This week, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti did the typical benign neglect, bait and switch routine in response to the global protest against anti-Black racism. The targeted suffering of Black Americans is on center stage in the global media right now. Instead of doing the right thing and allocating resources specifically to Black people who are the main people suffering from genocidal state sanctioned violence, Garcetti decided to use Black suffering to pull a slight of hand trick to help fund non-Black groups.
Garcetti has been doing a series of “I feel the pain of the Black community” press conferences all week in response to the current uprising in the city of Los Angeles. Garcetti spoke of “reinvesting in black communities and communities of color.” Including “people of color” along with Black people is a decades old political trick used to undermine Black people.
The mayor proceeded to announce $250 million in cuts to the proposed budget and to reallocate those dollars to communities of color, “so we can invest in jobs, in education and healing.” L.A. Police Commission President Eileen Decker then announced that $100 million-$150 million of those cuts would come from the police department budget.
This is a deliberate con game that keeps Black people at the bottom of the racial totem pole. Other “people of color” share the same anti-Black racism as the dominant white society. The white supremacists understand, by the time the “communities of color” allocated resources trickle down to Black people, there will be crumbs left.
Having Black people suffer while other non-Black groups benefit from the suffering, is the very definition of slavery.