Dear Well Intentioned People, Why Do We Really Honor King???
This isn’t about a juxtaposition of what King was or wasn’t, it’s about the erasure of historical facts and trues that make King a glorified Jesus symbol, toting respectability and “good negroe” symbolism. And especially when Black folks fail to realize the complexity of his gangster it gives white folks permission to pimp his legacy for the sake of feel good moments, like marching arm in arm with Blacks and cops and capitalistic greedy monsters. But it’s the after MLK day phenomenon, that intrigues me most……when folks of all creeds go back to their routines and forget that the DREAM wasn’t realized and the war is so far from over. Your/our well intentions can no longer be over looked, when the remainder of the year you forget that the fight must continue……or his legacy ends up being literally and figuratively DEAD.
MLK day has become symbolic of a dream of the DREAM for equality. Cities around this country often have symbolic marches in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr without realizing or embracing the essence of his and other’s walk towards Civil Rights. People quote the nice stuff King has said in the name of integration and inclusion. Truth be told, white supremacy is so deeply embedded in every aspect of society that even MLK’s dream has been watered down to make white folks feel like they can say, “hey King the black man with a dream was so profound,” even though they forget to stand for said DREAM. Let’s take that another step further, since King is so idolized folks forget everyone else who fought before King, with King and after King. Maybe that’s why the good folks of Sacramento cannot realize the importance of options, because they’ve been conditioned to idolize the clean-cut King and not appreciate the RADICAL King behind jail bars.
Eric Johnson and SN&R, inadequately mentioned Tanya Faison and Black Lives Matter Sacramento in an their latest effort to wipe the slate of their anti-blackness. The fact of the matter is BLM Sacramento, Tanya Faison and others are putting their lives on the line, and are literally target practice for those who perpetuate institutionalized racism and anti-blackness in this town.
What do we want? This is a simple question. When tangled with all the different ways to get what we want it might come off as complicated, but it really is simple. We want our Black lives to be liberated. We want freedom. The thought of Black people attaining liberation is considered radical. Seems crazy, eh? The fact that wanting proper living situations, policy, representation, and healthcare for all Black people (woman, man, trans-gender, trans-sexual, queer, etc.) should not seem out of reach or radical. It should not be “out of the ordinary” when we come for these things. Seeing footage of a cop blatantly shooting at a Black person should not be ordinary and asking for a cop to be charged for killing an innocent Black person should not be radical. These are our rights. We are human. Needing to fight to be recognized as such is the ONLY thing that should be considered “out of the ordinary”.
What these last four years of resistance against state terrorism and all other forms of institutional anti-Blackness has taught me, is that nothing is new. NOTHING is new. BLM has arisen like the phoenix from birds still flying. We have simply been robbed of our collective histories of resistance. They have been buried, white-washed, sanitized, or concealed altogether by white supremacist forces that know that their only hope is to co-opt our resistance and sterilize our rage. Fuck them. They don’t own Martin—just as they will NEVER own BLM.
Martin is not theirs.
Martin is radical.
Martin is collectivism.
Martin is anti-capitalistic.
Martin is anti-imperialist.
Martin is pro-Black.
Martin is RECLAIMED!
Responding to the community Raheem Hosseini wrote:
“These are valid questions that are bigger than me or this one story. To me, they’re also a sign that people know this newspaper belongs to them, not us. I’m grateful to those who are sharing their truths and demanding that we remain a platform for those who need us most. I hope they continue to do so.”
In his 12/21/2017 editor’s note, “Hearing Your Truth” (here), a follow up to his earlier
“Confessions Of A Killer Cop” piece.
He closed his note with this sentence:
“It may be my job to listen, but it’s my honor to hear you.”
Hear this: SN&R is doing a terrible job. Y’all aren’t listening. You don’t hear us. You don’t feel us.
There Comes a Time When a Good Dragging is Necessary -
SN&R Gone Learn.....If Not Today, Real Soon!!!
I am trying my best to hold my tongue and anchor my cool each and every day of my life, because I know like so many others know being Black in Sacramento, and in California, and in America and the world comes with an extremely heavy burden. The burden is often times the compromising of one's soul and for others it is literally and figuratively a matter of life and death. Let me spell out murder in an anti-black world for you......it is spelled
SN&R are you serious journalist or complicit agents of the state, who sanctions terroristic acts of violence on the community? Answer that question in your next staff meeting or make concerted efforts to train your staff on what it means to participate in implicit bias behaviors that harm the greater community, while perpetuating the continuation of negative race relations.
“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
― Malcolm X
Sacramento News and Review just gave their cover story to a murderer, so he can “unburden” himself. Raheem Hosseini used Joseph Mann and his family as background scenery for a bullshit cautionary tale about bad apple policing and omitted the very real struggle of local Black freedom fighters to end the constant river of Black death onto our Sacramento streets.
December 13, 2017
Black Lives Matter Sacramento is greatly disappointed by Sheriff Scott Jones’s leaking of a legislative audit report that he was the subject of and informed of, before the report was to be publicly released. To blur the rule of law he claims to uphold- and has also been educated in- is not upholding the scope of practice for a law enforcement officer, let alone one in leadership. We are disappointed, but frankly, we are not surprised.
In a live media spot with Fox40, Jones says, “I like being transparent, so the more information I can get out, the better.”
I will be the first to say Black Lives Matter Sacramento is not taken seriously at times, well at least not politically, obviously since we can step up to our city council and produce evidence that their precious Law Enforcement Agency is blowing our money with no accountability (shout out to city council by the way acting like they give a fuck while accepting thousands of money for Law Enforcement Agencies, we know who they serve). I mean I can’t speak for everyone but I know for myself I believe this provides us with an advantage. They underestimate our competence and drive but we will always come through with thorough research to expose these crooked ass systems.