Call An Electrocution An Electrocution
"Tasing" someone to death and electrocuting them is the same thing. Look up the verb "tase" in the Merriam Webster dictionary. It doesn't exist.
Look up the word "Taser" in the Merriam Webster dictionary. It exists only as a trade mark name, but NOT as a noun that could be applied to all electrical shock devices.
When the media begins to report that Black people are tired of being "electrocuted", they will understand that Blacks are serous, we are definiing our own reality, acting in self-determination, and they will realize that we are determined to stop being electrocuted.
But, for so long as we accept and adopt the "tase" euphemism created by one corporation for the self-serving purpose of marketing their own weapons, we will be acceding to THEIR version of how WE died. Those who define and name history control history and destiny.
A person who dies when seven Twinkies or Snickers bars are stuffed down his throat at once has not been "Twinkied" or "Snickered"; He has been intentionally and forcibly "asphyxiated." That's the scientific and dictionary-accepted name for that, not "Twinkied" or "Snickered", no matter what self-serving names the Twinkie and Snickers corporations and the media adopt.
Likewise, a person who is strangled to death with a Guchi belt has not been "Guchied". He has quite simply been "strangled" and "asphyxiated", regardless of the trademark name of the belt with which he has been strangled and asphyxiated.
Electrocuted While Black, Sunday, August 3, 2008
Over the last few weeks and months -- over the last year -- so many young Black children have been electrically shocked to death by police, without ever having so much as an arraignment, much less a trial, that now it is apparent to us all that "pre-trial electrocution" is precisely what is happening to Black people all over America.
We can no longer permit this torture and murder to be referred to with the corporate white euphemism "tasing", because that is like using the brand name of the rope instead of using the word "lynching". It makes the manufacturer of the rope more important than the hideous act for which the rope was used.
On that same day, July 23, 2008, I designed and uploaded the WidgetBox widget design (left) that is now used, in 3 dimensions (right) at 133 afrosphere blogs to vividly highlight what is most important about this issue: that Blacks are being lynched by policewithout trial, by massive electrical current applied to their bodies, and there is no justifiable or reason for it. There is onlyextremely color-aroused police ideation, emotion and behaviortoward the Black victims, who would not be dead if their skin color was white instead. Regardless of the painfully repetitive "testilying" justifications that police offer to rationalize what they've done, "The Price Is Just Too High."
Today, Wednesday July 30th 2008, black and other bloggers from across America are holding "A Day of Blogging for Justice - Blogging Against Extra-Judicial Electrocution (Tasers)"
Many Americans have seen the outrageous police tasing and attempted murder videoImagine! Tasing a suicidal man and causing him to fall OFF AN OVERPASS AND ONTO THE HIGHWAY, in clear violation of tasing instructions!
Another blog, Tasered While Black, keeps a running log of black Americans killed or abused in what it calls "police pre-trial electrocution."
You have to remember the articles that appear in the Black Panther paper are articles that are submitted by people in the community. These articles are going to reflect the feelings of the people who write the articles. In the black community I have seen and experienced a great deal of frustration in my association with the police. This frustration is brought about by the fact that many black people feel they have no place to take their grievances expect to the Black Panther paper. When a man is frustrated and feels he is not going to receive proper consideration in the normal course of legal proceedings, he will find other ways to rectify his situation.
You might look at the Black Panther paper as this: It might serve as a steam whistle on a kettle that is boiling, you see, and as long as there is an outlet for that type frustration, and the paper serves as an outlet for people to vent their frustrations, the kettle won’t explode. You silence that steam whistle and the kettle will explode.Source: Congress, House, Committee on Internal Security, Black Panther Party, Part 4, 91st Congress, 1970 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1971).