BY KAREEM RAHMAN
Video Courtesy: CBS News
Sometimes it seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. In the year 2018, in a scene straight out of something that you may have seen in video clips of how black people were treated during the civil rights movement back in the 1960’s, two white police officers publicly degrade and disrobe a black woman in a restaurant…..and for what? Did this woman shoot 6 people with an AR-15 rifle at another Waffle House location in Nashville TN, killing four and injuring another two? Did this woman shoot and kill 17 people with an AR-15 rifle at a high school in Parkland Florida? Did this woman shoot and kill 58 people with an AR-15 at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas? Nope. Now, I know you’ve gotta be asking yourself “what was the police called for that made two male police officers react to one woman in such a violent and degrading fashion?” The answer. A disagreement with restaurant staff over silverware….or maybe it was plastic silverware…..one of the police officers said it was because he heard the “F” word. There are multiple accounts of the story, but whichever one you want to go with, ask yourself one thing. Did it call for this type of escalation? Then ask yourself this. How would you feel if this were your mother….or sister….or aunt….or cousin?
Murderers have been treated more gently than this young black woman was treated by these two cops. The first example that comes to mind is Dylan Roof. The white man who murdered nine black people as they pray in a Charleston, SC church. In that instance, police took the mass murderer to a fast food restaurant to get a bite to eat before they eventually (and I’m certain, very gently) took him down to the station to be booked for killing nine innocent people. I guess a disagreements over silverware is a much more serious crime than murdering 9 people. In the video you can see police choke, manhandle, and degrade this woman. From where I’m sitting, it looks like the police involved had some type of fetish for white male domination over a black woman. If you take a close look on the faces of the officers, what you don’t see is someone fearing for their lives. What you don’t see is a person trying to do their job. What you do see, are people taking pleasure in what’s currently happening….all of it. From the control of a black woman, to the sight of her exposed breast, to the power felt from controlling a woman who is held down beneath them, to the physical threats (“what am I doing? I’m about to break your arm is what I’m doing!” You can hear one of the cops say to the woman), to the climax when the cop placed his hands around this woman’s throat. This was not an arrest. This was an attempted rape! If there were no witnesses present, this could have (and probably would have) easily turned into an actual rape instead of an attempt. Not only should these policemen be fired, they should be arrested and charged with assault, attempted rape, and terroristic threats! Right is right, and wrong is wrong. This is clearly wrong. There was no logical reason that this should have escalated to this point. Over fuckin’ silverware???? Really?? Police officers’ first action when arriving on scene is supposed to be to deescalate a situation. Not make the shit worse. Again I ask, how would you feel if this were your mother, or sister, or cousin, or aunt? However you may feel about it……..be sure to keep that same energy if it unfortunately does happen to one of your loved ones.