Abolition is not about Bill Cosby or Derek Chauvin

Abolition is not about Bill Cosby or Derek Chauvin

Abolition is to decriminalize Blackness and free Black people from situational oppression. The U.S. allowed white people to enslave Black people in their homes, plantations, small farms, craft shops, and corner stores. The U.S. allowed the Five Civilized Tribes to enslave Black people on their territories. We were on the Trail of Tears too, carrying our enslavers’ items. 

The point is that you shouldn’t be enslaved under the guise of a criminal offense for decades for not walking on a road when there is no road (a crime in Texas, 2020). Abolition is for people who get life sentences for weed (Allen Russell, 2021). Abolition is about the fact that Trump, if convicted of a felony, can still run and be president, and Keisha in Mississippi can’t vote. 

These are the kinds of things that regularly happen to Black people for being Black.

The ethnicity and race of Black is criminalized in North America and Europe.

Abolition at its core is to dismantle the situational oppression of Black people whether they are in prison or not.

There is no confusion. Abolition that conflates Blackness with depravity does no one any favors. 

Abolition is not about defending every depraved individual that is removed from society. Some people need to be removed from society. And this line of thinking also adds to the lie that Black people are doing things other than being Black to be oppressed, which they are not.

Abolition is not about defending rapists and child molesters. 

Abolition isn’t for predators who use the system to take advantage of people owing to race, age, or gender.

Bill Cosby and Derek Chauvin are both predators. 

Bill Cosby admitted in a deposition that he drugged and raped people.
Derek Chauvin smiled while he murdered George Floyd on camera.

Some argue if we don’t fight for the rights of white supremacists who want to murder politicians, pedophiles who want to have sex with children, and rapists then how can we fight for the dismantling of Blackness.

They say it is about consistency!

That is not being consistent.

It is a false equivalency consistency argument and indicates a person who has an inability to separate Black people’s oppression with predatory mayhem. 

It is white supremacist to view Black people struggling for justice in the identical light as the most violent members of society.

The US prison system is brutal, but my lens isn’t place-oriented. Abolition is regarding the barbarity of the US. It is not limited to a place, but it is limited to the relational situation of Black people in the US and the West.

White hegemony will often find a technicality for those who uphold antiblackness. 

We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a damned thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed and all that crap and all of them are in jail.

From Bill cosby’s infamous poundcake speech from 2004

Dismantle the acceptance of antiblackness everywhere, and this country will dismantle the prison system. White hegemony gets you by keeping you in ridiculous lanes and following ridiculous theories that have you explaining the “bigger” issue. 

The issue is dismantling the antiblackness that built this stolen country. 

That is the bigger issue.

That is the important issue for me. 


Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals

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