by Mutope Duguma
When we were growing up, we understood that most of these white, Black and Brown police officers were predators. They came to our communities pumped up, looking for action. And there are several profiles of them: cocky, scared, fearless, racist, prejudiced, biased, anxious, gangsters etc.
We was warned as young boys to have NO engagement with police, under NO circumstances. In the Nickerson Gardens Housing Projects, we would avoid any engagement with the police. Any time they would enter into our community, we would notify each and every individual in our community that they were present, because we knew what these predators were coming to do. Therefore, we established defense mechanisms against them and NO engagement was very effective.
Their whole purpose is to profile each and every individual in the community, whether they are into criminal activity or not. They have no interest in community service, outside of incarcerating, harassing and criminalizing anyone they can, especially when the opportunity presents itself.
We used this very effectively. Children ran from them; and the young adolescents, teenagers and adults never engaged them, because we all realized we was dealing with a very dangerous predator.
We have to realize that what the police are doing, and what we are witnessing, is an act of provocation to instigate and agitate state and eventually federal violence against the people. It’s what you call manufactured violence – chaos on a larger scale – because when you take all of these incidents into question, you can clearly see something more sinister at play.
We must look at it in its larger context. We’re talking outright murders being carried out against the people, children at that! It’s so many that we who call ourselves men should be ashamed, especially the so-call Black establishment and the many politicians and powerful religious institutions, athletes etc.
We have to be serious about our lives. If we gonna holler “non-violence” while under attack by the state, then what is the alternative? Are you all willing to shut down the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA in order to protest the killing of our children and people?
Are you willing to walk away from the Congressional Black Caucus – or any local, state or federal office until New Afrikans (i.e., Black life) is respected and valued? Are New Afrikans, so-called citizens of this nation, willing to remove all your children from harm’s way, i.e. schools etc., until the killing and outright profiling of our people cease?
We was warned as young boys to have NO engagement with police, under NO circumstances.
I was always educated to the understanding of “perfect love” and “perfect hate.” We need to truly educate ourselves to who truly loves us and who truly hates us as a people and embrace this as our practice and beliefs, because for too long, we have allowed our lives to be compromised by the state and federal governments with compensation (i.e., payoffs) for our dead.
It is no money worth anyone’s life, because it’s irreplaceable. Nor do we need an explanation from an already rigged-up grand jury. That judicial process is a scam of a system.
We should not be blinded by rhetoric on “police training.” This narcissistic president, B. Obama, is literally investing a quarter of a billion dollars in law enforcement training for these killings.
Man, this is what one would call an oxymoron for real. The police do not deserve another penny pumped into their over-massive use of force. Where is the outrage about this proposal? Are we not aware of what is at play here? How do you pour more money into failure?
We have to realize that what the police are doing, and what we are witnessing, is an act of provocation to instigate and agitate state and eventually federal violence against the people. It’s what you call manufactured violence.
The police state has grown too big and cannot satisfy its humongous appetite. Therefore, it has to create trouble through provocation, instigation and agitation in order to make itself useful. They’re not even dealing with actual criminals in these incidents; they are killing helpless and innocent citizens of this country.
Again, I insist that all New Afrikans and any person who lives in oppressed, impoverished communities where police is free to kill at will, establish yourselves around a NO engagement program against these predators. Even if you’re not a criminal, do what you can to have NO contact with police under NO circumstances, for your own protection. Beware of them like child sexual predators, because they are child killers.
During the 1992 rebellion, riots and uprising over the Rodney King incident, to which an all-white jury came back with a not guilty verdict on an obvious violation of his civil and human rights, where state police beat this man senseless, the people took action. It unfortunately led to 52 people being killed and the destruction of property – state and corporate, as well as community property.
What people didn’t realize was that the corporate-state government would wage a series of attacks on breaking up these Watts and South Central communities by placing FBI substations inside these communities and they ran their Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) reconnaissance (a preliminary survey of an area, an exploratory, military survey of enemy territory).
And when they was done, these communities went from 85 or 90 percent New Afrikan people to 25 to 35 percent New Afrikan, and we all know what happened next. So any action will come with consequences from the state and federal government. It has always been repressive, but in action is worse.
Again, I insist that all New Afrikans and any person who lives in oppressed, impoverished communities where police is free to kill at will, establish yourselves around a NO engagement program against these predators.
Remember, you can encourage all 47 million New Afrikans in Amerika to boycott corporate Amerika, which can be tied directly to these killings. NO one should shop at NO store that calls the police against customers. When people stole from Mr. Tucker’s store, he told their mother, not the police, and she would make you pay for what you stole or took. That is a store owner who is tied to the community.
One love, one struggle,
Send our brother some love and light: Mutope Duguma, D-05996, PBSP SHU D2-107, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532.