Ma’Khia Bryant was shot and killed by police, last week. The jury of public opinion (here’s my obligatory “not all” disclaimer😒) decided that it was justified AND she deserved it AND came for her looks…and Iont like that.
Disrespectfully, you all can choke on every single “justifiable” word that comes out of your putrid ass mouths. *I had to clean up this sentence several times, so FB wouldn’t Zuck me. But know, that this is the NICEST way for me to put it*
Every. Single. Time. a Black girl or woman is killed by the police, the scrutiny and amount of people willing to write them off, is massive. Yes, people still try to justify it when it’s a Black man or boy. Yes, they do their darndest to assassinate their character.
But it’s different when it’s a Black woman. It’s like the normal bullshit juiced up on steroids. I don’t feel like going into a long-drawn-out explanation as to why, so the short version? It’s patriarchy. More specifically? Misogynoir.
Need more “woke” terminology? Black women have more intersections than Black men, therefore they’re more oppressed.
In these scenarios, the sexism, misogynoir and racism, all come out swinging – trying to compete for first place. The only one who loses here is Black women.
Did I cover the normal “woke” bases? Okay, good. Moving on.
I’m frustrated that I have to break down Ma’Khia’s last days, feelings, life situation, etc, simply to maybe get people to understand her actions. But here we fucking go.
The home where Ma’Khia lived and ultimately was killed in front of, was her foster home.
Like many foster homes, this one was one rough. The foster mom wasn’t that nice to Ma’Khia and there were spats between her and the other foster kids. Have I mentioned, yet, that Ma’Khia was 16? A mere teenager, dealing with all the uncertainty, life discovery, and feels of any other teenager, with the added struggle of being in a foster home. Things weren’t easy for sis.
Three days before her life was snatched away, in what so many have thrown their hands up and said “IDGAF. Justifiiieeedd,” a few ADULTS (all in their 20’s) came to the house to fight Ma’Khia. She was terrified. It was her against these grown women. Her against her foster mom. Her against the others in the house. Hell, it was her against the system, at this point.
Those adults came back the next day to threaten her and try to fight her.
They, once again, came back on the third day at the request of the foster mom. Yeah, you read that right. The foster mom called them to come and beat her up, because she was “unruly.”
What do you think was going through Ma’Khia’s head, day after day after day of having to worry if she was going to be jumped, the moment she stepped outside? You think she slept peacefully? Was trying to figure out how to protect herself?
I don’t know how many of y’all have been jumped or have had people attempt to jump you, but I have. I’ve had girls threaten to jump me, when I was a teen. Know what I thought? Aight, bet. I would be ready to do WHATEVER I needed to do, to protect myself. I was fully prepared to knock as many heads off as I possibly could. When it’s 3-on-1 or 4-on-1, you have to be.
And I can almost guarantee you, that after 3 whole days of emotional warfare, Ma’Khia got ready to protect herself. When the adults showed up, knives in tow, ready to drag her out of her house and beat her up, Ma’Khia armed herself.
When her little sister called the police, the confrontation was imminent. There was no more hiding in the house.
There was screaming. They had a knife. Ma’Khia had gotten a knife. Everyone was threatening her. She was frantic. In full survival mode. The cops roll up, sirens off.
Ma’khia doesn’t see them. She sees a break, a chance, to defend herself from the 4-6 ADULTS trying to cause her bodily harm. She lunges. She is shot 4 times, in the chest.
And just like that, her life that was just beginning… has ended.
It took 11 seconds, for the police to pull up and fire.
In a world where we see heavily armed white men, white men with guns aimed at the police, white men and women who assault the police, getting apprehended peacefully – I don’t want to hear a god damned thing about how this shooting is justified. Not ‘nare thing.
If you think that the police “can’t figure out” any other ways to subdue kids armed with knives, I think school educators, therapists, bouncers, social workers, nurses, correctional officers, and substance abuse counselors, would like to have a little word.
I won’t say what I want to say about those of you who think she deserved it because she’s “ghetto, ugly, stupid, fat, a Black bitch, a hoe,” but Nay, not Janay, Nay would like for you to come outside. I just want to.. talk.🙃
When JanayB isn’t posting memes, scrolling through “wokebook” posts, ordering food and otherwise being your typical millennial, you can find her here destroying white tears and basking in her unapologetic blackness. Get in touch with her at JanayBsays@gmail.com