COMMENT: Police violence and the murder of black people in the United States have provoked outrage and protest around the world, including on the continent. But, why is there so little outrage over police violence in African countries?
Police violence and the murder of black people in the United States have provoked outrage and protest around the world, including on the continent. But, why is there so little outrage over police violence in African countries?
for breaking lockdown regulations was either celebrated or ignored). Why was there little outrage over police violence at home?It might first have something to do with the role of social media. Generally, under consumer capitalism, there exists a tendency in our media-saturated society to render all political events as media commodities, constructing a landscape where, as the social theorist Jean Baudrillard
once explained, the nature of the real is preceded and determined by its mediatised representation. Society becomes predisposed to a fascination with spectacular and immediate images of violence due to their overproduction—in Baudrillard’s time it was wars in the Middle East, terrorism and football riots– in ours, it is images of police brutality. Their circulation exists first and foremost for their consumption, and rather than induce sustained action, they often trigger outbursts of anger which quickly dissipate into apathy. This moment will hopefully prove the exception.
So, that Khosa’s homicide lacks footage, effectively excludes it from the market of this attention economy, worsened as the majority of life is migrated online in the era of physical distancing. This was also the case before the pandemic with the countless other incidents of police murder in this country, which per capita, are actually
three times higher than in America, a country five times our size. But America’s lasting cultural hegemony means that South Africans routinely import a distinctively American sensibility when it comes to understanding police violence at home, one with anti-black racism at its center. Yet this framework quickly reveals itself to be ill-suited to understanding the dynamics of our situation, given the fact that unlike America, we are a majority black country. And so it is almost always the case that both the perpetrators of this violence, as well as its victims, are black. It cannot simply be, as it is often decried in the United States, that our law enforcement agents are uniformed white supremacists. What else is at play here?
Consider that throughout the lockdown, the majority of the military and police’s presence are in townships and informal settlements. People were right to express surprise that the police, after years of neglect of these communities where dire social conditions increases the rate of crime and disorder, could now suddenly arrive in full force. This contradiction uncovers what many historians have previously pointed out– that the invention and subsequent function of the police as a professional body of law enforcers, is not as a response to crime, but as a response to the threat that collective action poses to elite rule and the unequal social arrangements which undergirds it. Through rebellions, strikes and other forms of resistance, masses have throughout history contested their domination and exploitation by the ruling class. It is the threat from the masses that means they need to be permanently contained, and this remains the enduring imperative of policing practices.Read more: Mail & Guardian »
Shokispeare Because it is propaganda in the West and a terrible reality at home Shokispeare Is it because it's black on black violence and they don't have an issue with tribalism? Shokispeare 1. Fear of retribution. 2. Africans always looks for others to blame. 3. To feed the illusion of African unity. 4. To score points with each other! Interestingly no media coverage of any blm protests in Asia, Middle east, Latin America or Greater Africa
Shokispeare Because it expected and accepted as norm? Shokispeare Maybe because we have worse things to deal with than police brutality. We depend more on our police force due to higher levels of poverty and corruption,even when portions of the police are corrupt. 'First world' country problems🤷♂️.
And some countries like Burundi. There is no such thing as protests, freedom of speech or nonadat Different drivers : wealth & skin colour have a divergent mix on this continent | in USA the narrative is simpler to manipulate •• BTW the use of the term 'race' really needs a history lesson - the origin was dodgy, biased science group
Double standards Politics! Because black lives only matter when killed by whites... Duh! Blacks killing blacks...no problem...... Good question to ask Cyril No one in Africa is consistently and in a protracted manner (400 yrs in the USA) victimised on the basis of their skin colour and race. Decontextualising the violence and narrative and conflating dissimilar countries, shows deliberate intellectual fraud and prevarication.
Democracy is not completely understood in African countries. You do what the chief tells you to do. Very tribal. Some natives end up being keepers of western coz of imperialism and disposition of land and other opportunities, we also know that eg in RSA DF Malan introduces self hate amongst us whilst they were uniting French, Dutch , English and even the earlier Chinese speak Afrikaans now
Because Africa hasn't evolved? That’s a very narrow narrative all African countries are captured by mostly western countries and few by 🇨🇳 now, so please stop being ignorant and as a media house be truthful about what is happening here in RSA and Africa, it is wrong that some natives are keepers of westerns
africaupdates African countries have no justice . I mean protesting won't change anything in most of our countries, instead, more lives will be lost. Protesters are killed by shooting,beatings and even imprisonment! Corrupt governments will always care less about its people. What about this one? The police should arrest Simon Ruthoane for his gross incompetence. This guy is out of line. He is using his position to settle old scores.
Black on black violence apparently does not count neither is it newsworthy. africaupdates When always comparing with Africa... yesterday was “why COVID-19 is not hitting Africa so much”!!! Guys, realities are not the same everywhere. africaupdates africaupdates Can you stop complaining and create the outrage! Don’t seat back and expect things to be done for you
The killing of a blackman by police happens every day in Africa under African governments.African governments are quite for a reason!
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