Family, Ms. Holiday is singing my heart's song tonight. Not only is my heart past breaking, it is broken. From Michael Brown's murderer not being indicted, to 12 year-old, Tamir Rice being murdered by a cop already deemed unfit, to now -- Eric Garner's murderer NOT being indicted (even with a video) -- it has been a soul-murdering week.
I am numbed by the grand jury's verdict in the Eric Garner case -- and enraged.
"Lynchings offer evidence of how defenseless blacks were, for the defining characteristic of a lynching is that the murder takes place in public, so everyone knows who did it, yet the crime goes unpunished." (emphasis mine)And we are still defenseless it seems. Here's "A list of unarmed Blacks killed by police" to which we should pay attention. Family, if you've not ever visited Abagond's blog, please do -- you'll learn a lot of shit! If nothing else, it should get your minds clicking about the relevancy of Loewen's quote above. "In public" and "unpunished" -- that's how they roll, because we continue to let them.
Lies My Teacher Told Me -- James Loewen
I linked to the video of Eric Garner's murder in my 12/01/14 post about the Michael Brown grand jury's, bullshit non-indictment, but I'm posting it now -- because, unless you're a white supremacist, or a "respectability politics" apologist, there's no way one can look at it and not believe this cop should not have gone to jail:
And after they choked him to death -- they did nothing (WARNING: You're viewing Mr. Garner's, already dead body in the video below):
Around the 3:20 click, you hear one of the cops ask, "Did anybody call an ambulance?" Never mind NONE of those charged "to protect and serve," even attempted to perform CPR (Hey, Twitter-verse: CLEARLY -- Black lives don't matter!). At the 4:00 click, they're talking to him like he's faking (or covering their asses): "Sir, EMS is here, answer their questions, Okay?" (so damned respectful -- after they'd all jumped the big, scary Black man and Pantoleo choked him to death, No?). Then, at the 4:03 click we hear one of them saying, "He can't breathe." I'm with Mr. Garner's wife -- at WHAT video was the grand jury looking??? Maybe that's why the prosecutors gave all the other officers involved, immunity before testifying.
And what kind of EMS personnel can Black folk expect to respond in NYC, or anywhere in this country for that matter (cute white ones with nice jewelry, it seems)??? From the 4:03 click to the 4:27 click, she's checking for a pulse, and then -- like the officers covering their asses, she talks to him! "Sir, it's EMS. C'mon, we're here to help alright. We're here to help you (inaudible) alright?" She gave up after that, and by the 5:15 click, Blacks and Browns in Blue standing around should've been ashamed of their damned selves.
By the 5:59 click, they all knew he was dead, trying to get him up on the stretcher. "Strange Fruit -- Reloaded."
At the 6:35 click, you hear one of them ask, "Why nobody's doing CPR?" And white bread in the aviator, "I'm a cop" glasses answers, "Because he's breathing (I'm sure he was one of them that got immunity).
Yes, Brother "Sylon R," -- "That's what the f*ck they do." I'm tired of being low-hanging fruit, Family. I've raised two sons who look like me -- and I fear for their lives everyday.
The Medical Examiner ruled Eric Garner's death a "HOMICIDE." Chokeholds have been banned from the NYPD SOP -- and still, this grand jury let this cop evade indictment. They, and the grand jury in Ferguson, have literally given cops a license to murder us (as if they needed one).
Screw milk dud-head, Charles Barkley, et al! When will WE get, that the White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy will never make any bones about erasing us after having used us TO BUILD THIS DAMNED COUNTRY???
My beloved ancestor, Mr. James Baldwin addresses it here for me...
- The Not So Strange Fruit of Racial Murder
- The System That Failed Eric Garner and Michael Brown Cannot Be Reformed
- When the System Provides No Remedies to Torture, You Must Overthrow It
- Tamir Rice
- Can We Stop Police From Shooting Our Boys?
- Protesters decry Eric Garner grand jury vote LIVE UPDATES
- Man That Filmed NYPD Executing Eric Garner Arrested On Gun Possession Charges