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America, You're Doing It Wrong


Pastor: "It is a tragedy that as a clergyperson I need a tear gas mask more than I need a collar"

REV. OSAGYEFO SEKOU: Yeah. Well, it is rather surreal to have spent the last six weeks as a scholar-in-residence at the Martin Luther King papers at Stanford and to get on a plane to fly home and to see the economic realities still at work some 50 years later, thinking about King responding to the Watts riots and the anger that he encountered when he went there by young people who were simply unconsolable when another young black man was shot down like a dog by a policing agency. And so, all of that added a bit of surrealness.

I was part of a group of local clergy. A lot of this work is led by local clergy, local organizations, like the Organization of Black Struggle. And so, weíve been supporting, trying to calm young folks down, keep them out of harmís way. I mean, it is a tragedy that as a clergyperson I need a tear gas mask more than I need a collar to be able to do the work that I feel called to do. And so, weíve been attempting to kind of defuse the situation, de-escalate the young peopleís anger, not because their anger is not righteous, that their indignation is righteous indignation, but weíre trying to protect them from the police. And so, in one of those instancesóweíre attempting to do that. But let us be clear that we are engaging in work that should be not necessary in a democracy. We should not have to spend our time trying to protect children from police in their own community. And so, weíve been engaging in that work. But the young people are unconsolable. Their hearts are broken. Theyíre in a tremendous amount of pain. A number of them we hear over and over again: "Iím ready to die because I donít have anything to live for." And so, weíre attempting to engage that in such a way that we protect them, that they might be able to live and to be able to fight another day.

And lastly, I want to say that one of the things people can do nationally is, if you are coming hereóand we need more boots on the groundóplease contact local organizations, particularly the Organization of Black Struggle or the PICO Network and their local organizers here, to be able to be plugged into supporting the work that needs to be done on the ground. If youíre comingóat the risk of repeating myself, if youíre coming from out of town, please contact the Organization of Black Struggle and other local organizations so you can get your directives from them.

And that weíre asking the media to continue to do your job and to tell your truth and to be able to bear witness to as the Fourth Estate. You must hold accountable police agency and government officials.


Perry "Smug" Shot

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who was indicted last week for abusing the powers of his office, surrendered to the Travis County Courthouse to be fingerprinted and have his mugshot taken.

After he surrendered, the Travis County Sheriff's Office released his mugshot:


Good freaking god, the president is not a "divisive figure." He has been made into a divisive figure

By Charles P. Pierce on August 19, 2014

Good freaking god, the president is not a "divisive figure." He has been made into a divisive figure. He and his people have to know that by now. The harder he preached his message of conciliation, the more his enemies made a figure of division out of him. The more people seemed to be buying that message, the harder its opponents worked to frame the message as, at best, camouflage for the president's "real agenda," and the harder they then worked to frame anything he did for African American citizens as "reparations." No matter how often he spoke about personal responsibility, the louder were the complaints about "Obamaphones." He placed himself in a kind of box because his rhetoric about racial reconciliation and one America failed to take into account the political utility of entrenched racism. Hell, everybody believes we've "gotten beyond" our racial problems in this country. Even the people rigging state election laws, or cheering on radicalized police forces, believe that. However, racism is still politically powerful and, therefore, politically useful. It is not a demographic fluke that 66 percent of the people in Ferguson are African American, but that only three of the cops are. That ratio is the result of deliberate political decisions, deliberately made, in which entrenched racism was politically useful to the people making them. That is what the president never really acknowledged, that was the poison in the apple. That's why he can't speak out the way he should speak out. No wonder he looks tired.

the rest:

Black is not the problem...


"You have the right to remain silent, underrepresented and poor."


Police to Al Jazeera journalist near Ferguson: "Donít resist-Iíll bust your ass-Iíll bust your head"

Police to Al Jazeera journalist near Ferguson: 'I'll bust your head'
Producer Aaron Ernst looks back on an encounter with local police near Ferguson that almost led to his arrest
August 19, 2014 1:00PM ET
by Aaron Ernst @aaronernst

ST. LOUIS Ė Itís not every day that a police officer tells you heís going to bust your head open.


As we drove near Fergusonís border with the neighboring town of Kinloch, JP was recording Lee, while I was recording Joie. When the interview was over, we got out of the cab to record a shot of it driving by.

Two Kinloch officers in a patrol car stopped and asked what we were doing. I identified JP and myself as a cameraman and producer working for Al Jazeera America for the show America Tonight. The officer who was driving told us to leave the area. When we asked why, he only said that it wasnít safe to be there and we had to leave. Puzzled, we got in the cab and did as requested. A little further down the road, we saw a sign that JP wanted to shoot for our story, so we stopped and again got out.

The same officers, who had been following our car, pulled up and joined us in the street. Lee got out and asked the officers what was wrong.


After Lee asked the officer for his name, which he refused to divulge, the officer threatened to tow the cab for illegal parking. And then, he turned to us.

JP: I need to shoot the sign.

Officer 1 (To JP]: You donít need to shoot nothing. Take a hike.

JP: No, I need to shoot the sign for our story.

Officer 1: (To me] You need to take a hike.

Me: We need to shoot the sign first.

Officer 1: No, you donít.

Me: Yeah, we do.

Officer 1: No, you donít. You come back when itís daylight.

Me: Sir could you Ö

Officer 1: Did you hear what I said? Ö You want to go, weíll go.

At this point, the officer approached me and grabbed my wrist.

Officer 1 (Holding my arm]: Donít resist. Iíll bust your ass. Iíll bust your head right here.

Me: (To JP] Are you filming this?

Officer 1: Film it! I donít give a sh*t. Because youíll go, and Iíll sure confiscate your film for evidence.

JP: No, what Iím saying is Ö

Officer 1: Iím asking you to leave!

Officer 2: Go now, or you get locked up!

Officer 1: Thatís it.




PLEASE LISTEN: To understand the sheer terror of what Ferguson residents have been living through

Elon James White, creator and host of This Week in Blackness has been in Ferguson, Missouri to cover the ongoing protests.

Last night he was live streaming as the This Week in Blackness team became trapped in a residential neighborhood where police were indiscriminately firing tear gas. To understand the sheer terror of what Ferguson residents have been living through, night after night, I encourage you to listen to the entire broadcast.

Doesn't even look they're aiming it at protesters Ö they're just gassing neighborhoods ... It was like they were trying to exterminate roaches ... If they see a human being, they throw a gas canister.

We can't let the truth be ignored. You can't gas people like their pestilence. This has to stop.

I am still shaking - they are genuinely TERRIFIED!!!

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