There is no possible way that anyone, especially within Black America, can be shocked by the recent murder of Terence Crutcher by a white female ‘law enforcement officer’ in Tulsa, Oklahoma. C’mon, after the years of such murders one would not be that far out of line to consider America’s traditions as: baseball, Apple Pie, and the murder of Black people by white law enforcement officers.
If nothing else, these things are in many ways bonding agents for the American people. You are either a supporter of the Yankees or Red Sox, love or hate Apple Pie, or either support the ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement or ‘Blue Lives Matter’. Let’s face facts, this is who we are as a nation.
Hence, there should not be any real shock regarding the undeniable, irrefutable fact that Mr. Terence Crutcher needlessly and unnecessarily lost his life at the hands of what can only be considered among those who believe that ‘Black Lives Matter’ so-called “law enforcement officers”. The fact that this irrefutable murder was caught on camera no longer matters because Americans no longer need to see the event to decide where their allegiance lays.
Within the pantheon of African-Americans, male and female, who have met their demise via this American tradition, Terence Crutcher is nothing special; he has actually joined a revered crowd of brothers such as Fred Hampton, Mark Clark, Carl Hampton, Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, and the list stretches across several centuries.
Quite possibly the most unsettling aspect of being on the losing side of this American tradition is that it invariably brings forth a cadre of clowns with a predictable “playbook” that has consistently failed to secure even a modicum of justice. The clowns that I refer to are also known as African-American preachers, community activists, and/or elected officials. Their thin playbook consists of predictable actions/activities such as:
- Decrying the murder of the victim.
- Publicly begging for an ‘independent investigation’.
- Spewing hollow threats that in their totality amount to little more than a orgy of ‘mental masturbation’.
- Holding rallies, marching, and press conferences addressing police brutality.
- Burying the deceased with a righteous emotion-filled indignation that promises ‘never again’; that is until the next time a Black man is shot down in an American street by a white law enforcement officer and we all know that there will be a next time.
The aforementioned playbook of reactionary activism has repeatedly failed us, yet we adhere to it as if it has secured countless victories. And as the great saying goes, ‘if you do what you always did, you gon’ get what you always got.” It is this obvious lesson that our so-called “race leaders” have failed to recognize.
Although Mr. Terence Crutcher deserves better, the truth of the matter is that as long as we adhere to a losing totally reactionary strategy that it is impossible for African-Americans to secure anything resembling justice for Mr. Terence Crutcher. Put simply, the reactionary nature of African-American activism, the lack of cohesiveness and astounding political disorganization serve as supreme roadblocks to even the issuing of a challenge or demand against white politico economic power. The aforementioned maladies guarantee that African-American leaders are forced to do little other than appeal to the conscious of white power-brokers by begging them to address our collective grievances.
When will African-American leaders and more importantly those that blindly follow their lead learn that threats, public statements, and wearing out of shoe leather is NOT a winnable strategy for dealing with institutional racism. It is the reason that they have made zero progress in ameliorating the voluminous problems found within law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, or even financial institutions. Antiquated protest activities barely place demands, let alone a significant threat, upon politically organized entities.
It is only through an already mobilized political force that a significant blow to institutions and those individuals who make up those institutions may be delivered. Put simply, the lack of political currency and cohesion leaves the African-American community completely vulnerable to the repeated attacks of law enforcement agencies.
Unfortunately, the reaction of our “leaders” to the murder of Mr. Terence Crutcher will emanate from a centuries old playbook that has yet to work a single time. Such futility is the greatest indicator that not only will there be continuing abuses upon African-Americans by law enforcement officers, but also the African-American community will remain powerless in either preventing or responding to the incident in a significant way. It is only through correcting intra-racial political disorganization and inefficiency that we will ever be positioned to secure justice for future victims of police brutality within our community.
Sadly, we simply do not possess the ability to secure justice for our most recently fallen brother, Mr. Terence Crutcher. Considering such, I will offer the most significant statement that I, or any African-American, can issue in honor of the recently deceased; Rest In Peace, brother.
Dr. James Thomas Jones III
© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2016