Progressive politics are dangerous to Black bodies. It gives the illusion that race will be addressed, BUT silences Black voices and deems those voices as angry and unapproachable. The thing is that Black people aren't here to hold your hand and hug you as you cry after you being called out on your racism. Too many have died and are caged for your comfort and you want me...us...to be nice? I won't go through the definition of what it means to be a Progressive, instead I want to dig much deeper and expose the wrongs that are being done during this election. Take for example, the picture above of Moser after winning an endorsement from HBAD (Houston Black American Democrats)...
After FOUR publications on this very website about Moser, racism and etc... she has decided to be strategic and go to Black folks who dont mind caping for her EVEN AFTER she was called out on her racism. Truly, HONESTLY if what I wrote was a fluke based on OLD material she would not have apologized TWICE! BUT, on this past Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the HBAD meeting I was confronted with the sight of Black folks voting to endorse Moser over Lizzie Fletcher. I was fine with it because the electorate of Congressional district 7 is big, BUT I got many calls and texts that bothered me.
Moser's endorsement from HBAD was not obtained fairly, her campaign had inside information and acted to in advance of the meeting to flip the endorsement from Lizzie Fletcher. I have verified this and I have a screen shot of a text message of Ms. Montgomery communicating with a local activist and conveying that she knew the recommendation followed by a reminder about the dinner at churrascos...
As an activist it is my mission to dismantle the power structures built on the backs of African slaves and their descedents. I am coming for anyone who does not have the best interest of the Black community at heart, even my skinfolk. You, your money, and your comfort are no longer safe. You want to claim equality but you lack the ideals of equity. Furthermore, equality is the 21st century version of integration that falsely claims a post racial society exists. At best, integration and equality are NOT for Black people and was meant for whites to not only hold respectful community with Black folks....BUT to give access to the same quality of life.
Today Quality of life is IMPORTANT for us all, but Moser is not the person who can help us get there. Sorry, NOT sorry.
Last year I announced that I would be throwing my hat in the ring to run for Houston City Council and this remains true. The general election will be held in 2019 which gives me less than a year to prepare for my run... Meanwhile, I noticed a fact that no one EVER BRINGS UP, the FACT that there is only ONE Black woman on Houston's City Council and FOUR women total. This is problematic because Houston has SIXTEEN council seats and women are the minority in this situation. The time has come that we ELECT more Black women to city government! Period!
Truth be told, I had been seriously considering a run in the upcoming special election to replace the late Council member Larry Green, BUT I became conflicted about that race. The conflict being: Why run now when we can put a Black woman in office and wait to run for one of the term limited seats?
With that said, We can't just elect the first Black woman who steps up without vetting them to make sure they won't block ordinances that protect Black people on the fringes like the Trans community and the black LGBT community at large. We need people who will have intergrity to govern with respect to separation of church and state, and the strength to be open and honest. We need people willing to do what many of the men on council have failed to do, we need someone who will represent the interests of ALL Houstonians and not their donors. It is clear that city government is going in the wrong direction and not taking the time to address racial and economic disparities in Houston's Black & Brown community. Instead, the focus is to criminalize the homeless, beautify the city, and pedal the "Houston is a welcoming city" lie.
We need to shift that focus to building institutions that will increase the ability for Black and Brown Houstonians to thrive in all areas of their lives. We need a clean slate in this city, Houston we have to do much better and elect more women.
ESPECIALLY BLACK WOMEN.
I wrote a piece recently that ruffled a lot of feathers about Laura Moser and how her words over the years are based in racism and microaggressions. Initially the reaction to my post was negative and many White folks showed their cards by attempting to tell Black people what is or isnt racist. A new development occurred in the last hour or so, Laura Moser acknowledged what I called out and APOLOGIZED. Before I go any further, here is the apology:
"To all of my supporters, critics, and especially members of the black community, I want to address concerns raised about some of my past writing as a freelance journalist:
First, I want to apologize.
I now understand how my words – including those of my initial response – were hurtful and damaging to people and communities for whom I care greatly. Frankly, some of what I have written in the past demonstrated both my own privilege and my need for greater awareness of the full legacy of racism in America. I have no excuse, and I am sorry.
The reactions of many individuals close to me and of my fellow Houstonians have affected me greatly. As a result, I have taken time to listen before speaking out again on this issue. I have been meeting with members of my team, racial justice activists, and local community leaders about how best to move forward constructively.
All racism – whether it is intentional or unintentional – is a threat to our shared humanity. As a congressional candidate and as a human being, I have a responsibility to do better, and I will.
Going forward, I will be more deliberate about putting my values into practice. I will do more to educate myself, and I will continue to reach out to communities of color within my district and beyond.
I am fully committed to this work. This is only the start." - Laura Moser
SCREENSHOT OF APOLOGY BELOW:
While this apology is a welcome start, I now call upon Moser and any other candidate who is white to have conversation with constituents about racism whether it be overt or systemic. If we are to truly defeat Trump in Washington, WE must address the Trumps in our backyard. I am looking forward to speaking with Moser and any other candidate about REPRESENTATION on their staff(s) and in policy. Our votes are not free, and yes we want to live free from oppression, but to do so requires people to acutually address it head on.
This apology is a far cry from her previous one:
"Moser's words" (the original apology from her private page) "looked nothing like an apology to me. To be honest, saying "...I am sorry, full stop." sounds more and more like Moser is saying that she is sorry for how she made us feel and not about her actual words on video and in print. As of now, NO ONE from Mosers campaign has reached out to me or other folks in the community to addressed the issues raised by Kandice and I."
I will be updating as things develop. STAY TUNED!
Who is that officer???
This is the officer who slammed Essence to the floor, Elizar Mares...
Before you go on a tear about how this isn't racism because he is a Brown person, consider that anti - Blacknes among NON BLACK People of Color is a very real thing. ESPECIALLY, when they put that uniform on and toe that thin blue line they love so much. Humble ISD the ball is in your court, produce probable cause for the level of force used, share the police report and be transparent. FOR THE ORIGINAL STORY AND TO VIEW THE FOOTAGE CLICK HERE... Updates will be forthcoming, in the mean time catch Ms. Dawson and I on the Isiah Factor tonight on Fox 26 Houston at 10:30pm CST.
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Today I was contacted by a very upset mother who told me about her daughter being assualted by an Humble ISD police officer during an altercation. As I listened intently to Ebony Dawson, the mother of Essence Prince, I could hear the pain and hurt in her voice. She went on to send me a statement, pictures, and video of the "the arresting officer," throwing "her to the ground in order to break up the fight. Using excessive force, "he then proceeded to put his knee and elbow in her neck and head. From there she was handcuffed and thrown in to glass and drug her." To make things worse "she is being charged with two felony assaults to a public servant. One for spitting -which was coughing a reaction of being chocked. The other for hitting the officer." Before I continue, Please review the statement provided by Ms Dawson about the brutal attack on her daughter Essence prince and video/images below:
My name is Ebony Dawson. I am in need of assistance with a police brutality case. My 16 year old daughter Essence Prince was assaulted and was refused medical attention for approx. 5 hours.
Essence and another 10th grade student was involved in a fight yesterday March 9th. This fight took place approx. at 12-12:30 pm. I received a phone call from her principle 2:46. This call was missed due to a meeting that I was in. I was not left a message. I returned the call at 2:59. I was told that Essence was being suspended for a fight with another student. At 3:06 pm I received another call from Mr. Castillio, the principle I had just spoken with. He informed me that Essence was arrested. He stated if she gets a felony she will not be allowed back on campus. I was never told that she had been beaten by an officer or possibly needs medical attention. I was told that she was already downtown at Juvenile.
I immediately left work. I started to call around to see where my daughter was. I found that she was actually still at Humble ISD police dept. I asked to speak to an officer. I spoke to an officer that informed me she was booking my daughter. She informed me I was unable to see her, I could pick her up from downtown once she was transported. I was told that she had already questioned my daughter. She stated that Essence said that she spit on the office because she couldn’t get her hands back in the cuffs. The officer stated Essence is fine and I couldn’t see her. I still proceeded to the station. I asked the officer what about the male officer chocking her. She said well he needed to do that to detain her. She was resisting arrest so he had to place his elbow in her neck. The officer also stated, well he really isn’t that big of a guy. I explained it doesn’t matter. She cannot match his weight. The officer told me when kids are fighting they can match the officers force and weight.
The videos show she can’t move there is no resistance in the video where he is on her neck. This child feared for her life. She couldn’t breathe. She has a trained office taking sleep tactics to bring her down..."
Trigger Warning: Graphic Video
The statement continues...
"Essence was detained and question with no consent. She asked for medical attention for several hours. Essence asked for Medical attention and help with her neck in the 12 pm hour. Essence cried for them to call me. They told her that I was at work and I said she was in trouble and I wasn’t leaving work. They lied to her to stress her out. I wasn’t contacted until after she had already been arrested. The lied, scared her and questioned her without my consent. After arriving at the police station I was told , I cannot see her but she is fine. I was told that they could allow Essence to call me but not to see her. I was in rage. I explained I was not leaving until I was confirmed my child was fine. I explained this is a child with Asthma and a heart murmur. I explained from this video she cannot be fine. I told them I was calling the news. They then agreed to call EMT. EMT notified me her heart was beating a little faster but seem to be fine from their knowledge. They do however have concern with her neck. She is complaining of soreness and seems to not be moving well.
At this time the same female officer came out, while EMT was there and admitted that Essence has been complaining of pain in her neck. She smiled at me. I told her you told me my child was fine, you never mentioned that she was complaining or in pain. She was involved in a school fight. As a result of the this incident the arresting officer, throw her to the ground in order to break up the fight. He then proceeded to put his knee and elbow in her neck and head. From there she was handcuffed and thrown in to glass and drug her. She is being charged with two felony 3 assaults to a public servant. One for spitting -which was coughing a reaction of being chocked. The other for hitting the officer. She blacked out she didn’t know who was on her. She just know she couldn’t breathe. They have yet to show me the video of her hitting him directly. They have denied me the right to the videos.
The school attendants threw at least two more students into the wall. Those students were begging for help for her. They were telling them she can’t breathe. They even suspended one saying that she interfered with a crime. Essence was taken down town after 8pm. The exact reason is to cover and bruises. They counting on her not seeing the judge. They want to make this look like a result of the school fight. This was extreme force to a 16 year female by a male office. I need help for my baby. She is an A/B student drug free. She is not an angel but a typical teenage girl. She has court at 7:30 Monday morning. I need help and justice for her."
With the information provided, I am searching for an attorney who will work pro bono on Essence's behalf. Essence is scheduled to be in court Monday (3/12/18) mornng at 7:30am and "she is being charged with two felony assaults to a public servant. One for spitting -which was coughing a reaction of being chocked. The other for hitting the officer." The next steps will be to demand the identity of the officer so that he can be terminated and charged with assualt and excessive use of force. Our children, Black children are expected to learn in an environment that is hostile to them in a time when fools want to arm teachers that probably have implicit bias against Black people. I am calling for an investigation by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg and the Texas Rangers. I demand that all charges be dropped and that Essence be reinstated to school or at least allowed to transfer to a school with a safer environment.