Where we stand‎ > ‎News & Comment‎ > ‎

FROM THE BELLY OF THE BEAST. NOTE NO. 9

posted 31 Aug 2020, 17:57 by Gerry Kangalee

1.  COVID 19 is ravaging the United States. As of 08/30/2020, there are 6, 170,309 confirmed cases and 187,199 confirmed deaths (See www.worldometer.org). These numbers could be higher because some states are not reporting the true figures for political reasons. By end of this week, both the number of confirmed cases and deaths will rise.

2. Police brutality did not stop with the murder of George Floyd. On August 21, 2020, Police shot and killed Trayford Pellerin in Lafayette, Louisiana. The police fired 11 rounds after tasing him (See Ashley White, Lafayette Daily Advertiser).

3. Additionally, on 08/24/2020, a police officer, from the Kenosha Police department, (Kenosha is a city in Wisconsin) shot and wounded Jacob Blake, in front of his children. The officer fired 7 shots that eventually paralyzed Jacob (See Shayndi Raice, Wall Street Journal).

4. Despite all the protests, the marches, the speeches, the paintings of Black Lives Matter Murals, etc., White supremacy has not faded. It reared its head in Kenosha on 08/25/2020 when a young, armed white 17-year-old teenager assassinated two protestors in the street.

5. There are those who argue that America became a color-blind society with the election of President Obama. This statement is very erroneous. White supremacy is alive and well in the US. It is alive and well because police officers treat black men differently than the white terrorists who assassinate black people.

6. On June 15, 2015, Dylaan Root, a 21-year-old white supremacist, assassinated 9 black parishioners at a Bible study at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (located in Charleston, South Carolina). Root fled to North Carolina where he was subsequently held. The arresting officers did not brutalize him. Rather, he was taken to a Burger King restaurant and given a meal. Here, black people were brutally murdered and the young, white man was treated kindly.

7. In Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old white male and an avowed white supremacist, executed two protestors. He left his home in Illinois armed with a rifle on the pretext that he was there to protect property. The police officers present did not confront him. They allowed him to roam the streets. They made no attempt to arrest him.

8. The point is that Black, young men and black people in general are deemed dangerous animals. During American Slavery, the political establishment counted black people as two-fifths of a person. Even though their labor created the wealth that enriched the capitalist class, black people are still denied full-citizenship and the right to enjoy “Liberty, Equality, and Justice for all.”

9. While President Trump and his supporters are spouting Law and Order, they have turned a blind eye to police brutality and have given tactic support to armed, white supremacist groups. These groups hijack the peaceful protests, burn buildings, and create mayhem. When this is done, President Trump justifies the sending of Federal troops in the cities. This action only exacerbates the crisis.

10. For years, many White militias were stock-piling weapons preparing for a race war. With the rise of Black Lives Matter protests all over the US, they have unfurled their banners of White Supremacy. They see the rise of Black and Brown peoples as a threat to their centuries of White privilege. They are prepared to unleash violence on non-white peoples and defend what they call the values of Western Civilization.

11. However, in their mad rush to destroy other peoples and save their world, Mrs. Blake, the mother of Jacob Blake, had to remind them when she eloquently stated, “We need healing. As I pray for my son's healing — physically, emotionally, and spiritually — I also have been praying even before this for the healing of our country.

God has placed each and every one of us in this country because he wanted us to be here. Clearly you can see by now that I have beautiful brown skin. But take a look at your hand. Whatever shade it is, it is beautiful as well. How dare we hate what we are. We are humans. God did not make one type of tree or flower or fish or horse or grass or rock. How dare you ask Him to make one type of human that looks just like you? I'm not talking to just Caucasian people. I am talking to everyone: white, Black, Japanese, Chinese, red, brown. No one is superior to the other. The only supreme being is God himself” (See Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

Comments