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White Apathy to Black Pain

On April 18, 2019, a video was released of Sergeant Greg LaCerra and Officer Christopher Krickovich pepper spraying and punching 15-year-old Delucca Rolle in the face.

According to a witness of the event, more students than usual had come to a McDonald’s near J.P. Taravella High School because “somebody was going to get jumped.” Records from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office showed that police had been called to said McDonald’s an astounding 85 times since August of 2018. Vandalism, trespassing, and “suspicious people” were the most common reasons why they were called.

According to other students of J.P. Taravella, two fights occurred at the school earlier in the day of the April 18th incident. This is an explanation why the police showed up in their best robocop gear to “deal with” hyped up teenagers. An unnamed teen was involved in a fight there a day earlier. Delucca was assaulted and arrested after reaching to pick up the aforementioned teen’s phone. According to Officer Krickovich, Delucca disobeyed Sgt. LaCerra’s order to stay away and then had an “aggressive stance” toward both officers.

                                                            Delucca Rolle

                                                   Sergeant Greg LaCerra

                                            Officer Christopher Krickovich

Krickovich wrote these things in his report:

“Again, the three of us were outnumbered by a large group of students who were yelling threats and surrounding us.”

“I had to act quickly fearing I would get struck or have a student potentially grab weapons off of my belt or vest.”

[Referring to punching Delucca’s head] “as a distractionary technique” [to free his right hand in order to cuff him].

“The technique was successful and I was able to place him into handcuffs without further incident.”

The two deputies were later suspended in full after initially being relieved of duty by Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony. Both LaCerra and Krickovich are charged with using excessive force during the arrest. The cases are still pending.

Obviously, this was an egregious miscarriage of “the law.” However, that wasn’t what I was focused on. My eyes turned to the comments people were leaving on the video and articles about the altercation.

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The Hypocrisy of White Supremacy

Black people forget trauma easily, anything of malice done to them will be forgotten at some point by their feeble brains.” — Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of the United States of America- in his only book Notes on the State of Virginia (1784).

 

“I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot for the Negro and not the woman.” — Susan B. Anthony, a pivotal activist for women’s suffrage movement- said at a meeting with slavery abolitionist Frederick Douglass in 1866.

 

“Black people are too stupid to vote for me.” — President Donald Trump, 45th president of The United States of America- in a conversation with his former attorney Michael Cohen in 2016.

 

“I think one man is as good as another so long as he’s honest and decent and not a nigger or a Chinaman.” — Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the United States of America, in a letter to his wife dated 1911.

 

“Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802.” — Bill O’Reilly when talking about Michelle Obama’s comment on how she “lives in a house that was built by slaves.” in 2016.

 

“This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government for white men.” — Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States of America, in 1866.

 

These are a collection of comments that span hundreds of years that were made from various people that range from esteemed presidents, suffragettes, and TV personalities. The thread that connects them all?

White supremacy.

(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Let’s start with Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson is a complicated, confusing human being. He’s praised for being a founding father- an architect of the America we know today. Still, he was also a brutal slave owner who both advocated for the abolition of slavery yet freed barely any of his slaves after his death. Why? How? Jefferson’s seemingly strong morals went entirely out the window when it came to owning black people, so what was his rationale? Well, Jefferson had A LOT to say about black people, none of it flattering.

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