I know, I know. Sometimes we hear about it so much that we become desensitized, right? Or we just don't want to think about it because, well, its kind of unsettling. It makes us fearful, leaving a feeling that is all too familiar. Perhaps it is Ancestral memory, or maybe even a reminder of real life experiences that we know of or have heard of before.
Nonetheless, Police Terrorism is continuing to rear its ugly head. And, it is as potent today as it was 50 years ago. We should be unsettled when we watch someone get beat down like a dog. Or shot. Even murdered, as was Oscar Grant. We should be sick to our stomachs. Our whole entire world should shift and we should be re-reminded of the fact: our human rights are not respected in this country. Still.
Obama and all. Chocolate Cities and all. Enterprising Black executives, CEOs, moguls and all. We are still subjected to inhumane treatment.
Do we have eyes to see? Or do we just refuse?
Give thanks for the Ida B. Wells-Barnetts and Walter Whites of the world. And the investigative journalism of the Mumia Abu Jamals (even from Death Row) and the POCC's Block Report Radio.
What are we going to do though? I am no fan of rash, abrupt, and reactionary actions. But, what shall we do?
We Charge Genocide: The Historic Petition to the United Nations for Relief from a Crime of the United States Government against the Negro People (1951)
"We say again, now: We will submit no further to the brutal indignities being practiced against us; we will not be intimidated, and most certainly not eliminated. We claim the ancient right of all peoples, not only to survive unhindered, but also to participate as equals in man's inheritance here on earth. We fight to preserve ourselves, to see that the treasured ways of our life-in-common are not destroyed by brutal men or heedless institutions. We Charge Genocide! indeed we do, for we would save ourselves and our children."
"It is sometimes incorrectly thought that genocide means the complete and definitive destruction of a race or people. The Genocide Convention, however, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 9, 1948, defines genocide as any killings on the basis of race, or, in its specific words, as "killing members of the group." Any intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, racial, ethnic or religious group is genocide, according to the Convention. Thus, the Convention states, "causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group" is genocide as well as "killing members of the group."
We maintain, therefore, that the oppressed Negro citizens of the United States, segregated, discriminated against and long the target of violence, suffer from genocide as the result of the consistent, conscious, unified policies of every branch of government."