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.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.
...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