This past weekend, over twenty cities across the United States of America pulsated in the hearts of innocent African Americans who have inequitably died in the hands of those who pledged to serve and protect.
The term “blackout” rippled across America this past Saturday, with black unity, equality and strategies to contest racially motivated violence against black people as their mantra. Protesters marched on Major cities across the land, including Washington DC, Atlanta, New York, Oklahoma City and even trickled across the ocean into London England.
For decades, the colours red white and blue in the country have been slowly shifting from patriotism and a dream to live a life fulfilled to lights in a street you need to avoid in order to save your life – that is, if you’re black. Black meaning of African decent, as Africans and African Americans have been shot to their own death by the police in America. Guinean Amadou Diallo, Sandra Bland, Jordan Baker, Eric Garner and Michael Brown are few of many unreported cases of black people who have died in the arms of those who have sworn in to serve and protect the nation – yet only a handful of their lives are held accounted for in the justice system.
The basis of the movement against police brutality is set at the backdrop of the Tennessee vs. Garner case of 1985, where the Supreme Court of the United States upheld that under the Fourth Amendment, A law enforcement officer may not use deadly force to prevent escape unless the officer has probable cause to believe the suspect poses a significant threat of death to the officer or those in the environment – a fairly similar “shoot to kill”policy then South African National commissioner Bhekokwakhe Bheki Cele wanted to implement. It is of course, a great misfortune that human life is at stake on a probable cause – and the black community are the major recipients of such a probable cause.
Side note: Thanks and appreciation to Janelle Monae, Jidenna, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, Roman GianArthur, and George 2.0 for saying their names – listen to their new song released at the dawn of the weekend “Hell you talmbout”