Notable Links: 8-29/14: DELUXE EDITION

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Discovery cancels ‘Sons of Guns’ after star is charged with child rape

On Wednesday, Discovery Channel confirmed the network has canceled its docu-series “Sons of Guns.” The news comes two weeks after TMZ reported that the show’s star, Will Hayden, was arrested in Louisiana on child molestation charges involving his 12-year-old daughter. Although he was released after posting bail, Hayden was arrested again on Tuesday with an added charge of alleged aggravated rape of a child.

“Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of ‘Sons of Guns’ and cancel the series,” the network said in a statement Wednesday.

Sectarian hatred is being overtaken by xenophobic racism in Northern Ireland

At 9pm last Tuesday, 44-year-old Chinese doctor, Wu Youzhong, went to investigate the sound of breaking glass outside his home in Coleraine, County Londonderry, in Northern Ireland. When he arrived at his front door, he saw that the window had been smashed. An intruder then attacked him so violently that he had to be admitted to hospital for several days, and required consultation from an eye specialist. Dr Wu’s wife, Luo Ruoyin, said, “I heard he was just screaming in pain and I was scared. He was just holding his head and covering his eyes and blood was just running down everywhere.” The police are treating the attack as racially motivated; the couple, who have a two-year-old daughter, are reported to be intending to move away from the area.

HEROES HONORED FOR SAVING DRIVER WHO SUFFERED HEART ATTACK

It was this past Tuesday when a woman suffered a heart attack behind the wheel and drove her car into Cobbs Creek in Southwest Philadelphia.

The victim, Cheryl Allison, is still in the hospital, but three Good Samaritans were honored for helping to save her.

How News Media Fuels the Myth of Black Crime

You’re not just imagining things. The local news media’s intense focus on violent crime is also deeply racialized, at least if New York City’s media market is indicative of national trends.

Media Matters reviewed the 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts of four New York-area stations over the course of this summer and compared their crime stories to arrest data from the New York Police Department. In a report released Aug. 26, the watchdog group found black suspects in crime stories far outweigh their actual representation in arrests—which is saying something, since we also know arrests themselves are racially skewed, with black people representing far more arrests for, say, marijuana possession than drug-use rates suggest is appropriate.

Hours After Brown’s Killing, Police in Ferguson Let K-9 Urinate on Memorial Site

It was bad enough that Ferguson police left Michael Brown’s dead body in plain sight on a residential street for more than four hours after Darren Wilson shot and killed the unarmed 18-year-old. But what police did the evening of August 9 gives us a better understanding of why Ferguson’s black community was even further enraged.

In an article over at Mother Jones, Mark Follman explains how police officers disrespected the still bloodstained spot where Brown was gunned down. It’s unclear which police department was responsible, but according to witnesses, one unit allowed their K-9 dog to urinate directly on the memorial site.

Lifetime Promises To Bring Out The ‘Strong Black Woman’ In White Women

Lifetime’s new show Girlfriend Intervention is not subtle about its message. Its premise is four black women giving a makeover to a white woman on the theory that, as they put it, “Trapped inside of every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out.”

Thoughts Surrounding Ferguson and Beyond

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This article will have no pictures and no links to other articles. This is purely straight from the heart. 

It seems like things have calmed down in Ferguson, Missouri at least it would seem that way on the outside. Last week, the little community looked like a war zone. Rather, it was a war zone. A peaceful protest demanding answers into the killing of Michael Brown, another in a long list of unarmed black males murdered by police, by officer Darren Wilson, who’s been incognito since that fateful day but has generated massive support of his own. The answer received was a militarized police force deeply troubled with racism that saw black citizens, and media reporters that came lately, as the enemy.

Living in this nation, you would expect public opinion to be heavily divided. Many, mostly white, people saw that Brown’s life would end violently before he turns 30 as they, without question, saw the ever-present “thug nature” lurking behind his black skin. The convenience store footage that appeared that Brown was robbing the joint and the excuse that he was jaywalking only made their opinions more brazen with some immediately claim that Brown deserved to die, put down like a rabid animal the same way those on the Right saw the protesters while embracing white victimhood.

But many people, including yours truly, opposed and condemned the usual racial bias. We didn’t care about the footage, especially since that there were no reports of 911 calls on that day, and that Wilson killing Brown had nothing to do with it. We scoffed at the mainstream media’s tricks of “thuggifying” another unarmed black male killed by police, brainwashing the public in some that that the murder was justified. We took a look at how that same media treats black victims as opposed to white victims and suspects, and saw that were was racial bias hidden article’s titles alone.

Yet, let the facts be damned! Certain people were adamant about a few things, including that Brown brought his death unto himself. Wilson was attacked by Brown, his life was on the line and was “just doing his job” taking down another thug. The protests shown how uncivilized black people are, concluded by faulty media reports of rioting and looting among other things, and proved that there is racism against whites more so than the reverse!

The protests that was sparked soon after the murder of Michael Brown took the nation by storm. It became a national issue concerning race that opened many ugly doors that was more than just the usual, yet tragic, cop killing of an unarmed black man. There was no argument convincing enough that eliminated race from the equation, and there were plenty of people crazy and stupid enough to try. As those who dispel that racism was a factor, they revealed their own racism by doing so. Ironic? Yes, but remember, some people think that revealing or talking about racism is racist itself.

There are a few things, however, that also need to be addressed openly and honestly.

As I read several articles about the events in Ferguson and the actions that proceeded them their and nationally, I noticed something was missing. There were hardly any mentions about black women being victims of police brutality. So far, there was the only one article that mentioned that black women are victims as well. Having black male privilege, if you wanna call it that, means that if a cop kills you, you and all other black male victims of police violence will be acknowledged before and more often than black females. It’s troubling that only black men matter in this struggle when black women are just as in danger. I don’t even think a lot of us are aware of names like Rekia Boyd, Raven Dozier, Ersula Ore, Marlene Pinnock and many other sistas that were harassed, raped, beaten and murdered by cops. Don’t they matter too?

Another thing I’ve seen is the generic “What about black-on-black crime” argument used every time as a piss-poor attempt to deny racism and raise shame. The argument is used mostly by those who do nothing about the issue but sit and scold, those who would rather want us to put in %100 of the work than dare go into our neighborhoods and actually lift a finger despite the fact that the work has been and is still being done to the best of the ability of those who call those areas home. So, it’s bullshit to call us out on a topic that not only did they not care about to begin with but yet, have the balls to criticize those of us actually doing something other than complaining. Besides, no one ever justified or diminished the murders of white people by inciting white crime.

As always, I turn to the mainstream media who, as stated earlier have sought to turn Michael Brown’s death into a ‘just desserts’ moment. While I’m glad that there were people that caught on, it still bothers me that the demonization of black people will continue, full speed ahead. Local news and newspapers will continue scavenging for any reports of black crime over black accomplishments or black heroism. The tabloid press will scour the Earth looking for black celebrities and black athletes behaving badly as opposed to giving back and doing positive things. TV and movies will still mass produce negative stereotypes into “what’s hot” further delivering the message that ignorance is cool. There will hardly be any significant push to change all that, and some of us will eat that shit up to entertain ourselves without knowing that such images are meant to destroy us in the long run. So, how can we be upset at the media for turning dead black victims into thugs, but will watch the same media for new episodes of “Love and Hip Hop, Real Housewives of Atlanta” Basketball Wives”, and the latest in rap songs that keep the thug image going?

Finally, there have been pictures comparing the events in Ferguson with Civil Rights Era images. Both sets of photos are strikingly similar. Some believe that the past has come back to haunt us. Others believe that not much has changed, and the murder of an unarmed black teen revealed way more than many people would like to see. In the end, just as it was back then, the lives of black people still don’t matter in this nation. Period.

It’s hard not to be angry and fearful, but there are those who disrespect us for being open with those emotions. What’s worse is that they will see the aggressors, the ones responsible, as the real victims in their own racist bizarro imaginations. Again, the undeserving existentialism of white victimhood rears its ugly pointed-masked head further questioning the moral and mental capacity of some people.

All these thoughts and more related to the saga unfolding in Ferguson will be pinned as nothing more than whining, part of a racist plot where the oppressor is the oppressed and all the while denying their obvious white-based racism. The souls who believe that black men and black women are born guilty of…anything and yet claim they are not racist are either dumb as rocks, crazy as hell or in deep denial of reality. Whatever it is, whatever you wanna call it, it doesn’t cancel out racism is a part of American life. Like it or not, we live in two nations. Separate and grossly unequal.

Editorial: Dear White People On My Facebook Feed

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A couple of supporters for Officer Darren Wilson, the cop who murdered Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

A friend of mine sent this letter to my email. It was written by someone on Facebook responding to comments by white people regarding the events in Ferguson. Lauren Leigh, a white woman herself, broke down point by point why the usual racism-based denial comments are simply stupid and embarrassing. This is mostly directed towards white people on Facebook, but this can be applied to almost any social networking medium:

Dear white people on my Facebook feed: I love you. I really do. But seriously, please take some advice from one white person to another. Don’t look publicly stupid by arguing any of the following about Ferguson:

1) “‘They’re'” just playing the race card it’s not about race.” Yes, it is. Because no matter what we find out when the Michael Brown investigation is over, young black men are being profiled and targeted by police in a way that white men are not. If you’re 18 and you’re white you get a chance to explain yourself. If you’re 18 and you’re black your parents (maybe) get an attorney to explain your death. That’s not equality. And see those quotes around “they’re?” The fact that you think this is “their” problem and not OUR problem shows you that segregation is alive and well–at least in your mind.

2) “But our president is black so race is no longer a factor.” A black president doesn’t mean shit. One half-white, Harvard-educated head of state doesn’t indicate any more about the average black experience in America than Bill Gates’s wealth indicates about my bank account. We both white. We ain’t both rich.

3) “This stuff happens to white kids too but no one talks about it.” What the fuck are you talking about? No. This kind of thing doesn’t happen to white kids too. You know why? Because white people have power by virtue of being white. When a white kid dies under suspicious circumstances, people pay attention. Police don’t prey on white people. Because they can’t. And even if you find a couple of analogous situations YOU STILL WON’T GET ANYWHERE CLOSE to what the black community experiences every day. Get your head out of your ass. You don’t even believe this shit.

4) You don’t believe me? Well, try this exercise. And don’t worry, you don’t have to post your answers because realizing you have racism engrained within you is unsettling, I know. Just do this in your own head: ask yourself, would you, without hesitation, switch places with a black person? No. You wouldn’t. Now generate a list of reasons why not. Even the ugly ones you don’t want to admit. BINGO! We aren’t equal. And race IS still a factor. If it wasn’t, you’d switch without a second thought.

5) And finally, don’t fucking say you’re “tired of hearing about Ferguson.” TOO FUCKING BAD. So sorry we’re annoying you. I can see how awful it must be for you especially because WE’LL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THIS HAPPENING TO OUR CHILDREN. So you have the PRIVILEGE of turning your head. Black people don’t.

Stop embarrassing yourselves. And stop speaking like you know what it’s like to be black. How about instead you LISTEN for once to what “THEY” are saying and check your privilege at the door. You might learn something. Or, at the very least you may look less like you should be wearing a white hood or a dunce cap.

Notable Links: 8-22/14: SPECIAL EDITION

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PROTESTER SCREAMS AT JESSE JACKSON, CALLS HIM A SELLOUT

The widely-circulated video has the protester approaching the reverend, at first pretending to be an admirer. Then, the person starts asking Jesse where he’s been and why he isn’t marching alongside the protesters. Then, he starts to get irate, yelling at Rev. Jackson and calling him a sellout.

The reverend keeps his cool during the video and doesn’t argue back, but eventually moves on. But this is a time to ask if people are able to remember the things that Jesse Jackson has tried to do for the last 40 years. Also, Ferguson is one tiny city and there are hundreds of other cities across the country with millions of black people who are looking for Jesse Jackson’s help. Does this man think that Jesse Jackson should ignore everyone so that he can focus on his problems in one small town?

Kevin Sorbo’s insane, racist Ferguson rant: Calls protesters “losers” and “animals”

Kevin Sorbo has a few thoughts on Ferguson, and they are very, very, very bad. (I guess that’s how a B-list actor manages to stay relevant these days?) The former “Hercules” star has penned a truly insane, horrible, racist rant on Facebook, calling the protesters in Ferguson “losers” and “animals.” Ferguson, a predominantly black community, is just one of the many that has experienced racial profiling by police who see black kids as thugs, and Old Herc apparently agrees with that sort of profiling.

Therefore, Sorbo can’t seem to understand why people are upset that police shot and killed an unarmed kid and then used excessive force against everyone who spoke out against it (including journalists who were there to report on it).

Graphic Cell Phone Video Shows St. Louis Police Shooting Knife-Wielding Man

In the name of transparency following the outrage over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer last week, St. Louis police have put out cell phone video that shows two officers shooting and killing a man who approached them brandishing a knife and yelling “Shoot me!”

Police identified the man as 25-year-old Kajieme Powell, who was suspected of stealing from a nearby convenience store. Officers arrived on the scene after receiving two separate 911 calls reporting Powell’s erratic behavior. The two officer fired a combined 12 shots at Powell, killing him instantly, after he refused to drop the steak knife he was holding and continued moving towards them.

It’s bigger than Ferguson, a white cop kills a black person nearly twice a week in America

The fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is certainly egregious overstep of police force, but not necessarily out of the ordinary. Sadly, it’s a scenario that is being played out week after week on city streets across the United States every year.

According to data compiled by the FBI, in a seven year period ending in 2012 an average of nearly two black people were killed by police every week. Even more troublesome: Almost 20% of those killed were under the age of 21, more than double the rate of whites of the same age group. If you are black, being young doesn’t seem to protect you.

Missouri cop’s racist Michael Brown Facebook posts trigger investigation

There is a way that being unfair to young black men will get a white Missouri cop in trouble.

Kansas City police officer Marc Catron will face an internal review after posting controversial images of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot six times and killed by a Ferguson police officer, to Facebook, local news station KCTV5 has reported.

He attracted controversy for unsavory posts of Brown. In reference to the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Catron submitted an image macro of O.J. Simpson, accompanied by the text “Remember how white people rioted after OJ’s acquittal? Me neither.” Posting an image of a young black man posing with Hawaiian Punch and New Amsterdam gin while holding money in his mouth and pointing a gun at the camera, Catron wrote “I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.”

Officer Darren Wilson, Michael Brown’s shooter, is now an online cult hero

The movement for Wilson, a white officer who lived in a town about half an hour from where he shot Brown, has arrived.

T-shirts for sale on Teespring have a screen printed badge, proclaiming “Officer Darren Wilson/I stand by you,” morbidly accompanied by the date 8/9/14, the day he killed Brown. The proceeds on those $18 T-shirts are supposed to go to Wilson’s family.

A GoFundMe campaign associated with the T-shirts page is gathering money at a rapid clip, with mostly-anonymous donors giving in chunks of $25 and $50. It is not, however, immediately clear why Wilson needs the public’s money right now. “[T]he silent majority is on your side … especially now that the facts have come out,” one donator wrote. As of this writing, the fundraiser had received more than $7,000 of its $10,000 goal.

7 Cynical Ways Police and Media Have Smeared Michael Brown and the Black People of Ferguson

Since Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, local law enforcement and much of the mainstream media have been playing by an old script, in which the local police use the press to smear Brown’s character and distract from what really happened.

Meanwhile, a lot of people on social media aren’t buying it. They have noted these police propaganda tactics are tragically predictable, and that too many reporters aren’t asking questions, but playing along as police megaphones.

CNN Anchor Suggests the Use of ‘Water Cannons’ in Ferguson; Twitter Responds

CNN anchor Rosemary Church has just received a dragging courtesy of Twitter. Church had the audacity to suggest that maybe “water cannons” should be used on the protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and the look on Errol Barnett’s face was priceless.

Police, White Privilege and Double Standards: UPDATE

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White privilege means that you can protect, go wild, assault cops and even murder people using firearms, and the police will not bat an eye and go on a violent offensive resulting in the loss of white lives. There are a lot of naysayers that will consider this racebaiting as if this is worse than the murderous police actions against unarmed people of color. But if I am playing the race card, consider the following examples of how this game is unfairly played:

Michael Brown was an unarmed teenager murdered by police officer Darren Wilson in the suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Witnesses claim that Brown was shot at by Wilson after struggling to get away from him after Wilson tried to force Brown inside his squad car. After being shot, Brown placed his hands up as an act of surrendering. Wilson proceeded to shoot him several more times until he was down. His body was left in the street for hours.

Black residents decided a nonviolent protest against the Ferguson police over their (mis) handling of the case and demanded the name of the officer responsible. In no time, police became more militant with armored vehicles rubber bullets, tear gas bombs, flash grenades and sound cannons. Scenes from Ferguson depicted by the mainstream news media resembled closely to footage of the Middle East during wartime. People were injured. Media reporters, and one black alderman, were arrested and detained. A curfew was imposed. Even a little girl was pepper sprayed!

The police stated that the people were throwing rocks and Molotov cocktail bombs. It turned out to be lies. 

However, the residents of St. Louis began protesting on behalf of Darren Wilson. There were NO SWAT tanks or any signs of a militarized police force! Almost all protesters were white with at least one black conservative.

This is a full-on display of white privilege. But there are more extreme and deadlier examples.

Joe Paterno, the Penn State coach caught up in the sexual abuse scandal, was fired. Hundreds of mostly white people took to the streets and rioted, destroying property. Some even fought with police! Still, there was NO reports of police violence like in Ferguson three years later!

After a hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, fans, mostly white, took to the streets throwing bottles, overturning vehicles and smashing windows. There was even some looting! Still, police action was nothing compared to Ferguson. According to reports, some transportation was halted of diverted from the riot zone. There was over a hundred people arrested. No police murders.  

Earlier that same year, Jared Lee Loughner attempted to gun down U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in broad daylight, as well as shot several other people including Federal District Chief Court Judge John Roll, Giffords’ staffer Gabe Zimmerman (No relation) and nine-year old Christina Taylor-Green. After an extensive manhunt, police was able to apprehend Loughner unharmed!

A year later in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes shot dozens of people, killing 12. He was found by police without a violent arrest.

Recently, two police officers were assaulted by a man, a white man, in the St. Louis neighborhood of Carondelet. Kevin Miner is a suspect in a burglary and tried to hide in a woman’s basement. Despite their violent encounter, police arrested Miner alive and apparently unharmed. 

White people can literally walk in stores armed with guns and rifles and walk out safe and sound. A black man like John Crawford III is caught with a toy gun, and cops shoot him on sight! 

See what’s wrong with this picture? If not, get your eyes checked. You may be suffering from a severe case of the white lens. 

Your Thoughts: The Ferguson Saga

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What are your thoughts on the events that transpired in Ferguson and the subsequent events that followed such as the released of the convenience store video, the Ferguson police hiding officer Darren Wilson and the protests sparked all over America? Sound off below! 

Notable Links: 8-15/14: DELUXE EDITION

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America Is Not For Black People

Michael Brown was walking down the middle of the street in Ferguson’s Canfield Green apartment complex around noon on Saturday with his friend Dorin Johnson when the two were approached by a police officer in a police truck. The officer exchanged words with the boys. The officer attempted to get out of his car. At this point, two narratives split.

According to the still-unnamed officer, one of the two boys shoved him back into the vehicle and then wrestled for his sidearm, discharging one shot into the cabin. The two ran, and the police officer once again stepped from his vehicle and shot at the fleeing teenagers multiple times, killing Brown.

‘Black America’s CNN’: 10 Rappers Who Are Tweeting About Ferguson

In the late 1980s, Public Enemy’s Chuck D famously declared that “Rap is CNN for black people.” To the extent that that’s true nearly three decades later, rappers across the country have been tweeting in reaction to the police violence that’s been unleashed on the black residents in Ferguson in the aftermath of Mike Brown’s killing. Some, like Bambu and Jasiri X, are actively involved in community organizing. Others, like Jean Grae, have reached back into their personal histories to talk about the legacies of state-sanctioned violence. And then there’s Questlove, who’s not a rapper, but as influential as any musician in America right now. No matter the message, thousands of fans are tuned in.

Names of nine charged with Ferguson looting released, but killer cop? Still no

The story then goes on to list the names, ages, and specific charges of each of those. And that’s fine! They have been charged with a crime, that information is public record.

The problem, of course, is that the officer who murdered Michael Brown remains incognito, protected by a police force that has clearly closed ranks around its resident killer.

Now, some may argue, the murderer cop hasn’t been charged with anything yet! And of course, that’s even more of a problem. The eyewitness accounts are pretty clear about what happened. And the autopsy report? Well, police are trying to keep it secret for the next month…

White guy starts fight, black guy gets pepper sprayed

According to a police report, the guard said he used the spray because Wilford balled his fists and “took an aggressive step towards him.” [...]
“I thought he (the guard) was the helper, that’s why I approached him. But he thought I was the threat,” Wilford said Monday. [...]

Afterward, the heckler walked away and a YouTube video shows that the guard held and eventually handcuffed Wilford, about the time police showed up. A Seattle police officer shouted at a few of the onlookers to stay back as the guard escorted Wilford into Westlake Mall. Demonstrators shouted, “You pepper-sprayed the wrong guy” and similar comments.

Robin Williams just died, and Rush Limbaugh has already insulted him

A day after Williams’ passing, the radio host asked one of his audiences, “What is the left’s world view in general? If you had to attach, not a philosophy, but an attitude to a leftist world view. It’s one of pessimism, and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy, are they? They’re animated in large part by the false promises of America because the promises of America are not for everyone.”

Limbaugh then went on to cite a Fox News story that said Williams committed suicide because he was embarrassed to take TV roles and parts in movie sequels, but that he had to do it because he had money troubles.

“He had it all but he had nothing; made everybody else laugh but was miserable inside. I mean, it fits a certain picture or a certain image that the left has. Talk about low expectations and general unhappiness and so forth,” Limbaugh said.

New Witness, New Video in Michael Brown Shooting

Tiffany Mitchell told KMOV News 4 that she saw an officer inside a police vehicle wrestling with Brown through the car’s window before a shot rang out. That’s when she says that Brown began running away. Mitchell says the officer fired again and Brown raised his hands in the air before being fired upon until he was killed.

“The cop just continues walk up on him and shoot him until he goes all the way down,” she recalls. Mitchell also has new video, taken from her cell phone.

For the sake of Michael Brown

In many North County municipalities, it seems police run contests to see how many young black men you can pull over, flaunting the officers’ power and the motorists’ powerlessness. Our young men especially are regularly inconvenienced and humiliated while simply trying to get where they are going. The Missouri Attorney General annually releases a report, which no black person needs to read, that documents appalling disparities in how often black drivers are pulled over and searched, compared to white people, all over the state and the region.

But Michael Brown was not pulled over while driving. He was told to get out of the street while walking. For offering what was initially, according to an eyewitness, the mildest of resistance to a rude and unnecessary police order, this unarmed teen was shot in the middle of the day, and his bullet-riddled body left by police to lay in the street for hours, as if to provide a grisly example.

Robin Williams Had Parkinson’s Disease, Wife Reveals In Touching Statement

Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.

It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”

The Caveats of Ferguson and the Murder of Michael Brown

If society fails to identify and process Ferguson as a major lesson then it will be guilty once again of the very action that caused the riot and the rage in the first place. The continued execution of unarmed, young African American men is a crime that nobody should support, whether directly or indirectly. It should be condemned as a crime against state-agents and prosecuted accordingly. However, studies continue to show that when it comes to perceptions of justice, law enforcement, and dangerousness, whites, in particular, continue to believe that Blacks are dangerous and criminal, and therefore deserving of harsher treatment. It is these attitudes that prevent change from occurring. So long as the majority believes in the legitimacy of differential law enforcement, ostensibly based on myths of Black criminality, police will continue to be justified in responding disparately to African Americans, which to many African Americans includes the outright execution of unarmed, innocent, Black males.

Vern’s Venting: Fear of a Black Hat

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un with Dennis Rodman

By Lavern Merriweather

I have a question. Why is it that every time a black man from America goes to visit another man of color who has power, white people in the media lose their ever-loving mind? I mean these arrogant little snots get their panties in the biggest of bunches.

When Jesse Jackson Sr. went to Israel to see Yassir Arafat and Louis Farrakhan went to Libya to see Momair Khaddafi, white people were on piss-and-moan overdrive. Recently, it’s been former bad boy NBA star Dennis Rodman having the cajones to associate with the dictator of North Korea Kim Jong Un. Apparently, Dennis didn’t get the memo that if white people don’t approve of a black male celebrity’s actions, then he should get on his knees and grovel for forgiveness until they are completely satisfied. Of course, I’m being sarcastic. Still, that attitude seems to not be that far off.

Notice how I said “another man of color who has power”, especially one who has a shitload of money. Any time that happens, white folks feel the need to protect their neck and complain about it, despite the fact that they don’t have one iota of business telling either one of those men who they can or can’t pal around. If Dennis were over there trying to win back his Korean supermodel girlfriend, they would have zero issue with that. But because he is getting chummy with a man who could level half of the globe with the snap of his fingers, they just can’t deal with it. To that I say too fucking bad. He is a grown man that doesn’t need to answer to them for whom he chooses to call ‘friend’. I kind of doubt that those two really are the best of buds. However, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s his decision who he aligns himself with.

Let’s not kid ourselves here. This is nothing more than the fear of a black hat. The white people getting all huffy and calling him stupid or a dummy are pissing themselves that there might be some retribution coming out of these men of color meetings. They are so damn worried that a black man with a friend in the highest of places will put their ass at the bottom of the food chain for once. This is precisely why so many white folks are sweating bullets about the beige man who currently sits in the Oval Office.

I also believe it’s why we have so many white males going on shooting rampages saying how they have to protect their rights and freedoms from the ‘establishment’. They need to save their manure for the farmer, because he’s the only one who needs it. What they are really troubled by is that all those years of privilege and denial of basic rights for others will now come back and bite them in their collective gun loving asses.

Another thing that troubles me about their whining is the insulting – yet again – of a black man’s intelligence as if they are just so much smarter and understanding of the ‘terror’ that lurks beneath such a dangerous guy as Kim Jong Un. Funny, but they weren’t so fucking bent out of shape when wife-beater and insufferable asshole Sean Penn hung out with a brutal dictator. Then he bragged about it later as he explained that the man wasn’t such a really bad guy after all. They also aren’t too upset about the sicko sack of shit Italian explorer that they glorify every year with a holiday and parade as they lecture the dumb, old Negro male about how heinous and despicable the guy he calls ‘amigo’ is. This is the classic earmark of a bully. If I even feel the slightest inclination that you are going to fight back, I start pissing my pants. Though the notion seems unfounded, there is still apparently the idea in their feeble brains that a problem is a brewing.

Christopher Columbus

Another sign of a bully is someone who can dish it out, but never wants to take it. Instead, they believe that they are entitled and that others should take crap from them. Well, that perfectly describes the mindset of many white folks in America.

What’s even more ridiculous is that they are trying to get President Obama involved in this. Dennis made a few comments about how basketball can be used to ease international tensions, and all of a sudden, the he is a minion plotting for that sneaky Negro President. Apparently, after the secret council of Negroes meeting, Mr. Obama sent Dennis off on a one man mission to topple America. If you can make any sense out of that logic, then you are far more in tune with the human psyche then I.

The conspiracy theorists seem to be forgetting that Obama is the PRESIDENT and doesn’t need outside forces to wreak havoc on white society if so chooses. Their rationale is idiotic at best and insulting at worst. They just can’t deal with the fact that a black man doesn’t need their permission, particularly when he is associating with a man that’s got them quaking in their boots. So, they feel the need to remind said black man just how vile and dangerous his new found chum really is, even as they celebrate the same trait in the white male politicians of yesteryear.

But to hear them tell it, the behavior of their ancestors was a necessary evil to forge ahead and make a new way of life for themselves, in spite of the countless lives lost from the very men of color that they now don’t want black folks around. Maybe they don’t like the idea of the two comparing notes. If so, they truly will have something to be frightened of, and that is their own despicable legacy.

Quick Thoughts: I Don’t Blame the Rioters

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The situation in Ferguson has exploded, and people everywhere are watching and commenting. It doesn’t strike me in the least that some people, some of whom are black, feel that the rioters and looters are at fault. Some people think that we shouldn’t acted out, because it would prove white people right about us being a violent race of savages. And some folks just sit back and judge those people in the most racist, backwards-ass way possible.

In the spirit of co-blogger Lavern Merriweather and using my own inner rage, I say fuck that shit!

The Instagram picture that you see up top was made by someone who was apparently there when shit got real. According to him, this is what set off the riots. And this is the whole point.

People who likely don’t understand the situation are always the first muh-fuckas to pass judgment the loudest.  They don’t know jack-shit about what it’s like to be pushed too far, especially if your community has been bullied – yes, bullied by your “friends” the police. If they do know, their holier-than-thou view of the world cancels them seeing the same thing happening here. And those who spew their racist vomit are just sad, morally handicapped assholes living comfortably outside reality. They are beyond reason.

Brothas and sistas who feel the people in Ferguson shouldn’t have done anything need to remind themselves that their people have always been looked down upon even when they kissed the asses of the oppressors of yesteryear. Even if there was no riot, the insidiousness of racism in the form of police action would’ve continued unabated. So, what’s the point in trying not to disprove racist white dicks, when they see what they want to see regardless? The police chief insulted the people of that town, and the people got upset. That’s what it means to be HUMAN!

Do I agree with resorting to violence? No. But what are the people of Ferguson to do when their cries are ignored? Being an actual “problem” is the only way you would get to be heard when nothing else works. Period!

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