Queen Latifah is a black person. Queen Latifah is also related to police officers. She is personally affected by both sides of what is happening in our country. I also love that she calls out the fact that her brother, a police officer (and black man), has been harassed by other police officers. The issue that we're dealing with here is not simply about rogue police officers or (in some people's minds) lack of compliance on the part of black people stopped by police: it's a mentality of superiority that has not only continued to infiltrate the systems by which we are governed, but upon which these systems were built.
Earlier this week, Chicago activist and hip-hop artist, Jessica Disu aka FM Supreme spoke on The Kelly File about the need to think creatively about how we are governed. Jessica addresses the false idea that black people do not care as much about "black on black" violence, referencing her work with youth in Chicago. She clearly stated the need to disarm police, and ended by talking about the origin of the police department being slave patrol. Watch below:
The role of police officers was never meant to protect everyone, its foundations don't lend room to that, even though that's what we've been mentally bludgeoned to believe. The "justice" system wasn't constructed with people of color in general in mind. Reforms and amendments are irrelevant if the foundation of these roles and systems were steeped in the idea of white supremacy. So, even though the Queen's father and brother are also police officers, they are black men in America first, which makes them prey to a system that finds its origins in believing they were 3/5 human.
Ain't that some mess?
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