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

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.

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.