This didn’t hit the front page of news due to the news of Sandra Bland’s cover up, Kindra Chapman, and the Lafayette shooting. But last Thursday was the first day of chiefdom for Andre Anderson, the first black chief for Ferguson, Missouri, the city now famous for the unjustified death of Mike Brown. He has been declared the interim chief and is taking at least a six month break from his officer position in Arizona. Ferguson has taking to now applauding themselves, but I am not surprised, nor do I believe much good will come of this. Let me break this down and explain why.
As I have said in my posts before about police brutality, the police organization as a whole is racist. The system of policing that we know today derives from the slave catchers that were a big party of slave societies in the 17th and 18th centuries. Cops have been trained to live in fear, despite their power as authority figures, and in addition they have been trained to go after black people in the ghettos that were constructed purposefully to keep the black mass down. So it’s not surprising to see black people being unfairly killed and brutalized.
Bringing a black cop into a racist organization isn’t going to help the organization become less racist. Are you following this? It makes no sense when you say it out loud. Bringing a black person into an organization with the foundation of white supremacy and antiblackness is only going to perpetuate the antiblackness that’s been instilled in that black person ever since they were brought into the word. And for anyone thinking “not all cops”, I’m just going to shut you down right now. All cops, from the time when they are initiated in the force, are brought into the fraternal law of the police. The thin blue is what separates them from us, and it’s what declares us automatically as a threat. This is the reason why we have all these cops getting off from crimes they commit, and why other cops come to their defense. They protect their own. And if there are “good” cops, then why have they not spoken up against the brutality enacted by their force. Where are they telling their colleagues that it isn’t okay to hurt and kill black and brown people for no reason? We don’t see that. Because this organization is completely rooted in targeting those who don’t fit into the sphere of whiteness, and especially those who fit into the scope of blackness.
Black on black crime has been constructed for years by the police organization in order to get the public to believe that they are doing something substantial, when in actuality, they are continuing forms of racism. That is why there are more than half of nonviolent offenders in prison currently, and why there are more black men from 18 to 35 currently in the prison system. The government has a long history of targeting the black community, inserting crack into the infrastructure and then setting up laws that imprison people for using crack for longer periods than people who use the more pure cocaine, for one example.
Black on black crime does not automatically give permission to unfairly target a group of people and kill them because they look at you wrong. Simply typing this sounds ridiculous. Bringing up this myth is a form of microinvalidation, which disadvantages those of color who truly have to deal with these unfair systems. Just because someone is comfortable in their life does not mean it’s okay to silence others who don’t feel comfortable. And because I know that these are the same people who try to use the founding fathers as another silencer, have them think about this. This country was founded because the people were tired of being silenced by the authority, and they wanted the ability to say and do what was best for them. So it’s a little hypocritical to say that these people don’t have the right to pick at these systems that are specifically designed to get them, don’t you think?