Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones is the worst kind of fragile. His actions are based on increasing his unilateral power over Sacramento lives, and his reactions are based on his glass ego. He is our baby-Trump, a nationalistic toddler who tantrums when his citizens demand greater transparency or accountably, but is all too willing to deny us even the most basic equity in policing.
Upon the release of the video of the murder of 19 year old Darell Richards, by the Sacramento Police Departments SWAT team…
…the video released that showed no evidence of Darell Richards having a gun, pointing a gun, or even walking from Broadway and 17th to 21st street and 2nd avenue…
the family of Darell Richards, along with Black Lives Matter Sacramento has demands:
It is up to us to save ourselves & our city from state sponsored terror in all of it’s forms. You, me and whomever else’s eyes this happens to come across. People power is real, there is substantial strength in numbers, really, all you have to do is show up and everything else will come naturally. I assure you there is space for you in this movement.
When the work is constant, you look up and see 3 year flash before your eyes and wonder where did the time go and how on this green earth could so many Black and unarmed, or Black and suffering mental illness or just Black have been taken from their families and this community? That’s a good question. The reality is, in the 3 years Black Live Matter Sacramento has been a chapter there isn’t a shortage of fights and people stolen at the hands of state-sanctioned violence by law enforcement or otherwise.
Before October of 2015, InciteInsight had been making noise around the issue of state-sanctioned violence by law enforcement after the murder of Trayvon Martin. See, the truth of the matter is, it didn’t matter if Trayvon’s death wasn’t directly at the physical hands of law enforcement, because systematically the state sanctions the death of Black people with little consequence regardless who causes the death. So, when white men like George Zimmerman murder and claim self-defense, the protection of his innocence is hardly ever questioned and often times perpetuates the very system that sees no value in protecting Black life.
But it all started with #AdrieneLudd, on October 22, 2015…..
Cops who terrorize have habits that die hard and there is no training that can or will deter the imposition of control they have grown accustomed to; as the culture of policing is one rooted in exactly the manifestation of TERROR and manipulation, and that is the essence of control. It has been said time and again if we look at the root of the organization and you will find the root of the problem. With that being said, law enforcement began as slave patrols. We have to look at the fact that slaves were property, and Black folks are the descendants of slaves, which means there is an inherent continuation of controlling Black bodies like property…..no surprise there.
Let’s look at some examples of how cops in the Sacramento County area have overstepped the boundaries of HUMANITY for the sake of controlling Black bodies…..
Black Lives Matter—both in statement and in movement—make a lot of white folks uncomfortable. The insertion of Blackness into any given space (other than a non-political stage) is seen as a threat instead of an increase in equity—and maybe it is. The existing state of pervasive “whiteness” didn’t just happen. Modern whiteness was fought for, stolen from, and grown out of 1/5th xenophobia, 1/5th domination, and 3/5ths GREED. Our institutional status quo was built from genocide, enslavement, rape, and oppression. The norms of whiteness currently reside in gentrification, police terror, criminalization, and economic apartheid. Hella big words to describe what should be plain: White folks in power get angry when Black people just want to live. Systems aren’t accidental, they thrive because people want them to, so smashing those systems must be intentional and without reservation. Make no mistake, the insertion of Blackness IS a threat, and we will see tears of pallor rain down on this city in waves. Drink up, then! Get your mason jar, champagne flute, or solo cup ready! Top five times BLM Sacramento made local racists cry white tears:
If you are not actively trying to abolish, build or learn then we haven’t got too much to discuss. Personally, I am no fan of small talk or big talkers; I believe in taking initiative and actual actions. Black Lives Matter Sacramento puts in an immense amount of work because our city keeps us busy. There is a lot going on and we know that if we don’t do this work, it won’t get done.
If you aren’t actively trying to be part of the solution then you are a problem.
If you are comfortable with being willfully ignorant to the injustices taking place in our city on the regular then I cannot take you seriously.
If you feel like you have room to judge any of our methods or our approaches to certain situations then I urge you to redirect that energy to actually organizing something because there is a lot that needs to be touched on and there are only so many of us.
Get in where you fit in. We do a lot.....The most actually.
We're resistance for real.
You Cannot Train Away Anti-Black Cop Terrorism:
Cop Training Equates to Mastering the Art of Fear, False Narratives and Murder with Impunity
When speaking of the value of Black Lives in Sacramento, in California, in America, and around the world…..it is literally, figuratively and fundamentally based on the hypocrisy of white supremacy, capitalism, Christianity, the English language and slavery. We have been forced to believe that “CASH rules everything around us,” and so does property/assets; hence the beginning of slave patrols and modern-day policing. Its purpose is purely and solely based on the capture, MURDER, and CRIMINALIZATION of Black bodies…..it has always been that way. So unless we demand change, it will continue to do what it was designed to do.
Now, with that being said…..we will protest and remind with UNCOMFORTABILITY that this culture of modern day policing needs to be ABOLISHED. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said, "A riot is the voice of the unheard." Well looking at these caskets memorializing the numbers of those whose lives have been stolen by state sanctioned and supported murder and violence.....the question is becomes, "CAN YOU SEE US NOW?"
The Mommas—it is always the mommas. Her wails could be heard from my car as I walked toward the vigil last Friday hundreds of feet away. We have become so familiar with these decibels of pain, the echoes of sorrow, as they ring through Sacramento with a regularity unfathomable. But please tell me one thing! —What is the frequency of justice? What do her bells sound like? Because we haven’t heard it yet, and in this moment, I want to scream louder than the bullets that ended Darell Richard’s life.