Saturday, November 29, 2014

The War Against Black Communities

This, from the grand jury transcript of Darren Wilson's testimony, says it all:
Wilson: “It is an antipolice area for sure.”
Prosecutor: “And when you say antipolice, tell me more?
Wilson: “There’s a lot of gangs that reside or associate with that area. There’s a lot of violence in that area, there’s a lot of gun activity, drug activity, it is just not a very well-liked community. That community doesn’t like the police.”
Prosecutor: “Were you pretty much on high alert being in that community by yourself, especially when Michael Brown said, ‘[expletive] what you say,’ I think he said?”
Wilson: “Yes.”
Prosecutor: “You were on pretty high alert at that point knowing the vicinity and the area that you’re in?”
Wilson: “Yes, that’s not an area where you can take anything really. Like I said, it is a hostile environment.” 
Black communities full of normal hardworking people are seen, from the outside, as "hostile environments" by most White Americans. The police roll into them with the mindset, as Wilson displayed here, that they are entering enemy territory. 

When liberal, highly educated Whites in my circles find out where Alicia and I live, they are often mystified. They say things like, "Isn't that a bad area?" Because, don't you know, it's a hostile environment. It's enemy territory.

What they don't know is that it is by far the nicest, friendliest place we've ever lived. What they don't know is that we live there for our own sake, to escape the spiritual impoverishment of this decadent society.

I wish Darren Wilson would have known a little something about the community he drove into that day. I wish America would know.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for writing this. I stumbled on this quote on tumblr