Say her name: Chikesia Clemons

Chikesia Clemons is a black woman convicted of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest because she refused to pay unwarranted additional charges for plastic ware (yes plastic forks and knives) at a Waffle House and demanded the contact information of the District Manager. Women, Black women especially, are being disrespected and devalued in this country at alarming rates. The accomplishments of the past 60 years are quickly eroding. She was found guilty, sentenced and fined. Watch this video.

When did it become commonplace to belittle her request, call the police to report her complaint and now the courts continue to legitimize this violence? What are they hoping her? Black compliance? Does the criminal justice system believe that with these continued convictions, it will ensure minority’s silence and black compliance?


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