I’m not going to lie; I think it’s because she’s black and happens to be the greatest gymnast that’s ever lived.
The problem that the Tulsa Police Department suffers from is the same problem that Tulsa Public Schools, the Tulsa Health Department, and every American created governmental institution is suffering from and that’s white supremacy. Thus, eradicating the cultural mindset of white supremacy from our institutions is the cure to eliminating the lingering racial tension and racial disparities in our city and country.
Workers for the State shoot us when we comply, run away, or when we’re unarmed and mentally ill. They lock us up and place barriers to our survival when we are released. They defund our schools and plan prison beds based on third-grade test scores.
My heart and soul goes out to the family of Isaiah Lewis. You should have seen your baby boy graduate. Go to college. Grow into the beautiful black man he was destined to become. We will not forget him. We will not forget this. We will continue to fight corruption and murderers with a badge.
I used to point out people like this to my “sensible” white friends and they would tell me that we shouldn’t pay them any mind, that those folks are on the fringes and are dying out. Then we came to find out there’s enough of them (and others) to elevate a demagogue into the role of leader of the so-called free world.
In two years, we will acknowledge the 100-year commemoration of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Right now, it feels like many of us are looking at the moral arc of the universe — breath held — leaning on a hope and prayer that something will be different this time.
When you have internalized racism, it’s like living in the matrix. You don’t even realize that you are in it and that you’ve become an echo chamber of supremacy until the virus begins to disrupt. It is only then that you’ll start to see the glitches in the system.