Join Us In Cleveland Tuesday, July 19 To Say:
PROTESTING MURDER BY POLICE IS
RIGHTEOUS AND VERY NECESSARY!
Again America has forced us to watch Black men being murdered by its police. On top of those horrors, this time we were forced to watch a Black woman who had to remain calm while bravely recording a cop murder her boyfriend, threaten her life, and arrest her. AND then, we had to listen to her 4 year old try to comfort her in the midst of these unspeakable horrors. These horrors underscore the reality of a people – Black people – who are forced to live their lives in fear of being shot to death by law enforcement for nothing other than the color of their skin. And it concentrates the history of centuries of savage oppression this country has subjected Black people to. It is outrageous, illegitimate and unacceptable, and it must be stopped!
People who protested the atrocities in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis, and those who took to the streets all across the country in solidarity, were acting righteously. And it was beautiful when these protests continued in the face of mighty efforts by the authorities to suffocate them by using the events in Dallas to try to change the subject from police getting away with murder to expressing sympathy for police officers, and even by trying to blame the protests for what happened in Dallas.
These protests need to not only continue – they must be intensified. Police murdering Black and Brown people again and again and being exonerated by the system when their murderous deeds are brought into the light of day amounts to a message that there is a target on the backs of everybody. It brings to mind the way lynch mobs used to leave their murdered victims hanging in public places as a message to all Black people to stay in their place. Messages like these can't be allowed to continue to be delivered.
STOP POLICE TERROR! STOP MURDER BY POLICE!
PROTESTING MURDER BY POLICE IS RIGHTEOUS,
VERY NECESSARY AND MUST CONTINUE!
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