“We ASKED 10 years ago. We was ASKING with the Panthers, we was ASKING with the Civil Rights Movement. Now, those people that were ASKING are now all dead and in jail. So now, what do you think we’re gonna do? ASK?” For those wondering why all the unrest “all of a sudden.” It’s been happening to us forever. We are the victims here. But we’re tired of “asking.” For every day me, my parents, grandparents and ancestors have been on this soil we’ve been attacked by some people solely based on our race. I’m glad to see people worldwide standing with us in this battle for our lives. Here is the experience of one of our fallen soldiers: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“October 1991, in Oakland, California, a twenty-year-old Tupac Shakur was walking across the street on 17th and Broadway. It was at this time when he was approached by two police officers, who would accuse Shakur of jaywalking.
During the stop, the officers gave Shakur a hard time and ridiculed him when he stated his name was Tupac. The officers would eventually bash ‘Pac’s face repeatedly to the ground, leaving him badly bruised and unconscious.
“For everybody who don’t know, as if it doesn’t happen every day, everywhere: I, an innocent young black male, was walking down the streets of Oakland minding my own business,” Tupac explained during an interview. “Next thing I knew I was in a chokehold, passing out.”
“He [Tupac] filed a lawsuit and held a public address about it, stressing this was a routine practice against black men,” Ari Melber said. “He said he hoped to draw more scrutiny to this because while he was famous for his music, others wouldn’t get the same attention.”
Tupac would end up winning the civil lawsuit against the Oakland police department, who settled and paid Shakur $42,000. Guess who pays for the settlement? Tax payers. We finance the brutality against us. That’s systematic racism at its finest. Man I miss PAC, I know he would be on the front lines right now. ⠀