By: Thandisizwe Chimurenga
While listening to the Uprising show this morning on my favorite progressive radio station 90.7FM http://www.kpfk.org, Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed Thandisizwe on her new book about Oscar Grant and the murder of this young black man.
Oscar Grant was one out of many black men racially profiled, targeted and assaulted by the police. He was killed at the hands of people we are told to trust, and his story shall echo through the centuries.
About the Book
“Thandi Chimurenga’s book gives an unflinching critique of the role white supremacy has played in the institutionalization of state-sponsored terrorism and violence against African Americans. She forces the reader to grapple with the implications of this regime for a so-called “post-racial” society. With rich clarity, Chimurenga maps the historical trajectory of the criminalization of African Americans and connects it to the tragic murder of Oscar Grant, a young Black man whose 2009 slaying by white transit officer Johannes Mehserle elicited national outrage and civil rights protests. Chimurenga provides a bracing blow-by-blow account of the events leading up to Grant’s murder, the sham trial of Mehserle, and the groundswell of grassroots activism that emblazoned the injustice of Grant’s death into the nation’s consciousness. Students of courtroom politics will be impressed by her laser-like dissection of the proceedings, as well as her willingness to pose hard questions about the government’s continuing human rights violations under the cover of the “law”. If there are any doubts about how the legacy of slavery and racial apartheid has brutally dehumanized and denied Black people justice in the land of 21st century “equal” opportunity, Black multi-millionaires, and a Black president, Chimurenga dispels them with her trenchant take-down of America’s criminal injustice system.”
~ Sikivu Hutchinson, author, Godless Americana, Race and Religious Rebels
“No Doubt… is no doubt an essential read. It is brilliant, fantastically well-written, compelling, engaging and absolutely infuriating in its detail and honesty. No Doubt… leaves no doubt as to why Oscar Grant and so many like him are killed by the police or that these killings are indeed state-sponsored murders.”
~ Jared A. Ball, Associate Professor of media studies at Bowie State University; author, I Mix What I Like; Co-Editor, A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X.
“In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s murder and George Zimmerman’s acquittal, “No Doubt: The Murder of Oscar Grant” is a necessary book. Thandisizwe Chimurenga dissects the defense that was mounted for Grant’s killer and shows how the legal supports for murders of young Black and Latino people are constructed. In tracing each step in the successful effort to keep Grant’s killer from being convicted of murder, she provides a stunning analysis of how white supremacy is reinforced and planted ever deeper in U.S. society and government. This is crucial knowledge for anyone who works to replace racism with justice.”
~ Laura Whitehorn, Editor, The War Before: The True Life Story of Becoming a Black Panther, Keeping the Faith in Prison, and Fighting for Those Left Behind by Safiya Bukhari
“No Doubt” is the chilling and compelling story of the 2009 murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by a BART police officer. It is also the story of the ways in which racism and white privilege infect America’s criminal justice system, media and society, and encourage, perpetuate, and justify the oppression and devaluing of the lives of people of color. A breath-taking read that will break your heart, stimulate your rage, and hopefully motivate you to take action.
~ Jill Nelson, author, Volunteer Slavery, editor, Police Brutality: An Anthology
“No Doubt” tells the horrifying tale of how Oscar Grant was murdered once on a New Year’s subway platform before hundreds of witnesses, and a second time in media and the courts to minimize or prevent the punishment of his killer and to preserve the larger principle of police impunity when it comes to killing young Black men. After covering nearly every day of the killer’s trial proceedings and researching transcripts of pre-trial proceedings, veteran reporter Thandisizwe Chimurenga proves she can tell a good story as well and isn’t afraid of where it leads. Go see ‘Fruitvale Station’ if you need an airbrushed, slightly fictionalized version of Oscar Grant’s last day on earth. But you’ll have to read “No Doubt” to get the story of his death, and to trace the steps of the official dance which all-but-guarantees the double murder of Oscar Grant will happen again and again and again.”
~ Bruce Dixon, Co-Founder and Managing Editor, The Black Agenda Report
“White supremacist capitalism it’s all about making sure only the ‘right’ humans get human rights … as for the Trayvon Martins, the Aiyana Joneses, the Anthony Griffins and so many more, this system relies on dehumanization to justify their murders, on nobody being supposed to give a damn. But we know better, and we do give a damn. In this important document, Thandisizwe Chimurenga traces the events that led to another young man of Afrikan descent being murdered by the state’s mercenary thugs, placing Oscar Grant’s death in both its historical and global context. Pushing back against the dehumanizing and criminalizing narratives of the racist oppressor system, Chimurenga has given us an account that is as necessary as it is painful to read.”
~ K. Kersplebedeb, Canadian-based publisher of anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist radical literature.