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Atlanta Metro Mall Security, Darren Long: Victim, Hero, or Douche?

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The latest viral video of a black mother being tasered by a store owner slash “Top Flight” security officer is the most recent incident of a disturbing celebration by online communities that cheer conflicts where black women have been on the other side of a black man’s fist. Though the action of these women were totally out of line, there is something sickening about the public reaction to these videos. We can go down a list. Before this newest ratchet fuckery there was the young woman bus rider who attempted to run up on a bus driver who then upper cut her so bad she flew into the air. Before that, there was the lesbian couple in McDonald’s who tried to bully and jump a McDonald’s employee who beat the shit out of them with an iron rod.

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Darren Long: Atlanta’s Metro Mall Superhero?

Out of all three incidents, all males involved in the conflict have been given money through some type of crowd-sourcing. They have all been largely lauded. Of course we want justice when each other is wrong, but it is queasy to know that there are thousands who are green-lighting a gendered street justice when domestic violence, and in particular, violence against black and brown women is under-reported, under-investigated and the women who file restraining orders for legitimate predators are left unprotected.

When you still have women getting their asses beat in public, and she is crying out for help while a group of spectators look on, or even better, walk by as if nothing is going on, then these videos are problematic. And the latest guy, the “Top Flight Security” officer — Darren Long — is wearing his new-found twisted heroism like a badge of honor. No one is questioning why this dude walks around with a pocket camera video recording his day to unsuspecting customers. And then posts them online with these Uncle Ruckus-esqe explanations. Could it be the money Darren Long is making from posting said videos, maybe? More specifically, this trend of reposting, recycling and reanimating these videos are setting up a culture of response that validates a physically violent reaction to aggressive black women, or a black woman who is perceived to be aggressive.

 
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Published on: February 14, 2013

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  • http://theurbanpolitico.com/ Shady Grady

    I wouldn’t necessarily call Long a hero but I really feel strongly that he did the right thing. I listened to the radio show last night. Everyone had a lot of good points. Of course there will be racist and/or ignorant people who look at videos like this and argue that they are representative of black women, when they aren’t. And there are all sorts of reasons as to why the women behaved as they did.

    But in the same way in the moment that it happens I’m not interested in the sociological reasons why some “brother” is trying to carjack me, I think that Long or other people (men) who’ve been attacked are just trying to make it stop. Unfortunately in many cases the women only responded to force. The men have a basic human right to defend themselves.

    Society being what it is we can ask if the black women would have physically attacked a white man or if the black men would have physically defended themselves from a violent white woman hurling racial slurs. Thing is though, unfortunately it seems as if it is disproportionately black women doing these sorts of things. This grows from self-hate. Black people get to fighting and racial slurs follow immediately. Whites don’t do that. People have got to learn to keep their hands to themselves, period. In all the cases the women refused to do that. They started a fight and found out they weren’t as tough as they thought. Regardless of gender or race, that CAN be funny-just like the “call the amber-lamps guy” that jumped bad on a white man on a bus and got handled with ease. If I saw a video of a white woman cursing out and attacking a white man and then getting her block knocked off, I would respond to it the same way.

     
    • http://rippdemup.com/ RiPPa

      Great comment!

      My brother, that show was hectic and a half — we’re thinking about doing a followup. But I agree with everything you’ve said above. As I mentioned in my comment above to Reggie, my concern is how these videos are being internalized and digested. The last thing we need is for anyone who consumed this stuff to internalize this as justification for “beating up” black women. As for the racial angle? Up until someone corrected me on the show, after viewing the video I always assumed the security guard to be white. But hey, i’m legally blind so I have a good excuse.

       
  • Reggie

    I wouldn’t call the brother a hero, but I’m not mad at him either. I have never hit a woman in my life and I don’t plan on starting anytime soon. But, no one should have to be subjected to physical assault as a consequence of being employed. Dude was doing his job. This woman was more than a tad bit out of line. This type of thing wouldn’t have happened 30 years ago, but back then people had more respect for one another…..or so it would seem. If I were him, I’d have had a hard time tasering anyone, but I do understand why he did what he did when he shot that woman full of 1000 volts of get a new and improved attitude. These tasers are dangerous, people have died from being hit by them. For the life of me I don’t know why this woman performed the way she did.

     
    • http://rippdemup.com/ RiPPa

      I totally agree with you, my brother. What concerns me more than anything is how this stuff is being internalized when consumed.

       
  • Dorian Mode

    What should hurt more than being tased, is the way her children acted in the background. No matter how you paint it this chick, was a hoodrat and deserved what she got, My other question is how else was the security guard going to handle the situation, I’ve had several encounters with hood rats and the more you back down the louder they get. I really don’t see how anyone can blame this guy.