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I Don’t Give a Fuck About Justine Damond

I’m going to say this and I mean — down to my subatomic particles — what I say. And I actually don’t care what anyone might think about it:

I don’t give a FUCK about Justine Damond and what happened to her.
I don’t give a fuck because most white people didn’t give a fuck when police murdered seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones as she lay on a couch, sleeping. What most white people — and some black people — did was blame Aiyana’s family.

[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Aiyana Stanley-Jones seen in a school photo, seen from the shoulders up, looking at the camera, Disney princesses in the background.]
I don’t give a fuck because a black woman (or a Native woman) in the identical situation Justine was in wouldn’t garner support or sympathy from most white people. No. What most white people would do is look for reasons that might justify why the police officer “had” to kill the black woman.
Most white people rely on this idea that black people, in situations where white people are in pain, are only ever to be soothing and understanding; only ever to be Mammy or Uncle Remus; only ever to extend condolences; only ever to embody loyalty; only ever to offer the empathy and sympathy that most white people purposely and haughtily deny when the situation is reversed — almost as if most white people still see us as their property.
When the situation is reversed, when we require empathy and sympathy, then suddenly we’re all of the opposite things that these once-needy white people previously said we were. When the shoe is on the other foot, then they assess us as immoral, violent, criminal, subhuman, unworthy.
But they are not slick.
They maneuver and manipulate every situation so that it’s always to their advantage; moving the goal posts at every turn to ensure that we are always in service to them — irrespective of whether their intentions are wicked or plain.
None of the inane and unsanitary questions they ask of dead black people do they ask of their own wounded. Not one of them has yet to castigate Justine for being belligerent toward police officers, nor have they used that as an excuse for why she had to die — as they so frequently do when the victim is black.
For me, this psychological fuckshit of a game stops TODAY.

[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Bettie Jones, who simply went downstairs to open the door for police after her neighbor called them for assistance, was unarmed and immediately shot by police who were subsequently not charged. Most white people didn’t give a fuck and looked for ways to blame Jones, who was blameless.]
I don’t give a fuck about Justine Damond because I know that most white people don’t think what happened to her is indicative of an inherently corrupt and unjust policing system. I know that most white people simply think that this situation means that guns should be taken out of the hands of black people, that black people shouldn’t be placed in positions of authority, and that keeping the police force white would ensure that police won’t mistakenly kill “innocent” white people; that police will, instead, return to their true purpose: Keeping white people “safe” by killing black people.
Most white people are not truly mourning Justine. Most of white people are mourning what the killing of Justine means: That Whiteness isn’t guaranteed to protect them and, in the blink of an eye, they can find themselves in the same plight as black people, which they thought the promise of Whiteness was supposed to prevent.
The question most white people will never dare answer honestly is: Does the “blue life” of the cop who murdered Justine matter more than Justine’s? If white reactions to black deaths at the hands of police are any indication, the answer should be “yes.”
But we’re not fools. We already know that what white people mean by “Blue Lives Matter” is “Black Lives Don’t.” So they can’t subscribe to the idea of the blue life mattering more in this case without diminishing Whiteness and tacitly affirming Blackness. And supporting Justine over the police officer (a black Muslim police officer at that) when they never supported black people over the police officer in identical circumstances, reveals their hypocrisy and white supremacy. Left with these options, most white people will choose silence, pretense, projection, duplicity, deception, sophistry, or amnesia — but never, ever the truth.
I will never extend my care to a peoples whose idea of reciprocation is my annihilation. They can mourn over their losses by their goddamn selves. Just like we do.
I don’t give a fuck about Justine Damond because there are too many — way too many — white-neglected black bodies I have to climb over before I could even get to thinking about hers.
When they put Aiyana Stanley-Jones’ murderer in prison where he belongs, then, and only then, might I consider caring an iota about Justine.
Until then, though: I gives fucks so less than zero that math hasn’t even invented a way to represent it.
“But how could you not care about this innocent blonde white lady?”
The same way you could not care about about innocent black women and girls, or any black person killed by cops. My empathy is not for free. It must be earned. And there are very, very few white people deserving of it.
“But not all white people! And I *did* care when cops killed black people!”
“I can’t believe what you say because I see what you do.” — James Baldwin
Most white people — and some black people who crave white adjacency — will be OUTRAGED!!!!™ by the mere idea that I could take this position. Their egos, self-centeredness, which are so huge that not even the infinite multiverse has room for them, coupled with their Christianity, which is nothing more than death-glamour in disguise, will be pierced by such a response and, in their pained confusion, they will try to flip the script to make me the morally bankrupt individual in this scenario because they are ill-equipped to contend with self-evaluation. To be fair to them, though, it must come as a great shock to go soul searching, only to discover that the entire endeavor was a wild goose chase from the start.
Rather than face that reality, the soulless resort to, first, fabricating a history and reality that makes my position unjustified. They then deceive themselves about their own words and deeds in the presence of black corpses. Finally, they deny their tendency to kneel before police officers to perform fellatio on their guns, and lie about expecting the officer to tell them when they’re about to shoot so that they could point the opening at our faces instead of theirs.
I say all of this to say:
My disinterest is white people’s fault.
And I hope it makes them angry.
And what they may do with that anger is fix the situations that made my indifference necessary…
Or they can stay mad.
The choice is theirs.


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Nobody deserves to die. I, personally, love breathing!!!!!!! All these guns are sold in this joint to kill someone or something somewhere. This woman's family feels the same sadness our families feel. The difference is whites don't die in the manner she did. We die like that every second at everyone's hand. A black cop killed this woman; mostly white cops kill us. The cops are the same as the Ku Klux Klan.  The men in the U.S. have become all kinds of murderers; they all have some name or another. Insanity's pervasive in Hitler Trumps country of adoption. His pappy was from Germany. America's becoming sickening beyond reproach.


Everything he says is true.  

I totally agree with his interpretation of American Whites' generational, systemic, codified, media supported and proliferated racism.

And it is more than obvious that White Americans standin unison with their deliberate, caculated double-standard when it comes to racist White cops harassing, brutalizing, torturing, terrorizing and murdering Black people in America.

However, I don't agree that just because a large percentage of White Americans are that racist [and they are], that we should assume that ALL White Americans are; nor to I believe that we [African Americans/Black people] should take on, (mimick) that same attitude when the shoe is on the other foot.  

So, yes, I do think what happened to Justine is as egregious as hell, inexcusable, and the officer shouldn't be able to murder her in cold blood and just go on about his business/job, as if he had merely swatted a fly.

I am a firm believer in you forfeiting your right to complain, if you, yourself are going to engage in the very behavior, etc., that you are complaining about, i.e., we, African Americans/Black people forfeit the right to complain about how White Americans are so racist that they don't give a damn that racist cops are roving around hunting, ambushing and murdering innocent and/or unarmed Black people, if we don't give a damn when they murder innocent and/or unarmed White people [or Brown people, or any other minorities].  

While it is very hard to not get emotional when you see your people being murdered in cold blood for no other reason than the color of their skin or the so-called "race" they belong to, we still have to assess it all from a point of logic, and not purely emotion so we don't risk turning into the very psychotic evil that we are complaining about.


[Too bad White people don't know (or want to live in denial about] the fact that all the 'racism' they believe in, has been taught, trained and socially conditioned into them to keep them in the position of being easily exploited, manipulated, and used for the benefit of a 'chosen few' 'powers-that-be'. The 'powers-that-be' taught, trained, brainwashed, and socially conditioned White people to hate Black people (and any non-White people), to accommodate enough division in the masses that the masses could be easily herded, corralled, controlled, manipulated, exploited (and murdered) at the whim of a "chosen few". ].


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