Sunday, October 30, 2016

No Care fuh Woman!

Nigerian policemen searching Nigerian women.

Just Imagine What Police Are Doing To These Ladies

The pictures of police men's hands shoved between young women's legs pressed against the vaginas were shared by a Nigerian police officer SUPOL Abayomi Shogunle online to show how their own Naija police are a bit better than some police in other African countries. No be lie!

Nigerian policemen searching Nigerian women appear somber, the women laughing as if it is enjoyable, or they are getting off makes for a case in defense of the superior tactic employed (Abayomi Shogunle asserts), or the cultural difference of women's sensibilities. That is a question, not a statement because women are the same everywhere regarding privacy, the sacredness of their vaginas, and being treated decently. What makes the matter frightening is how intimidating Nigerian and other African police officers are in fact.

Africa is not the U.S.. The American constitution with its expectations does not function in any African country the way it does here and the police and military tightly bound by European influence and cultural ties to a large number of tribes, and associations unfamiliar to American senses of justice and fairness play a heavy part in the power of might African style. Coups in Africa are bloody and whole families can die. Nigeria is no exception. So, logically justice and privilege is from a different mindset, and expectations.

After the Biafran war ended I was there with my family in the middle of the 1970's. I remember men were scattered across the country-side with semi-automatic weapons robbing, raping, stealing people's cars and dignity and lives at their whim and will. Check points throughout West Africa were dangerous or amicable exchanges. then and the years afterwards! Outcome depended upon several factors: ability to bribe, likeablity, family connections, who you know and who you are. A woman going through a check point today apparently has to laugh to shoulder the insufferable indignity of being fondled in public by men with power over their lives and their freedom to move about in their own country.

Freedom, misrepresented in American culture misconstrues and blurs the differences between intimidation, and protecting natural movement and endeavors, like making a living, moving from place to place without fear, or making inroads to a better life going to school, or trading ideas with others. Today, freedom is invasion of other people's land. In vogue is the government bullying Native American protectors of water, and their sovereignty with police force. This is the definition and concept of freedom in the States. This is as Donald Trump puts it, 'making American great again!' Traveling across the Atlantic ocean to demolish the infrastructure of Iraq, the holy land of Christiandom, is called protecting American freedom! Following that logic, that spirit; the noise of bombers flying over cities as a show of force over the states where military airbases are located is called 'the sound of freedom' by patriots helping to solidify the notion that the bulk of the national budget should go to the war machine.

Back to the subject at hand, under the influence of the enormous fear of the police Nigerian women will endure indignities for reasons obvious to all present. Not taken into account is the deep rage a man feels knowing there is nothing he can do to stop a police man from groping his woman without fear of reprisal. Because an officer named himself as the photographer tells even more the overwhelming power the police and military have over their people.

There is nothing laughable or funny about being violated. Laughter covers fear and rage. That mask is an illusion. Beneath it over time a plan will come forth and policemen will wind up mysteriously dead, or crippled. Stalking and killing the evil of one's life is the path of human nature in climate like this, and the way of a protective spirit within men and women against evil forces masquerading as a just force over their lives. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 10.29.16  

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