The family of an 8-year-old Native American girl who was tazed by police in October is suing while the Pierre Police Department say it was justified.
The Chief of Police justifies the use of a tazer on an 8 year old girl by saying they could have used their guns or batons, essentially. What restraint.
So very relevant to Ferguson, because I imagine the broader pattern of how police respond to people of color affected the outcome of this situation much like it did with Mike Brown. Today, the police “just” used a tazer and caused some traumatization. But … are there situations of police shooting and killing Native Americans in the U.S. (or First Nations people in Canada) that don’t hit the media because Native Americans are even more invisible than black people in the U.S.?
This…this commentary does not honor this little girl. And it does NOT address the nature of Native oppression in the US. Which is different from antiblack oppression.
Comparing an instance of violence against a nonblack person to an instance of violence against a Black person is…unhelpful. And it is a feature of antiblack oppression. Using Black bodies as yardsticks to judge all other forms of oppression is hurtful and harmful.
Native people are not more invisible than Black people because that comparison doesn’t even mean anything.
Hypervisibility is actually a key aspect of Black suffering. We are commodities. Our death is spectacle. It is never respected.
Anti-native oppression operates under different rules.
It would probably be more respectful to EVERYONE if people focused on the specific contexts of individual victims of state violence instead of comparing them to make sweeping ‘more/less’ statements about racialized groups.