I posted some of this on my Tumbler, however I also wanted to post this here, as a few of my followers and MANY people on Twitter, criticise black people for running from the police. Without having educated themselves on the history of institutional racism on both sides Atlantic.
In my self-care post, I mentioned that I was reading Assata Shakur’s autobiography. She suffered some of the worst police brutality I’ve ever read about. This extract is taken from the beginning of her incarceration:
“Every day there were three shifts of police. When they changed shifts, the two troopers would salute the sergeant. Some saluted an army salute, but others saluted like the nazis did in Germany. They held their hands in front of them and clicked their heels. I couldn’t believe it. One day one of them came in and gave me a speech about how he fought in World War II on the wrong side. He went on and on and there was no question that he believed everything he said. He talked about how messed up the world is. How decent people couldn’t walk the streets. He said that if Hitler had won, the world wouldn’t be in the mess it is in today, that niggers like me, no-good niggers, wouldn’t be going around shooting new jersey state troopers.”
“Assata: An Autobiography” (2016) by Assata Shakur, Angela Davis.
Assata was continuously trialled for crimes she never committed (during the above extract she was in hospital having been shot in the back of the neck by the police, and refused treatment for a paralysed arm, and was tortured continuously). They called this INNOCENT WOMAN A COLD BLOODED KILLER??!!!!!!
When she fell pregnant a few years later, she was also refused treatment, almost miscarried and was horrendously beaten by police.
“‘Blacks in Britain are a pest,’ read one essay. They come over here from some tin-pot banana country were [sic] they lived in huts and worked in the fields for cultivating rice and bananas, coconuts and tobacco, and take up residence in our already overcrowded island … They are, by nature unintelegent [sic] and can’t at all be educated sufficiently to live in a civilised society of the Western world.’
‘Housing conditions and facilities could be improved for them, but it is not worth it if they are going to abuse it,’ read another essay.
‘I think that all blacks are pains and should be ejected from society. On the whole most blacks are unemployed, like rastafararians [sic], who go round with big floppy hats, rollers skate’s and stereo radios smoking pot and sponging money off the state.’
‘The black people in Britain claim that they are British w [sic] the help off [sic] words e.g., I’ve lived in Britain all my life and so [sic] my mum. This is just a load of junk in my mind because white people who live in, say Mozambique are not considered to be part of the country. Blacks are let of [sic] too much by this I mean a Police Officer arrest a black [person] may be called Racial Prejudist [sic]. If all the blacks were deported back to Africa or wherever [they] came from there would be less unemployment and therefore money for the Government to use for creating jobs.'”
“Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race“, (2017) by Reni Eddo-Lodge
This was written by Police Cadets from Hendon in 1982, but you can guarantee that police today still believe this because I have people saying this shit to me every day on Twitter. When I told my nan, who’s in her eighties what kind of nonsense these racists say to me, she couldn’t stop laughing and she said: where are they telling you to go when you were born here and you’re more British than them? Such fools!
The same brutality continues today, which is how we know that police think this way about us. Can you imagine what it’s like knowing that the people trusted to serve justice, are the ones trusted to dish out brutality? Because they see us as pests, uncivilised, immigrants. Police officers see a group of us and see a “gang”. We reach in our pockets to pull out a mobile phone to call our mums, or WORSE A TOY GUN and you shoot us down dead like vermin in the street. And then you drag out the public enquiries, because the media doesn’t care like it did in the days of Stephen Lawrence. Britain hopes that we’ll fuck off back to Africa by the time an enquiry happens.
You say it’s our own fault, and the cancer spreads within the brain.
I don’t even come from Africa you pig.
Britain, you’ve broken my mind, and you’ve broken my 💓 I live in a no man’s land, governed by pigs with no exit points. I’ve nowhere to go. Our children have nowhere to go.
I have a British passport that’s meaningless. St Lucia should’ve been my birth mother, could’ve been my birth mother, but you took that away from me?
What do you want from me?
You pigs take, and you take and you take.
This is why we run.