While voicing his thoughts on the video of the Spring Valley student being manhandled and flung from her desk by Officer Ben Fields (whom they just announced has been fired). Roland Martin asked where were the Black organizations to speak on this child’s behalf.
“Where are the black female organizations? Where are the Linx and Ladies of Distinction? Where are the sororities? Alpha Kappa Alpha yesterday released their statement condemning what took place, calling for a federal investigation…I need black women to raise up and stand up. Young girls out there need to see somebody have their back. We also need to make sure brothers stand up for their sisters. I’m simply saying, why do we somehow stay silent and say, well, you know, she was out of line. She could be out of line and he could be wrong at the very same time,” he said.
Good questions Roland. I am not a part of any organizations, and though Officer Fields has been fired, he might could have been fired yesterday if just as many people who shared the video, had also called or sent an email or if those bigger platforms had perhaps used their voice.
I personally find it disturbing that so many adults, in particular parents, were slow to speak. Today’s reports are saying the student hit the officer; it seems likely that that occurred after Fields tried to grab her by the neck, and still does not justify the force that Fields used. In the beginning many asked why did the teacher and other students not do anything, but then two of the arrested student’s classmates came forward. The two have been very vocal on the disturbing scene they witnessed and their arrests. At least they were brave enough to speak out about an injustice.
Picture from RolandMartinReports.com.