Civil Rights "Leaders" Najee Ali and Earl Ofari Hutchison DEMAND Apology from Black Woman Whose Civil Rights were Violated #KissingWhileBlack
I passed on the Django Unchained #KissingWhileBack story when y'all sent it to me A) because Daniele Watts was doing THE MOST in photographs of her in handcuffs and B) I didn't believe the "we were just kissing and they arrested us" story. We live in the age of Knee Jerk reactions and Hashtag and Headlines Activism. I knew there was more to the story and I wanted to hear the "more."
The lack of facts, however, didn't stop LA's self-proclaimed "Civil Rights Leaders" Najee Ali and Earl Ofari Hutchison from attempting to shoehorn their way into Daniele Watt's media spotlight after she alleged that the LAPD detained for kissing her boyfriend in public. After audio of Watt's police interaction was released along with photos of Watts appearing to be having "relations" with ther boyfriend in broad daylight with a car door open, the LAPD is calling Watts and liar, and Najee Ali and Earl Ofari Hutchison are demanding an apology.
"I was one that was very outspoken about it," he said. "We take racial profiling very seriously. It's not a play thing. It's not trivial." Earl Ofari Hutchison
You take this seriously yet you mobilized having NO FACTS? #KneeGrowPlease
And they had the nerve to call a press conference!
Notwithstanding that Watt's rights were probably violated*, have you ever ever ever in life EVER heard of a "Civil Rights" "leader" asking a Black man to apologize to them under similar circumstances?Modern "Civil Rights leaders" routinely crusade on the basis of perceived racial slights. Watts maintains that her detention was race-based and if the perception of racial bias is sufficient for Black institutions to rally on behalf of Black men, then that standard should also apply to Black women.
Does anyone remember a time EVER in the history of your life when Civil Rights leaders have demanded that the prop ( that they did not vet) used in a knee-jerk crusade apologize? EVER?
The CRIC has no problem with mobilizing on behalf of ACTUAL Black criminals- even when the victims of those Black criminals are Black women and girls. In fact, Black (male) criminals are the rallying cry of most modern "civil rights" activism. Part of that makes sense - 50% of the prison population isn't Black because Black people are more likely to be criminals than White people.
Ironically, is exactly this type of police encounter that leads to the over representation of Black people in prison--illegal detentions and the use of discretion in charging and prosecution.
If Hutchison and Ali were really "Civil Rights leaders," they would have scheduled a meeting with the head of the LAPD to discuss potential training issues related to A) detaining someone for failure to show ID, B) detaining someone for being belligerent, and C)detaining one person engaged in a public sex act while allowing the other to go free and possible D) de-escalation techniques in cases involving possible mental illness/emotional instability. These are all law enforcement training issues that a legitimate civil rights leader would have championed.
But Hutchison and Ali aren't Civil Rights leaders. They are attention seeking carnival barkers who saw a bright light and jumped in front of it - it isn't Watt's fault that the bright light was attached to the front of a freight train.
But back to my point. Their demand of an apology from Watts is indicative of sexism and misogyny that is embedded into the DNA of the CRIC. The CRIC routinely marginalizes and dehumanizes Black women and girls. The CRIC routinely ignores or actually helps to facilitate the abuse of Black women and girls. And when they DO rally on our behalf, they have the audacity to demand purity and perfection - something they NEVER demand of the Black men they champion.
I'll demand an apology from a Black woman when "civil rights" groups demand an apology from Genarlow Wilson, Mike Tyson, Benjamin Chavis and any number of Black men who they've rallied around after acting boorishly and illegally. Just charge this one against the overdue balance that the CRIC (Civil Rights Industrial Complex) owes Black women in general, it will still take a lifetime for repayment of the blood sweat and tears Black women have invested in the CRIC with negative rates of return
*In 'Murica!, we don't have to show our papers or be polite to police. If there was probable cause to arrest her for public sex acts, then the boyfriend should have been cuffed too. She was detained because she didn't show ID and didn't defer to law enforcement- not crimes.
Some stories about excessive use of force used on Black women you might have missed while following this circus: