*Trigger Warning* Mike Brown’s death discussed in detail
I wanted to write about American Horror Story but I got sidetracked and sickened by the foul display of an American Horror Story of my own, the disregard for black life. As you may already know, Darren Wilson was not indicted for the shooting death of Michael Brown, a teenager that was heading to college mere weeks before the shooting. Why did I put that information about college? Because that was told to me since I was young that I should go to college to make something of myself so that I could be more accepted by the overall white patriarchy. He, unarmed, was shot six times, twice in head, twice in the torso, twice in the arm. Why did I give that gruesome information about his unnecessary death? To let you know that being unarmed won’t fucking save you from your eventual demise as a black person in this country. His body was left in the street for a total of 4 and half hours. Why did I give that detail about his body after the shooting? It is clear that to much of the public that black bodies are dispensable and a hassle to clean up.
I know that Mike Brown attacked a “scared for his life” Darren Wilson. If I could ask Darren Wilson a few questions about his actions it would be: If you already know that it is a felony to attack or maim a cop, then why the additional five shots? Why even use excessive force when you have the system that would back you up in a heart beat? What is there for you to prove? As a black woman, this terrifies me because not only did this decision show that black bodies don’t matter but it plays into the police state and gives it further license to abuse us Americans as citizens. Aren’t the cops supposed to “protect and serve?” They seem to be protecting and serving the white hegemony. We just gave the police the right to use excessive force whenever it is deemed “necessary.” For those of you who may support Darren Wilson, just so you know you also support a system of extreme policing that will never stop. It’s unyielding power has further proven itself in the creepy militarization of our police force today. I watch state after state getting military gear like tanks, assault rifles, and riot gear. I am confused, is this country Iraq or the United States of America? When “necessary” is given no boundaries, citizens are the ones who will be hurt. More specifically, citizens of color have and will continue to be hurt. Though Mike Brown’s black body is resting in power, this black body will continue to fight for humanity because black bodies matter.