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Suppressing resistance

Suppressing resistance
On May 13, at about 5am, men who appeared to be police officers ordered a motorcycle taxi to stop in Jinja, Uganda. The taxi driver, assuming the men were trying to enforce the country’s...

Opinion September 18, 2020 On May 13, at about 5am, men who appeared to be police officers ordered a motorcycle taxi to stop in Jinja, Uganda.As I talked to her distraught relatives and watched authorities scramble to shift the blame for her death, I could not help but draw parallels between the senseless killings of civilians across the continent by police officers supposedly working to ensure ‘law and order’, and the cases of racialised police brutality in the United States that gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.Many more Black men and women were killed, shot at, beaten, arbitrarily arrested or intimidated by police officers for allegedly committing misdemeanours, or like Taylor, merely existing.These incidents in the US and the killing of Namulondo and others like her across Africa since the start of the coronavirus pandemic have one thing in common: They were all committed by police forces that were established to protect white supremacy.

Excerpted from: ‘From Africa to the US, policing has its roots in white supremacy’Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her own home, in her own bed, for the ‘crime’ of having a former boyfriend who is allegedly involved in the drug trade.

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