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I had to come back! This is HUGE! This is the same as the Buddhist priests in Viet Nam that used to light themselves on fire to protest the war! And it's on VIDEO!
http://www.youtube.com/wa...p;feature=player_embedded

This next video is a compilation of store cameras which captured the apparent act of taking the two cans of soda:

http://www.youtube.com/wa...p;feature=player_embedded

Another police killing of an African American has occurred.
  Caught on camera by a bystander (see video below the fold), apparently the man, identified as Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old, had gone into a convenience market, deliberately took two cans of soda, walked out without paying for them, proceeded to set the two cans symbolically down on the sidewalk, and waited for police to come, as if having planned and predicted the entire sequence of events.

The police soon arrived, and Powell approached them, telling them to shoot him. And without the slightest hesitation, they did, firing nine shots in rapid succession into Powell at close range, several of the shots occurring after he had already fallen to the ground. Then they had the audacity to cuff him , ridiculously acting as if a man with nine bullets in him, who for all the world looked dead or unconscious on the ground, was still a threat. It was all over within seconds of their arrival on the scene.

Powell's actions looked to me to be a deliberate, symbolic protest of police, clearly intended to induce a replay similar to the events which had recently occurred with Michael Brown, who had been shot while surrendering with arms raised, allegedly minutes after taking cigarillos from a nearby store. And the police behaved exactly as Powell expected they would.

Powell allegedly had a knife, although one is not visible in the video, and his arms were not raised in aggression, and he was not brandishing any weapon in a threatening manner. They could have easily backed away 30 paces, deescalated the situation, talked him down. They could have tasered him (or maybe not), or any other number of nonlethal methods. No, in my mind this was murder. We expect more from police. We expect professionalism. We expect them to think before acting.

The police, in an earlier press conference, before the revealing video had been released, had clearly lied about Powell having allegedly threatened the shooting officers with a knife in an "overhand grip". In the video, Powell's hands are at his side, with no overhand motion. No object is visible in his hands. Powell seemed to be expecting to be shot with minimal effort, and his motions were slow and non-threatening, simply moving toward the police, reflecting what he thought would be sufficient to provoke an overreaction by the police.

The striking implications of the new police killing seems to be that cops in the St. Louis area are so reliably prone to shoot Black people with the slightest provocation, that anyone can elicit a reenactment of the Brown incident by simply arranging the same pieces on the chessboard all over again. And the police obligingly cooperated by willingly playing their part, firing nine lead bullets into Powell, completing the events as if a planned theatrical drama, as if performance art. But sadly, this is not art, but tragically real, and now another man is dead from the eagerness of police to kill anyone who presents even the slightest opportunity.

I've read that a tweet apparently claims Powell's mother recently died. Others say he was acting erratically, and assume he was disturbed. Ezra Klein remarked that he might be mentally ill. Perhaps all this is true. But why is he cast this way before this is known as a fact? Why wouldn't Blacks be understandably driven to extreme levels of distress over what has occurred, over how they have been treated over the many decades which have led to these recent atrocities? Why isn't it immediately perceived as a statement of protest of the peril that Blacks live with on a daily basis? Was he mentally ill, or was he understandably distraught over how Blacks are treated in his community? Or was it, perhaps, a combination of these possibilities?

Whatever else this is, it is obviously a protest against the police. He didn't have to end his life using this particular avenue. He could have chosen any one of other methods to commit suicide, if that was his intent. Powell meant this to be a statement. Let's not allow his act to be in vain.   

In my mind, regardless of the aggregate of motivations that were in Powell's mind, it is a potent commentary on how easy any black youth can be murdered in cold blood, on any street corner, and so reliably predictable that it was easily orchestrated by a person who was willing to end his life to make the point.

Is this any different, really, than Buddhist monks setting themselves on fire to protest war? Few would debase their noble sacrifice as mental illness. Powell's act, whatever else it may prove to be, is powerful symbolism of Black experience, of a police force gone wild, and the deeply systemic racism that exists in institutions of authority in the United States. 

I fear for the safety of people in the St. Louis area tonight and in the days to come. I really don't know what else to say. This has left me speechless. I have no words.

Missouri state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, during an interview with Amy Goodman on today's Democracy Now, commented about Black young men, and how outraged they are about the shooting of Brown:

"A lot of young men, they're willing to die for justice".
 {...}
 "On Sunday night, right after the killing of Michael Brown, I was between police officers and people who were willing to die."

St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing That Appears At Odds With Their Story
[N]ewly released cell phone footage undermines the statement, showing Powell approaching the cops, but not coming as close as was reported, with his hands at his side. The officers began shooting within 15 seconds of their arrival, hitting Powell with a barrage of bullets.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released the video and 911 calls, telling St. Louis Public Radio that it plans to act transparently.

The shooting death occurred less than four miles from where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in the suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 9.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/21/1323407/-Apparently-if-you-ask-St-Louis-cops-to-kill-you-they-will-This-is-a-story-of-cops-gone-wild

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Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Ferguson on Center Stage
by Malik Miah

August 19, 2014

Two Americas. Two realities. Race matters. Us against them.

The mass media have swarmed all over Ferguson, Missouri for one reason: The Black community went into the streets after the police murder of Michael Brown, and refused orders to leave. They have inspired solidarity actions taking place all over the United States and internationally, including Latino, Asian and white young people along with African Americans.

“Hands Up, Don't Shoot” spread across the country. It reflects a reality for African American boys and men when in contact with the police. There is genuine fear that any wrong move could lead to your death. Racial profiling is commonplace in cities small and big. Accountability for cop violence is not.

Howard University students show solidarity with Ferguson.

A majority of white people, on the other hand, especially in middle or upper class communities, rarely experience cop brutality. Police serve and protect them. So they believe African Americans must be at fault, not the police.
Whites in Ferguson, Missouri, a six-square mile town of 21,000 people, don’t see discrimination or racism; they see Black people rioting in their neighborhoods. Popular culture propagates fear of African American men. Guns are flying off the shelves at gun shops as whites armed themselves in the St Louis area. Yet whites, 30 percent of the population, control the power structures and police. Black people have no political power.

Ferguson joins a long list of places where the lives of African Americans have been taken away by police violence. The dehumanization and disrespect that Black men suffer by society reflects a broad culture of institutional racism. It is not an accident that a white cop feels threatened by an unarmed 18 year old teenager.

The 28-year-old cop, Darren Wilson, was hidden away as the community erupted for five days. The 53-person militarized police force (only three are Black in a city with a 69 percent African American population) used armored vehicles and weapons more appropriate in Iraq and Afghanistan. All wore camouflage fatigues.

The police sought to control the truth by presenting “Big Mike” Brown and the community as violent and out of control to gain white support and to justify massive military type force. The occupied community is presented as subhumans who are throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at cops. Police in Ferguson and St. Louis County were indoctrinated with this dehumanizing and disrespectful view of the Black community.

The Murder and Aftermath

Michael Brown

On August 10, the cop instructed Brown and his friend to move from the street to the sidewalk. They didn’t do so and a struggle ensured, the specifics of which are contested. Brown was then shot and killed with hands turned up some 35 feet away from the patrol car. His body was left on the street for four hours.

Between August 12 and 13, police officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at lines of angry but peaceful protesters, many of whom were in their own front yards when attacked. Reporters were detained and attacked including from the Huffington Post and Washington Post.

Aljazeera America reporters fa2miliar with war zones in the Middle East were hit by tear gas and shot at with rubber bullets by police SWAT Team. CNN cameras filmed an officer addressing a group of protesters by saying "Bring it, you **** animals, bring it.” Weapons for war are now common among many police departments. This militarization is not to fight terrorists but to control the common citizens of these communities — to put down civil unrest.

The structural racism of U.S. society means that police departments meet their quotas of arrests by going after the “others” who are African Americans, Latinos, and Arabs and all Muslims. Young Black men are profiled by cops, arrested and prosecuted by a justice system that is far from color blind. A common comment heard in
Ferguson’s Black neighborhoods: “we demand respect and justice.”

Once the cop’s name was released on August 15, the police spun a new reason why Michael Brown was murdered. The story changed to a shoplifting incident a few blocks away, allegedly by Brown, at a convenience store--yet the police chief admitted that Wilson did not know that Brown was a suspect when he shot him.
Blame the Victim

The alleged robbery was a classic tactic of misdirect (a “smokescreen”) of blaming the victim for his own death, said Brown’s family. Many whites had already assumed Brown was a criminal. What torpedoed the planned coverup were the eyewitness accounts. It put politicians on the spot, including the Democratic Governor Nixon.

The cops had to retreat. Nixon appointed an African American captain, Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, a native of Ferguson, to be the public face of the police force.

Later the Governor imposed a curfew after some protesters started looting stores August 15. Community leaders condemned the action of a few who did not reflect the majority support for defiant but peaceful protests. The provocative actions, many by unknown people coming into Ferguson, played into the cop’s assertion that they had to use heavy force to keep order.

The insensitive response by the police and white politicians exposes what every African Americans knows all too well: Black people live in a racially divided country where different rules apply. It recalls the 1960s when African Americans were treated as less than human, cops were seen as an occupying force, and demands for “community control of the police” became popular.

Militarization of Police Forces

Glenn Greenwald, the investigative journalist who reported to the world on whistle blower Edward Snowden’s disclosures of massive U.S. spying, discussed in an August 14 article for the internet-based Intercept news service the origins of the militarization of city police forces:

The intensive militarization of America’s police forces is a serious menace about which a small number of people have been loudly warning for years, with little attention or traction. In a 2007 paper on “the blurring distinctions between the police and military institutions and between war and law enforcement,” the criminal justice professor Peter Kraska defined “police militarization” as ‘the process whereby civilian police increasingly draw from, and pattern themselves around, the tenets of militarism and the military model...

As is true for most issues of excessive and abusive policing, police militarization is overwhelmingly and disproportionately directed at minorities and poor communities, ensuring that the problem largely festers in the dark. Americans are now so accustomed to seeing police officers decked in camouflage and Robocop-style costumes, riding in armored vehicles and carrying automatic weapons first introduced during the U.S. occupation of Baghdad, that it has become normalized. But those who bear the brunt of this transformation are those who lack loud megaphones; their complaints of the inevitable and severe abuse that results.

If anything positive can come from the Ferguson travesties, it is that the completely out-of-control **** of domestic police militarization receives long-overdue attention and reining in.

Militarized police in Ferguson, MO.

New York Times reporters Julie Bosman and Matt Apuzzo in an August 14 article explained,
”Department of Homeland Security grant money paid for the $360,000 Bearcat armored truck on patrol in Ferguson,” said Nick Gragnani, executive director of St. Louis Area Regional Response System, which administers such grants for the St. Louis area.

Since 2003, the group has spent $9.4 million on equipment for the police in St. Louis County. That includes $3.6 million for two helicopters, plus the Bearcat, other vehicles and night vision equipment. Most of the body armor worn by officers responding to the Ferguson protests was paid for with federal money, Mr. Gragnani said.

“The focus is terrorism, but it’s allowed to do a crossover for other types of responses,” he said. “It’s for any type of civil unrest. We went by the grant guidance. There was no restriction put on that by the federal government.”

While the major Homeland Security grants do not pay for weapons, Justice Department grants do. That includes rubber bullets and tear gas, which the police use to disperse crowds. A Justice Department report last year said nearly 400 local police departments and more than 100 state agencies had bought such less-lethal weapons using Justice Department grant money.

The militarization of police is also related to the “war on drugs” that has brought havoc and death to U.S. cities and to Mexico and Central American nations where youth are fleeing for their lives to the southern U.S. border, and contributed to mass African American incarceration.

The important point here is that the social composition of the police force isn’t what causes militarization. While it’s a factor as seen in Ferguson where few cops are African American, the bigger problems are policies and training. Racial profiling and targeting of minority communities are taught to all cops--white, Black, Latino, or Asian-American. New York City, for example, has a police force that is majority people of color, yet where a Black man was choked to death on Staten Island, and stop-and-frisk remains a major issue for people of color.

Mass Public Action

What happens next depends on public protests and pressure on the county, state, and federal governments. President Obama and Attorney General Holder have instructed the FBI to investigate the Brown killing. Obama failed as usual to mention the underlying racial divisions and tensions in Ferguson. He implied both the community and cops need to do better! It’s up to the district prosecutor and closed-door grand jury to decide if the cop who killed Brown is even arrested and prosecuted. So far he’s on paid desk duty.

Demonstrators in Ferguson, MO, on August 17, 2014.

The country remains divided by race even as some progress has been made for educated African Americans. Ferguson shows that we don’t live in “post-racial’ society as many hoped with the election of the first African American president. Obama’s refusal to take on institutional racism head-on is a reason why whites opposed to full racial equality have been on the offensive since his election in 2008. If anything, Barack Obama’s election told whites (at least a sizable minority) to circle the wagons and make sure power is not taken from them.

That’s why the hard core of rightwingers and racists in the Tea Party rally around white nationalists who hate Obama and civil rights. It is why voting rights laws are being limited in the Old South and Republican controlled states. The events in Ferguson, Los Angeles, Staten Island, and many other cities show that racially targeted police violence is widespread.

The history of Black people being shot and killed by cops (an average of at least two per week) gets little notice unless video phones are present. Only when African Americans are treated as people and human beings will they respond in kind. Working class and poor African Americans are still waiting for that to happen.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” is a demand for fairness and dignity. It is matter of life or death for Black boys and men.
It is a universal slogan for all victims of state-sanctioned violence and the oppressed from Ferguson to Gaza.

Malik Miah is an editor of Against The Current and lived in Detroit, Michigan, during the 1967 rebellion after a police raid. The National Guard was called in and some 43 people died in five days in one of the most destructive riots in U.S. history. The surge of “white fear” and “white flight” from Detroit to the suburbs can be dated to these events, and subsequently the election of the city’s first Black mayor Coleman Young in 1973.
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Judge rules for the People!
« Reply #34 on: August 24, 2014, 06:13:07 pm »
Judge rules for the People! Clerk files lawsuit AGAINST herself!  

A Berrien County Judge ruled the Benton Harbor recall election can be held. This is a major victory for the people against fascist county and city governments, directed by the Whirlpool Corporation.

County elections administrator Carolyn Toliver removed more than 100 good petition signatures to attempt to prevent the mayoral recall election organized by Benton Harbor and Benton Township residents.


What you're about to read is absolutely true.
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County clerk Sharon Tyler filed a lawsuit against herself in order to prevent the recall election.      Whirlpool most likely directed her to take this action, probably a first in US election history.  Whirlpool was desperate because their man Hightower was losing by a large margin in the absentee ballots.         (Those were sent out before the powers-that-be called off the election.)

The Benton Harbor mayoral recall election will now be held on Nov. 4, 2014.


The order was issued Tuesday, August 12 by Judge John Dewane after the Aug. 7  civil trial.

The decision to schedule the election hinged on Judge DeWane's decision that the practice of the Berrien County Clerk's office to disqualify both signatures, if a person signed a recall petition twice, violates First Amendment free speech rights.

This is a tremendous victory for people all around the country, with all the corruption not just in Benton Harbor.

Rev. Edward Pinkney 
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Burn all NAACP MEMBERSHIPS

http://www.bhbanco.org/



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White Guy talks about Stuff White People Do
« Reply #35 on: August 24, 2014, 07:24:48 pm »
Mistake non-white people for service workers
More and more frequently these days, white people are claiming that they don't see race -- that they're "colorblind."

"You know something?" they might say to a black person, "I never even notice that you're black!"  ::)

Which actually says a lot about black people, or rather, the supposedly white person's denigrating conceptions about black people. And on top of that nonsense, this black person is often someone whom the white person otherwise holds up proudly as a "black friend."

When white people claim that they're colorblind, what they're actually demonstrating is that they're delusional. What they fail to recognize is something about themselves, which is that they do notice the color of non-white people, and that it's often the very first thing they notice.

One way white people sometimes demonstrate that they're the opposite of colorblind is by mistaking non-white people for service workers. I've been in department stores, for instance, and seen white shoppers ask black shoppers where to find something.

Being mistaken by white people for a service worker also happens to other non-white people. I've also seen apparently Hispanic customers stopped as they're walking through restaurants by a white person, who wants to know where the restrooms are.

Chinese American journalist Thomas Lee
recently wrote about his experience with this form of racism, when he went to interview a company president:

I arrived a few minutes before noon and told the receptionist at the front desk I was looking for the president's executive assistant.
"Oh. Are you delivering food?" she asked.

Oh, no, she didn't!

It wasn't the first time I was mistaken for a Chinese food delivery guy. In college, I had arrived at my girlfriend's dorm with dinner and the front desk dude assumed just that. I was embarrassed, to be sure, but let it go. That's the burden of being a Chinese-American with a penchant for baseball caps, jeans and takeout food.

Yet the receptionist's inquiry stunned me. I was wearing a dress shirt, black slacks and black dress shoes. True, I was sporting a backpack and sunglasses, but how many food delivery guys whip out kung pao chicken from a Gap bag?

After realizing her error, the receptionist offered a rather clumsy explanation. "I only asked because [the executive assistant] always orders food," she said.

Nice try, lady. . . . At least she didn't speak extra slowly and offer a tip.


Derald Wing Sue, a psychologist, labels such incidents "racial microaggressions" (he adopted the term from an earlier psychiatrist, Chester M. Pierce). Sue defines these behaviors as "everyday insults, indignities and demeaning messages sent to people of color by well-intentioned white people who are unaware of the hidden messages being sent."

Ordinary, well-intentioned white people almost never want the word "racism" associated with themselves. In this post, I just labeled a common white tendency -- to mistake non-white people for service workers -- a form of racism, and I'm committed to that description.

White people usually think that "racists" are the ones who harbor racist thoughts and feelings, and thus the ones who commit "racist" acts. However, as Derald Wing Sue suggests, there are many, many ways in which white people can act with unwarranted and unconscious aggression toward people of color, and thus, act in "racist" ways. Mistaking non-white people for service workers is but one common example.

Another common example is something that sometimes happens after such incidents, when the non-white victims explain what just happened to another white person. After describing his racist encounter with a white receptionist, Thomas Lee writes about his subsequent encounters with, I assume, other white people:

I told the story to friends and colleagues. I expected them to laugh and sympathize. Instead they offered several explanations, everything except what seemed obvious to me.

It was my backpack. It was my sunglasses. It was my age. It was Elvis.
     

The backpack defense seemed particularly popular so I considered it. OK, maybe -- maybe -- I could buy that. But the receptionist didn't ask if I was delivering just anything. She asked if I was delivering food. Not documents, not packages, not flowers, but food.

Worse yet, people offered me tips on how I could avoid this problem in the future, as if I was somehow to blame.  :evil4: Wear a jacket. Carry a briefcase. Walk differently.

Walk differently? I wasn't aware that I walked like a deliveryman. I'm not even sure how a deliveryman walks. Just to be safe, maybe I should don a tuxedo, speak in a faux British accent and goose-step my way to the front desk.

As I've noted before, white people often feel a need to explain away racist incidents, to argue that they're not racist. This common denial of a non-white person's point of view -- which tends to be an informed and experienced point of view -- is itself another racial microaggression.

According to an article on Derald Sue Winger's work in Monitor on Psychology, he and his colleagues have been developing a taxonomy of racial microaggressions, in order "to help people of color understand what is going on and perhaps to educate white people as well" (other examples are listed in this PDF table and graph based on Sue's work):

"It's a monumental task to get white people to realize that they are delivering microaggressions, because it's scary to them," he contends. "It assails their self-image of being good, moral, decent human beings to realize that maybe at an unconscious level they have biased thoughts, attitudes and feelings that harm people of color."

I find it interesting (as well as saddening -- and thus inspiring) that white people are commonly reluctant to recognize not only their own actions as racist, but even those of other white people. This second reluctance is what they're displaying when, after hearing that someone white mistook a non-white person for a service worker, they struggle to come up with other explanations for what happened. Even though it wasn't they themselves who made the mistake, but instead someone they don't even know!

I can only conclude here with something that I've said before. Although white people commonly think that their racial status has little to do with who they are and how they act, they are nevertheless trained to be, and act, "white." If they don't understand that about themselves, and then work to counteract it, they will sometimes commit acts of racism.

Actually, even if they do come to understand that about themselves, they'll still commit racist acts at times. But, at least they'll inflict their common and largely unconscious white tendencies on fewer non-white people, and they'll better understand themselves, and the power that they often unconsciously wield. And if they then interact and work with non-white people and treat them more equally, but also as people with differing perspectives and understandings, they'll be countering racism at both individual and systemic, institutional levels.

http://stuffwhitepeopledo.blogspot.com/2009/08/mistake-non-white-people-for-service.html?showComment=1376693788436#comment-c1387619786799460820
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THE BODY IN THE STREET
By Charles P. Pierce on August 22, 2014

..they have built the electric chair and hired the executioner to throw the switch all right we are two nations America our nation has been beaten by strangers who have bought the laws and fenced off the meadows and cut down the woods for pulp and turned our pleasant cities into slums and sweated the wealth out of our people...
-- John Dos Passos, "The Big Money," USA


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I keep coming back to what seems to me to be the most inhumane thing of all, the inhumane thing that happened before the rage began to rise, and before the backlash began to build, and before the cameras and television lights, and before the tear gas and the stun grenades and the chants and the prayers. I keep coming back to the one image that was there before the international event began, before it became a television show and a symbol in flames and something beyond what it was in the first place. I keep coming back to one simple moment, one ghastly fact. One image, from which all the other images have flowed.

They left the body in the street.

Dictators leave bodies in the street.

Petty local satraps leave bodies in the street.

Warlords leave bodies in the street.

A police officer shot Michael Brown to death. And they left his body in the street. For four hours. Bodies do not lie in the street for four hours. Not in an advanced society. Bodies lie in the street for four hours in small countries where they have perpetual civil war. Bodies lie in the street for four hours on back roads where people fight over the bare necessities of simple living, where they fight over food and water and small, useless parcels of land. Bodies lie in the street for four hours in places in which poor people fight as proxies for rich people in distant places, where they fight as proxies for the men who dig out the diamonds, or who drill out the oil, or who set ancient tribal grudges aflame for modern imperial purposes that are as far from the original grudges as bullets are from bows. Those are the places where they leave bodies in the street, as object lessons, or to make a point, or because there isn't the money to take the bodies away and bury them, or because nobody gives a damn whether they are there or not. Those are the places where they leave bodies in the street.

Bodies are not left in the streets of the leafy suburbs. The bodies of dogs and cats, or squirrels and raccoons, let alone the bodies of children, are not left in the streets of the leafy suburbs. No bodies are left in the streets of the financial districts. Freeze to death on a bench in the financial districts and you are whisked away before your inconvenient body can disturb the folks in line at the Starbucks across the street. But the body of a boy can be left in the street for four hours in a place like Ferguson, Missouri, and who knows whether it was because people wanted to make a point, or because nobody gave a damn whether he was there or not. Ferguson, Missouri was a place where they left a body in the street. For four hours. And the rage rose, and the backlash built, and the cameras arrived, and so did the cops, and the thing became something beyond what it was in the first place. And, in a very real way, in the streets of Ferguson, the body was still in the street.

***

The rage rises.

The very last march in which Martin Luther King, Jr. participated ended violently. He had come to Memphis to lend support to a strike by the city's sanitation workers. On March 28, 1968, King led a march in support of the striking workers. It did not end well.

King arrived late and found a massive crowd on the brink of chaos. Lawson and King led the march together but quickly called off the demonstration as violence began to erupt.  King was whisked away to a nearby hotel, and Lawson told the mass of people to turn around and go back to the church. In the chaos that followed, downtown shops were looted, and a 16-year-old was shot and killed by a policeman. Police followed demonstrators back to the Clayborn Temple, entered the church, released tear gas inside the sanctuary, and clubbed people as they lay on the floor to get fresh air. Loeb called for martial law and brought in 4,000 National Guard troops. The following day, over 200 striking workers continued their daily march, carrying signs that read, "I Am a Man"... At a news conference held before he returned to Atlanta, King said that he had been unaware of the divisions within the community, particularly of the presence of a black youth group committed to "Black Power" called the Invaders, who were accused of starting the violence.
The backlash builds.

Whites, angered by the property damage to businesses during the aborted march, blamed blacks. The President of the Memphis Chamber of Commerce told the New York Times: "You can't take these Negro people and make the kind of citizens out of them you'd like."(sic). Rev. Lawson would later note that the nonviolence of thousands of black citizens who moved back to the church and their homes was lost in press accounts of the story.
A week or two later, Dr. King stepped out onto the balcony of his motel room in Memphis. A white man shot him through the neck and he died. They covered his body with a sheet. They did not leave it there on the balcony, blood pooling around it, for four hours.

***

In 1965, the editors of the National Review traced the violence of the Watts riots back to the baleful influence of Dr. King's various campaigns throughout the South.

For years now, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and his associates have been deliberately undermining the foundations of internal order in this country. With their rabble-rousing demagoguery, they have been cracking the "cake of custom" that holds us together. With their doctrine of "civil disobedience," they have been teaching hundreds of thousands of Negroes - particularly the adolescents and the children - that it is perfectly all right to break the law and defy constituted authority if you are a Negro-with-a-grievance; in protest against injustice. And they have done more than talk. They have on occasion after occasion, in almost every part of the country, called out their mobs on the streets, promoted "school strikes," sit-ins, lie-ins, in explicit violation of the law and in explicit defiance of the public authority. They have taught anarchy and chaos by word and deed - and, no doubt, with the best intentions - and they have found apt pupils everywhere, with intentions not of the best. Sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind. But it is not they alone who reap it, but we as well; the entire nation.
In 2014, the editor of the National Review traced the violence of the disturbances in Ferguson to the baleful influence of MSNBC.

You get the feeling that the enormous emotional investment in Ferguson from the left-from Eric Holder to MSNBC on down-reflects a nostalgia for the truly heroic phase of the civil rights movement. They (most of them, at least) can never be Freedom Riders, but they can write blog posts complaining that the police gear in Ferguson looks scary. They can never register voters in the Jim Crow South, but they can tweet dramatic pictures of tear-gas canisters going off. They can never march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge circa 1965, but they can do some cable hits. Ferguson is all they've got, so it must be spun up into a national crisis-our Gaza, our apartheid-to increase the moral drama.
They do not leave bodies in the street in Arlington County in Virginia, where the editor of the National Review grew up.

***

The story now seems to be about the "healing process" going on in Ferguson. The nights are quieter. The National Guard has pulled out. Some of the reporters have moved on to other things. There will be a funeral on Monday for the boy whose body was left in the street. It will be a dignified spectacle and it will be terrific television and it will be said to be "healing" the wounded place. Meanwhile, there are other people finding their healing in many different ways.

I support officer Wilson and he did a great job removing an unnecessary thing from the public.
An unnecessary thing.

The body they left in the street.

The body that, in so many ways, is still in the street.

An unnecessary thing.

The body they left in the street. For four hours. Ferguson, Missouri was a place where they left a body in the street. For four hours. And the rage rose, and the backlash built, and the cameras arrived, and so did the cops, and the thing became something beyond what it was in the first place. And, in a very real way, in the streets of Ferguson, the body was still in the street. What kind of place leaves the body of a boy in the street? What kind of country does that?

Dos Passos was correct.

All right.

We are two nations.

All right?

Almost. We are one wishful thinking nation of white privilege that cultivates self worship and bling praise while constantly inventing new excuses for our unfailing dislike for the unlike.

The unlike is not, now or ever was, another nation. The unlike are an oppressed minority that has to learn to "act white" to make a living and survive in this depraved, self loving and barbaric society. And the kicker is the 24/7 PROJECTION of EVERYTHING white society REALLY STANDS FOR on to the minorities in general and African Americans in particular.

Here's the cognitive "impediment" problem for MR. LOGICAL REASONING Whitey: Imagine you walk into a bar that has the best and the worst people in the world in it. Whitey NEVER thinks that the biggest bully troglodyte **** in that bar is going to zero in on that BULLSEYE painted on him while the "nice people" go about their business of socializing. To whitey, it's a matter of odds if you have to deal with an **** or not. To the Minority that CAN'T PASS, it's a 99% probability.

And all the above is REALLY (although they refuse to accept it or admit it) a problem for whitey (the non-racist whitey) because, by his own "math", the African American/minority is just a MAGNET for TROUBLE.

IOW, the MAIN reason that bigoted behavior targeting African Americans 24/7 CONTINUES is BECAUSE the non-racist whites REFUSE to get MILITANT with the ASSHOLES among them. There will ALWAYS be assholes among Homo SAPS of all colors, sizes and shapes.

But the RESPONSIBILITY of keeping them in check falls squarely on the non-racist portion of the GROUP IN POWER that oppresses the "unlike".

The group of Homo SAPs NOT IN POWER is NOT another "nation"; it's a whipping boy of a sick society.

It can be argued that, if African Americans were in whitey's shoes and the situation was reversed, they would be just as much in denial about their willful blindness as whitey is today.

SO WHAT? African Americans are just as human as any other Homo SAP! The ISSUE is justice, not how much depraved behavior mankind is capable of.


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How Often are Unarmed Black Men Shot Down By Police?

Snippet 1

o The most common reason for contact with police in 2008 was being a driver in a traffic stop (44.1%)
o Black drivers were about three times as likely as white drivers and about two times as likely as Hispanic drivers to be searched during a traffic stop.

Yet as we all should know, even though Blacks get searched more often during stops - police don't find more drugs or guns on them.


White New Yorkers make up a small minority of stop-and-frisks, which were 84 percent black and Latino residents. Despite this much higher number of minorities deemed suspicious by police, the likelihood that stopping an African American would find a weapon was half the likelihood of finding one on a white person.

So why then, exactly, are they doing it?  If stopping twice the Black people only generates half the guns or drugs, why does this happen?

Snippet 2

You can see that consistently from 2002 through 2008 that Black citizens encountering police received threats of force, or use of force at least Three Times More Often than White citizens. Latinos citizens were threatened with force, or had force used on them about Twice as Often.

If we are to use the example provided by Chicago as a rough guide, about 95% of these instances are being deemed "Justified" by the Police but that's not how the citizens feel about it.

Snippet 3

If the use of kicking, punching, tasering and pointing guns at citizens is felt to be excessive an average of 74% of the time - and is Three Times Higher for Black People - just what would the percentages of unjustified, excessive uses of deadly force really be like if we had those numbers?

Could it be as high as 80%, 90%?

Could it be so bad that the obviousness of it all would be plain for all to see? Just how bad is it? Maybe that's why, with all this number crunching already being provided by the BJS and Police Departments and the FBI - we still don't have that. one. strategic. figure.

Somehow I don't think that's a coincidence.

That's why we have people marching in the Streets in Ferguson, and Los Angeles, and New York this week.  People are marching for the truth. For Justice.  What we all used to not cynically laugh and call "the American Way..."

Maybe we should start to solve the problem by defining and quantifying the problem. Then we can measure if things are getting better, or if they're getting worse, if we're going the right direction or we're going the wrong way. Body cams or not, if we don't have raw data - we don't really know what's going on, do we?  None of us.

But I think we now have a clue, and it doesn't look good. 

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This is in St. Paul, Minnesota, NOT the DEEP SOUTH! If I read JUST ONE **** REMARK ABOUT this man being in trouble because of something he did or did not do, I will call you a RACIST MOTHER FUCKER because THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE.

If you believe the "racial divide" in this country is caused by people of color, you are FULL OF ****!
This is WHITEY's fault. ALL OF IT! Yeah, YOU non-racist whites that keep your tongue where the sun doesn't shine when this kind of **** GOES DOWN. You should be REQUIRED to shoe polish your FACE for a year so you learned HOW IT WORKS in this country. A few days ago one of you panicked pinkies called the cops on a black kid handling a TOY gun in a WALMART. They KILLED HIM! **** YOU!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/28/1325409/-St-Paul-police-violently-arrest-a-black-man-for-sitting-on-bench-waiting-for-his-children-VIDEO
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Agelbert,
Those video's you posted on white's vs. black's are disinformation posts.
Over $1,000,000,000.00 a year is spent on this kind of nonsense.
Your being sucker punched bubba.
AZ,
Bull s h i t. Being part minority, and having several black friends in the course of my past life, I have LIVED this stuff. I live in Vermont. pal. I KNOW the score. I was raised in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. I was a racist. Next to the base was "jig" town. I thought, "why do those black people live next to the post?" like any ignorant racist whitey would that doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground. The INSTANT you study Kansas history you LEARN why the FEW blacks that were allowed to leave the south after the civil war that weren't ghettoized instantly or run out of town or hung for the fun of it ALWAYS survived because of the Federal Government (and that was iffy a lot of the time too!). Do you know why they were called the JIGS? Right, because they could be USED to make a product CHEAPLY and easily.   

Whitey is the culprit. the fact that I look white has helped learn about all the vile stuff whitey has come up with to BLAME THE VICTIM.

Don't F U C K with me on this, Az. I can give you chapter and verse on how minorities are targeted, cornered and manipulated into violent responses ONLY to have whitey ask, "what's wrong with those people? Why aren't they civilized and well behaved like whitey?".

Have you ever had a cop that stopped you ram his arm inside your car inches from your face, grab your seat belt and pull back quickly and connect it while saying, IN _______  WE WEAR SEAT BELTS!!? Do you KNOW why he did that or are you going to dance around with some baloney along the lines of another Doomstead Diner that always manages to blame the minority for whatever problem they are in?

I'm not in the mood for this game of whitey plays dumb. The cop WANTED and excuse. A normal person reacts and grabs the person's arm inches from his face. Then you get charged and jailed and a nice record stays to ruin your future (if you are lucky and don't get the stuffing beat out of you, your car confiscated and possibly shot!).  I'm NOT the normal run of the mill chump. I KNOW how it works. So I did not move a muscle. The cop was visibly angry and frustrated. All he could give me was a ticket. Go ahead, AZ, just say it was a "bad day" for the  cop or it was just anecdotal or I am exaggerating. I'm not given to hyperbole.
 
WHY TF do you think most minorities live in ghettos, HUH? Do you think it's because they LIKE it there!!? Learn the history of this country, especially AFTER the Civil War and then you will get the proper perspective on how much of this "bemusement" about how minorities, especially those of color, "never seem to get ahead" is BECAUSE, since the Homestead act (that EXCLUDED AMERICAN FREE BLACKS but let your great grand daddy go steal Arizona from the Native Americans and Mexicans), which is one of GREATEST SOURCES of American middle class wealth in the USA, at EVERY STEP of the way, minorities are hog tied to keep them from getting ahead (OWNING PROPERTY) while affirmative action for whitey has ALWAYS been PAR FOR THE COURSE while whitey screams about all those "welfare queens" in the minorities out there. BS, BS and more bull s h I t!

I watched a Southerner (nicknamed "Flash" LOL!) in my Enroute air traffic control center mess up continually and his pals cover for him. They guy was DUMBER than a wedge. But there he was, making over $22,000 a year in 1974 while minorities with twice his intelligence and ability were kept down.

That same crew had another moron that told a joke we were all supposed to laugh at. Why do blacks have chickens on their farms? So they can teach their kids to WALK!! Funny, funny, funny. Why do (insert Agelbert's minority group here  - just before he has to start a shift to see if they can mess him up well enough to make a mistake, have a "deal" and get FIRED) have pointed shoes? So they can kill the roaches in the corners of their house rooms. FUN-N-NY  Southern CRACKERS!

Don't get mad, Agelbert! You need a thick skin for this job! We are just trying to see if you can take it before so get to dish it out!  (Never mind that Flash and the run of the mill whitey DUMB forks were babied 24/7!). Hey Agelbert, I'm H O R N Y, does your wife have a sister I can F U C K? THAT too delivered right before going on position IN FRONT of the crew chief who acted like he had heard nothing.

Hey Az, do you know what a radar screen looked like before digitized data blocks? We had little plastic markers we would push along a flat horizontal display. We called them "shrimp boats". Do you know what one of my trainers from Proud Bigots 'R 'US  even WORSE than Southerners (from Indiana   ) did when I was ready to check out (get certified) on a radar position? He took his hand and scrambled 14 shrimp boats on the screen and said, FIX IT. I had to re-identify fourteen aircraft in less than 3 minutes. I was pretty good. I didn't flinch and just did it. They NEVER did that to anyone who WASN'T a minority.

Another sadistic racist on that crew took over 40 flight progress strips I had set up in all their appropriate bays while working the "manual" air traffic position next to the radar and he threw them ALL on the floor! The crew chief said NOTHING. I almost lost it but I controlled myself, picked up all the flight progress strips and sequenced them accordingly in a couple of minutes. They NEVER did that to anyone who WASN'T a minority. They picked the wrong guy to fork up. Having spent 8 months at the USMA helped me get through the sadistic racisism from Southerners and that pack of super racists from Indianapolis center.

But that's not the POINT, Az! They POINT is that minorities have a BULLSEYE painted on them and people like you PRETEND it ain't so and you ain't favored for opportunites from jobs to purchases to simple human compassion 24/7. You IGNORE the FACT that there are a plethora of DUMB fork whiteys out there that should not have the job that a smarter, more qualified HUMAN that happens to be a minority SHOULD HAVE but doesn't because whitey is covering for it's low IQ members. And it is HELL ON WHEELS to get WHITEY to admit that! He's too busy claiming minorities are Da ones dat do dat! LOL!

Blaming the victim and planning 24/7 to hurt minorities even more is part of this racist country's DNA. It's how DUMB fork from the low IQ portion of whitey manage to make a decent living while minorities of average to above average intelligence struggle.

Sure, superior intelligences and high IQ people of ANY Homo SAP group will make it despite all the S H I T thrown at them.

The USA is RACIST TO THE CORE. PART of that racism is claiming the soft peddling of bigotry (like in the above videos where barely ANY part of the HORRORS that go on daily are touched!) get the old KNEW JERK REACTION from whitey saying it's PROPERGANDER aginst us sweet innocent, upstandin' Merikans. I know better. Since I can "pass" I have observed the "game" incognito.

I even play the racist every now and then to listen to the FILTH that comes from whitey's mouth like the old "JOKE" about the black with 12 bullets in him tied in chains with his feet in concrete found at the bottom of a river (Worse case of suicide we ever haid around here!


And the one about the black guy that was hit by whitey's car and was charged with breaking and entering because he went through the windshield...

Isn't that just HILAREOUS, Az!!!? Don't tell me YOU have nevah heard such things because I will call you a LIAR to your face!
http://www.youtube.com/wa...p;feature=player_embedded

Now I know it's REAL HARD for many Doomstead Diners to picture the outcome of the above if the guy was Black.   ;) 

But, I can GUARANTEE YOU HE WOULD have been SHOT DEAD WITH SEVERAL BULLETS.


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/31/1324831/-White-man-jaywalks-with-gun-guess-what-happens

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But..., uh, Um, the black man stole two cokes! And, and he had KNIFE! He would have done horrible things if they hadn't DEFENDED themselves, RIGHT!!?
Keep dreamin' you have logic and reasonableness on your side, whitey! Anyone with a lick of sense knows racism is ENDEMIC and UBIQUITOUS in the USA. 
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an idea is rejected without saying why.

Dismissals usually have overtones. For example, "If you don't like it, leave the country" implies that your cause is hopeless, or that you are unpatriotic, or that your ideas are foreign, or maybe all three. "If you don't like it, live in a Communist country" adds an emotive element.


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« Reply #43 on: September 03, 2014, 10:47:56 pm »
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Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 01:28 PM PDT.

Another man dies during routine traffic stop; Cops withhold all information.

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Re: Mechanisms of Prejudice: Hidden and Not Hidden
« Reply #44 on: September 04, 2014, 06:26:39 pm »
How ABOUT THAT!    Whitey's "reasonable, logical and civilized"    Modus Operandi EXPOSED! 


Added instructions To that FINE and PRUDENT and SENSIBLE advice given above to HELP YOU PEOPLE TO BEHAVE so you don't CAUSE TROUBLE by YOUR behavior.

1) When stopped by a police officer for any reason whatsoever, even if it happens on a regular basis without a ticketing offense, ALWAYS be RESPECTFUL and the POLICE OFFICER will be RESPECTFUL TOO! Remember if the police officer does NOT act RESPECTFULLY, it's YOUR FAULT!  ;D

2) If a sales person follows you around in a store or you are mistaken for a service person or/and asked to clean up some mess or take out the garbage or "Where's that pizza we ordered?", be THANKFUL that you can get such QUICK SERVICE and ATTENTION.  ;D  What's wrong with you?  Don't be so paranoid and overly sensitive!  Stop playing the RACE CARD! Quit your whining! This just shows what a RACIAL DIVIDE (Whites are reasonable and non-combative - we aren't looking for silly excuses to feel dumped on!) in this country. We whites are happy  when we are followed around or mistaken for a service person. That we get quicker service!... ;D

3) Racism ENDED in the USA when the Civil Rights act was passed a long time ago.  Stop living in the past.  Get that silly chip off your shoulder.  If you don't want to be called a welfare queen, whining trouble maker, BEHAVE and you won't have any TROUBLE.  USA! USA! USA! ;D

Signed,
Some NON-racist  ;) REAL (white) Americans  that made the above SUGGESTIONS for the GOOD of you over excitable minorities.   
 




Agelbert NOTE: If that's how the NON-racists think, I don't think it would be a good idea to ask what the RACISTS think!  :P

 
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