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Bree Newsome @BreeNewsome
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White sports fans damaging property after a game is a *RIOT*. Black people damaging property after centuries of oppression & yet another racist police killing is an *UPRISING* against white supremacist capitalism 1/
If the function of police was simply to protect property in any circumstance, the police response would be the same in either scenario. We see greater violence used against Black ppl b/c the real function of police is to enforce & maintain white supremacist capitalism 2/
Though it causes extensive property damage, white sports fans setting the city on fire is not a threat to the social & economic order. Oppressed Black communities rebelling against racism IS a threat. And so this is when we see police use the full extent of their force 3/
Remember, white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville with torches, bats, shields & guns & who began a race riot where they attacked & ultimaty killed someone were also not met with tear gas & police violence. 4/
Black Americans will not fundamentally change our condition unless & until we fully comprehend what our condition is. 5/
Police tear gassing Black protesters is the modern version of suppressing a slave rebellion. We are not literal slaves, but economy is still built upon enslavement of our ancestors & system is maintained by using police & criminal justice system to codify anti-Black racism 6/
I don't know what "woke" means anymore b/c this term, like everything that arises from the Black experience, has been completely co-opted. So, I'll just say: seek the truth & get free. 7/7
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