Black-on-Black crime: all Black lives matter
Activist decries one-sided approach targeting only police abuse; Najee Ali challenges both police and Black-on-Black brutality By NAJEE ALI From my vantage point being in the movement and in the streets fighting police brutality for more than
Activist decries one-sided approach targeting only police abuse; Najee Ali challenges both police and Black-on-Black brutality
By NAJEE ALI
From my vantage point being in the movement and in the streets fighting police brutality for more than two decades while also negotiating a gang peace treaty that received national attention, is that when the police murder someone unjustly, the National Action Network, for which I am the Los Angeles political director, is at the forefront [challenging] the police and holding them accountable.
This includes our allies — the traditional civil rights groups and activists like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, NAACP, Project Islamic Hope and others. There hasn’t been one police shooting or beating of anyone in L.A. which hasn’t been addressed in my 20-plus years of street activism.
But, when an African-American murders another in our community, we’re also at the forefront of these issues, as well, with our allies in the gang intervention and peace movement aiding and consoling grieving family members, holding vigils, peace marches and whatever else we can do to help bring peace in our hood.
That’s what separates us from the #BlackLivesMatter movement in L.A. BLM only comes out when a White cop kills a Black person in a controversial shooting — which, on average is twice a year, at best — while dozens of Black folk are murdered by other Black folk, annually.
BLM is one-dimensional and won’t be respected or taken seriously in the community if all they do is beg White folk for meetings by protesting outside their homes, and snatching microphones from political allies, and ignoring the murders of Black people in the community by other Black people. #Blacklivesmatter won’t be taken seriously until they realize all #Blacklivesmatter, no matter who the killer is.
BLM is trying to take the easy route because they are not prepared to go into South L.A. and deal with the Crips and Bloods. Props go to my fellow activists who protest police brutality and gang murders. We protest and fight against both maladies.
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