Responding to Anti-Black Violence During Quarantine

Responding to Anti-Black Violence During Quarantine

Originally posted by Comrade Ellis on BlackHammer.Org

It’s 2020, and our lives have drastically changed due to the current health epidemic, coronavirus. Yet we still face colonial anti-Black violence, and we still face oppression from the white nationalist state. The current crisis has given the police new powers to enforce social distancing. As colonized people, this means, more militarization, more policing, and therefore more state-sanctioned brutality against us.

Essential workers, mostly African and Indigenous to the americas or turtle island, already have to contend with higher forms of oppression and health risks, by leaving their homes in order to work. Those without the financial means, mainly African and Indigenous, to pay inflated prices for groceries and other essentials through delivery services that have to contend with Colonizers who are hoarding all the resources for themselves. African and Indigenous people, who want to catch some fresh air and go for a jog are still met with violence and police brutality in their own neighborhoods.

The police and the Colonizers they protect are more empowered than ever to control, brutalize, and murder Colonized folk. They now have another excuse “social distancing enforcement” to beat and oppress black and brown adults and children. As this brutality and violence continue and grows unchecked, we have to let them know we will fight back, and we are prepared to do whatever it takes to stop this genocide even while dodging and dealing with the terrors of the Coronavirus epidemic.

They have to know we won’t sit at home quietly while they beat and murder our brothers and sisters; under the guise of social distancing enforcement, under the guise of self-defense, or under the facade of protecting us.

“Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find a voice in a whisper”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We must fight back, we must build our liberation, we must stand in unity. Nevertheless, we have to take new precautions to ensure our health and safety during the current epidemic, coronavirus. While doing so, we must defend ourselves and build dual contending power in our hands. We must take care of our personal health and continue to practice social distancing.

Taking these precautions DOES NOT MEAN MORE PEACE.

We have to continue to give them NO PEACE.

We must fight back against anti-Black violence! We must unite and we must win.

Here are steps you can take:

Social Media and journalism, are our weapons to win the war of ideas against White Power Propaganda. This means not only sharing or retweeting, and thumbs upping, it means speaking up, speaking against our genocide, and making our demands clear.

Other ways to disrupt and speak against anti-Black violence from your home include Phone Zaps, petitions, Zoom call organizing, and propaganda signs and posters placed outside the home.


We can still go into the streets. The precautions necessary are the following:

Wear a mask, while protesting maintain a distance of at least six feet apart, and wear proper PPE. If you need PPE fill out this form.

A safer way to protest is through a caravan, this means wearing a mask, bringing signs, and banners, and honking that horn LOUD.  At the end of the day the goal is to disrupt and have our demands heard.

If you are unable to protest, share videos of the protest and stand in unity with our brothers and sisters risking their lives during this hard time.


We must continue to fight!

We must continue to protest!

We must continue to speak against Colonial violence!

Black Power!

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― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth