The Derek Chauvin trial could also be over, however Hollywood remains to be going full throttle with anti-police propaganda. The CW’s highschool soccer drama All American is a main instance, as Monday’s episode, “The Bigger Picture,” created a fictional case a couple of younger, black lady, Tamika Pratt, who was supposedly killed by a racist police officer merely for sleeping in her automotive. This led to an impassioned plea by scholar and podcaster Olivia (Samantha Logan) to “burn down the house” and to unfold the false declare that policing developed from slave patrols.
It’s fairly handy when anti-police Hollywood writers are controlling the script with a made-up case. How can police stand a good likelihood of their palms? (Hint: They can’t.) Even earlier than physique cam footage is launched, the present’s characters are already satisfied the scenario was racially motivated. In reality, they even go as far as to say that the footage isn’t being launched as a result of the police are attempting to cover what actually occurred as a result of they know the officer is responsible.
All American’s showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll said she pitched the Tamika story in March 2020, earlier than George Floyd, however admits to having an agenda in keeping with Black Lives Matter and expresses dismay over the current case of Ma’Khia Bryant, who was shot and killed by an officer as she was about to stab one other black lady (who’s life apparently didn’t matter?)
As for the present’s fictional incident, all we all know earlier than the footage comes out ultimately, is that Tamika was consuming and driving and “had the good sense” to drag over and sleep on the facet of the highway the place she was all of a sudden woken up and shot by a police officer. This hits Olivia the toughest as a result of she lately was concerned in an identical incident and had no issues. “…because I’m the white D.A.’s daughter, the cops offered me a ride home, and Tamika got a death sentence,” Olivia says. “How is that fair?”
Olivia’s good friend Kia (Asjha Cooper) organizes a “Justice for Tamika” rally, however when Olivia arrives, she’s shocked to search out there’s hardly anybody there. This leads Kia to say, “Sadly, this was pretty much what I expected. The cries of injustice around black women’s murders are always so much quieter: Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor, Rem’mie Fells. Sadly, I could go on for days with that list.” Right. Never thoughts the truth that a couple of fast Google Image searches of rallies simply show that is completely false.
Another major character, Coop (Bre-Z), offers a speech on the rally condemning the police and urging everybody to struggle within the streets:
Coop: That’s what Tamika deserved. A future stuffed with potentialities, like fallin’ in love over the dopest dialog, Makin’ it to her faculty commencement or, shoot, simply making it… To one other morning salutation. That’s what Tamika deserved– a world that cherished her as stunning and as black as she was, not a police system that judged and failed her, not a grown man with a badge and a gun that was afraid of her. The acknowledgement of the brilliance that was her… That’s what Tamika deserved. That’s what all of us black girls deserve as a result of our love, regardless of what it endures, our our bodies proceed to nurture and reassure; our minds, our power the fixed remedy, so a “thank you” is what Tamika deserved. The poems, the praises, the flowers– these are all items that ought to have been left at her ft, not a bullet and confusion as she dared to sleep. This is why we’re all right here immediately, as a result of her story shouldn’t be full. Justice is what she deserves, and till she will get it, we’re gonna struggle. Right right here in these streets, we gonna struggle. And I need y’all to take your flower and lift it up within the air proper now if you happen to feelin’ me.
After attempting and failing to persuade her mom to launch the physique cam footage, Olivia later steals the footage off of her mom’s laptop and releases it to the general public, as Trey Songz’s (who has assaulted a police officer more than once, as well as a woman) BLM tune “2020 Riots: How Many Times” performs within the background:
Olivia: We want the entire image…
♪♪ How many extra instances? ♪♪ -♪♪ How many ♪♪
Olivia: -so right here it’s.
Officer: Wake up, ma’am. I stated get up!
Officer: I would like you to get out of the automotive.
Tamika: I simply need to– I’m simply attempting to sl—
Officer: Come on. I’m not gonna ask once more! Let’s go!
Tamika: I simply wish to name my cousin.
Officer: Come on!
Tamika: Why cannot I am going house?
Officer: Stop combating us! You’re solely hurting your self!
Tamika: I simply wish to sleep! I’m drained! Naveah will get me! Please! Let me name her!
Officer: You heard me! When will y’all be taught, huh?
Tamika: Sleeping on the facet of the highway shouldn’t be against the law!
Officer: Stop resisting!
Tamika: I simply wish to sleep! Get off of me!
Olivia: Tamika was a 21-year-old lady from south L.A., solely baby of… Rosanna and Lashawn Pratt. She was a cousin… A godmother… A good friend. She dreamt of being an engineer and was headed again to Spelman this fall… But she by no means made it there as a result of the cops, who are supposed to serve and shield, noticed her as a “y’all,” as lower than. And my label, because the white D.A.’s daughter, seemingly saved my life in an identical run-in. But her label, as simply one other black girl in America, value Tamika hers, and that’s unacceptable.
Policing on this nation developed from slave patrols. It by no means was and it by no means might be impartial. There needs to be a greater approach to serve and shield. I imply, there needs to be a greater system that permits us to make errors and nonetheless get to dwell, and it is time to struggle for that higher system. It is time to burn down the home and rebuild it to appear to be the non-punitive packages, the community-based violence prevention packages, psychological well being packages, schooling. Education, schooling, schooling. It’s time to defund the police… And it is time to actually get justice for Tamika.
Education? Maybe Olivia ought to strive educating herself on the real history of the origins of policing. And, in fact, the writers made certain to throw within the racist “y’all” assertion. Other than that, we aren’t proven what occurs within the altercation, so even on this fictional scenario, the place the younger girl clearly begins to withstand arrest and struggle with the officer, we do not know if she did the rest that might have brought on the officer to rightfully fireplace his weapon. What we are able to safely presume, even in a fictional scenario, is that if she hadn’t resisted arrest and bodily fought the police officer, she’d nonetheless be alive.
But, from what we are able to hear, it’s clear that Tamika didn’t comply with the officers orders, and that’s one easy change that may simply be made that by no means appears to be talked about in BLM circles and tv. But it’s in all probability a very powerful one in all all.
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