By Kayla Gutierrez
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept,” the wise words of Angela Davis, a line among the inspiring quotes by many other political activists, had sparked the many dazed and fragile minds of the black masses for many decades.
Police brutality, unfair wage gaps, poverty, and just the pure existence of racism is the price the American society has enforced for being born colored. Racism has been used through economical and social tactics to disenfranchise blacks.
Killer cops use the excuse of having “authority” to commit crimes. Ironic that a law figure who is meant to stop crimes, to serve and protect- are committing crimes and slash wounds upon the masses.
The police have killed 1,083 unarmed Americans since the death of Michael Brown.
A plethora of YouTube videos have shown the unlawful acts of police officers being violent with unarmed victims because of their pigment. Videos being recorded by awestruck bystanders.
Almost always, the police attempt to attack and/or shove away recording civilians so they won’t be exposed.
That wasn’t going to stop the people to expose the unlawful officers. In an attempt to make these events fewer and far between, the concept of planting cameras on police’s uniforms was suggested.
But, it was never put into action.
Sitting in a classroom, chewing gum to then being thrashed by an officer and “escorted out” or getting choked on a public sidewalk for being accused of illegally selling cigarettes are two situations that never should have ended in somebody being battered or dead. Cops making it seem like the common black kid is a potential criminal, pinning them for false assaults; planting weapons and fake evidence to make it seem that the cops are the victims.
For years, cops have covered up murders of innocent victims. The most recent and most publicized case of a speculated murder police cover-up, is the death of Sandra Bland.
Sandra Bland was only twenty-eight years of age when she was found dead in a jail cell allegedly due to suicide. Arrested for a minor traffic violation, the state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, who goes by the name Brian Encinia, had furthered a conflict during the arrest proceeding to assault her.
According to autopsy reports and more investigating on the whole charade, it began to look like a conspiracy, more or less, that there was foul-play in Sandra’s death.
Sandra Bland’s case is also a cliché story for films and books. Although, many films have romanticized the concept of brutality, there have been respectable documentaries and Hollywood films that were constructed off of research and urban struggles; many folk telling their stories in television interviews, memoirs and through art. These acts of expression have been accomplished a little before the 20th century and through out.
Even Donald Trump agreed on a News cast interview, that the way Sandra’s arrest was made was too aggressive.
All the sprinkled glitter to make violent assault on the “minorities” more interesting, more entertaining to sell to people; just to make profit off tragedy is truly sickening. At the end of the day, it’s really just paraded as a joke, after all the consuming of extra layers really gives people the wrong idea of the whole situation; some not taking it seriously, calling it another cry of sympathy by the people of color.
The problem is that many people don’t want to believe that the “beloved cops” can hurt people.
Statistics show that police officers who commit violent crimes usually attack black individuals, unarmed or not.
Many of these officers are getting off easy with the unfair court system. Officers are walking free with their heads up high, while their victims lay 6ft. under.
“Power to the people.” The Black Panthers was an activist group using violence to set an example demonstrating that the black masses will not tolerate the brutality and violent racism anymore. To show that civil disobedience isn’t the only way to show the restlessness of the black people. Basically saying to the racist while folk: since you want to be violent with us, we will be violent with you.
An eye for an eye, protecting ourselves and our fellow brothers and sisters.
The founder and leader of the Black Panthers party was Huey P. Newton, he founded the party in 1966, but it then dissolved in 1982.
The political party was a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization; and it had only one active international chapter in Algeria that started in 1969 till 1972.
The Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation J. Edgar Hoover once claimed that the political party was the “greatest threat to the internal security of the country.”
The FBI had used many tactics to undermine the Panthers leadership, using surveillance, infiltration, perjury, police harassment, all under the control of Edgar Hoover.
Many people of both white and black races don’t condone the organization for their use of violence to prove a point.
But had it been obvious? That at some point a new generation will arise, get tired of the same usual protesting and marching to fight for constitutional rights; that the best way to catch the racists off guard, throw the same moves inflicted on the targeted race back at them.
The Panthers did try to assassinate Crystal Grey, who was a witness against Huey Newton for the murder of Kathleen Smith. Around the time of this charade, violence and attempted murder didn’t give the political party much positivity.
Inflicting pain upon someone doesn’t really change anything, it causes intimidation depending on the target; but really- the violence just fuels the fire.
If we are just protesting and marching, without any physical hassle, we’re just looked at as “ungrateful minorities” as they beat us over. No progress it seems.
To then take it to the next level simultaneously with the racists, giving them the same treatment, suddenly “reverse racism” and egging on the stereotype of blacks being delinquents is continued.
This was the Black Panthers’s mentality. The members knew the concept of the government, the racists and their ignorance; always one step ahead.
The Black Panthers were targeted by the government; having many members’ from different organizations across the country killed. The FBI and many other government operations isolated the party.
A lot of the government programs failed.
The Black Panthers had suffered from accusations of drug dealing and extortion schemes that created tension from the community’s perspective.
The history of the Black Panther Party is controversial. Over the years, scholars have characterized the Black Panther Party as the most influential black movement organization of the late 1960s.
Once quoted on the party as “the strongest link between the domestic Black Liberation Struggle and global opponents of American imperialism”.
Other commentators have described the Party as “defiant posturing over substance” characterized as more criminal than political.
After all the government torment, police brutality abuse on the party members, soon by the late 1970s, the political party declined; even the Panthers’ sponsored school closed after it was found out that the founder of the political party, Huey was embezzling the school funds for his drug addiction.
Even before that, the new leader of the political party, Brown, wasn’t under proper leadership.
By 1982, the political party disbanded.
By 1989, Huey Newton was murdered by Tyrone Robinson. Newton’s last words were: “You can kill my body, and you can take my life but you can never kill my soul. My soul will live forever!”
Hip-Hop, one of the most influential and controversial music genres the world has ever faced.
In the last 30 years, Hip-Hop had made such an heavy impact through the air-waves of across the country, especially through the streets of urban areas.
Starting from block parties in the beginning of the 70s to free-styling over instrumental beats.
Although, throughout the years, the music has evolved but the clear message of preaching about the violent and unstable struggles from inner-city youth hasn’t changed.
The pioneers of each era of Hip-Hop added their own style, flow, and input on the sub-culture; artists such as Slick Rick, WuTang, Tupac, Biggie, NWA, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Dr. Dre, Naz, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Jay-Z are just a few of the notable hip hop “heroes.”
There should be more women happy with themselves. Trying to change themselves to assimilate to the “white woman” features.
Women should be proud of their skin, their features and culture. Like the line from Beyonce’s song, Formation, “I like my baby heir with baby hair and Afros/ I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils” Beyoncé is giving her child Blue Ivy Carter the proper positive confidence she needs, along with saying she loves her own nose, not wanting to change it to the European features many women of color crave and change their nose to.
The one percent of true social justice warriors on social media support this psychology, wanting many other colored women of both urban and suburban territories to embrace.
The rest of the ninety-nine percent of those social justice warriors are phony and don’t really know what they speak of.
Her Super Bowl performance has received the most ridiculous feedback from people who don’t truly understand the Black Panthers reference and or her symbolic black power message. For example, the Tomi Lahren’s brutal critique on Beyoncé’s Super Bowel performance has been one big headliner.
Tomi Lahren’s point is clear but it is wrong. Yes, the political party The Black Panthers had used violence and they weren’t innocent on some barriers but no one can’t deny the fact that The Black Panthers are apart of black history.
To push up racial tensions up to the surface by using a former black power political party is racist?
No, it’s not.
Beyoncé and many other musicians use their fame because the status has given them more of an emphatic voice; to explain to the world what is going on and what has to stop.
These celebrities know they have world-wide recognition, so they take the expanded attention they receive from public eye and use it to their advantage to contribute to change efforts.
Beyoncé is an amazing artist who shall be praised for her artistic views. This article was just to explain the references and Beyoncé’s music video, “Formation”.
On behalf of all the suckers, thank you Beyoncé.