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America’s ugly whitesplaining epidemic: Baltimore, Freddie Gray and the media’s utter cluelessness

America’s ugly whitesplaining epidemic: Baltimore, Freddie Gray and the media’s utter cluelessness
White Americans know nothing about Baltimore's pain, but that hasn't stopped them from condemning its protests

KERA BOLONIK, DAME

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I am also the mother of a Black son who is currently 3-1/2. The other day, he came home from preschool and spontaneously declared, “I’m happy,” a wide smile beaming across his gorgeous little face. It made me proud because, well, I’m his mom and I love him like crazy. And it shattered my heart because I know he is living in a bubble of innocence that has an end date. Because one day, in the not-too-distant future, my wife and I are going to have to burst that bubble and start having awful conversations with him. We’ll have to explain the hideousness of racism and watch his big, beautiful smile fall, his lips quiver, and his whole face crumple into confusion and disillusionment. My wife and I will be devastated if he loses his sense of joy and humor—he naturally radiates these qualities. But in order for him to hold onto them, we have to prepare him for the ugliness out in the world. And there is so much fucking ugly that awaits him. I can’t even fathom how much. I can only be terrified and enraged and offer my support in the fight. And do every goddamn thing I can to protect my son.

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It’s most definitely not the place of a White person to tell the Black Lives Matter protesters how to run a revolution, whether in Ferguson, New York City, Baltimore, or anywhere else. Because that is what this is: a revolution. Yes, a CVS was burned down and a mall was looted, and chaos broke out. But where was our outrage during the subprime mortgage crisis that left Baltimore devastated and its inhabitants homeless and scrambling? And where was the righteous rage when a bunch of White kids tore apart Keane, New Hampshire and lit the town on fire because of … pumpkins?

Pumpkins!!

Yet, here we are, more enraged over a burned-down CVS than a Black man’s life being taken from him because he dared to make eye contact with police and run in the United States of America. Incidentally, look who was cleaning up and restoring order in Baltimore: the protesters and residents themselves. But the media doesn’t focus on that. It hardly matters, though. The real question is, as Nick Chiles at the Atlanta Black Starwrites, “Why doesn’t it happen more often? … From the relative comfort of white privilege, it may be hard to understand the nihilistic rage that accompanies Black oppression. Even for those Black people in America who are fairly well off, below the surface there is always a slow simmer of frustration and anger over slights and slams, big and small. For those truly on the margins, there is a visceral desire to disrupt and alarm. To disturb a system whose prosperity requires the suffering and disregarding of poor Black people … If you are going to create the largest wealth and income gap in American history, an economic system that has become noteworthy for its lopsidedness, you must expect periodic explosions.


the rest:
http://www.salon.com/2015/05/06/americas_ugly_whitesplaining_epidemic_baltimore_freddie_gray_and_the_medias_utter_cluelessness/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

"Yes, but you're still alive."

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"The Drug War"

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"war is stupid, war is stupid, war is stupid."

Berlin 1945:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=70&v=R5i9k7s9X_A

Whenever I watch something like this I just keep thinking over and over
"war is stupid, war is stupid, war is stupid."
Because war is stupid.
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/amazing-footage.html

OBAMA: “You have pockets of poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of education all across this country"

– Unrest in Baltimore –



Obama also spoke at length about the riots that broke out last week in Baltimore, just an hour’s drive from Washington, after the funeral of a young black man who died of a spinal injury sustained apparently while in police custody last month. Six officers have been charged.

He said there are a “handful of police who are not doing the right thing” in America and that in many inner cities there is no trust between police and the local community.

But most police are doing their best and the broader problem is to address poverty and unemployment that fuels anger among African-Americans, Obama said.

“What you have are pockets of poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of education all across this country, and too often we ignore those pockets until something happens, and then we act surprised,” the president said.



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http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/obama-discusses-baltimore-on-last-david-letterman-appearance-many-blacks-dont-trust-the-cops/

"Prophet Margin"


By Mr. Fish —

Replace the TPP with a $100 trillion world trade program

Monday, May 4, 2015

.....the fundamental problem with the idea of free trade is that it was never conceived or implemented as a means to the end of nation building. Rather, the doctrinal basis of free trade were created as a justification for the pillaging, plundering, and outright murder committed by oligarchs: the slave trade, and the opium trade and Opium War of the British East India Company. Free trade was never intended as a justification for sovereign nation states seeking to develop their own economies in their own interests by steering their own course in human affairs in defiance of the international masters of trade and finance. Rather, the doctrine of free trade has always been the excuse used by oligarchs to suppress, subvert, and squash any independently minded program of actual national economic development.

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Someday - after Americans give Republicans one last chance in the White House to totally wreck the economy - we will hopefully hear an American President deliver a speech along the following lines:

My fellow Americans:

Effective immediately, your government of these United States is serving notice that it is withdrawing from the World Trade Organization, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and from all other so called free trade agreements of the past two decades.

In the place of these destructive trade agreements, which history shows have only served to enrich the wealthy and perpetuate in power the privileged, we are beginning negotiations with any and all countries who wish to join us in a $100 trillion program to stop and even reverse climate change.

This $100 trillion program is designed to switch the world economy from its dependence on burning fossil fuels, to totally sustainable renewable energies, within the next 15 years. This program requires the manufacture and building of:

3.8 million 5-Mega-Watt wind turbines;
49,000 300-Mega-Watt concentrated solar plants;
40,000 300-Mega-Watt solar power plants;
1.7 billion 3-kilo-Watt rooftop photvoltaic (PV) systems;
5,350 100-Mega-Watt geothermal power plants;
270 new 1,300-Mega-Watt hydroelectric power plants;
720,000 0.75-Mega-Watt wave devices; and
490,000 1-Mega-Watt tidal turbines.
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This $100 trillion program is actually well within our capability: the entire world economy produces $71 trillion in goods and services each year (of which the U.S. economy produces around $16 trillion). $100 trillion over 15 years is just under $7 trillion a year. That’s just a ten percent increase in world output, right now.


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the rest:
http://real-economics.blogspot.com/2015/05/replace-tpp-with-100-trillion-world.html

Teachers CONSPIRING to Teach Creationism in Science Class

NY state police troopers handcuff and shackle 'combative' five-year-old boy after two-hour tantrum

New York state police are defending the actions of two troopers who handcuffed and shackled the feet of a five-year-old boy who they called “combative” and “out of control” after having a two-hour tantrum.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that the boy, named Connor, who was in a class for children with learning difficulties, was taken in a patrol car to the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, New York, for a mental health evaluation.

Trooper Jack Keller told the newspaper the boy was “screaming, kicking, punching and biting,” and that he posed a risk to himself, students, school staff and troopers.

But the boy’s mother, Chelsea Ruiz, claimed their son is now emotionally traumatized from the ordeal, and accused the staff of not handling the situation properly and letting it escalate before she and her husband could arrive and calm their son down.



more:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/new-york-state-police-troopers-handcuff-and-shackle-combative-fiveyearold-boy-after-twohour-tantrum-10224090.html

John Oliver: Standardized Testing Enriches Companies, Gets Teachers Fired and Makes Students Sick

John Oliver: Standardized Testing Enriches Companies, Gets Teachers Fired and Makes Students Sick

Posted on May 4, 2015



The “Last Week Tonight” host dedicated the longest section of his HBO show Sunday to discussing the one thing teachers, students and parents all despise: standardized testing.
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