the nation, Black prosecutors are under attack for attempting to
carry out reform agendas. Black women have been especially targeted.
In a post-Ferguson world, history was made when voters elected the
first African American prosecutors in St. Louis County and St. Louis
City. Kim Gardner was swept into the office of city prosecutor in
2016. Ferguson Councilman Wesley Bell become county prosecutor in
2018. Both have been catching hell ever since they took office.
white power structure, protected by racist police associations and
supported by the mainstream media, have made their jobs a living
nightmare. These public servants have been attacked personally and
professionally. They have received hate mail and death threats. Their
actions have been challenged in the courts and in the court of public
Gardner has received more than her fair share of racist vitriol.
Gardner came into office making it clear that she intended to honor
the reform platform that she ran on. She declared that no one was
above the law. She took on Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, charging
him with two felonies—invasion of privacy and misuse of his
charity’s funds. Gardner took on killer cop Jason Stockley for
the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Although these two lawbreakers
escaped convictions, the audacity to charge white men was a powerful
message which rippled throughout the region.
was forced to resign in disgrace, putting a freeze on his meteoric
rise in the electoral arena. He had his sights set high—Congress
and maybe even the Presidency. Stockley opted for a bench trial and
was summarily acquitted by a white judge. His acquittal led to days
of protests in the streets of downtown St. Louis.
are familiar roadblocks experienced by other Black, female
prosecutors. Recently, six of these converged on St. Louis to support
Kim Gardner who had become sick and tired of being sick and tired.
She filed a federal lawsuit under the Klu Klux Klan Act calling out
the mayor, the St. Louis Police Association, Special Prosecutor and a
few others for conspiracy to violate her civil rights. Proof positive
that the whole, damn system is guilty as hell.
sistah solidarity, these beleaguered but resilient woman stood on the
court steps in St. Louis to tell their stories. They were Contra
Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton; Prince George’s
County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy; Portsmouth, Virginia,
Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales; Ninth Judicial
Circuit Court of Florida State’s Attorney Aramis Ayala; Suffolk
County, Massachusetts, District Attorney Rachael Rollins; and
Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
comments must have struck a nerve with one racist, coward who left an
for the unapologetic prosecutor most known for trying to hold police
accountable for the death of Freddie Gray back in 2015.
white supremacist must be living in a Southern antebellum time warp.
She challenged Mosley’s right to even travel to St. Louis. The
message is important to hear and absorb because it validates the kind
of vitriol these women face on a regular basis. It also affirms the
deep roots of white supremacy and racist hostility in St. Louis.
urge all fat-ass empowered Black women to unite and organize. Our
unity is critical whether we hold public office or not. Girls, women
and transgendered face threats on the job, in schools, in public
spaces and in our homes. We are under attack politically, socially,
economically and sexually. Education and organization are the key
elements to staving off these kinds of attacks and moving forward to
address all forms of women’s oppression. We need our allies to
join us and intensify their commitment to the struggle for Black
empowerment and Black life.
women of the world unite--regardless of how fat your ass is!