The idea that the solution to police brutality against Afrikans is killing random police officers is delusional. There are more officers accessible to the system than people in the community. After police comes the army. Violence against individual officers will not change the SYSTEM. They would simply send more officers with more weapons and kill more of us. Ultimately we would be outnumbered. So though some in the post called this revolutionary, this is the height of foolishness and this is why our people have to stop listening to the frauds in the so called movement. Most of their strategies and tactics end up with more of us dying, which if you understand police brutality, is kind of the goal of the system to begin with. If your strategy ends up attaining or helping your enemies attain the objective they were working on to begin with, you have been deceived into confusing reactionism with revolution. The only thing that happens here is that 3 are dead with a promise of many more in a situation where Afrikan people are outnumbered. No Afrikan warriors, as brave as they were, would ever pursue such a foolish strategy. Collective defense is not an attack on individuals and must be formed and organized collectively. To send our children and youth out to shoot random police officers thinking that that alone is actually progress towards either safety or social progress means you’re an idiot not a revolutionary. That was NOT The ideology of the Panthers or the Black Liberation Army or any of the other organizations either, and if you think it was, that’s even more ignorance, but people talk without sufficient study and they recommend without sufficient study. You could subtitle this nonsense as “The police and the system are trying to kill you, shoot them and give them a justification for killing you and even more of us.” Any intelligent strategy would have to result in us not getting killed to begin with, not spreading more death among us after the fact. But scripture says people who have given themselves over to a certain degree of foolishness will give rise among themselves foolish leaders and foolish organizations. We are stuck between the Negroes who do nothing which is suicide and these fake revolutionaries who recommend a path of death which is murder-suicide. We have to take our communities back from these psychopaths. I do not have to commit to kill or to die to live, to believe that is to have been brainwashed by the very oppressive system in which we are forced to live or DIE.
Someone said in support of this errant strategy, quoting the last poets, “niggas is scared of revolution.” I’m not scared of revolution personally, In work for it every day. I AM scared of this kind of nonsense because I, unlike those who push this fatalistic claptrap, understand what revolution is. IT is only the devil who teaches that revolution is death and violence and that those who advocate it are revolutionaries. Death may and will come in struggle and force may be applied, but the force of good is defense against evil, not offense for it becomes offense, it has become evil. If you are striking me, my goal is that you cease from doing so, not that you die. If I want you to die, I have only to wait as that requires no effort. You will and so will I. The challenge for a revolutionary therefore, is not leading a dying people to death, but how to secure their lives. What kind of revolution is there when you have no economics, no education, no health care, no food, no land and your only tool is a gun shooting officers like a video game where each wave of attackers is bigger and stronger? And in reality when it says “game over”, no amount of money can generate a reset for the fool who plays.
If I must die for the revolution among the people, that’s fine, but I will die for LIFE and that which sustains life, not for death. Killing myself or others because someone has died increases death and does not prevent more of us from dying. The dead must bury the dead. It is the living that must be the concern of the revolutionary. The greatest memorial to the dead is not killing yourself and others, necessitating the need for more memorials. It is living in spite of the threat to your life and building COLLECTIVE institutions that ensure that the masses of the people will be able to do the same.
The tribute to our brothers who have died at the hands of police should be doing things to PREVENT more of them dying, not developing strategies ENSURING that more do.
The law enforcement apparatus, the corrections apparatus, the judicial apparatus. These are social, political, and economic SYSTEMS. They are collective. They are not groups of individuals and any individual in those systems is expendable. Their policies, procedures, and operations will continue immediately if individuals fall. So those who think killing individuals destroys the entire system do not understand society and the enemies they face of the nature of them. And a foolish general will get all of the army killed.
No matter how otherwise good and righteous the soldiers.