Reaction to reactions to the Assault At Spring Valley High

Because if you’re looking for humanity on the internet, there is none. Plus: Putting racists on full blast.

By now, you’ve most likely seen the video of School Resource Officer Ben Fields brutalizing a young black female student:



Now, because of my rule of not being reactionary towards specific events, I’m not going to provide a “reaction piece” to the event itself. But because I would feel remiss if I didn’t post something, I’d like to share with you some of the best (and worst) noteworthy responses I’ve found to this incident. As you can imagine, this incident brought out the worst in certain people on the internet, to say the least  But before we start, let me say something to my fellow melanin-deficient skinfolk:

#DearWhitePeople: Do your best to empathize with this girl.

First: realize that she has lost both her mother and her grandmother in the past year, and is currently living in foster care.

And now, the girl’s parents need to sue this man and come for his entire savings.Edit: The girl’s mom and grandma died this year so she’s in foster care. I NEED THIS MAN TO SUFFER.

Posted by Awesomely Luvvie on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

 
Next: Before you lash out and respond with some (in)advertently racist bullshit about what the girl “should have done” or how “this isn’t a race issue,” ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I black?
  • Have I ever been black?
  • Do I know what it’s like to be black?
  • Are my children black?
  • Had my (white) child acted in the exact same way, would they end up being treated the same way?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “no,” then:

Shut The Fuck Up

If you aren’t black, you have no right to tell black people that they don’t experience racism simply because it’s obscured by your privileged world view. Period.

Now that’s out of the way: let’s begin, shall we?

Let’s start with a few articles:

The first article comes from Dr. Stacey Patton, a very smart lady who is also a journalist, creator of Spare the Kids and author of “That Mean Old Yesterday: A Memoir.” Below is an excerpt from her latest article in the Washington Post: What happened in South Carolina is a daily risk for black children:

In 1920, W.E.B. DuBois wrote: “There is no place for black children in this world.” Almost a century later, that remains true. Too often, to grow up black in the United States is to live in a perpetual state of vulnerability to the brutality of racism: People fear you, and you know there is no safe place for you. For many white children, the future is one of hope and endless possibilities. How can black children have hope, how can they dream, when they’re unable to feel safe, secure and loved by society?

The daily incidents are startling reminders of how far we have to go to secure a post-racial future. Black kids have been slapped on a plane for crying, verbally assaulted by racists on a school bus, terrorized at a birthday party by armed white men carrying Confederate flags, had their hair cut off in front of the class by a teacher, called “feral” in a viral, racist social media post, and assaulted by police at pool parties.

That precariousness in black children’s lives was on display again with this week’s viral video of a white cop brutally assaulting a black student in a Spring Valley, S.C., classroom. Many angry black viewers have been vocal on social media, reflecting a weary frustration: Just how much more of this are we expected to take?

In reality, though, this is not an isolated incident. This kind of harsh discipline has been the reality of growing up black and quasi-free in the United States for more than a century. What happened in Spring Valley isn’t an isolated individual attack on a black child; it’s an example of what our racist society does to black children far too often.

Read full article at the Washington Post >>

Another great article comes from my blogger buddy Miss Naja, who runs MissNaja.com. In her latest article, It’s Time To Talk To Our Black Daughters About Police Brutality, she treads the fine line of Respectability Politics and teaching future black generations to leave police incidents alive and unharmed:

As I consider why SO MUCH FORCE was used on this young lady, I can look at the glaring facts. She is a young Black girl so the officer probably dehumanized her in such a way that his prejudice is glaringly obvious. He may or may not be very friendly toward the Blacks in the school, but that does not mean he regards them as people with feelings anywhere near the level at which he’s capable. Think about how some of us walk past the homeless, we disregard beggars or we simply try to avoid eye contact with a street person. You do not necessarily hate them, but you’ve been programmed by your parents, the media and your experiences to see them as sub-human and inferior.

I now know that while I am teaching my Black son proper etiquette to SURVIVE an encounter with a police officer, I also need to introduce the same kind of conversation to my Black daughter. Our children should be groomed to have respect for authority, but also question it. Because of the color of their skin, they should be equipped with SURVIVAL TACTICS. I’d rather my daughter hand over her cell phone than be slammed to the ground by a full grown man (a police officer), I’d rather my daughter leave a pool party than be sat on by a full grown man (a police officer), I’d rather my daughter simply put out her cigarette than be lawfully killed by a full grown man (a police officer). I am not advising that we teach our daughters to become ultra submissive in the face of authority. I am hoping that you teach your baby how to come out of a routine traffic stop with her LIFE!

Read full article at MissNaja.com >>

#DearWhitePeople: Are you beginning to realize your white privilege yet?

Not needing to teach your children that you’re already assumed to be a dangerous criminal because of your skin color by everyone (including law enforcement), whether consciously or subconsciously, is white privilege.

And from the “bowels of the internet” i.e. the Comments Section:

Earlier today, I reposted my article, Why don’t “good” cops ever denounce “bad” ones? onto Facebook, and updated the cover photo to screenshots of this latest incident. I paid $10 to have Facebook “boost” it into other peoples’ newsfeeds (targeting fans of Fox News, especially; because: trolololo), and predictably got tons of ignorance in the comments section:

Another week, another cop gets caught on camera brutalizing black people. This week, it’s Officer Ben Fields, aka…

Posted by Apolitically Incorrect on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Some of the most ignorant coming from:

steven yatesSteven Yates:

She was told to leave so she got what she won’ted doesn’t matter if she’s black or white girl or boy do what cops say and there won’t be a problem just saying

I mustache the question: do you have an allergy to punctuation?

…or these gems from esteemed psychologist John Shipley:

Lmfao, stupid bitch.

–and–

People against police are a joke, seriously mentally ill. john shipley

I’ve had my fair share of run-ins with the police, more then a dozen, when I was much younger. Never once could I complain about the way I was treated.


It’s quite simple, when I was told to “stop”, I stopped. Told to “get on the ground”, I got down. “Hands on your head / behind your back”, guess what? That’s where my damn hands went. I never said “no”, or asked “why”, I complied and when it was my time to speak, I spoke.

People feel as if they need to question authority, when really they need to start questioning their own actions, actions that cause officers to be in their vicinity in the first place.

No comment.

…or my nominee for “Parent of the Year,” Carl Reed:

If it was my child i wouldn’t be mad….because she didn’t do what she was told….but my kid wouldn’t be at school on no phone….my kids was taught to respect….when your children are at school they are in the care of the teachers are whoever in charge….the children go to school to learn…. not to talk on their cell phones….if she had done what she was told this would have never happen….the teacher or the principle couldn’t get her to obey….no respect for the people that has her best interest….that’s why they have school police now days so let them do their jobs that’s why their there

I really hope the English teachers at his children’s schools did a better job with them than his teachers did with him.

david taylor…or “Mr. I-want-to-say-something-racist-but-this-is-2015-so-i’ll-just-code-the-snot-out-of-my-comment-instead,” aka David Taylor:

How about these stupid little petulant brats start acting like respectable human beings? This kid needs a good ass whipping and obviously is not/has not received any parenting.

“respectable human beings” – I wonder what he could mean by that?

mike zwally…or this golden nugget from World-Renowned Anthropologist Mike Zwally:

Guys there kinda right….would this of happened if it was a white girl….nope it wouldnt of white girl would have left after being told to

…because the race of a person totally determines their reaction to authority.

…or one of the more coherent responses from victim-blamer Derek Gervin:

This has NOTHING to do with RACE and everything to do with following directions. If the young lady didn’t have the phone out in the first place this would be a non issue. WE NEED TO STOP IGNORING THE INITIAL ACT ( every action leads to a reaction whether you like it or not). What has happened to COMMON SENSE?

I also found his favorite song:

 

Are y’all starting to see a pattern?

I encourage all of you to contact these folks and let them know what you think of their comments.

“But Xander, she wouldn’t move. What was the officer supposed to do?”

Answer this: Why was the school resource officer even called in the first place? So she was being “disruptive” by having her cell phone out and wouldn’t leave the classroom. Does that justify having her physically manhandled?

Let’s ask a professional Juvenile Probation Officer how he would have handled it, were he the School Resource Officer in the same position:

Since this is in the news and it is relevant to what I do…having police officers in school is not the problem. I have…

Posted by Jeff Morris on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

And when asked what the correct process is for dealing with a student such as this, he replied with:

First, you assess what the actual problem is. If it is about a phone, you ask yourself how far you are willing to go on this fight at this moment. Do I need to stop class to deal with this, or will I just do a referral and let Admin deal with it after class is over. Which is the greater disruption? The youth gets a consequence either way, but you know your kids and which one will just give up the phone and which one will probably need to get additional discipline for insubordination.

You will win, eventually. This is the most important thing to remember. Don’t get into a pissing match. If the issue is class disruption, what is a bigger disruption, the kid with the phone or what happened?

If it has escalated, step one is always attempt to separate the youth from an audience. Usually you can get them to walk with you somewhere (in this case she wouldn’t give up the phone, but that doesn’t mean she won’t go with you somewhere with the phone). Kids will not lose face in front of peers. Get a kid one on one and 9 times out of 10 you can get a resolution.

In this instance, if she refused to give up the phone, and she has refused to go with you into the hall or to go to the office, and she continues to be disruptive in the class to the point you can’t work around her and deal with the punishment later, you may, and I emphasis “may”, have reached a point where you need to escalate to the next step…which isn’t grabbing the kid and throwing them on the ground.

If you can’t get the youth to go with you, you clear the room and deal with the kid without an audience. Will that disrupt the class? Yes, but we have crossed that bridge a while ago, haven’t we?

Only really mentally unstable kids don’t fold in an empty classroom, or at least at that point allow you to remove them from the classroom to go somewhere else to deal with it.

And even if you have a mentally unstable kid, you don’t go there unless they are aggressive.

But generally…this all stops at sending the kid to the office rather than calling someone in to create a scene in a room full of teens.

Makes sense to me. But no, the girl should’ve just been “respectful” and “respectable” towards the school resource officer. It’s totally her fault. Got it.

A few more Facebook reactions:

Pointing out “conservative” hypocrisy:

Conservative: Kids should follow rules or they get what they deserve. There shouldn’t be any exception.Me: Wait, weren…

Posted by Katrina Young on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Where are the lies?!?

…and pointing out the fact that black girls suffer from depression and anxiety, just like everyone else:

Yup, black girls suffer from depression and anxiety too. #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh

Posted by Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

 

…not to mention the double standards in which black and white teens are treated:

White teenagers DO NOT have the same expectations put on them. White teens are expected to be sulky, have bad attitudes,…

Posted by Brenda Sanders on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

If I had been black and acted the way I did in high school, I’d either be in jail or dead.

Basically, I’m just disgusted with humanity at the moment.

Rather than write anymore, I’m just going finish with a few memes to make my point:

 

 

 

 

PS: If you want to lose what little faith you had left in humanity…”

…then take a look at the extremely predictable comments of this photo posted by Fox News:

Breaking News: South Carolina Deputy Ben Fields has been fired after he was seen on video throwing a female high school student to the ground. http://fxn.ws/1ii1KS7

Posted by Fox News on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

You’ve been warned.

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