There appears to be an effort to remove Black people from their positions of power in one city, and the establishment is using the police to do it. Black people are fed up because this isn’t a new problem. We shouldn’t be dealing with this in 2020.
In Portsmouth, Virginia, police have brought felony charges against State Senator Louise Lucas and others – including NAACP members and other Black officials – for “injury” to a Confederate statue during a protest. “Injury?” The intent behind the charges is clear.
The city’s first Black police chief was forced out too. A former councilman and former mayor are two others with similar stories. The white establishment in this city has been using the legal system to target Black leaders in a disturbing pattern. Now it’s unfolding again.
Since this is an important election year, the stakes are high. Also troubling is that Sen. Lucas is a big advocate of police reforms. Like many of the other leaders that ended up having issues with the police, criticism of authorities preceded their cases.
Black people in the city are fighting back because they’re tired of Black officials being targeted by the legal system. It goes to show how the purpose of maintaining white supremacy can be used against elected leaders even now. These leaders are saying, not today!