Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Allegedly, police around the Kansas City area don't have a lot of love for pregnant African-American women
You might remember that earlier this year the KCPD faced a controversy involving two officers denying a Sudanese woman medical treatment.
Apparently, things haven't changed much now that once again Tess Koppelman is reporting that in a case of mistaken identity Independence Police officers forced an African-American down on the asphalt on her stomach, even after she told them she was six months pregnant.
And what should be obvious here, the thing that's is going unspoken here in the mainstream media is that these now COMMONPLACE instances are just a reflection of the fact that people don't place a high value on the lives of African-American children or their mothers.
All of those anti-abortion protesters don't go to the Eastside of Kansas City to attack the so-called "massacre" of innocent babies . . . They are protesting in white neighborhoods, they are lamenting the death of white babies. Very few pro-life activists are aware of the painful fact that abortion has taken a horrible toll on the Black Community and even if they can throw around a few statistics in order to seem like a decent person . . . Rarely has the religious right partnered with African-American churches to remedy the devastating situation.
Anyway, the point here is that even people obsessed with the rights of the unborn couldn't give a damn about the Black Community.
The upstanding record of the lady in question simply adds insult to injury: "Hayes is a Kansas City school principal in charge of her church's Sunday school. Her two small children were in the Jeep with her when officers started yelling at her to show her hands, drop her keys out the window, put her hands on her head and get on her knees." Translation: This time the woman is not an immigrant therefore there is not underlying sentiment that she deserves whatever she gets in this country.
The recent trend of police brutality in the KC area against pregnant Black women isn't just a question of prejudice, it's a matter of Kansas City's culture. As a Chicano, I've noticed that pregnant women take on an exalted role among my fellow Latinos . . . There is even statistical data to back this up given that there are relatively few low-weight births among Mexican-Americans, despite their low socioeconomic status. And what is troubling is that the same treatment isn't given to African-American women . . . Even worse, this story simply begs the questions: Would these same two instances of alleged police misconduct have arisen if the pregnant woman in question was a white broad?