On April 11, 2017, a young man in Del Paso Heights was targeted needlessly for WWB (walking while Black), profiled as anything other than who he was: A man walking and crossing the street. Unfortunately he was targeted by Sac PD for jaywalking and beaten down in the street.
Immediately Sacramento it went into action...
It was decided long ago that this particular type of mistreatment of the Black body was inhumane and must be called out immediately. Protests were arranged because speaking gently to the city powers and law enforcement is only worth a breeze and a Pine Forest.
Sac PD was wrong in how they treated Nandi Cain Jr. and they knew it. They knew we were coming. They knew we were vocal, and were going to call them out on this. Were they worried? I would have been. Waiting for Sac PD to recognize the violation of Mr. Cain’s civil rights was not a choice we had.
I’m never going home. I’m dead. –Dazion Jerome Flenaugh
Watching Dazion begin to panic after being illegally detained in the back of a Sacramento police car, you can feel the injustice boil over into sheer terror. After the door slams shut on his freedom it opens to the history of abuse he experienced at the hands of law enforcement. Dazion told his mother that officers had been harassing him prior to his murder, and as an unhoused Black man it isn’t hard to imagine how he was treated. Every negative experience with police was with him in the back of that car. He thought they were trying to kill him—and he was right.
While Dazion must have felt so appallingly alone while caged, so vulnerable and fearful—he isn’t alone. All Black America is sitting in the back of that pressure cooker with him, living in a torrential state of anti-Black violence and panic so routine that folks just move through the day as trauma bears down on the soul. And what of white people? White supremacy surrounds the doors with its thin blue noose and collective self-serving denial—sealing his fate and flaunting its sociopathy.
Dazion was stolen. He was so wronged that they won’t even show the moment when he was murdered. They won’t give his family the police report, autopsy report, or basic respect as a group of people that lost a loved one. They are holding the doors shut on truth, justice, and humanity—because law enforcement is a tool of whiteness, a tool of oppression that was created to steal Black folks.
There will never be full accountability, let alone tangible justice, because Dazion is never going home. Dazion is dead. That cage is still in use though. That back seat is still doing its job of holding melanin. How long are we going to let its terror reign? It has been time to pull that noose off, rip those doors off the hinges, and unleash the compressed horror that Dazion and thousands of others have experienced.
APRIL 6, 2017
Black Lives Matter Sacramento Demands to the Rocklin Police Department for Lorenzo Cruz
They keep giving us more work. We refuse to let up. We are fighting like hell. As you may know (if you follow any of our social media channels) we have recently lost two more black men at the hands of law enforcement. Please read that sentence one more time. We lost two more black men at the hands of law enforcement.
Black liberation. Say it out loud and feel the words swirl from your lips like an almighty river never to be damned again. Fuck equality—beyond being impossible in a system designed with anti-Black subjugation at its roots—why would anyone want to be equal with the oppressor? Fuck justice—what does that even mean after centuries of relentless, compounding violence? BLM Sacramento is working for BLACK LIBERATION.
The river of liberation begins when we decolonize our minds and our relationships to systems of oppression—namely through divestment of current structures and creating new spaces, based not on hierarchy, but on love. We need self-reflexivity and an absolute commitment to checking ourselves every minute of every day—knowing that the master’s tools want to stick in our hands. These tools of brutality will only wash away when we fight for all Black lives. When all Black lives thrive, it will be an end to white supremacy, capitalism, gender oppression, ableism, and all forms of elitism.
ALL BLACK LIBERATION.
Undocumented Black folks need to be centered in this conversation, and we need to reframe our understanding of historical and current patterns of human relocation. In the US, there is no such thing as an immigrant—there is only a freedom fighter.
The fight for black, trans, queer liberation are not separate fights, but so interconnected. If you're fighting for trans and queer liberation, black liberation should also be on your agenda. If you're fighting for black liberation, trans liberation should also be part of your work!
Under the Trump administration , Trump has enacted federal support of a police state, in particular against activists. At the same exact time, he hires a dangerous incompetent to run the education department. But the nation's priorities don't have to shape what Sacramento looks like- that is, if we make our voices heard. And we've been busy over here at Black Lives Matter Sacramento, making sure our voices are heard against police militarization training and educational injustices. Read on...
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