America, Law Enforcement & the Diabolic Case of Minority Females

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Chikesia Clemons wrestled to the floor of the Waffle House by Saraland Police in Alabama.
Chikesia Clemons wrestled to the floor of the Waffle House by Saraland Police in Alabama.

America. The place where brown and black bodies have been tortured, maimed and abused since the kidnap and enslaving of Africans and the genocide of Native Americans. America! When will it end? The destruction of bodies belonging to people of color has been embraced through centuries, first through enslavers and the hunters of those whose right to freedom was viciously deprived, and now through the system and cycle of oppression so-called civilized men have formulated and perpetuate through American law and its enforcers. That is, the police.
The inhumanity being witnessed and evidenced proves beyond a shadow of a doubt the injustice, oppression and modern day bodily enslavement that occurs in the United States of America. Only those who embrace, advocate, and support racism as a practice and institution of being are numb and indifferent to these truths. The rest of us, Muslim and non-Muslim, Caucasian, African, Indian, and Indigenous Peoples’ cannot stomach the irreligious, anti-human evil to which nameless groups and individuals in America would like us to submit. Once silent voices are now speaking to be heard. Those who used to avoid conversations of equality and safety are now initiating them. Why?
Historically, American generations have been desensitized to violence against African American males particularly. From slavery to lynching to current day police murders. However, seeing women and girls suffer this same fate via media, for all to see provides a different view fraught with not only racial and political implications, but psychological ones as well.
When 15-year-old Dajerria Becton was seen being thrown to the ground by a Caucasian McKinney police officer in 2015, the world’s eyes were on Texas. Watching the little over 100 pounds young lady clad in bikini swimwear being thrown and manhandled by a law enforcement agent made people of all walks of life emotional, if not at least sensitive to the question, “What if that were my child?” The officer involved subsequently resigned, but the incident is not rare. Females of color experiencing violence at the hands of the police has increased in media.
Visualizing and observing the abuse of females of various ages is a social pariah, even according to people of the lowest standards and without a moral compass. These occurrences at the hands of the police open eyes, hearts, and minds, and force them to work in unison to make some sense of the situation. As a result, uncomfortability sets in as one is forced to ponder, “What if that was my daughter, sister, etc.? What if that was me?” These questions invoke personal reflection that in turn directs attention to the powerful in these situations, i.e. the police, law enforcement, the system.
The history of law enforcement in the United States can be traced back to the unholy practice of chasing down human beings who had been forcibly enslaved by European Americans, and who desperately ran to free themselves from the devilish characters intent on owning their souls and bodies. These slave catchers/policemen worked in times and spaces excessively different from one another in comparison to today, yet continue to share commonalities like capturing/tackling brown and black bodies to force upon them physical and mental subjugation, including detainment. An example of this is what occurred on April 22, 2018 in Alabama when the Saraland Police Department justified the actions of 3 Caucasian officers who forced 25 years old, African-American Chikesia Clemons to the floor in a Waffle House restaurant, exposing both her breasts when her dress came down during the physical conquering of her body that subsequently led to a disorderly conduct charge originating over a dispute about the restaurant charging Ms. Clemons for plastic silverware in addition to her food. The violence of her arrest ironically coincides with one that occurred in Nashville, Tennessee where 29 years old Travis Reinking (Caucasian) killed 4 innocent African American and Latino Waffle House patrons with an AR-15 and injuring others before leaving. Thanks to a brave Waffle House customer, James Shaw Jr., who valiantly wrestled the weapon away from Shaw which caused him to flee. There was a massive manhunt to capture Travis Reinking. Although armed and dangerous and having murdered 4 innocent youth, Travis Reinking was arrested without incident or harm.
The reality for people of color is not just the ceaseless killing of boys and men, but girls and women also suffer and can be publicly bared naked and arrested over arguing about being charged at a restaurant for a plastic spoon. In contrast, a Caucasian cold-blooded murderer who had previously been arrested for trespassing the White House grounds and stealing a BMW can be apprehended without a scratch.
This is America. The “justice” system continues to dole out injustice to people of color and is dependent upon the tolerance of racism and a system of profiling that empowers the police that are paid to enforce the laws. Writer and author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates is accurate in his summation that,
“The truth is that the police reflect America in all of its will and fear, and whatever we might make of this country’s criminal justice policy, it cannot be said that it was imposed by a repressive minority. The abuses that have followed from these policies—the sprawling carceral state, the random detention of black people, the torture of suspects—are the product of democratic will.” (pp. 78-79)
This reality combined with the re-thinking or re-imagining of the America we wish we had versus the America we have, is now being infused by the media pictorials and videos of brown and black female violence at the hands of law enforcement. In order to end this cycle of oppression and violence against people of color, we have to acknowledge our history and the current state of America’s affairs as it relates to law enforcement and people of color. It is time for a change!

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