I am a member of a writer’s collective called WEOC (Writers and Editors of Color pronounced WOKE).
Yesterday we had a Twitter Space(s) about plagiarism that segued into the murder of Tyre Nichols.
If you didn’t know, many Black people refused to watch the murder of Tyre Nichols at the hands of five police officers that was broadcast live on network television Friday evening.
This is a common sentiment amongst Black people. Some even call it trauma porn.
They’re right that these videos have never been circulated with a white person being murdered — like they were circulated with George Floyd, Jayland Walker, or Ahmaud Arbery — but then again, white people typically aren’t murdered in this way.
They are also right that these viewings are reminiscent of lynchings of Black Americans in the past. If you didn’t know, the lynchings of Black Americans at the hands of white men were public spectacles. Families came to view “the show” — including children. Picnics were had and postcards were made. Black Americans have been stripped of humanity since we were brought to the American shores.
The consensus is that it’s disgusting to watch, re-watch, and share videos of Black people being murdered by police officers and white supremacists.
My honest opinion is that if you don’t want to watch any of these videos — don’t watch them. Especially if they’re bad for your mental health.
However, as I recently wrote:
While I don’t agree with releasing the video of a Black man being beaten to death by police as primetime Friday night television, and I am yet to understand why this was the case, I do understand that the video needed to be released.
If not, why have bodycams? How can the public…