I want you to think on sitting in history class way back when, where you likely learned the diluted versions of all of the early atrocities committed by white folks, including but not limited to; colonization, the genocide of my ancestors and other indigenous peoples, slavery, the Jim Crow era, maybe your instructor touched on the Dred Scott decision, possibly Black code laws, redlining & so on, thinking, “had I been alive back then I would have done this, that or the other…”
Do y’all remember that song by Brandy back in the 90’s, “I wanna be down, with what you’re going through? I wanna be down, I wanna be down with you. No matter the time, of day or night it’s true. I wanna be down.”
Sometimes allies claim to "wanna be down," then it turns into thirst and fetishizing and entertainment and hypocrisy and closed mouths and never coming out and never making donations and fragility and tears and most horribly it ends up CENTERING WHITNESS…..all the while claiming to be an ally when your sensitive ass isn’t ready to even listening to our pain, much less understand our experience (now that was a mouthful....I can't breath sometimes dealing with white allies, the emotional labor is intense). It leaves us to question what are you here for and where are you when it really counts….like when shit goes down? Like, if our lives were being threatened right now at this moment, how are you going to show up and shield us from further harm?
PUBLIC STATEMENT - 16 year Old with Broken Back After Sac PD Intentionally Rammed Him With a Police Car
July 23, 2018
Black Lives Matter Sacramento
Tanya Faison, 916.581.0061, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonia Lewis, 916.581.0061, email@example.com
16 year Old with Broken Back After Sac PD Intentionally Rammed Him with a Police Car
Sacramento - On July 22, 2018 at around 11pm in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood on Eleanor Ave near Rio Linda Blvd. Sac PD chased down a 16 year old boy on his bike and violently hit him with a police vehicle. The officer intentionally rammed him on his bike with a vehicle, causing him to fly over another car. The boy was hit and flew in the air approximately 10 feet, where he landed in a neighbor’s yard. It took more than 15 minutes for ambulance to arrive. Sac PD prevented the boy’s mother, who was on the scene from seeing her son irrespective of his serious injuries. The injured boy was even handcuffed, although it was obvious that he was not able to move.
I first met Darrell Steinberg in 2014.
I lived in Sycamore Terrace Apartments. They are right behind Nugget Market on Florin Road in Greenhaven. I lived in bldg 4 and so did Steinberg and his family. I would see him every day almost. He was hella friendly. He would say hello with a big smile. This was the same time I had just started Incite Insight. For months I was telling myself to talk to him. Back then I wanted to pursue a political office and he was a state senator at the time. So I really wanted to pick his mind but was very nervous to approach him. Finally, one day I saw him and stopped him. I told him I had just started an organization that wanted to combat police violence. I told him that I wanted to sit down with him one day and take any advice he had on reaching out to our political officials effectively.
Darrell Steinberg welcomed it and gave me his personal cell phone number.
Home of the free.
Land of the brave.
Justice for all.
Bullshit then and bullshit now. To be Black and free in “America” is as much of a lie as it was in 1776. The only self-evident truths are of inequality and oppression, of theft and subjugation, of pain and separation, of enslavement, sorrow, violence, greed, terror—The revolution hasn’t even begun.
Fuck the 4th of July.
It’s one thing for a man to die…..but it’s another thing for him to die in custody of the police, who FAILED to render medical EMERGENCY care when he actually needed it and screamed out in pain.
When Brandon Smith was approached by a SacPD officer, he was barely conscious on the lobby floor of Volunteers of America’s detox center, with probation officers on the scene and neither decided to call an ambulance. So many people wonder why? What was there to hide? The questions keep mounting and as each day passes, the reality continues to set in that Black folks here in Sacramento are prohibited from the same respect and concern afforded to other citizens. There is no way around the FACT that this town and its agencies are ANTI-BLACK.
Since October of 2015, (32 months ago) law enforcement has killed 9 Sacramentans.
Mathematically that's 1 person every 3.5 months.
How many need to be killed before we do something other than watch the video and act sad and helpless?
Yes I am calling you out, not in.
Where are you?!!
“No Pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.”
Pride cannot be a celebration when our children are unhoused.
Pride cannot be a celebration when local law enforcement steals another Black life in Sacramento.
Pride cannot be a celebration when a local Black Trans activist is STILL facing charges for challenging a system that wants her dead.
Pride cannot be a celebration when physical and economic state terror leave so many of our community in pain and struggle.
Pride is, was, and always will be RESISTANCE against inherently oppressive systems and marginalization. Fifty years ago, Marsha P. Johnson threw a brick at the Stonewall bar and started a seven day riot against police terror to protect herself and her friends. She didn’t know she was writing our history, she just loved her people and was fed up. The sense of community and duty that she felt for ALL Queer and Trans folx should be leading this movement today—and although we always bring the party and revelry to whatever we do—we can’t just be here for entertainment. We must be here to fight for each other. We must be here for our collective freedom.
“When BLACK lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up and FIGHT back.”
That call and response chant is epic and empowering, but it also helps us focus on defining our resolve to not waver in this fight for social justice. Today, Black Lives are under attack and one way we know to fight back is by VOTING. So watch for it, in record numbers we will be at the polls….especially in light of the Stephon Clark’s murder and the non-responsiveness of DA Ann Schubert with respects to the needs of this community. This community is beyond exhausted with politicians who ignore the people who are hurting the most.
We are living in a crucial time, constantly bombarded by ANTI-BLACKNESS in the city and county of Sacramento, the state of California and what we know as Amerikkka. This anti-blackness is a by-product of the deep rooted historic racism and white supremacy due to colonization and capitalism; where white men’s property is more valuable than the lives of those who are not white or male. This daunting reality sometimes requires motivation and reminders of how the contributions of Black folks have given this country and the world literal domination. Black people have always been in the thick of everything significant, by way of life and death associated with changing the dynamics of how we live in Amerikkka.
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It seems so long ago that we took on our fight to make sure Sheriff Scott Jones did not make it to Congress. Back in 2016 we blasted this man for all the dirt that took place under his leadership from 2010 and through his re-election in 2014. (and still ongoing). When we say dirt , I mean we are talking about Black people being arrested at 3.5 times the rate of white people and costing taxpayers millions, yeah …you heard that right…MILLIONS of dollars in lawsuits for excessive force, rape, in-custody deaths and torture, and the use of military weapons used in his facility. There is a whole blog dedicated to the BS that has taken place and how he has not only failed to discipline the LEO’s responsible for these acts, but he actually rewards this violent behavior.