Feminist website Jezebel introduced a jaw-dropping interview with a New York protester, a black woman who said she was a social studies teacher, with this:
Despite escalating police violence, arrests, and city-mandated curfews, protesters are continuing the crucial work of speaking out against the murder of George Floyd by police officers and the continued violence against unarmed black people. For reasons that escape logic, protesters and activists are still being asked the same question by reporters and those who refuse to come to terms with America’s history of racism: Why are you here? How do you feel about the looting? It’s a series of questions too often forced upon black people who are expected to educate the masses while simultaneously being oppressed, murdered, ignored, and told to be quiet and “get over” hundreds of years of institutionalized racism.
How unreasonable to expect those engaged in mindless violence against their community and police to have a coherent explanation for what they think they are accomplishing!
The exchange that Jezebel thinks explains it all began with the unnamed black woman saying,“I mean, I’m a black mother and a Social Studies teacher and I’m raising a black son in America so I have no choice but to fight and walk. That’s all I can do.”
Asked about whether the looting and rioting had overshadowed the message of the protests, her response was to reference a century-old race riot in Oklahoma in 1921. “I mean these white mobs came and rioted in Tulsa and did the same shit, excuse my language, but I’m just sayin’ like, what’s the difference?” she said.
Now there’s a compelling argument. It’s reassuring to know our youth are being taught this level of critical thinking skills.
“You gave, the government gave $1,200 to people to survive on in March, what you thought was gonna happen? You took summer youth away from the youth, what you thought was gonna happen?” she continued. “They need jobs! Feed our babies and we won’t have this problem!”
We’ll have the children, and its up to the country to take care of them.
On the looting and arson: “These are multi-billion dollar corporations that got insurance. So, no offense, but they’ll be alright.” Asked by the reporter about small businesses owned “by people of color,” the teacher responded,
“Hmmm, define owned by people of color, because the banks actually run those businesses,” she responded. “So they own, they could be a mom and pop store, but it’s probably someone else that is not of their color funding their business.”
So burn them down. How can you argue with logic like that?
“They’re sick and tired of being sick and tired and this is what sick and tired looks like,” she concluded.