Korryn Gaines: Courage Under Fire

Korryn Gaines - Her and her son were shot by police. He is 5 years old.
      I woke up still thinking about Korryn Gaines. If you aren't familiar with her story, cops race soldiers came to her Baltimore residence to serve a warrant for petty misdemeanors. They came with SWAT/military gear. Helmets. Assault weapons. IR beams. Long story short, she was killed and her 5 year old son was shot by one of the offending "officers". This murder, this miscarriage of justice is heavy on my mind, because her murder was horrendous. More so than others if that's possible. More so because her 5 year old son witnessed the life go out of his mother. He'll never be the same. 
"...before you look with disdain at those who value liberty more than they value safety, please remember that Harriet Tubman was considered a boat rocking criminal when she was helping people escape slavery...."
     Additionally she was like me in that I know how special it is to be Black in 2016. Black in America. Hell, just Black PERIOD. We are the people who've endured more than the world has ever thrown at anyone else. And we are still here. She knew this. She walked in it as you can see in the video below. She was courageous because she was bold even within her fear and if you know anything about danger, you know there is no courage without fear.
     Korryn Gaines had no respect for the state declared authority of these so called "peace officers". I can relate. The so-called good ones don't do enough to neutralize the obviously bad ones and for that reason I find it hard to sympathize with them.
     She also was faced with a decision that many of you haven't been put in - do I stand on principle? Do I defend myself, my family, and my home from the unjust aggression of the state? Or do I bend for self-preservation? I've been put in that position. The outcome was me being shackled and perp-walked out of my 5 year old daughter's classroom. We know what Ms. Gaines chose. What we don't know, is whether or not this was "the best decision she could have made". 
     I put this in quotes because I take issue with the use of the subjective term  "best decision" especially due to how frequently it's been thrown around by apologists, pacifists, and naysayers. The thing is, you all have the right to say "nay", to be passive, to apologize for brutality, but to dismiss her actions as improper is to declare that your way of interfacing with the world is the only right way - and that is just incorrect. Our decisions are functions of our belief/ideal system. Some of you value assimilating and advancement more than you value freedom and sovereignty. That's fine. Live your life how you want. But before you look with disdain at those who value liberty more than they value safety, please remember that Harriet Tubman was considered a boat rocking criminal when she was helping people escape slavery....

     There is an easy narrative to regurgitate with regard to the child: she put him in harms way. I'm categorically opposed to it. Shaun King writes about the numerous occasions that non-Black men have assaulted, shot at, and endangered the lives of law enforcement agents only to be taken into custody ALIVE. It's fair to say that Korryn never imagined that the cops would endanger her son's life by firing upon her with him in close proximity.

      I'd like to suggest a different narrative that you are welcome to accept or reject: Korryn Gaines was a courageous woman who lived on her own terms and tragically was murdered by racist cops who see Black people's lives as not being valuable and for not being subservient in the face of their state appointed "authority".

      In other words, she was killed for pushing back. And please believe, the need to push back against a system that is more totalitarian every day is LOOONG overdue. You will understand when the reasons for sending in the SWAT team start to affect you (i.e. collecting student loan debt)...


H. Pace


1 comment

  • Nate

    The unnecessary use of force here is SICKENING! These barbarians need to be removed from power.. (Because make no mistake they are in power)
    You made an interesting point about pushing back though, are you suggesting that we entirely brush the European controlled legal system and live by our own laws despite living on a land that they have (albeit unjustly) claimed as their own? Because I’ve always suggested that we toe the line until ENOUGH of us wake up to fight back.. I figure if we hype up now, we lose. Because unfortunately we are a few thousand individuals fighting against an entire army of race soldiers. If the sister had a military force behind her, a nation supporting her, this wouldn’t have happened.. Or it would be war. But if you and I hype up and die then that’s 2 more soldiers off the street before our nation is even ready to defend itself.
    I seriously HATE the police! They pulled me and my friend over the other day because I was scratching my head and they said it was suspicious they thought I was hiding my face kmt so they pulled us over, pulled us out the car, searched us on the side of the road, searched my car, the guy was sticking his nose in my cocoa butter trying to sniff for drugs.. It’s humiliating, its frustrating and I can’t wait for the day we get to leave the system behind. But until then. Is it wise to get too hyped? Would it not be worth taking their “citations” and “warnings” until the day comes?
    From what I’ve heard of the goddess Korryn Gaines and from the video I’ve just seen I’d suggest that she is a very passionate soul, the kind of person who is BRAVE and who is powerful. The kind of person that they fear, and I think that’s what got her killed. Had she stayed quiet and said “yes sir no sir” she would likely be alive today… I KNOW THATS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE (look at our younger brother Tamir Rice ffs).. But wouldnt it have increased her chances?
    I would love to hear ur thoughts on this and much respect for the article ??

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