This dilemma – why African American men die in the hands of “peace” officers? – is predictably manifesting itself in several different cities across the United States of America (USA). Several scholars use different theories and current happenings to prove, disprove or affirm it. The latest is Dr. Abdullah Umar Johnson, who said the US risks losing billions in trade if they should hurt any Chinese person. He goes on to, just like I will do but slightly differently in this article, link this issue to why Black America is toothless in the face of white supremacist aggression.
Arriving at the same conclusion as Dr. Umar Johnson, it seems that African Americans ultimately die in the hands of legal institutions in the USA because there’s no nation besides the US itself that would take responsibility for the lives of African Americans. At the same time, while this vacuum persists, it makes it easier to cast blame on Black victims of institutional crimes.
The killing of unarmed Black men in America persists because no nation, including those in Africa, would take the necessary responsibility for them.
White supremacist policies which are still operative in the USA take for granted African American lives. Champions of such policies are a nuisance to the realization of the American “Dream”. They have used scientific, eugenic, social policy methods and succeeded in implementing policies where Law Enforcement officers are used to kill innocent African Americans for absolutely no law enforcement reasons. Still yet, no nation, including and up to all African nations has cried foul about the brutality of American domestic policy on African American lives.
For a nation to cry foul, that nation must be ready to also take personal responsibility. This vacuum enables racist US officials to continue implementing racial policies throughout the US without a serious challenge about the civil rights and human rights violations that those policies invoke on African American lives. The physical elimination of African American lives by US officials is a horror. The open and unafraid manner that these killings are attempted and accomplished is also psychologically demeaning to all humanity. Period.
Such is the dilemma of the African American in the USA. Through slavery and colonization, divide and conquer in Africa and detaching the African Diaspora from the continent for over centuries white supremacists policies in the US have created both psychological and physical cliffs between Blacks in America and Africans on the continent. Africans in the diaspora do not seem to have a home on the continent of Africa. In addition they do not have a nation, or a group of nations to vouch for their safety in America since the Federal Government of America itself is racist.
This has resulted in the psychological, biological, political, economic and social means of discriminating against Blacks in America. Simply reinventing Blackness to suite the racist terrain has not swayed racist policies. With the silent help of the US Federal Government, white supremacists police departments across the nation are simply murdering African Americans for absolutely no law enforcement reason.
The theory behind the killing of unarmed Black males in America is as simple as that.
Other ethnicities in America including white ethnicities from parts of Europe have countries around the world that can vouch for their safety. Asians, who are not Americans, are deported to Asia everyday and their governments take them, sometimes willingly, and happily sometimes they are forced to. South Americans who are not Americans are deported to South America and their governments take them, sometimes willingly and happily and sometimes not. Russians and Eurasians who are not Americans get deported every day, sometimes it’s the Russians who call for their own people to come home.
The US also deports African migrants who are not American citizens to African countries every day.
African Americans are Americans. However in white American supremacist ideology – where America only belongs to whites and not with Blacks – the sense that African Americans have no such visibly identifiable countries that can vouch for their safety, even if symbolically, is the case in point.
One of the few times an African stood against crass prosecution, indictment and even murder in the west is poignant for illustration. The Lockerbie bombing suspect was successfully cleared by a Scottish Court through a correct legal process and happily received in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. This symbolism alone shook Westminster and Washington DC. The media and many white US and UK citizens protested against it. They were fazed that a court settled the matter and they were equally disturbed that a Black man [allegedly] “dared to take white lives”. That this Black man was not punished in the west was seen in the west as “a symbolic blow”.
The protests by American and British whites were clear signs of the fear they have towards the future implication of what it could mean if Africans could challenge the status quo and be well received at home. This symbolism will go a long way to help the image of African Americans in America. It will also set the diplomatic table for discussing the civil and human rights issues about white police law enforcement parading Black communities in America with the help of the American racist Federal Government.
The theory is not exclusive to police killings and can be applied to many of the issues faced by African Americans. The current situation is messy, the back of African Americans are tightly pressed against the wall, and neither voluntarily fleeing, or a forced deportation, or a vouching for safety by African nations for them, has been realized. They are not just being killed. They are being exterminated. The world must look upon this brutality that African Americans face daily in the USA as a blight on all our humanity.