A Live-Streamed Revolution: Before and After the Camera Cuts

Author(s)

Karla Maravilla, Champagne Ryder, Marisa Villanueva

Faculty Mentor(s)

Xavier Cavazos (Africana and Black Studies)

Abstract

The history of the United States is a history of terrorism against Black, Indigenous People Of Color (BIPOC). From slavery, lynching, and Jim Crow for Blacks, genocide of Indigenous Peoples and theft of their land, to Japanese Internment, Chinese Head Tax and Zoot Suit riots, inhumane treatment of Latinos, the militarization of the border, bigotry, discrimination, and violence has been the historical rule, not the exception. While today there is not expressed racial discrimination in the law, there is violence of hate crimes shown in the recent mass shooting of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, border and inland internment, police brutality against African Americans and mass incarceration. This presentation is a response to the hate speech and rise in cultural erasure against marginalized people and the attempt to use domestic terrorism as a method of intimidation to silence their BIPOC bodies. These new young voices speak back, or speak a truth of living under the local news’ helicopter’s flashlight of domestic terrorism before and after the camera cuts.

Keywords: BIPOC, Violence

Presentation

9 thoughts on “A Live-Streamed Revolution: Before and After the Camera Cuts”

  1. I had never attended a protest until earlier this year. It was something that I had only seen in movies or on the news. It wasn’t until everything that happened this year and last year that really pushed me to take a stand and walk with my fellow brothers and sisters and share their tragedy and pain. Though I can never be in their shoes or feel in the same way, I wanted to be able to stand with them and support them in the same ways that they have supported everyone else. Being a part of that movement was really life changing for me and emotional. It influenced me to educate myself more and to use my privilege for those who don’t have it, It takes a village to demand change.

  2. Excellent work, I was very moved by all the pieces. I would like to answer Q3. The simple answer is that I have seen BIPOC voices silenced through tone policing and gaslighting pretty much whenever there is a chance to do so. For example, I see a lot of white women who cry (literally) about how mean BIPOC are to them when those same people they’re alienating should be politely educating them or just utterly silent. In a sentence, this is when white feelings take precedence over BIPOC individuals and their experiences. These white people say the tone is wrong, so the argument doesn’t even need to be looked at. In terms of gaslighting, I see white people (mostly online) talking about how it isn’t so bad for BIPOC or that protesters are the party that is wrong, actually, both of which are lies but so many white people espouse like the gospel truth.

  3. I feel the way I breed complacency and violence through my language is in situations with groups of other white individuals, usually older generations, and who say something that is inherently racist and I don’t speak up. In those situations, I feel silence is a violent act because you are allowing oppressive/hateful language to exist without countering it or challenging their statement. This is something I’ve been hyper-aware of after last year, and am making a conscious effort to not be afraid to speak up during those moments. I believe some of the most toxic language that reinforces our white supremacist nation occurs in the private conversations that white people have amongst themselves.

  4. I went to a few protests in Seattle last year to protest police violence. I remember in Capitol Hill there was one moment where all the protesters were facing off with all the cops in their riot gear. The crowd chanted for the police to take their riot gear off, quit their jobs, etc. At some point we all took a knee. Some representative of the police offered to kneel with us, though that isn’t what we wanted. The police kneeled with us to try to show some form of “solidarity”. Fifteen minutes later they were tear gassing us and pepper spraying us and arresting us. There’s a video of when that starts, and it starts over nothing- it starts over an umbrella being pushed just a little too far over the police line. That moment and the irony of it sort of cemented my distrust and dislike of the police.

  5. Throughout the two videos, the question that stuck most with me was, “how do I feel about this?” in the second video. This quote was meant to explore how people feel about racism in the second video, but I think this question can be asked in many different settings. For example, after seeing this quote, I went back to the first video about reimagining women’s voices and asked myself, “how do I feel about this?” I asked myself how I felt about the fact that many women writers struggle in the industry to get their pieces read simply because they are women. This made me really reexamine why our society is like that and where this unfair concept began. What I loved about both videos was how they featured people that are often overlooked or not heard because of uncontrollable physical traits like gender or race. This allowed me to really take a step back and do more research on the roots of this societal problem.

  6. Though I have never participated in a protest myself I witnessed a very powerful one in my hometown last year seeking justice for those effected by police brutality. To me, it was pretty amazing to see all sorts of people come together. I remember a lot of the small business owners boarding up their shops as if the protests were going to turn violent. Although this was a very peaceful protest it was eye opening to see peoples reaction.

  7. Q2: How have protests influenced you?
    Protests have made me see the impact of events on individuals. Collective pain is not something to be ignored, and protests have demonstrated that. It is vital for a society to speak up in order to move forward. I have been influenced to speak up and support causes that should be a moral obligation for everybody. You can not purport to support a cause without action.

  8. In the summer of 2020, I’ve attended three different Black Lives Matter protests; two in Seattle and one in my hometown. After every protest, it broke my heart more and more each time. On the one hand, watching people cry, scream, and shout because of how angry and devastated they are about being mistreated by the police based on their skin color was infuriating. I was ready to risk it all to protect my Black friends. On the other hand, seeing so many people come out to speak up on the violence against Black people and genuinely taking care of one another was really nice. I’ve never so many people coming together and helping each other out before. Protests against police brutality on Black people have definitely made me view cops differently.

  9. In answer to question three, I have seen many BIPOC voices silenced mainly through social media, as that is the easiest place for people to hide from consequences. I have seen many white individuals who will downright deny any claim that BIPOC people make, no matter what it is. From spiritual and religious practices, to modern sociological problems. These individuals will make dozens of comments and videos saying how these people are wrong, and just making it up. Essentially drowning out the voices of these people in favor of spreading the white-washed version of the narrative. They will look at any less-than jovial responses and say that the BIPOC individual is being too emotional, and needs to come at the problem from a more logical standpoint. Which only serves to keep the challenger in their own comfort zone, and force others to conform so they don’t feel uncomfortable.

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