COPS ARE NOT OUR FRIENDS

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Images : David ANTI

Text by : David ANTI

August 13, 2014

I SIT AT MY DESK WITH MY PALMS SWEATY, EYES TEARY, AND MY EMOTIONS GETTING THE BEST OF ME. IM A SECOND AWAY FROM BREAKING DOWN. I HEAR MALCOM X’S VOICE SAYING “BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.” I GLANCE AT A POSTER ON MY WALL THAT READS “EVOLUTION IS REVOLUTION” AND I SIT ALONE IN THIS DARK SPACE STARING AT THE SCREEN IN FRONT OF ME WONDERING HOW I CAN CONVEY THE EXACTNESS OF MY RAGE. HOW CAN I GET THE PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE SEVERITY OF THESE ATROCITIES? SHOULD IT BE POETIC? ELOQUENT? NO! SHOULD IT BE AGGRESSIVE? MAYBE, BUT I WOULDN’T WANT YOU TO CONFUSE MY AGGRESSION FOR BELLIGERENCE. MAYBE I SHOULD SPEAK FROM MY HEART? THAT HAS ALWAYS SEEMED TO WORK FOR ME. YEAH. MY HEART.

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HAVE YOU EVER BEEN PULLED OVER BY A POLICE OFFICER FOR NO REASON? HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ASKED TO STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR CAR AND PUT YOUR HAND ON THE HOOD? HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ASKED TO THEN PUT YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOU BACK WHILE BEING TREATED LIKE AN ANIMAL? MANY OF MY FRIENDS HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS. MAYBE THEY WERE SPEEDING OR MAYBE IT WAS A BROKEN TAIL LIGHT OR MAYBE IT WAS D.W.B “DRIVING WHILE BLACK.”

I WANT YOU TO PUT YOURSELF IN THE POSITION OF SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG BUT IS GETTING PULLED OVER BY THE POLICE. I WANT YOU TO HEAR THE SIRENS AND SEE THE RED AND BLUE LIGHTS FLASHING IN YOUR REARVIEW MIRROR. IF YOU ARE A MINORITY THEN YOU ARE SCARED SHITLESS! I WANT YOU TO FEEL THE PARANOIA THAT I FEEL OR ANY OTHER BLACK MAN FEELS WHEN HEARING THE WORDS “STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR VEHICLE.” I DID NOT WANT THIS POST TO BE RACIALLY CHARGED BECAUSE POLICE BRUTALITY HASN’T ONLY AFFECTED THE BLACK COMMUNITY BUT… THERE IS A BIG BUT!

THERE IS A NATURAL FEAR A BLACK MAN HAS WHEN HE IS CONFRONTED BY THE POLICE. IMAGINE BEING BEATEN WITH A BATTON BY TWO POLICE OFFICERS AS YOU BEG FOR YOUR LIFE. IMAGINE BEING PUNCHED AND KICKED IN YOUR HEAD AS YOU SCREAM TO THE HEAVENS ABOVE FOR HELP. IMAGINE BEING STRANGLED AS YOU DIE ON THE CONCRETE. IMAGINE LOOKING LIKE THE PEOPLE BELOW AFTER A RUN IN WITH THE POLICE.

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SINCE I WAS 11 YEARS OLD EVERY TIME I SAW A POLICE CAR I FELT MY HEART SKIP A COUPLE BEATS. I WAS GUILTY OF NO CRIME OTHER THAN BEING BLACK AND LIVING UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE LAPD, BUT I HAD SEEN MY FRIEND’S BROTHERS GET HARASSED ON A DAILY BASIS AND I HEARD STORIES OF THESE SOCIAL INJUSTICES. I HAVE WITNESSED THE CORRUPTION FIRST HAND. I LIVED DOWN THE STREET FROM THE RAMPART POLICE STATION AND SAW WITH MY VERY OWN EYES POLICE OFFICERS FRATERNIZING WITH LOCAL PROSTITUTES, TAKING BRIBES, AND HARASSING PEOPLE FOR SPORT. WHEN YOU SEE THIS AS A KID YOU BEGIN TO QUESTION WHO CAN YOU CALL WHEN YOU NEED HELP? WHY WOULD I CALL THE BAD GUYS? WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE GOOD GUYS TURN OUT TO BE THE BAD GUYS? MY MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD ME FEAR NOTHING BUT GOD. SHE FORGOT TO MENTION A MAN IN A UNIFORM WITH A SHINY BADGE WHO FEELS HE HAS THE POWER TO DO ANYTHING HE WANTS TO DO IN THE NAME OF THE LAW.

A THREAT TO FREEDOM ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO FREEDOM EVERYWHERE. WE’RE ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE BY CHIPPING AWAY AT THE RIGHTS OF OUR CITIZENS! IF THIS GOES UNCHECKED WE COULD INDEED HAVE PEOPLE TAKEN OUT OF THEIR HOMES AND UNJUSTLY DETAINED OR CROWDS SHOT AT BY POLICE.  DON’T FORGET THE STUDENTS OF KENT STATE AND THEY WERE WHITE! BASICALLY, THAT WOULD BE THE BEGINNINGS OF A NAZI STATE NO MATTER HOW UNBELIEVABLE THAT PROSPECT IS TO AMERICANS AS A WHOLE.  WHAT WILL HAPPEN THEN? THIS ISN’T A POSSIBILITY BUT A SOON TO BE REALITY IF WE ALLOW THEM TO CONTINUE TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER! WE HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY DESENSITIZED BY THE MEDIA IF WE ALLOW THESE INJUSTICES BY POLICE TO GO UNPUNISHED! JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED SWIFTLY, BADGE OR NOT!

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THIS ENTITLEMENT HAS ALLOWED MANY COPS TO DO ANYTHING THEY PLEASE WITH ALMOST NO CONSEQUENCE. AS I’M WRITING THIS I AM GETTING EVEN MORE UPSET BECAUSE I AM LOOKING AT THE PHOTOS OF THE PEOPLE’S LIVES THAT HAVE BEEN DESTROYED BY THE POLICE AND IT IS A COMPLETE AND UTTER DISGRACE. THE TRULY SCARY THING IS THAT NOW IT HAS BECOME MORE FREQUENT. A WOMAN WAS BEATEN SENSELESSLY ON THE SIDE OF THE FREEWAY IN BROAD DAYLIGHT! A MAN WHO STOPPED A FIGHT WAS CHOKED TO DEATH AS HE BEGGED FOR AIR! THIS IS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN! AT LEAST WE HAD ENOUGH UNITY WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY TO ACTUALLY STAND UP AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT IN THE 70′S, 80′S, AND EARLY 90′S! WE MARCHED! WE DID SOMETHING!

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THESE PHOTOS THAT I HAVE DECIDED TO SHOWCASE ARE REAL. THESE ARE VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY. PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU AND I WHO HAPPENED TO HAVE A RUN IN WITH A POLICE OFFICER THAT PUT THEM IN A HOSPITAL OR A GRAVEYARD. I COULD CONTINUE TALKING ABOUT THESE ATROCITIES BUT I THINK WE NEED TO BEGIN TO THINK OF SOLUTIONS! WE NEED ANSWERS! WE NEED UNITY.

ANTI SOCIETY WAS DESIGNED FOR JUST THAT. A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS FED UP WITH TODAY’S SOCIETAL INJUSTICES WHO ARE SEEKING CHANGE. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF WE ARE DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS, OR WHAT RELIGION WE BELONG TO. ANTI IS PRO HUMAN AND ANTI OPPRESSION. RIOTS HAVE THE POWER TO BE THE VOICE OF THE UNHEARD. IF RALLYS AND MARCHES ARE THE ONLY LANGUAGE THE GOVERNMENT UNDERSTANDS WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND OUR POWER AND POTENTIAL. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHO WE ARE AS CITIZENS AND THAT WE CAN REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE! IF WE ALL UNIFY AND PUT SKIN COLOR AND SOCIAL DIFFERENCES ASIDE WE CAN HAVE A VOICE THAT WILL BE HEARD ALL OVER THE PLANET. WE CAN TAKE THE POWER BACK. WE CAN USHER IN A NEW AGE OF PEACE AND EQUALITY.

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LET’S PICK UP THE TORCH MARTIN LUTHER KING AND MALCOM X LOST THEIR LIVES TO BURN. IT ALL BEGINS WITH WORD OF MOUTH. I AM ASKING YOU TO SPREAD THIS STORY! SHOW IT TO YOUR MOTHER, FATHER, BROTHER, SISTER, UNCLE, COUSIN, FRIEND, AND NEIGHBOR. GET INVOLVED AND JOIN THE ANTI SOCIETY BY HELPING US WAKE UP THE WORLD! LET’S NOT LET ALL THESE PEOPLE DIE IN VAIN. IF WE CONTINUE TO SIT BACK AND WATCH WITH NO ACTION, ONEDAY IT MAY BE YOUR PICTURE ON OUR BLOG.

I AM DAVID ANTI, STUDENT OF UNIVERSAL TRUTH AND SOLDIER OF HUMANITY. I AM ANTI.

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  • Shea Reiswig ANTI

    a change is coming.