Peggy Hubbard is an interesting voice to emerge in the newer wave of soldiers seeking solidarity around the topic of Black on Black violence. So, I guess a couple of days ago(August 21, 2015 at 7:51pm) from the time of this writing a sister by the name of Peggy Hubbarb, a survivor of one of the roughest sets in the St. Louis metropolitan area and a US Naval Officer, uploaded this video to her Facebook profile. I got wind of it a couple days later(August 23, 2015 at 5:20pm), watched it, read a few comments from my Twitter followers involved in the Mike Mike Brown Forever Movement, and decided to uploaded it to my Twitter stream.
At the time I consumed Ms. Hubbarb’s eight minute critique and call to awareness, the video was being described as “gone viral”. At the time of this writing, the recording has 7,699,821 views purely within the Facebook ecosystem. Given those two conditions, not seeing any discussion of it on my timeline disturbed me. While I pretty much find any other human’s thoughts problematic on some level, I did find a certain resonance with certain of my own thoughts regarding what is being referred to as “The Black Lives Matter” “movement”.
Here are the conversations and thoughts the video and my query to my Twitter readers generated:
Before I present my thoughts regarding some of these conversations and thoughts, I want to also post another video. Around 9:37pm in the Eastern timezone, Peggy Hubbard appeared on Don Lemon’s CNN show to discuss her views expressed in the viral video. This is a video of that interview here:
Alright, so a few things I would like to note here before sending you on your way.
I understand that Peggy is going to be an easy target of the Black Essentialist, You-Must-Perform-Black-The-Way-We-Say ilk of the nigga-sphere. Maybe she earned that bit of disapproval, maybe not. It really does not concern me much in light of the biggest gripe here being a lack of collective focus on murders of Blacks when those who kill the Blacks are not police or Whyte folk. Ultimately, I agree with that sentiment and that sentiment alone.
As far as Peggy’s treatment of her step-son, parents react differently to their children being incarcerated for crimes everybody knows they are good for. It is one of those conversations I tend not to indulge with those who are not intimately acquainted with as a personal reality or past experience. However, I do feel her passion and the pain stemming from investing in a child that decides to make decisions causing them to be incarcerated despite the ecosystem that encourages young Black males to make certain decisions that trap them. It should be noted that Peggy is also a mother who grew up in Walnut Park(affectionately referred to as “Murdaville”) which is situated along West Florissant, only three miles down from the apartment complex where Mike Mike Brown was killed by Darren Wilson. I do understand how having that as the backdrop to the murder of 9 year young Jamyla Bolden can cause a person to react with outstanding doubts about the real intents and purposes of a “movement” when a certain type of silence ensues.
The real, objective, “receipt” laden fact is that the only time spectacle can be utilized in Black murder is when it is racially tinged. Intraracial violence does not garner that same sort of attention due to its ubiquity. The myth of the myth of Black on Black violence is capable of persisting due to the need to drown out any voices that might work to dampen the shine from those exploiting the spectacle generated from racially framed murders. In good measure here, it should be noted that, only the Black murders matter. Black lives do not matter, they only get attention if they are a Black first and in a role that generates enough money to generate fame. In these particular veins, I must salute Peggy for her role in bringing to bear another aspect of the discussion regarding the movement towards a more hospitable US Black community.
From the opposing arguments, of course, in application of Black Media Trust I believe that Don Lemon is leading Peggy into a wall with the “privilege” question. Peggy has her own individual viewpoints that might could stand to be tested by way of public debate, but whyte privilege was not the discussion on the table. Further, once again, by my application of Black Media Trust, I understand that Peggy will be harnessed and used by certain interests in the same way that Toya Graham, the mom who slapped her son during the Baltimore uprising following the murder of Freddie Gray, was harnessed. I do not have all the information and data regarding the murder of Mansur Ball-Bey, neither does Peggy, obviously. I cannot support her tainted arguments with regards to that, but I am still glad her words are able to reverberate through media channels, for whatever reasons.