The political exploitation through ideology-focussed assessments of radicalisation of people of colour is reminiscent of European colonial efforts to subjugate indigenous populations through value-centric (“uncivilised”) justifications. Indeed as decolonisation movements begin to unravel European cultural superiority, the efforts to deconstruct and rollback CVE in a similar fashion must also be instituted in this light, and included in this effort.
Each time a person of colour or member of a minority group responds with violence to a persistent oppression or structurally imposed violence, any sincere callers for change, be they politicians or members of civil society need to address the root of such crimes if we are to stop the cycles of violence.”
Alton Sterling on the ground before he was fatally shot.
CROSSPOST: Ibrahim Mohamoud
FIGURES FROM America reveal that young black men were killed by police at five times the rate of white men of the same age in 2015. In 97% of police shootings, the officers involved were not charged with a crime.
On July 6, Alton Sterling was arrested, pinned down and then shot several times at point blank range by police officers in Louisiana. Before Americans and the rest of the world had fully comprehended this killing, the next day another man, Philando Castile, was also shot dead by police while his partner and her four-year-old daughter were in the car with him in Minnesota.
The killing of Alton Sterling and Castile were both recorded and posted online and stunned black communities. Black lives were once again shown not to matter. After the shock comes grief, then protests…
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