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People rising up in righteous anger & rage in face of oppression should not be dismissed as a "riot"

Over-Simplified Talk of ďRiotsĒ

According to media outlets and some residents, thereís been rioting in Ferguson since the killing of unarmed teenager Mike Brown. There have been reports of peaceful protests turning less than peaceful, with people confronting cops, throwing things at them, etc. I donít know if the stories of rioting are true. Most of the video Iíve seen of Ferguson shows the protesters themselves gathered or marching relatively calmly. Angry sometimes, sure. But anger is a perfectly normal response to your unarmed teenage neighbor being gunned down in the street by police (police who have now showed up at your peaceful protest with attack dogs and riot gear).

But letís get something straight: a community pushing back against a murderous police force that is terrorizing them is not a ďriotĒ. Itís an uprising. Itís a rebellion. Itís a community saying We canít take this anymore. We wonít take it. Itís people who have been dehumanized to the point of rightful rage. And it happens all over the world. Uprisings and rebellions are necessary and inevitable, locally and globally. This is not to say that actual riots donít happen. White folks riot at sporting events, for example. Riots happen. But people rising up in righteous anger and rage in the face of oppression should not be dismissed as simply a ďriotĒ.

Donít be distracted by terms like ďriotingĒ. Whether youíre for or against uprising and rebellion (side-eye if youíre against it, though), itís a tool, not the issue itself. The issue is yet another Black teenager murdered by police. His name was Mike Brown.

More here:

"Don't Shoot" makes TIME Cover

The photo shows a kneeling figure with raised arms, a gesture adopted by the protestors in Ferguson to show they mean no threat, backlit by bright lights.

Ferguson Official To Hannity: "No, I Don't Need Your Kind Of Education"

Ferguson Official Is Having None Of Hannity's 'Education' On Police Brutality (VIDEO)


"Let me educate you, committeewoman," Hannity cut in.

"No, I don't need your kind of education," Bynes shot back.

"Let me educate you about the legal system in America," the Fox host continued over Bynes. "You can try to talk over me, but let me tell you in our system of justice a person is innocent until proven guilty."


"Legally let me educate you again," Hannity said later. "If (Brown{ was charging at the police officer, the police officer, by law, that would be defined as justifiable use of force. You're aware of that, right, committeewoman?"

"I'm very much aware of that," Bynes responded. "But there's no way an unarmed man should have two shots in his head and four in his body. So you keep wanting to talk over the facts, but I think you need the education here."


Black Texas Gun Club Stages Open Carry Protest against Killer Cops

Raw Story

A Texas gun club named after one of the founders of the Black Panthers Party marched in Dallas on Wednesday to protest against police brutality, KTXA-TV reported.

Around two dozen members of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club carried rifles and red, black and green flags as they marched through the cityís south side, sometimes chanting in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old man killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9.

ďIf they donít get these killer cops and corrupt cops under control,Ē a member identifying himself as Commander Drew X was quoted as saying. ďWhat happened in Ferguson is going to be nationwide.Ē


Sen Bernie Sanders: Create Jobs For Young People Instead Of Giving Police Military Weapons

"When you see the kind of force that's been used in
Ferguson, it really does make it appear that the
police department there is an occupying army in a
hostile territory and that is absolutely not what we
want to see in the U.S."

-Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

"If we are going to address the issue of crime in low-income areas and in African-American communities, it might be a good idea that instead of putting military style equipment into police departments in those areas, we start investing in jobs for the young people there who desperately need them.

Ē http://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/dear-colleague-youth-jobs?inline=file

Joe the Not Plumber


I Finally "Get" White Privilege and I'm Sorry

WED AUG 20, 2014 AT 05:58 PM PDT
I Finally "Get" White Privilege and I'm Sorry
by pajoly

This is important enough for me to say out loud in this crowded room.

I'm 50. I'm a white male.

Still, I'm also liberal. I live in a predominantly black neighborhood. My wife coaches a girl's softball team where the kids are almost all African American. We've had to confront racism from other teams.

...Yet, it was not until now -- not even after watching the drama unfolding from the murder of Michael Brown, staying up until 3AM nightly watching events unfold. No, not until carefully listening to Van Jones late last night speak of the subconscious nature of racism and then finally listening to actor and activist Jesse Williams that I finally get it. How ironic this should happen while I sit in a hotel room five miles from Ferguson. It must be in the air.

I get it. I am sorry.

Indeed, I now know that my white privilege does not require anything from me for it to exist. No matter where my heart is, whether it be colored in hate or exalted in equality, my white privilege is there. I now understand I was born with it.

Yet, born with it, I cannot thus owe an apology for it; I had no role in the womb in its cultural persistence. What I do owe is an apology for not recognizing it fully, not understanding completely enough to leverage that understanding to forcefully argue for affirmative action.

I owe an apology for thinking it something I could reject if I wanted to. I cannot, because, as an American white person, it emits from my skin -- a cultural pheromone traveling at the literal speed of light. I walk into a convenience store late at night where a lone cashier awaits and my white privilege manifests as a sigh of relief the cashier. When my path crosses with a cop, my white privilege cloaks me in near invisibility; I pose no threat.

I get it. I am sorry.

Because, when I was blind to it, it is all too easy to think affirmative action is not needed. Not being wakeful to the reality of white privilege, a 21st century white male instead sees only the unfairness to him; he does not want to "lose" a job opportunity to a black person if his skill set is equal. The slaves were made free generations before he was born, after all. Why is he -- me, I -- being "discriminated" against?

I get it. I am sorry.

I now understand that -- like the existence of 'good' by definition and mere measurement requires the existence of 'evil' -- affirmative action MUST exist where white privilege exists. There must be affirmative action; we must visibly hack the fossilized cultural grain of white privilege, if only as our feeble attempt to tell our black brothers and sisters we recognize the inherent unfairness and unsheddable nature of our own privilege.

I get it. I am sorry.

(I think Daily Kos allows more than 4 paragraphs - let me know if I am wrong - I simply could not delete one word, kp)

What "The Talk" is about: Itís pragmatism for a society that doesnít consider you fully human.

The Talk
How black parents prepare their young sons for life in America

By Bijan Stephen
Illustration by Skip Sterling


Itís odd to grow up not really believing that the various protections enshrined in law apply to you ó or rather, that they only apply to you when itís convenient. Thatís really what the Talk is about: Itís pragmatism for a society that doesnít consider you fully human. James Baldwin notes something along these lines in ďStranger in the VillageĒ ó my favorite essay from his 1955 collection Notes of a Native Son ó when he discusses the reasons why American blacks, unlike the other black men who live around the world, donít and canít fit anywhere but America. Itís because these histories end, inevitably, in a bill of sale.

My family immigrated here, but itís not as though we went untouched. My ancestors were slaves too, and after a certain number of generations my own history disappears into the ether. In any case, it doesnít matter where youíre from, here. Itís the inescapable fact that, if you happen to have dark skin in America, you are immediately and irrevocably trapped in the narratives of race that swirl about this place. Death, destruction, despair. We are here and we are here to stay, was Baldwinís sentiment. Yet I, along with every other black person in America, live with fear every day. We are human ó why does that never come to light until weíre forced to show our animal pain grieving another dead child? Iím tired; I am so, so unendurably tired.

Itís tough to believe in anything other than the present when youíre forced to fight for every inch of ground youíve got; itís harder still when youíve got to question most of your interpersonal interactions. Is this why I didnít get the job? Is this why my lease application was denied? Is this why I got into college? Is this why this person keeps following me around the grocery store? And when you ask, youíre looked at like youíre crazy, met with denial ó because itís always plausible, deniable.

My story is not unique. I could have been Michael Brown, or any of the other murdered ones. Iíve grown up enough now that I know when things could devolve, when I might have to run, when to avert my eyes and cloak myself in blackness ó that is, in the body language of utter submission, of chattel.


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Ferguson Prosecutor Says No Charge Decision Until October

Source: Bloomberg

The Missouri grand jury that began considering evidence today in the police killing of an unarmed man wonít decide whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson until October ďat the earliest,Ē a spokesman for the local prosecutor said.

The grand jury, which is presented testimony and other evidence by prosecutors, must decide whether to indict Wilson for the shooting in the St. Louis suburb, and on what charge.

A grand jury, which in this case is a panel of 12 jurors, traditionally hears evidence in many cases during the course of its term. Unlike a trial, or petit jury, a grand jury hands up an indictment rather than a verdict.

The Clayton, Missouri grand jury was empaneled in May, said Edward Magee, spokesman for prosecutor Bob McCulloch. He said that the process of presenting evidence will last until October.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-20/ferguson-prosecutor-says-no-charge-decision-until-october.html
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