We are deeply saddened by the unintended murder of Lloyd Morgan, and our hearts go out to his family in this time of mourning. We need to grieve for the loss of his young life. But we also need to consider how we can resolve conflicts in our neighborhoods, to stop the violence we direct at each other.
We are deeply angered because the violence in our communities doesn’t come out of nowhere. It is a direct result of the violence we are subjected to every day by the NYPD, the landlords, the real estate industry, the prison system, and our 3-term billionaire mayor. The rich and powerful in this city are waging a war of extermination against our communities. We endure police harassment, mass incarceration, institutional neglect, gentrification and displacement. This war creates an atmosphere in which everyone is desperate, impoverished, and ready to fight their neighbor. This violence killed Lloyd Morgan.
How did the politicians respond to Lloyd’s death? Assemblyman Eric Stevenson exploited it as an opportunity to claim the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy isn’t so bad after all. He is using Lloyd to justify an all-out terror campaign against every black and brown youth in the Bronx. We must not tolerate sell-out behavior like this. We must not tolerate being pimped. These self-serving politicians don’t care about us, and will take the side of the oppressors at every opportunity.
We need to unite as communities of color targeted by the rich and powerful, and stop turning our guns on each other. We need to build real community protection, establish no cop zones, and refuse to use violence against each other. We need to defend our people, especially women, LGBTQ folks, homeless people, youth, elders, and those formerly or currently incarcerated.
Take Back the Bronx works to rebuild and unite our communities, and oppose the forces that are out to hurt us. We believe communities in the Bronx must find ways of resolving conflicts amongst ourselves–even in the case of something as terrible as a child’s death–without relying on those who cage, murder, displace and neglect us.
We believe the community can come together to decide how to deal with Lloyd’s death.
We support any community response that helps Lloyd’s family heal, and ends the cycle of violence in our neighborhoods, without relying on police and politicians.
We look forward to holding community conversations, changing how we relate to one another, and protecting each other from those who hurt our communities, intentionally, every day.
Long live Lloyd Morgan, Alberta Spruill, Amadou Diallo, Malcolm Ferguson, Sherly Colon, Anthony Rosario, Hilton Vega, Timothy Stansbury, Ramarley Graham, and so many others.
NO MORE FORCED FUNERALS FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE!
NO MORE “ACCIDENTAL” DEATHS, CAUSED BY THE VIOLENCE
WE ARE ALL SUBJECTED TO EVERY DAY!