All hail the rise of the smartphone.
One of the most praiseworthy yet unexpected side effects of the ever-evolving, expanding dominance of the modern smartphone is its ability to help citizens all across the globe see themselves for who they really are. Smartphones are a technological mirror, and thanks to that accessible mirror strapped to nearly everyone you meet on the street, the United States is at last beginning to see the reflection of its own racism staring itself back in the face.
You can hardly go a day anymore without some video surfacing illustrating the rampant violence, abuse and injustice people of color live with in the U.S. on a daily basis, and thanks to YouTube, here is your daily dose of reality.
A new video out of NYC shows yet another instance of police violence against defenseless citizens. This time, like Tamir Rice, it’s a 12-year-old boy — but hey! at least this kid survived the incident. Those officers in New York must be getting soft.
In the video, officers can be seen pushing and beating the young boy against a car. Three cops hold him there while a plainclothes officer runs up and begins punching the kid like Rocky in a meat cooler. All the while, witnesses, including the boys friends, yell at police that the victim is merely a 12-year-old boy. They ask why the arrest is being made as more onlookers begin to yell out at the officers.
Actress Sarah Doneghy, responsible for originally uploading the video to YouTube, stated that the boy and a friend were accosted by police for “pushing down a classmate.” Remember, that charge is only alleged, and certain nothing worthy of police interference. However, for the sake of argument, let’s say the boys had pushed down a classmate and the lunacy of getting the police involved does, in fact, take place. What do the police then do to teach a mere child that hitting, pushing and violence is not the answer to one’s problems? They beat the piss out of him against a car while he’s completely helpless, hands behind his back, and arrest him.
See the problem? Is it any wonder even Harvard grads are rolling around singing “F*ck the police”?
Eventually, after both boys were held separately against two different cars, they were placed handcuffed in the back of two police vehicles.
Throughout the assault you can hear a woman saying:
This is not a war, this is a 12-year-old-kid. . . They’re animals, right?
Making the “peace” officers’ assault even more egregious, the classmate who had allegedly been pushed down stated that the two boys arrested by police were not the ones who had pushed him.
To cover their sorry *sses, the officers then tried to say the boys they’d arrested (and beaten) were not 12 years old, but 16 and 17, and that they were allegedly participating in some kind of gang initiation.
I don’t know about you, but who is going to take a gang whose initiation is to not push people down, seriously?
Of course, all this is especially sensitive because the convenience of smartphones has made racism, abuse by police, and especially the intersection of those two issues enormous hot-button issues as of late, due to the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, not to mention Tamir Rice and so many others, dating as far back, as Angela Davis says, as an unbroken line of abuse all the way to slavery.
While this reality may be enormous news as of late, it is certainly nothing new to so many people living outside the white robe of racism that has cloaked this country in ignorance, bigotry and violence since the first pale skin stepped foot here in whatever year they continue to contest with their precious, Eurocentric egos.
Check out the video below, and have a look in the mirror, America: