In the wake of the recent, not so recent and far too consistent tragedies and travesties of justice concerning Black men, women, children and the police, J-Live brings you "I Am A Man (American Justice)". The title, inspired by the iconic signs from the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Worker Strike, is a declaration of human rights. The song serves as J's open letter to abusive police, as well as their apologists and supporters.
This song was played on triple j the other night here in Australia and I couldn't help but make the connections to what is happening over in America, to what is also happening here in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody is a far too often occurrence, and just as J's song attests to, too often it is swept under the rug and blamed on the victim. During the period of 1980 to 2010, 430 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples have died whilst in police 'protection'. With a total of 1442 deaths in custody during this same period in Australia, means Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make up close to 30% of that figure and when you think that Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders only make up 2.5% of the population, something does not quite add up.
Something has got to give, right?
See what some people are trying to do to change this sickening reality by clicking here.