NYPD Attack on Gay African is STILL Colonial Violence! Protect and Defend the African Community -‐ Gay or Straight!
Once again the New York City Police Department (NYPD) attacks another African who also happens to be a gay male.
On Sunday January 13, 2013, Jabbar Campbell, an audio technician, was hosting a party at his home in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. A few of Jabbars’s friends were standing outside of his apartment building which caught the eyes of several cops of the 77th precinct who obviously didn’t like that.
According to Jabbar’s account, around 3 a.m. that morning, officers came to his home and asked him to lower the music in his apartment and he complied with the request of the officers. Upon his return into his apartment after the first encounter with the state (NYPD), he noticed from a monitor that a cop was repositioning the security camera located at the entrance of his building to look away from the front of the building. Jabbar went back downstairs to ask the cops why they were repositioning the camera and that’s when, he says, they began to physically attack him.
Jabbar stated, “they went to work on my face, it was like he (the cop) was at the gym”. As he was being beaten up they were also taunting him with anti-homosexual epithets. In an article in the 01/18/2013 edition of the Huffington Post, Jabbar is quoted as saying “They were screaming and cursing saying things like ‘fag’, ‘homo’, ‘a-hole’, just a bunch of anti-gay slurs”.
As a result of the assault by the NYPD Jabbar’s lip was split open and his left eye is now swollen. After this brutal attack was over, the cops charged Jabbar with resisting arrest-and he spent 24 hours in police custody.
When it comes to Africans in this prison of nations called the United States of America, white power don’t give a damn if we are gay or straight when it comes to colonial violence at their bloodied hands.
The NYPD along with other police departments in the United States, are part of the U.S. Imperialist state apparatus which has always been colonial in nature. It deals with Africans and other oppressed people in a completely different manner than it does whites who are a part of the colonizing nation. This is the case in the continental U.S. and Internationally. The fact is what the NYPD does in Brooklyn and in other parts of New York City when it comes to brutalizing Africans, is no different from what the U. S. Marines do to Africans in Somalia or the people in Iraq and Afghanistan.
What happened to Jabbar was not a “hate crime” or an “anti-gay offense”, as the white left and mainstream media claim. If this was an attack based on the faction of “anti-gay”, why haven’t the pigs vamped down on the famous Gay Pride Parade in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan, New York?
Some people like to bring up the Stone Wall Riots in the 1970’s as an example of the police attacking a gay pride assembly. However, when you examine the Stone Wall incident, you will obviously see that the only gays who were attacked by the pigs were African and Puerto Rican. This goes to show you that there is no such thing as “gays in general”. There are gays of the oppressor nation and there are gays of the oppressed nation. The two have a completely different relationship to the state. Having the identity of “gay” can never come before the African identity or we will find ourselves struggling for gay rights that have no regard for the rights of Africans and other oppressed people.
The New York City Police Department did to Jabbar what they do to Africans in New York City on a regular basis. You need to ask yourself what makes his case any different from Remarly Graham, Amadou Diallo and Abner Louima whose case mentioned earlier in this article?
Even if “gay freedom” (whatever that means) was won, Jabbar would not be free but still an African colonial object in the eyes of white power. Therefore, our struggle can never be limited to the freedom for some of us. We must struggle for complete and total African liberation and unification if any of us are to know freedom.
Let’s go back into time to examine the colonial violence that the NYPD traditionally hands out to Africans within its territory.
In 1997 a Haitian named Abner Louima was assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized with the handle of a bathroom plunger by NYPD officers after being arrested outside of an East Flatbush Brooklyn night club.
There was also the Anthony Baez case that happened three years before the Abner Louima case. On December 22, 1994 Anthony Baez, a 29-year old Florida resident, was choked to death by police in the Bronx, New York. Anthony had been playing a game of catch football with his brother in the early hours of the morning when their ball hit a police car. Police officer Francis X. Livoti jumped out and told them to go home. They refused and as Livoti tried to arrest them, he grabbed Anthony around the neck, asphyxiating him.
And who can forget about the Eleanor Bumpers incident which happened 10 years before the Anthony Baez case. Coincidentally, the Bumpers case happened within the same police district as the Baez case, the 46th precinct in the Bronx, New York. Eleanor Bumpers was a 66 year old African woman who was shot on October 29, 1984 by police enforcing a city ordered eviction from her apartment in the Bronx. When Bumpers refused to open the door, police broke in. In the struggle to subdue her, on officer shot Bumpers twice with a 12-gauge shot gun.
Solutions to ending colonial violence within the African community, just to name a few, would be: 1) the total removal of the U.S. occupying army from our communities and, 2)We demand African control of public safety and all of the other institutions of coercive colonial state power that wreak perennial havoc within our colonized community.
In conclusion, this is why the International Peoples Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) is holding its International Convention of March 23-24 under the theme of “One Africa! One nation!” Build Revolutionary Organization To Protect And Defend Our Own”.
We will hold a panel discussion entitled “Black Power meets LGBT; Protect and Defend The African Community Whether Gay or Straight!” The goal of this panel is to establish an International African LGBTQ Commission, whose primary responsibility will be to advance point #23 of InPDUM’s Revolutionary National Democratic Program (RNDP) which states;
“We are opposed to and committed to struggle against any denial of rights and any oppression of Africans because of sexual orientation.”
There will also be a panel entitled “From Police in Bed Stuy to Marines in Africa – Resist the Colonial Occupation of the African Community!” The goal of this panel will be to establish the International Community for African Community Control of Police whose responsibility will be to advance point #20 of the RNDP, which states,
“We demand African community control of schools, police, and all the institutions of coercive colonial state power that wreak perennial havoc within our colonized community.”