Have you ever seen someone utterly demolish a board of police commissioners?
You're about to. A video shared to Reddit's PublicFreakout this week shows just that as a Kansas City, Missouri activist engages with her local police commissioners in a genuinely staggering display of public vitriol for nearly 4 minutes.
"Fair warning: I'm not nice, and I don't seek to be respectable," the young Black woman begins. She makes no attempt to hide the disdain she clearly feels for the Kansas City board members as she takes the mic. "I'm not asking y'all for anything, cause y'all can't and won't be both my savior and oppressor."
She goes on to explain that she is not interested in reform. Rather, she believes the building in which the commission meeting is taking place should be transformed into "luxury low-cost housing."
She also instructs the board members to "stop using Black children as photo opportunities."
"Cause they're cute now," she explains, "but in 10 years they're Black male suspects in red shirts and khaki shorts." She goes on to note that sharing milk and cookies with the area's youth does not "absolve you of your complicity in their oppression and denigration." She then calls out Police Chief Rick Smith by name.
The woman breaks down a number of issues within her city, including the annual amount spent on police versus on education. "It's asinine to be called radical, or a homegrown terrorist, for not wanting government employees to kill citizens in any instance," she continues. She slams the entire board for choosing "profits over people."
And that is just the introduction. It isn't until the 1-minute mark that she really dives into the core of her argument by calling out each member of the board. Individually. By name.
"Nathan, the gentleman in the vomit-colored Men's Warehouse suit in desperate need of Bosley and a haircut: A former FBI agent who exudes white privilege and is the epitome of mediocrity, and who loves Trump so much that he hired his former attorney general at his firm. And is so sweet, because he spent most of this meeting looking away with his head in his hands."
Then she goes onto Mark—excuse me, Pastor Mark—who she accuses of "subjecting Black people to terrorism and un-Christ-like behavior" at the hands of Kansas City police, despite purporting to deliver a message of "hope and faith through God's holy word."
Cathy comes next. The woman tears into Cathy for arriving early to the meeting just to keep up appearances. "Meanwhile, I didn't have anything else to do at 8 o'clock in the morning but be rich and white and retired," she says.
Then there's Don, the owner of Wagner Investments and part-owner of the Royals. She blasts Don for being "another rich, and white, and disconnected, and out-of-touch person with nothing but pure apathy seeping through the veins of your paper-colored skin."
David, who doesn't get a vote, is next in line. She notes that his "really progressive" students likely wouldn't approve of his being a "cop lover. In 2020."
Hugh is the next target of her ire. He is spared from the verbal pummeling due to the fact that the woman apparently "spent the last six months dragging" him. This leads her to Rick, who she lays into in spectacular fashion.
She notes that Rick doesn't deserve the time of day, but that he has "blood on your hands, and while these idiots hold you on a pedestal, God does not honor injustice and murder."
The woman closes out her tirade with a bible quote dedicated to the "soulless, profit-driven, avaricious, greedy, God-forsaken" members of the board. She notes that the quote, Mark 8:36, relates to Jesus Christ, whom she labels as "another unarmed Black man murdered by authorities."
"What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?"
The video ends with the staggered, disheartened Kansas City board noting that "that's the end for public comments."
The video quickly shot to the top of Reddit. In the comments section, people applauded the unnamed woman for going medieval on the board members. Several commenters criticized the attacks she aimed at individuals, but others fired back noting the criticism seemed well-deserved. A few people even urged her to run for public office.
Perhaps the most noteworthy comment came in response to someone calling her out for condemning "anyone working in this building."
"Man tf the janitor ever do," the commenter asked, inspiring the top comment in response.
"He was hired to take out the trash and it's still there."
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