Before I get another ranty email from an angry person about Ky’s message being the same as “#AllLivesMatter, and disregarding the message of Black Lives Matter, I would like to offer a response to apparent issues.
I’m not Ky, I didn’t write the message, I’m only doing as he asked an passing it along. Do not attack me because you assumed that I am white. Do not tell me to “check my privilege” because he chose me to be his voice. Don’t tell me to “check” the passing privilege that I use everyday to make sure Ky gets everything he needs. I could get really shitty, pull my First Nations Membership, (being more than HALF Siksika/Niitsitapi aka Blackfeet) and tell you to get the fuck off my lawn.
The other “matter” that everyone is overlooking. It’s the matter of Perspective. As human beings, our past, family, history, personal beliefs, and experiences shape the way we see the world. Reading what a black officer has to say about racial police violence is something that we all need to consider.
On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent of officers will abuse their authority at every opportunity. The remaining 70 percent could go either way depending on whom they are working with. Click the link below for the rest of the article.
Before another person says that Ky has “abandoned his race” because he feels that police violence is a bigger issue than black & white, please consider HIS perspective.
- For the last 4+ years, Ky has lived in a very small, institutionalized world. He has no access to open internet, facebook or social media of any kind. The only news that he has access to is what he sees on TV and sometimes, whatever papers the officers might let them read. Most outside attempts to send political news or news stories about violent acts of racism are usually returned to the sender. He’s never seen cell phone video of a black man being murdered by police. He knows it has happened, but that is a visual that he will not have until he is released (and he’s blessed for having never known that horror.)
- Ky’s interactions with violence, authority, and people in general are racially diverse. Pulaski has a staff of 283 people. More than 80% of the administrators, including the former Warden, and officers are black. Here’s Ky talking about office harassment. The prison cut off the video when he started mentioning officer’s names.
- The officer who told another black trans kid that they deserved to be raped because they needed to be reminded that they are female – Captain of security – Black
- The officers who beat him down and pepper sprayed him in the face – black
- the officer who made him sit in solitary covered in pepper spray for 2 days – black
- The officer who put 100 Tegritol in his property in lock-down and told him to kill himself cause no one cares. – Black
- The officer who resuscitated him when he died from an overdose -black
- The counselor who messaged me and told me about the overdose and being sent to the emergency room – white
- the officer who went to the hospital and sat with him until he woke up – black
- The counselor who approved his hormone therapy – white
- The Dr. who denied his asthma pump for 7 months – black
- The judge, DA, and Public Defender who denied his right to self defense and sent him to prison – all white
- The man who attacked and raped him – Hispanic
- The person who supports him 24/ 7 / 365 . The one who loves him unconditionally and will stop at nothing to see him free – Native American
- The folks who send him letters of love and encouragement- everyone, from all over the world.
Ky has stated something that we ALL need to hear. He is not undermining the BLM movement, he wants everyone to understand that all humans are capable of both horrific and wonderful actions. And as a person who lives his life 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, controlled and dictated by law enforcement officers, he is encouraging people to be supportive and work together to end police violence.