Fair critique, we see the elevation of sistas caping for the Democratic Party, law enforcement and npnprofits, being divisive, championing BLM and working against our interest in the movement…
“BLACK GIRL MAGIC OR BLACK GIRL TRAGIC?
ARE BLACK WOMEN BECOMING AGENTS
OF WHITE SUPREMACY?
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Geniece Brinkley, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson, and Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall. What do all of these women have in common? Besides each of them being black women, each of them have been decision makers in high profile cases involving black men.
First at bat, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. Consider the curious case of a black man named Kevin Cooper who was framed for a quadruple murder he did not commit. Framed by white male sheriff deputies who planted evidence at the crime scene. Convicted by a white jury. Sentenced to death. On death row for 35 years for a crime he did not commit. New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof points out it was “Kamala Harris, then California attorney general before becoming U.S Senator, who refused DNA testing for a black man convicted of hacking to death a beautiful white family and young neighbor.” Read that several times out loud. Process this deeply and keep this in mind when you go to the polls to vote for president in 2020 when Ms. Harris comes seeking the black vote. Meanwhile, you can research the case for yourself here:
Up next, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey. Brendon Glenn. In a prosecutors office that hasn’t filed charges against an officer in an on-duty shooting in 15 years, black Los Angeles citizens had high hopes for its first elected black woman District Attorney. Yet Mrs. Lacey refuses to prosecute white officer after white officer for killing unarmed black males in her jurisdiction. The Los Angeles Times recently lamented “If D.A. Jackie Lacey won’t charge the LAPD officer who shot Brendon Glenn, some ask: When would she prosecute?” Perhaps Los Angeles residents should seek a recall election campaign to oust Mrs. Lacey. Again, see for yourself:
Onto Philadelphia Judge Geniece Brinkley who has waged a decades long campaign to keep black male Robert Rihmeek Williams, better known as hip hop artist “Meek Mill, on probation and behind bars for all of his adult life. Despite prosecutors arguing that he never committed the probation violations he was accused of and despite the Philadelphia District Attorney’s deeming Williams’ arresting officer as having lied under oath, Judge Brinkley refused to release Williams. It also came to light that the arresting officer lied so much in several other cases to the degree that prosecutors are now reopening every case for which Officer Reginald V. Graham testified. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has deemed Officer Graham so corrupt and filled with racial bias that he has ordered a new trial for Williams (Meek Mill). Nevertheless Judge Brinkley refused to free Williams and it took an all white Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to see this injustice and do what a black woman judge would not do: set Williams free. Black voters should remember Ms. Brinkley’s actions come election time. Again see for yourself here:
Finally, we move on to our current tragedy in Dallas, Texas where a black woman district attorney is acting in concert with a black woman police chief to sully the character of a black male victim who was gunned down by a white woman police officer in his own apartment. Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger claimed she entered the wrong apartment thinking she was in her own residence when she encountered Mr. Botham Shem Jean. The officer claimed he “refused to comply” and she was “in fear of her life” as she thought he had broken into her home despite the fact she was in fact in Jean’s residence. While Mr. Jean was dying, members of the Dallas Police Department reentered Jean’s apartment “looking for drugs and the “investigators were interested specifically in finding information that could help assassinate Jean’s character.” How many times have we seen this movie before with the sordid plot of sullying a black victim’s character all the way to jury box and all the way to an acquittal. This time, the screenwriter is a black woman and she none other than Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall.
See here: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/15/us/dallas-police-botham-jean-family/index.html
In addition, an argument broke out between the black woman District Attorney Faith Johnson, Police Chief Renee Hall and the warrant judge over their charging decision. DA Johnson and Police Chief Hall tried to obtain a warrant for the lesser manslaughter charge when a white judge instructed them that proper charge was murder. Thus, in a black woman prosecutor’s and police chief’s mind, Mr. Jean’s death was not murder, but for the white judge, it was clear Mr. Jean was in fact murdered. This racial disconnect could not be more stark. Perhaps black residents in Dallas should demand a change in both the DA’s and Police Chief’s office as this is an early warning sign of more unaccountable deaths to come. Dallas residents would do good to reject the maxim that a black face is a necessity for black justice. Again, see for yourself:
In closing, consider this. Some years ago, a lawyer colleague recounted during his law school days a guest lecture by a white prosecutor in a criminal law course: “I am a district attorney in a jurisdiction where 97%!o(MISSING)f its defendants are black males. Sadly, I am paid to indict, convict and incarcerate black men. You could say I jail black men for a living. Before you automatically label me as racist, my question to you is: if you want to convict a black man in America, who do you want on your jury? Several classmates answered ‘white men’ and ‘white women.’ He answered ‘No.’ If you want a black male convicted in this country, you want a jury of black women. In my experience, black women dominated juries have given me more convictions of black men than any other demographic group.”
Fact is black people can’t count on justice even when black people are in charge. Black people are never really in charge, especially when they lack courage under fire. This is why I’d rather have a courageous morally inclined white woman like Asheville, NC police chief Tammy Hooper who fired and sought charges for several white officers involved in the tasering, beating and choking of a black pedestrian for jaywalking rather than a black woman police chief like Renee Hall who sets the ironclad wheels of white supremacy in motion for another white officer to walk free after gunning down another unarmed black male and sullying the character of a dead black male in the same manner as Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and countless others.
White supremacy cuts many ways, but perhaps its greatest ploy was the destruction of the black nuclear family. White supremacy has turned black people against each other and in many ways rewards disunity for the promise of white favor. Black women are often viewed as less threatening than black males and as a consequence are permitted more opportunities in white spaces. But at what cost?
Black women entering the halls of power would do well to never forget that historically, black women were the first blacks allowed into master’s house by way of their roles as mammy and wench. Either way, their role in master’s house was to police blackness and pamper, pleasure and protect whiteness at all cost. America has not deviated much from that sordid narrative, which is now acted out in white corporate spaces. This horror script was written long ago with all roles predetermined. However, unlike the original first black inhabitants of master’s house, the police chief, district attorney, judge and attorney general have a choice the bed wench and black mammy never had. With the exception of a prison warden, these black women represent every point of contact a black male will face in a criminal justice system that will determine his ultimate fate.
Therefore, black women who seek to place their hands on the levers of power in this country should be under no illusion that they are auditioning for a role in a grand historical horror flick that requires their full cooperation and co-conspiracy with a protagonist hell bent on subjugating black men. We know all to well how the plot ends. Black women occupying these lofty seats of power must be conscious of all this and not only choose a different plot but also choose a different ending. Black men’s lives may very well depend on their ability to recognize historical forces playing out in real time.
Black people have been made to hate each other and as a racial fatalist, I do not see any coming back from that. A few exceptions here and there, but by and large there will continue to be black faces knowingly and unknowingly doing the bidding of white supremacy. I was shook by the white prosecutor’s story above and as a civil rights attorney, I have become more concerned in recent years with jury composition.
However, I am becoming increasingly concerned with black women in positions of power being weaponized against powerless black males. Jury selection is not an exact science, but if what that white prosecutor turned law professor said above is true, along with all the aforementioned treacherous behavior by these particular black women occupying the halls of power, we are not living in an era of black girl magic, but black girl tragic.” – Dr. Alexander Hamilton