12.22.2014

Her name is Shaneka Thompson, and yes...she matters #BlackLivesMatter

"Before 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley murdered two NYPD officers in a vicious ambush in Bedstuy Saturday night, he shot his on-again, off-again girlfriend Shaneka Thompson in her Owings Mills apartment. Thompson, 29, who is expected to survive, has thus far been something of an afterthought as the backlash to Brinsley’s shooting of the two officers has consumed media outlets." (Source)
Once again, a black woman is harmed and her injury is an "afterthought"; most articles don't even mention her by name or even that she survived.  Until I read Mediaite this morning, I was among many readers who believed this woman had died.  And not only that, her presumed death was also treated as an afterthought, mentioned in passing in the haste to get to the deceased officers.

This blatant disregard right here?  Huge part of the problem.  This is why is people are trending #BlackLivesMatter - this is a classic example right here.  Mediaite actually did some research on Shaneka Thompson, discovering that she currently works in insurance and is a veteran.  Thompson and Brinsley were an on-and-off couple for the past year (most likely because he was an abusive asshole) before he upped and shot her.

But in the hurried desperation to prove activists wrong and vilify black men in general, Brinsley's first and most intimate victim became a nameless, faceless afterthought.  And although her attack warrants a deeper scrutiny, her being attacked becomes almost an inconvenience, a wrench in the bullshit narrative that cops are the real victims here.
Those who are trying to connect the murders of the officers with the thousands of articulate and peaceful protestors across America are being deliberately misleading in a cynical and selfish effort to turn public sentiment against the protestors. This is the same strategy used when trying to lump in the violence and looting with the legitimate protestors, who have disavowed that behavior. They hope to misdirect public attention and emotion in order to stop the protests and the progressive changes that have already resulted. Shaming and blaming is a lot easier than addressing legitimate claims.

...This shrill cry of “policism” (a form of reverse racism) by Pataki and the police unions is a hollow and false whine born of financial self-interest (unions) or party politics (Republican Pataki besmirching Democrat de Blasio) rather than social justice. These tragic murders now become a bargaining chip in whatever contract negotiations or political aspirations they have
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RIP Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.  Not only did you not deserve to die like this, you don't deserve to have your deaths used in this manner.

13 comments:

  1. Mediaite actually did some research on Shaneka Thompson, discovering that she currently works in insurance and is a veteran.

    Looks like Shaneka has become as irrelevant as former POW Shoshana Johnson. Had this been a white woman her Veteran Status would have been Front and Center. Meaning not only did he shoot a white woman (course race is never a factor), but he harmed a Heroine. Hence, her story would have been publicized around the world thereby fortifying the Scary Black Male Narrative. She would have been painted in the same radiant light as Jessica Lynch; selfless to a fault, devoted patriot- a paragon of virtue.

    Up to the minute updates of her medical condition punctuated with dramatic shots of her concerned parents would be standard fare, simply because the one qualifying modicum that remains consistent since this nation’s founding is, Damsels must be white; “This requirement is nonnegotiable,” says Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post. For years the media has done an excellent job of peddling negative propaganda about black females. Instead of portraying her as a delicate flower in need of benevolent care and empathy, she’s rendered persona non grata. Lacking in genuine beauty and femininity (the white man alleges) she’s been likened to a host of unflattering descriptions, none of which should ever be repeated in polite conversation. In light of this on-going chronicle the general public has learned to care very little about her personhood or her welfare.

    Those who are trying to connect the murders of the officers with the thousands of articulate and peaceful protestors across America are being deliberately misleading in a cynical and selfish effort to turn public sentiment against the protestors.

    White people are by nature, Political Creatures, aways looking to exploit tragedy for gain. This is one of the main reasons they make such good salesmen/politicians (Frankly I think they’re one in the same), because of their inborne capacity to misdirect and deflect. Duplicity is a tool used to great effect for again, it’s what built this country. By the same token, Occupy Wall Street was really about privileged white males fed up with the system, but these enterprising organizers recruited people of color to give their selfish complaints universal appeal. A deliberate and misleading exercise to turn public sentiment against Those Fat Cats on Wall Street thereby deflecting from their own selfish motivations. I agree. In the case of these slain officers, what seems like genuine expressions of Empathy are merely maneuvers for masking fraudulent intent.

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    1. Eugene Robinson's article was spot on. I mean, he just nailed it.

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    2. I wont lie I was glad that she was alive, but I never thought of an update on her. I am still glad that she is alive and I wish her story was spotlighted more. I did not know anything about her besides her being his boyfriend. The media has been sure to focus more on the cops rather than her and even I could see the blatant manipulation to control the narrative.

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  2. Black lives seem to only matter when its a man. A lot of black media outlets mentioned her as an after thought if at all.

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    1. Though I have mad respect for my men,I must agree that Black women are overlooked a lot . If they are in the news, I will guarantee that media..like with Black men...won't say that that Sheneka served her country ,but if she have a criminal record.,best believe we won't hear the last of it.

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    2. Pretty much. It's like people heard this man shot his girlfriend - most likely checked to find out if she was black or white - and when they found out she was a Negress they were like, "So, yeah we need to raise some outrage over these cops...."

      Yes, by all means, raise...but don't skip over the fact that this woman took a bullet while trying to keep her ex from killing himself.

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    3. She should have let him do it. Sorry I don't feel for him. I'm just so sick of women especially black women getting the crap beat out of them or killed by men whom excuses are made for. There are good men out there, but this wasn't one of them. She should have never entertained the idea of dating this idiot. It wasn't a step down, but a cliff dive.

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    4. As fucked up as it sounds, if she had let him do it when he first wanted to do it, everybody else would still be alive.

      I thought the same thing when Elliot Rodger went on his killing spree before offing himself. Like, dude...just end it. Leave everybody else out of it.

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    5. Exactly! That is a punk move! I also think he was selfish because he attached this to Brown and Garner. He took the spotlight off of them and made it about him. Yes the media took the bait, but he planted the seed.

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    6. He planted the seed but the media was still jumping all over this story. They would have tried to link it to the protesters whether or not he made the post on social media. This was to stop the protest and backlash against police just like during the protest they made sure to focus on one burning car and not the people who were shot by the police and so on.

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    7. " They would have tried to link it to the protesters whether or not he made the post on social media"

      Yep! and even hey're blaming them without social media, they still trying to pin the shootings on the protesters...excuse-moi...a man was murdered as clear as day on the videotape for the world to see and though that guy shouldn't have done what he did, did the NYPD really think that people wouldn't negatively react to it? To some people, this was the icing on the cake. They should leave the protestors out of this. The NYPD should have expected this. People are going to react..whether major or a minor miscarriage of justice..in ways where the see as appropriate...on their own and that will never have anything to do with the protesters. I'm quite sure that the same thing happened during the Civil Rights movement.

      Another thing that disturbs me about the NYPD is how they we're using the two deceased cops funeral for political purposes. I find it ironic how the NYPD supporters about how "ill mannered" it was for the protesters to march during these men's funeral yet some of those same cops decided to low rate their mayor from the outside of Ramos's funeral. Now you tell me if that wasn't disrespect?

      I also see Liu's and Ramos funeral as a a derailment. Let's be honest here: The NYPD could really care less about the well being of these two cops. They just want to pretend that they do and use their funerals at doing it. If they really cared about minorities being on their team, why is it that Black retired and non retired police officers have complained about being harassed by one of their own? I just see them as trying to make the protesters look bad and themselves look good by using this funeral in doing it.

      It's funny how they keep blaming Obama and de Blasio for the quagmire they're in. If they're the "problem" then how do they explain the numbers of killings and harassment against Blacks and other minorities way before Ferguson and NY came up? Both them wasn't even in the offices back then.

      It was said that Bill de Blasio told the protesters not to march during their funerals. Although Brimsley shouldn't have shot them, I'm glad that they overrode him on that request. It was said that MLK had the same attitude when it came to our rights..on not quitting regardless of what the circumstances were. The protesters shouldn't either..and another derailment to silences these people. Minorities can't afford that.

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    8. "Another thing that disturbs me about the NYPD is how they we're using the two deceased cops funeral for political purposes. I find it ironic how the NYPD supporters about how "ill mannered" it was for the protesters to march during these men's funeral yet some of those same cops decided to low rate their mayor from the outside of Ramos's funeral. Now you tell me if that wasn't disrespect?

      I also see Liu's and Ramos funeral as a a derailment. Let's be honest here: The NYPD could really care less about the well being of these two cops. They just want to pretend that they do and use their funerals at doing it. If they really cared about minorities being on their team, why is it that Black retired and non retired police officers have complained about being harassed by one of their own? I just see them as trying to make the protesters look bad and themselves look good by using this funeral in doing it.

      It's funny how they keep blaming Obama and de Blasio for the quagmire they're in. If they're the "problem" then how do they explain the numbers of killings and harassment against Blacks and other minorities way before Ferguson and NY came up? Both them wasn't even in the offices back then.

      It was said that Bill de Blasio told the protesters not to march during their funerals. Although Brimsley shouldn't have shot them, I'm glad that they overrode him on that request. It was said that MLK had the same attitude when it came to our rights..on not quitting regardless of what the circumstances were. The protesters shouldn't either..and another derailment to silences these people. Minorities can't afford that."


      You just said everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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