TNS Weekly Recap: 4/12-4/16

This week the team at The North Star covered police violence in the cases of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, and what the weight of these incidents mean for the country.

Hey Everybody.

I hope you are all doing well, in spite of all the heaviness in our country right now. As you all know this has been one of the most painful weeks of 2021, as the nation is reckoning with the police shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright as well as finding out about the cover-up of the police shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. This in addition to the ongoing murder trial of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd. It seems as if just as the country is trying to turn the corner from the coronavirus pandemic, we are still facing an epidemic of gun violence at the hands of law enforcement and citizens as well.

There are days when it is hard to do this work, but the team at The North Star is committed to generating unfiltered, liberation-oriented content that speaks directly to the gravity of the time we’re in. If you are a member, I encourage you to consider signing up. Our ability to speak truth to power and boldly give context to the times we’re living in is directly tied to your support.

Peace and love. Your friend and brother,

Shaun

ARTICLES THIS WEEK

Today, I Actually Don't Have Time for the Whole World's Problems. Because Daunte Wright by Donney Rose

“I have an expansive heart. I care about all marginalized people. But today, I do not have time for anything other than mourning the time that was stolen from Daunte Wright’s family. If that cannot be understood, so be it. I am perfectly okay with admitting that’s where I’m at right now.”

How the Murder of Daunte Wright Pushed Black America To the Breaking Point by Kendi King

“For as long as I can remember, police have been a suffocating force slowly closing in. It’s never felt like a matter of if their violence reached me, but when. It crushes you with fear. Seeing headlines with your city’s name, wondering if the next hashtag will be the name of someone you know, someone you love.”

Sheriff Earle Brown, founder of the city where Daunte Wright was murdered, was a longtime member of the KKK by Shaun King

This country has history. It has context. And if you simply scratch and sniff the surface of almost any period of American history, you’re bound to get a big whiff of racism and white supremacy. And that’s exactly what we see in the town where police shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright this past Sunday.

I Have Written Ad Nauseum about Police Violence Against Black Americans. It's Exhausting by Donney Rose

For the past nine years at least, I have done what many of my poet, essayist, columnist, journalist peers have been doing: narrating a repetitive tale of Black bodies being erased from the earth by American police under questionable circumstances. Every re-telling is specific in its details, but the thesis remains consistent: a stolen Black life at the hands of a public servant.

We Are In One of the Hardest Moments of the BLM Movement by Kendi King

Every single day another Black life is taken and I feel as though this overwhelming pattern cannot be anything but a mass murdering of my people.

A Black Cop is Receiving Restitution 15 Years After Being Fired from Preventing Brutality by Donney Rose

If there is a future for American policing to be anything other than a manufacturer of violence against communities of color, it will take more officers like Cariol Horne to put their bodies and careers on the line in stopping incidents of violence.


The Head of the Boston Police Union Was Molesting Kids for 20 Years. The Department Knew. And Did Nothing. by Shaun King

On December 1st, 1995, Sergeant Detective John McLean of the Sexual Assault Unit filed a criminal complaint against fellow officer Patrick Rose for indecent assault and battery of a child under 14. Internal affairs opened up their own investigation and determined themselves that they had “sufficient evidence to support the allegations.” And still, nothing happened

If America Does Not Soon Change, How Long Can it Expect to Keep the Population it Has? by Donney Rose

Many of us have held on to these borders because it’s all we’ve ever known. But there’s a great big world out there that can potentially love us better than this place has. And the prospect of a better love can prove to be reason enough to flee the tyranny many of us have faced for generations.

PODCASTS THIS WEEK

The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 436 - Daunte Wright (4.12.21)

Police outside of Minneapolis shot and killed an unarmed, non-violent Black man named Daunte Wright after pulling him over for having an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror. And it's all just too much.

The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 437 - Kim Potter, Earle Brown, the KKK, and the murder of Daunte Wright (4.13.21)

We've learned so much more not only about the officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright but about the deeply racist origins of the town where he was killed.

The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 438 - I think we are entering a new dip (4.14.21)

If you've read my book, you've seen the concept I have for "The Dip." It's what happens in American society when white people in power feel threatened or insecure. I think we're experiencing some of those tremors right now.

The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 439 - Heard about the school shooting in Knoxville on Monday? It's not what you think.

This past Monday, like millions of Americans I got the news that yet another school shooting happened in Knoxville, Tennessee. Except what police and reporters initially stated was all a lie. There was no school shooter. And the only officer who got shot, shot himself. And a young Black boy named Anthony Thompson is dead.


The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 440 - Adam Toledo

The Chicago Police shot and killed an unarmed, compliant 13-year-old boy and then lied to cover it up.