This weekend was one of THOSE weekends where police were so brutal, in so many places, for no good reason, almost exclusively against Black folk, that it's clear to me that we are crossing a line where people are not going to take it much longer.
In the words of the author, speaker, and civil rights activist James Baldwin, “To be Black in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” To see your people constantly brutalized and oppressed, see them sentenced to years in prison for charges others get community service for, to see the law work only against your people and never for them, it takes a heavy toll on one’s mind. An unsustainable rage builds.
Over the past few days, pictures capturing droves of white people ignoring social distancing rules and gathering in huge groups outside have emerged. At the same time, videos of police brutalizing Black and Brown children, beating them for being outside, have also come out. Across the country, as people grow restless, social distancing is being chipped away. Yet the only people facing backlash are people of color.
In today’s episode, Shaun breaks down these images, the quintessential American narrative they paint and the dangers of pushing a group marginalized for too long, too far.