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Pay Back Is A Bitch – An Elegy Of Black Lives Lost

Pictures and Words by Cynthia Turnquest-Jones

Frederick Douglass spoke out about power, he said, “This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

Philando Castle. Terrence Crutcher. Eric Garner. Mike Brown. Sean Bell. George Floyd…

As the Minneapolis Police Station is still smoking from being set on fire Thursday night, over 500 protesters assembled at Foley Square in Manhattan on Friday evening.

“We are frustrated and had enough of the deliberate killing of Black Men, Black Boys as well as Females.”

Protesters showed up with signs bearing the name of those murdered in vain and carried flowers as a visual expression of their sympathy, grief, love, and respect to the deceased. It was a declaration that Police Criminality is not acceptable or pleasing.

Sandra Bland. Anthony Biaz. Amadou Diallo Shantel Davis. Oscar Grant. George Floyd…

George Floyd died in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25th, after a white police officer pinned him to the ground during an arrest for an alleged case of fraud. A citizen posted a Facebook video of officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck with his knee for eight minutes. Suffocating him to death after five minutes but not getting up until the eighth minute. As his Brother-in-Law stood by with his hands in his pockets watching him commit murder. “Floyd! Floyd! Floyd! Floyd!” chants were heard in between “If we don’t get no justice! Then they don’t get no peace! If we don’t get no justice! Then they don’t get no peace!” Behavior is the language of need! We need to be heard and action needs to happen. Individuals are saying that now is the time for action and are in no more mood for rhetoric.

NO BACK DOOR FOR THE MINNEAPOLIS FOUR! NO BACK DOOR FOR THE MINNEAPOLIS FOUR!

Sean Reed. Freddy Grey. Aiyana Jones. Trayvon Martin. Ramarley Graham. George Floyd…

Derek Chaivin did not act alone. Tou Thao can be seen standing with his hands in his pockets watching Chaivin. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were the other two officers holding other parts of George Floyd’s body down. According to reports, Lane asked several times if they should turn Floyd to his side because he was on his stomach and handcuffed but Chaivin said no. As Floyd cried out, “Mama!” “Mama!” The chain link in Brooklyn stood toe-to-toe with the officers chanting “Mama!” “Mama!” as Black Protesters walked by untouched. The Justice Committee rallied behind protesters checking on the safety and providing water stops on various corners.

Jonathan Ferrell. Sandra Bland. Anthony Biaz. Amadou Diallo. Abner Louima. Shantel Davis. George Floyd…

New Yorkers stood for many times against Police Criminality. Black and Brown people being killed and abused by Police Officers is not new it’s just being filmed more. But the blatant killing of George Floyd has razzled the souls of viewers from Minneapolis across to Georgia up to New York and back down to North Carolina. As viewers watched NYPD paddy wagon light up and the door and windows of the 88th Precinct in Clinton Hill vandalize in Fort Greene, which is Gentrified. The World is watching a great number of uprisings. Police Criminality and White Supremacy have rocked the United States like never before. Racism is being met with fire because racism in any form is never okay and should never be tolerated.

Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. Emmett Till. Ahamud Arbery. Nicolas Hayward Jr. Phillip Pannell. George Floyd…

Constance ‘Lil Miss’ Malcolm (mother of Ramarley Graham) [Cynthia Turnquest-Jones/ Black Westchester]

What is interesting is that politicians and activist are on one accord and are speaking out more than ever. Jumaane Williams, New York City Public Advocate shared a tearful briefing and shared, “I’m not okay.” Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State confided that, “I stand against the arson and the burglary and the criminality but I stand with the protesters and I think all well-meaning Americans stand with the protesters.” Tamika Malery, former leader of the Women’s Marches stood in Minneapolis with a crowd hungry to listen. “We are in a state of emergency. Black people are dying in a state of emergency. We can not look at this as an isolated incident.” Reverand Al Sharpton said, “I am against the violence. The violence of the police officer who choked a black man to death with his knee.” Jacob Frey, the Mayor Minneapolis said, “The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life.” But, the mother of Ramarley Graham stood on the rock in Brooklyn across from Prospect Park. Thousands stood waiting to hear from Constance Malcolm who journeyed this route on February 2, 2012. Constance said, “Be Leary of those who make promises during an election year. It is difficult to convict an officer with first degree murder. I know that third degree sounds like a slap but if convicted something might happen. Because normally nothing happens.”

George Floyd…

As the sun went to sleep and the moon yawned to wake, protesters across the country continue to stand, march, chant, and brave being arrested all in the name of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. Emmett Till. Ahamud Arbery. Nicolas Hayward Jr. Phillip Pannell. Jonathan Ferrell. Sandra Bland. Anthony Biaz. Amadou Diallo. Abner Louima. Philando Castile. Terrence Crutcher. Eric Garner. Mike Brown. Sean Bell. Amadou Diallo. Shantel Davis. Oscar Grant. Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray. Aiyana Jones. Trayvon Martin. Ramarley Graham. George Floyd…

All Unarmed and Black.

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About Cynthia Turnquest-Jones (48 Articles)
Cynthia Turnquest-Jones a co-host of People Before Politics Radio is an avid philanthropist. In October 2012 she launched Tha B.U.M.P. “Brown Urban Mother Partnership”, hosting an informational breast cancer session “Save the Women not the Boobies” inviting mothers from the community to sit and enjoy healthy foods while engaging in dialogue about breast cancer. In addition to Tha B.U.M.P, Cynthia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated, Mocha Moms, Incorporated, MAMAiAM, the Episcopal Church Women, secretary for Mount Saint Michael Academy PTA in the Bronx, and a member of Graham Elementary School PTA.
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