Within the borders of the United States, there exist two separate realities. There is the life of prosperity, security and democracy enjoyed by the general white population, a life that comes at the expense of the living hell of daily terror and poverty experienced by Africans, Mexicans, and other oppressed peoples.
Nearly every single day in the newspapers we read about another African gunned down by the police or a white nationalist vigilante such as the case of Trayvon Martin or the recent shooting spree in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The article excerpted below details how a NYPD police captain James Coan actually trained his officers to treat African people like subhuman creatures. “They are fucking animals,” he would tell the field team. “You make sure if you have to shoot, you shoot them in the head. That way there’s one story.” The same article notes how these officers would treat cases in the white community with “kid gloves.”
The theory of African Internationalism as developed by Chairman Omali Yeshitela explains that the police are an institution of the state — an organization of coercion that protects the oppressor from the oppressed. While the police will behave a certain way in the white community, rescuing kittens from trees or helping elderly people across the street, their role in the African community is to impose a colonial occupation no different from what the US army does in Afghanistan. Under the public policy of police containment, Africans endure a daily campaign of carnage and brutality.
Regardless of whether it’s a “good cop” or a “bad cop,” the police are an instrument of the state that serve to maintain the status quo of a society built on slavery and genocide. That is the role of the police. That is why the majority of white people support the police containment of the African community and are generally impervious to the state violence imposed on Africans every day. That’s why Oscar Grant happened. That’s why Tyron Lewis happened. That’s why Rahmarley Graham happened. Those were not exceptions. Police murder of African people is the norm. The Uhuru Solidarity Movement defends unconditionally the right of Africans and all oppressed peoples to resist police occupation and colonial violence. Africans have the right to resist!
“We are concerned that African people are the majority of those gunned down and brutalized every day by the highly militarized police forces who have been encamped and riding roughshod in African and Mexican communities all over the U.S. for decades before they turned their batons on white demonstrators.” – The Call to Register and Attend Occupy Imperialism: Crisis, Resistance, Solidarity, June 9-10
As reported in the Daily News:
Top supervisors of an elite NYPD anti-gun unit allegedly handled white suspects with kid gloves while treating blacks like “animals” deserving of a bullet to the head, the Daily News has learned.
The explosive charges appear in sworn depositions from three members of the firearms suppression unit: two current NYPD detectives and a retired first-grade detective.
Their testimony, part of a federal discrimination lawsuit, details how Capt. James Coan and Lt. Daniel Davin created a hostile environment for both their black detectives and suspected minority-group gun traffickers, said the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Eric Sanders.
Davin used the N-word to address black suspects, while Coan considered the unit’s minority-group targets almost subhuman, the depositions indicate.
“Capt. Coan would tell the field team . . . ‘They are f—–g animals. You make sure if you have to shoot, you shoot them in the head. That way there’s one story,’ ” said the retired detective.
The ex-cop, identified only as Undercover 7988, said Coan’s racist rant came before every search warrant executed in Brooklyn’s Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York from 2008 to 2010.
“They didn’t care if it was kids in there, they didn’t care if it was women in there, naked women,” the detective said. “. . . They treated them as if they had no rights whatsoever. It was disgusting.”
In contrast, search warrants on predominantly white Staten Island were handled without kicking in doors, said the undercover.