Let’s Just Say It — Black Lives Matter Has Been A Disaster For Black People

Police brutality is not a racial issue.

Steve QJ
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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Photo by Zack Jarosz

They say that given enough time, you can get used to anything. Pain, indignity, the sight of police officers beating young black men to death.

From Philip White to Manuel Ellis, Eric Garner to George Floyd, we’ve gotten so used to police brutality that it barely piques our interest except as an excuse to talk about “race.”

Maybe that’s why so many people seemed unsure of what to do with the footage that Memphis Police Department released recently.

Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, was beaten to death during a traffic stop a few minutes from his home. Nothing new there. But what blew many people’s minds is that the five officers who killed him were also black.

I mean, how do we contextualise this abuse of power when their skin colour doesn’t mark them as oppressor and oppressed? How do we condemn this atrocity without hyperbole about lynchings and race soldiers? How are we supposed to protest this injustice when we’re not even sure if we can blame it on “white supremacy”?

Tyre’s case hits differently because it invites us to look past skin colour and focus on boring old police brutality. It forces us to ask whether…

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Steve QJ
ILLUMINATION-Curated

Race. Politics. Culture. Sometimes other things. Almost always polite. Find more at https://steveqj.substack.com