EURweb - IN THE CASE OF MITRICE RICHARDSON: Black People: It's Time to Nut Up or Shut Up!
NOW Black folks must respond to the case of the missing and/or assaulted/dead Black girl?
- Write Letters
- Take To The Streets In Protest
- BURN DOWN THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE!!, if necessary
- This BLACK Woman's life is important
- THEY Will Not Be Allowed To Disrespect US In This Way
The key problem that I have with this new found activism is that of those two bullet points above the FIRST bullet item ("This Black Woman's life is important") is seemingly only expressed when the SECOND bullet point item is present to from a conditional conjunction.
The evidence of the universal value of this or any other Black women is derived from observation of the reactions of this journalist and other Black people to the frequent disappearance and/or assault suffered from other Black women - the second bullet point removed as a condition.
Instead the valuation of Black people has been perverted into a political and interracial tool. Ultimately the system and/or the ideological adversary is asked to prove that it values Black life as it does its own. Typically the activists have the moral high ground in hand because they have some event that buttressed their claim that 'benign neglect' was expressed by those who had the AUTHORITY and thus OBLIGATION to do otherwise.
Central to my criticism is the accompanying construct that is rarely said. Take away those in authority and consider the "non-talented 10th" that remain. What expectations and obligations are put upon them in the abundance of cases where there is no sheriff's department that mishandled the situation and yet a Black woman is missing or has been assaulted?
The more problematic condition that is created when the general public is absolved of any particular obligation or expectation in expressing the value of another Black woman in a circumstance where they where directly involved. I can point out a handful of unsolved-daytime murders in the metro area alone where witnesses have refused to come forward for fear of retribution by the assailant. This used to be labeled a "civil rights violation" when the agent of intimidation was White.
In closing - it is not that I disagree wtih Jasmyne A. Cannick. The problem is that Ms Cannick is not going to be penning a story about the Black female that is likely to be killed sometime this weekend in any large metro area with a large Black population. My observations provide me with the confidence to know two things:
- That such a murder IS going to happen this weekend.
- That "There will be no protests" from the usual suspects in reaction to this assault.
Instead I am asking that the threat from the Black Street Pirate be PROMOTED TO BE EQUAL TO the threat from the Police that some would argue; the threat from the Klan-agents of today; the threat from corporations.
This ability to promote these threatening agents speaks to the amount of political gamesmanship that is present in the choice to highlight one case over another. While indeed the sheriff's department is a higher "quality" target, the "quantity" of assaults taking place at the hands of these less targets necessitates a more coherent response.
Here is a woman that is closer to my house. There has been no community action on her behalf.