damn thing else…the “heartless” & the “wicked”…might call…what I’m saying here. In the eyes of God…ALL…I’m doing here…is telling you the truth.
In reporting about Apartheid in South Africa on October 7, 2010…History.com reports… “By 1950, the government had banned marriages between whites and people of other races, and prohibited sexual relations between black and white South Africans. The Population Registration Act of 1950 provided the basic framework for apartheid by classifying all South Africans by race, including Bantu (black Africans), Coloured (mixed race) and white. A fourth category, Asian (meaning Indian and Pakistani) was later added. In some cases, the legislation split families; parents could be classified as white, while their children were classified as colored. A series of Land Acts set aside more than 80 percent of the country’s land for the white minority, and “pass laws” required non-whites to carry documents authorizing their presence in restricted areas. In order to limit contact between the races, the government established separate public facilities for whites and non-whites, limited the activity of nonwhite labor unions and denied non-white participation in national government.”
During Apartheid in South Africa…the way of the day for Police Officers there…was like this:
On June 22, 2020, The Guardian describes the above-photo as follows: “South African police beating Black women with clubs after they raided and set a beer hall on fire in protest against apartheid, Durban, South Africa, 1959.“
What is described as the “Soweto Uprising” in June 1976 was a series of demonstrations and protest by Black students who protested against the White government’s educational policies that impacted them. South African History Online (sahistory.org) describes the Black student uprising as follows: “When the language of Afrikaans alongside English was made compulsory as a medium of instruction in schools in 1974, black students began mobilizing themselves. On 16 June 1976 between 3000 and 10 000 students mobilized by the South African Students Movement’s Action Committee supported by the BCM (Black Consciousness Movement) marched peacefully to demonstrate and protest against the government’s directive. The march was meant to culminate at a rally in Orlando Stadium. On their pathway they were met by heavily armed police who fired teargas and later live ammunition on demonstrating students.“
On June 15, 2016, the Times in reporting about the history of the above photo states… “Nzima arrived at Naledi High School around six in the morning. Students were already preparing their placards, scrawling slogans with thick lines of paint: AWAY WITH AFRIKAANS; AFRIKAANS MUST BE ABOLISHED; WE ARE BEING CERTIFIED BUT NOT EDUCATED. Even then, Nzima felt a thick sense of foreboding. Few of the children had any experience with the apartheid state, but he had seen plenty of police crackdowns in his work. They never ended peacefully. “I knew that they would be arrested or be killed. There were no rubber bullets back then. It was live ammunition. When they pull out the gun, you must know that you are dead.”
The Guardian reports on the brutality of the South African Police towards protesting Black children in a Black township near Capetown… during Apartheid in 1976— by publishing a Black teacher’s account (in a letter) of the crackdown. The teacher states in part… “The kids carried on marching and kept saying “No violence, no violence” and moving each other along. They had linked arms by then. The cops baton charged them again. They dispersed. Whistles could be heard all over and regrouped again. By now the kids were really angry. They started up a chant. “We are not afraid to die. We shall sacrifice.” Thousands of them. Then some stupid Afrikaans cow rushes over to the cops and shouts “Kill the fucking black bastards.” Onlookers began to argue with her and some of the kids stopped to intervene saying “No violence, no violence.” Hester and I kept trying to move them on. The scene was getting ugly. Then the teargas was fired. All hell broke loose. The cops dondered (hit) the kids. Some jeweller rushed out and shot off a gun. Two guys – construction workers I think they were, donned track tops and flung a piece of concrete at a cop van. Cops were beating just anyone who did not have a white skin. Back into Adderley Street. More beatings. More teargas. We stood in the doorway of some building. A teargas canister was shot right into the entrance. Some thoughtful person had left a bucket of water. I tore off my jersey to get to my sweaters to wet them. One for Hester, one for myself. More teargas. Another scramble and I felt myself going. I was tearing myself up a flight of stairs. Choking, vomiting. We had caught the full blast of it all.”
On July 12, 2020…ABC News reports… “Bongani Sibeko was just a toddler when he and his family were forced to flee their home in apartheid South Africa, as Black men, women and children were dying at the hands of authorities upholding the country’s legal system of racial segregation. As the son of revolutionaries, he found things weren’t much different in the United States when they moved to New York City in the 1970s. Although apartheid wasn’t the law of the land there, he said he grew up as a Black man knowing that if he encountered police on the streets, “there was a very good chance I would not make it home.” “Cops [in New York City] used to drive around at night looking for young Black folks to beat the hell out of,” Bongani Sibeko, now 59, told ABC News in a recent telephone interview. “I was a victim of that and so was a majority of my friends.” Promised as the land of opportunity, America has long heralded itself as the world’s beacon of democracy, freedom and progress. But many Black Africans and African Americans alike see the United States in a different light, saying the country’s racist past is still very much a part of its present and that the recent death of George Floyd in police custody is a global tipping point for systemic racism. Africa-based experts also point out close parallels between the plight of Black people in America and in southern Africa.“
O.k… You tell me…
If there is no difference in the way that Police Officers are treating White folks…during traffic stops…during home entries…then, why am I not seeing White folk every time you turn around…getting shot in the back & killed while running away from the police…getting shot & killed for telling the Police Officer that they have a gun but need to get their registration…getting shot & killed after the Police Officers wrongfully bust into their homes…getting shot & killed for having the audacity to ignore Police orders and drive away???
Now, make no mistake about it…
The fact that I am not seeing this evil…wicked shit happening to White folk…IS NOT…because White folk are not being stopped for speeding…having a tail light out…so on & so forth. It IS NOT because White folk are not resisting arrests…even to the point where they are literally shooting at the Police. It IS NOT because White folk are not fighting their asses off in the privacy of their homes…where they are making so much got damn noise…that they even woke up… Rip Van Winkle. IT’S TRUE!!! I saw it in the newspaper. Yes, indeed! Mr. Rip Van Winkle’s ass was pissed off. He said he had not finished his nap…when all that got damn noise woke him up.
In other words…
It IS NOT…because White folk are the epitome of “law-abiding-ness.” HELL NO!!! I know this shit…because I am sitting up in court all the time…watching White folk asses come before the Court…just like any other folks. And, their asses are pleading GUILTY…to the WHAT!!!…to the got damn crimes they have committed. Crimes where the Police Officers have been called to the scene…of the crimes…because their asses are now testifying IN A COURT OF LAW…as to what they saw…what they heard…& what their asses have been told…THESE “WHITE FOLK” HAVE DONE!
So, it seems like we have one set of rules being followed by the Police when they deal with White folks & a WHO-O-O-OLE different “unwritten” set…when it comes to how Police interact with non-White folk. And, these “unwritten” rules come with a “lethality” that just won’t quit.
If the Police are suppose to be in the business of “Protecting & Serving“…then, they have no got damn business being…in the “policing” business…if their asses are the ones… “Attacking & Neglecting“…Black & Brown folks.
I know that there are many…many Police Officers…who stand by…watching the evil shit that is being put down by their brothers & sisters in blue…but, fail to take any action to stop the evil. They fail to tell the Police, who are beating & killing Black & Brown folk without just cause…not to do it. They fail to intervene & try to stop a fellow Police Officer when they see them about to engage in evil actions against someone of color…without just cause. They fail to report wrongful Police action to someone in Police leadership so that the Police Officer could be terminated. They fail to go public with wrongful Police action so that what is going on can be exposed to the world.
In other words, these Police Officers are going along to get along. In other words, they are standing by…letting their fellow Police Officers literally get away with abusive behaviors & murder…towards Black folk and Brown folk. In other words, these Police Officers are embracing these devilish ass Police Officers instead of pushing back against the evil that they are doing.
Jesus tells us this… “7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
Ephesians 4:27 tells us… “27 Neither give place to the devil.“
Meaning??? Meaning…do not give the devil a comfortable place to lay his head in your presence. If you make his bed comfortable in your house…he is going to make your house…his abode. And, when he sets up his residence in your home…OH, MY GOODNESS!…all hell WILL BREAK LOOSE!
If you want others…to consider your lives…precious…as you go forward…day in & day out…policing this country…THEN, you too…MUST…consider other folks lives as being precious…too. And, this has to be regardless of anyone’s skin color, ethnicity, religion, sex. This has to be regardless of what section of town someone’s live in. This has to be regardless of the lies you have been told about this group of people…about that group people.
You see…the Heavenly Father sees it like this…
“You reap what you sow.” Not, my words, but His. Let me say it again. “You reap what you sow.” Galatians 6:7 says… “7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
You CANNOT stand by…SILENTLY (Mr. & Ms. Police Officer)…when you see the inhumanity of man…against man…& not be untouched by “what goes around comes around.” And, this is true even when the one pushing out the inhumane treatment…towards another…is your partner…is your fellow police officer who is your friend…is your Captain…& so forth. You get the point.
If you are not part of the solution…then, GOT DAMN IT!…you TOO are part of the problem. Even if…you didn’t wrongfully pull the trigger. Even if…you didn’t wrongfully use excessive force and beat the hell out of a defenseless woman…while you sat on her chest. Even if…you didn’t knock down her door (seeing her naked) & break into her house illegally because it WAS the wrong house. Even if…you didn’t repeatedly spray the “pepper spray” into the face of a 9 year old female Black child, not because you should…but JUST…because you thought you could.
As a human being…you too…Mr. & Ms. Police Officer…have a responsibility to stand for what is “RIGHTEOUS”…in the sight of God.
For when you stand up for “righteousness” (what is right), then you are standing up for God. When you stand up for what is “wrong,” then…you are standing up for the devil. And, Jesus says if you will not stand up for the Heavenly Father, then…He will not stand up for you in the presence of the Father.
In the sight of God…(which means everything)…you DON’T…have the luxury of choosing to uphold…EVIL…through your silence…your inaction…your refusal to call “a spade, a spade.” You calling yourself…part of the “Blue club”…or “Blue gang”…WILL NOT SAVE YOU FROM THE WRATH OF GOD! It won’t.
No matter your State…your County…your City…
It is incumbent upon every Police Officer to STAND-UP…SPEAK OUT & FIGHT AGAINST the inhumane treatment that people of color…are experiencing at the hands of Police Officers. And, this is so…even if you are shunned by every other Police Officer in your Precinct. And, this is so…even if you lose your job as a Police Officer. And, this is so…even if you put your life in danger. Looking at & following the godly aspects of the life of Francesco Vincent Serpico (retired Detective)…might prove helpful. He laid it all on the line to expose the corruption within the New York City Police department.
If you are going to take on the job of “Protecting & Serving“…in the sight of God…then, GOT DAMN IT…do your job…& do it right! For if you take the oath to “Protect & Serve“…& you fail to do so, the Heavenly Father WILL see you for the “hypocrite” that you are! He WILL see you for the “coward” that you are! He WILL see you for the “evil doer” that you are!
PSALM 78: 56-64 tells us…
“56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies: 57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow. 58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images. 59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel: 60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men; 61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy’s hand. 62 He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance. 63 The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage. 64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.“
Remember, the Heavenly Father is no joke. He says what He means & He FOR SURE means what He says.
No Country…No State…No Brother/Sister In Blue…No Badge CAN SAVE YOU FROM THE WRATH OF GOD!
Iris R. Whiting ©