South Africa’s slow death…on our watch.

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I wasn’t there during apartheid but I feel like it was an easier fight than that faced by South Africans today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying apartheid was “easy”, I’m just trying to highlight how today’s struggle seems easier yet it’s actually the harder because so many don’t even know there is a struggle.

 

When South Africa was under the wicked rule of apartheid, everyone knew apartheid was evil, immoral, and depraved. There was no middle ground and nothing subtle about its wickedness. It was gruesome, demeaning, and fatal for black people. As a result, every black person knew were they stood; every black person knew they had to fight the system. The frog knew it had to jump out the pan. This is not so obvious today. The frog is slowly burning to death in the pan.

 

For instance, last night protesting black students at the University of the Free State (the same university where white students made black workers drink urine) were beaten up by fellow white students (and their parents) and not one word has been uttered on the matter by the government, a black government for that matter. What’s worse is you have some black people apologising to white people for “other blacks’ behavior”. Furthermore, you have more black people who are blaming the protesting black students for not “promoting a racially inclusive South Africa”….are you fucking kidding me?

 

Black students are fighting for equality…like blacks have done since forever. Unlike white people who fight for superiority, all black people have ever wanted is equality. These students are fighting against abuse, white privilege, a curriculum and language policy that is skewed in favour of a white minority, and for that they are accused (by other black people too) of essentially promoting racism? This is exactly what I mean by “apartheid was the easier struggle”.

 

For me it’s like depression versus a broken arm. If you break your arm, everyone says you need to get to the hospital ASAP. It’s not life threatening but everyone is in agreement that it needs urgent attention by medical professionals. However, if you are depressed, people miss the urgency. You have people telling you to “cheer up”, some telling you to “just pray”, and some even telling you “it’s all in your mind”…and no, that wasn’t a pun. But we are talking about the human brain here. The command center of your whole anatomy. If it has problems, surely that calls for urgent attention right? Just because you cannot physically see that my brain is broken, doesn’t mean it’s not.

 

And this is the problem South Africa is faced with now. Unlike back when all black people could clearly see the ‘broken arm’ that was apartheid, so many cannot see the ‘depression’ that is white privilege; brutality of the police particularly towards black bodies; the need for decolonization; the historical advantages white people garnered during apartheid and continue to hold today;….the list is endless really.

 

And you know what the saddest part is? You may not be able to see it, but depression will kill you.

 

**** Just scribbling my thoughts ****

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From a job interview to a body bag. RIP #SandraBland

Every time I see Sandra Bland’s traffic stop, it just seems to get worse. How did what should have been a routine stop (or no stop at all to be honest) turn into three days in jail and then into death?

Look, I’m not American nor do I live in America so please enlighten me here – is it illegal to smoke whilst in your own car in America? No? Why was Sandra Bland dragged out of her car for refusing to put out her cigarette?

Surely she was well within her rights to refuse to put out the cigratte. It wasn’t interfering with the cop’s work nor was it a danger to the cop. As is her right, she refused to put out her cigarette and next thing she’s being forcibly dragged out of her car.

Naturally she refused to leave her vehicle for some punk cop trying to make himself feel good by abusing his powers. And just because of that refusal, the far right white supremacist cop sympathisers say she was effectively resisting arrest. How is it resisting arrest to refuse to accept unjust orders from what was clearly a an egomaniac of a police officer with a racist chip on his shoulder? Cops just can’t go around giving unlawful orders. And how is she resisting arrest if she wasn’t even under arrest? She asked 14 times why she was being arrested. FOURTEEN. He didn’t answer her once.

Why WAS she even arrested in the first place? What was she charged with? Assulting an officer? Resisting arrest? Well Officer Encinia wasnt even sure himself what he arrested her for. | See here: https://goo.gl/kPJ9tV

Coz I mean, was he arresting her for resisting arrest when her resistance was a response to him escalating the situation for no reason but to boost his own ego?

I’m not even going to go into the sleuth of inconsistencies surrounding her death. Suicide? Ha. My ass. It would have been more believable if they told us she was struck down by God because she said something blasphemous.

And now, as if on cue, they start telling us she had marijuana in her system. A large quantity of marijuana that she probably smoked or injested while incarcerated. Ha. My ass. She was an active #BlackLivesMatter activist wanting to change history, she’d just got offered a new job, she was ready to take this injustice to court. She went from all that to ingesting large amounts of marijuana IN PRISON, to killing herself? Ha. You guessed it, my ass!

1 in 9 Americans partake in marijuana for various reasons, from recreational to medical. I read that statistic years back. It’s probably way more now. But somehow the marijuana found in the systems of black individuals killed by the police is always so relevant as a justification for their murder. Marijuana made Trayvon Martin super aggressive, marijuana made Mike Brown super strong, and now it appears the same marijuana made Sandra Bland suicidal. Ha!

And another thing, you ever noticed how all the white pro-marijuana groups that are always fighting for the legalisation of marijuana, telling us it’s safe (which I agree with); you ever noticed how they never come out in defence of these black individuals killed by the police? I mean, the police are effectively saying marijuana is a dangerous drug – why do groups like NORML never come out disputing this like they always do? You think they’d take such high profile opportunities to say “actually, weed doesn’t make you do any of those super aggressive, super strong type of activities.” Or maybe, like the police, they too believe marijuana is only a safe substance when smoked by white people.

Someone once said it best when they said “the system isn’t broken…it was built this way”. Stay woke people.

*just scribbling my thoughts*

Oh, by the way if you haven’t already seen this video, watch it. Some examples of white people refusing to take orders from police and living to tell the tale.

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