We have been focusing a lot on city government and officials since Sacramento Police killed Stephon Clark in March. But we cannot and do not forget the inexcusable deaths of Mikel McIntyre and Ryan Ellis by Sacramento County Sheriff Department just one year ago. Scott Jones: You are still on our list too! As you are running for the reelection of Sacramento County Sheriff, we still mourn the loss two Black men--Ryan Ellis and Mikel McIntyre--that your department killed one year ago. We are still demanding answers and details that you refuse to give! We are still demanding that you tell the truth about the events that led up to the killing of both men, who your department killed just three days apart. We have not forgotten our demands and who we are fighting for!
America was forged from a mold intentionally crafted with the purpose of sustaining White supremacy, while also systematically devaluing the indicator. The indicator which distinguishes us from our colonizing oppressors, was and is our rich concentration of melanin.
We live in a society where we are subjected to specific benefits or traumas based on a color scale of how we appear. For Black Americans, this means we are the dark vermin of our counterparts, deserving to be discarded as pests, deprived of humanity.
"Although slavery has long been a part of human history, American chattel slavery represents a case of human trauma incomparable in scope, duration and consequence to any other incidence of human enslavement."
― Joy DeGruy, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing
When the Community Shows Up Filled with OUTRAGE due to Police Terror Part 2 – “Police Terror By No Other Name” from March 26, 2018 blog #Justice4StephonClark
It has been exactly 36 long, intense and grueling days……
In the 36 days since Stephon Clark was gunned down in the back yard of his grandparents, Tommy and Sequita Thompson, home, there has been a constant outcry from his mother Sequette Clark, his children (and their mother), his family and the community. This outcry is RAGE and it is in response to the historic and systemic racial bias and cultural disenfranchisement used by the Sacramento Police department and other local law enforcement agencies in Sacramento County. This OUTRAGE justifiably has been expressed in protest and tears and a lost sense of security. This outrage is the byproduct of what it truly means to be Black in America. This outrage is proof that there are two very different Amerikkkas with very different sets of rules. This outrage is why we must continue to fight....."It is our duty to fight for our freedom, it is our duty to win, we must love and support one another, we have nothing to lose but our chains." - Assata Shakur
A man was lynched today. These words resonated deep with me after Trayvon Martin’s death in 2012, and since then those words are still relevant even here in Sacramento. Did those words surprise you when you just read them? Did the word “lynch” seem like an ancient term, no longer relevant to our era? I’m sure your answer is no. Black death has become such a regular concept that no one even blinks an eye when a life is taken. Even here, in Sacramento, when cops pull a trigger and call a Black man a thug, it’s accepted as truth without question. That’s not how it is for Black folks though. Each time a family is robbed of a life, we take it personal. When a beautiful Black life is taken by law enforcement or so called “justice system,” it resonates deeply because it could have been us, our siblings, our nephews, our children, or our parents. This shit is always personal, and in our city it has been going on for far too long without being checked.
Black Lives Matter Sacramento
Sacramento Police are Being Dishonest About Their Violence Toward Peaceful Protesters
April 13, 2018
“Dazion, you were lost on that terrible day, scared, and in need of a helping hand to find you. Not found, you were, instead, kidnapped by law enforcement, detained in the back of a Sacramento Police Department vehicle without committing any crime, terrorized, and gas-lit into more erratic behavior. Your state of mind deteriorated as they tightened their oppressive grip on you. Did you fear for your life?
We lost you to their relentless bullets, their inexcusably poor judgement, their assumptions about the dangerousness of your Black face.
What we will never lose is the will and determination to rise up and slay the anti-Black beast that took you from us, to reclaim our losses, take back our communities, and achieve justice for those stolen from us.
Dazion, you were ripped from the arms of your loved ones, but we will find you in our cries for liberation. We will find you in the faces of those born in the equitable world, we swear to you, we will create.”
--BLM Sacramento 2016
True then and 100% true now.
Histories of resistance begin with injustice. Civil Rights were born of immense civil wrongs. Dazion’s life and death were mired in state terror and there can be no true justice—he will remain stolen throughout eternity—but his legacy, his redemption will be found in our resistance. His voice will echo in the changes we demand and struggle to create.
Rest In Power Dazion Flenaugh April 8th, 2016
Please read about Dazion’s full story here.
Since its creation in 2015, BLM Sacramento (then known as Incite Insight) has been fighting for so many Black folks who have been killed and/or brutalized by law enforcement in the Sacramento area. Since April 2016, when Sac PD hunted down and killed Dazion Flenaugh, the chapter has been working ‘round the clock for transparency, accountability and community oversight, specifically within the city of Sacramento government. At city council meetings, police commission meetings, one-on-one meetings with public officials--you name it, BLM Sacramento has been front-and-center, fighting this system from all angles. In every one of these encounters, we have been hushed, silenced, turned down, turned away, or strung along.
April 1, 2018
The events scheduled for Saturday, March 31st were not organized by BLM Sacramento. However, we stand in solidarity with this community as we champion through the pain.