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Countries Criticized by US Turn Tables Over Ferguson Crisis →

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Police aggression. Detention of journalists. A call for respect for minority populations. They’re the type of issues the United States is usually scolding other countries about. This time, however, the criticism is coming the other direction.

Iran’s Grand Ayatollah tweeted about the “brutal treatment” of black people in the United States using the #Ferguson hashtag, China’s official mouthpiece wrote about America’s “human rights flaw,” and the Egyptian government called for “restraint and respect for the right of assembly and peaceful expression of opinion.”

The condemnation is not only limited to countries who may be gloating about the chance to slam the United States about its internal affairs for a change.

On Monday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, through a spokesman, called on authorities “to ensure that the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are protected.”

“He calls on all to exercise restraint, for law enforcement officials to abide by U.S. and international standards in dealing with demonstrators,” Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman said.

Amnesty International, the global human rights organization, said it had sent observers to Ferguson. It’s the first time the group has deployed such a team within the United States.

The Soviets used to do this all the time.

(via abagond)

"…Rich people don’t riot because they have other forms of influence. Riots are a class act.”

Nobody in their right mind wants more violent protests. But nobody wants more Michael Browns either. And those two things – the violence of the state and the violence of the street – are connected. “A riot,” said Martin Luther King, “is the language of the unheard.” The people on the streets don’t donate thousands of dollars to anyone’s campaign. They don’t get a seat at any table where decisions are made or have the ear of the powerful. But with four black men killed by the police in the country in the last four weeks, they have a lot to say, and precious few avenues through which to say it. The question now is who’s listening.
But that’s the crux of white supremacist racial logic: the problem with black people is … well, black people – not mass incarceration and the deindustrialization of urban America, not educational inequality and generational poverty, not 400 years of slavery, lynchings, and Jim Crow. To be black in America is to be victimized and then made responsible for our victimization. We built this country. But, apparently, it is we who are lazy and dependent. We are bullied politically, socially and economically. But it is we who are called “thugs”.

“There is never an excuse for violence against police,” President Obama said. Yet there are endless excuses for state violence against black people. For mass incarceration, there’s the “war on drugs”. For poverty and unemployment, there’s “a culture of laziness” and “government dependence”. For the educational gap, there’s the burden of “acting white”. For Eric Garner: “loosies”. And for Michael Brown, there are stolen cigarillos, jaywalking or anything the police can say to shift the narrative from their white supremacist practices to black “ghetto” culture.

It is to say that black lives do not matter, that our babies deserve death and despair, that our communities don’t deserve protection and justice.

Libertarians are the new confederates

And here’s another chapter in the perennial debate about conservatives: stupid or evil?

Paul Ryan offered his opinion on federal intervention in Ferguson:

"There is no problem with the federal government having a role," he said. "But in all of these things, local control, local government, local authorities who have the jurisdiction, who have the expertise, who are actually there are the people who should be in the lead."

He said that today. Has he literally been hiding under a rock?

  • Missouri Governor Jay Nixon took his sweet time before doing anything about Ferguson. When he did choose to act (by imposing a curfew), he made things even worse. Local leadership!
  • Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder said today that he wants “Anglo American justice" for Ferguson. Local solutions!
  • Ferguson’s mayor, James Knowles, has denied there is or ever has been a “racial divide” in his city. Local insight!
  • A Missouri GOP official has described the effort to register more voters in Ferguson as “disgusting" and "inappropriate". Local politics!

At this point, the only reasonable conclusion is that the local authorities in Missouri and Ferguson are clueless and repulsive. Yet Paul Ryan thinks they should be given the lead to resolve a situation they themselves have created and escalated.

So….is Paul Ryan a dumbass?

I don’t think Paul Ryan is a dumbass, but he often sounds like one. In this instance, he’s chosen to ignore U.S. history and everything that has happened in Ferguson lately because it is evidence that not only conflicts with his ludicrous political philosophy, but destroys it.

But I don’t think it’s just a case of cognitive dissonance. No one who remains a libertarian past the age of 19 or so can be trusted because, in this country, quite a few self-described “libertarians” would be better described as neo-Confederates. Many of these same ‘libertarians’ are even bringing back antebellum classics like nullification.

No, Paul Ryan isn’t a dumbass. Paul Ryan knows what he’s doing.

huffingtonpost:

When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims

On the afternoon of Aug. 9, a police officer fatally shot an unarmed, black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. Details remain in dispute. Eyewitnesses have said that Brown was compliant with police and was shot while he had his hands up. Police maintain that the 18-year-old had assaulted an officer and was reaching for the officer’s gun.

For more headlines go here.

(via heyreadabook)

thebluelip-blondie:

my white protesters please remember that you’re rarely at the same risk we are when you stand up for what is right

thebluelip-blondie:

my white protesters please remember that you’re rarely at the same risk we are when you stand up for what is right

(Source: cartoonpolitics, via abagond)

ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

(Laughs.)

There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

We can genuflect and comply. We can raise our arms in the air and scream that we are unarmed. We can look up at the police with our hands behind our heads and our knees on the ground. We can wait in line through checkpoints to get water and work. We can crawl through the desert in the night with our babies on our back. We will still be counted as collateral damage. That’s if we are counted at all.

We can fire a warning shot into the air to protect our children. We can follow all the rules and get all the papers. We can work 20-hour days in the field. Our compliance will not protect us. Our papers will not save us. The police are not here to protect us. In their eyes, which we see from behind riot gear, we are not human. We are not their charge.

Eesha Pandit, “If You Are Black or Brown in America, Your Parents’ Warnings Can’t Keep You Safe”

Police are more likely to use force against protesters when black people are protesting →

A more detailed write-up and the study itself (pdf). Plus, a recent piece of anecdotal evidence:

At a rally against Israel’s bombing of Gaza over the weekend in Seattle, a shirtless man allegedly harassed protesters, yelled, picked fights, and used words like “towelhead.” When a security guard was called to the scene, however, he ignored this alleged instigator, macing and detaining a black bystander instead.

Non-black activists have a duty to protest, record/document, publicize, and follow-up on any suspicious, racist, or illegal police behavior toward black people (fellow activists or not) in the vicinity of a demonstration or act of civil disobedience.

6 Good Reasons a Black Person Might Resist Arrest →

  1. The idea that “if you didn’t do anything wrong, you don’t have anything to fear” does not hold true for black people. Most people who end up being exonerated for crimes they served time for, but didn’t commit, are people of color.
  2. Blacks routinely serve higher sentences than whites—for the same crimes.
  3. Once in custody, black men are rough-handled by police more often than whites.
  4. Racial profiling and bias in police departments across the country is well-documented.
  5. There are many well-known cases of police torture directed at blacks in prison, such as the dozens of black Chicago inmates who were systematically tortured over a span of 20 years.
    Scientific studies shed light on how racial bias can influence witness testimony, like this finding that race can make people “see” guns, or a reach for a gun, where no weapon was present.

Asking why a black man with even the slightest bit of awareness of these facts wouldn’t fully cooperate with the cops is a bit like asking why William Wallace didn’t simply extend a warm welcome to the invading English forces. Here’s a better question: What are law enforcement agencies doing to heal their relationships with the black communities they’re supposed to protect and serve?

Let’s not forget that the charge of “resisting arrest” is oftentimes bullshit, something cops will either lie about or instigate by violently confronting people over very minor charges in order to give them a stronger case for arresting (or brutalizing) someone.

The politics of respectability are, at their root, the politics of changing the subject—the last resort for those who can not bear the agony of looking their country in the eye. The policy of America has been, for most of its history, white supremacy. The high rates of violence in black neighborhoods do not exist outside of these facts—they evidence them.

This history presents us with a suite hard choices. We do not like hard choices. Here’s a better idea: let’s all get together and talk about how Mike Brown would still be alive if Beyoncé would make more wholesome music, followed by a national forum on how the charge of “acting white” contributes to mass incarceration, then with a keynote lecture on “Kids Today” and a shrug. Then we can all move on.

Why Are They (Armed) "Patriots" in Nevada But (Unarmed) Rioters in Ferguson? →

…In Nevada, Marky and dozens of his companions were armed: with sidearms, rifles, and at least one .50-caliber anti-vehicle rifle, the kind used in war zones to shatter engine blocks from up to a mile away. They were forthright about the type of disobedience they were willing—even hoping—to put into action. “One bullet at a time, straight in line,” another militiaman told me. “Destroy anything in sight.”

Needless to say, his hands were not raised in the air at the time.

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Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

No one ever showed up. No tanks ever came to Bunkerville. No sound weapons, no tear gas, no flash grenades. No sniper rifles, except those in the hands of the civilians. The militiamen assembled freely, dispersed freely.

Not one of them is in jail. Not one of them is in Ferguson, either. But perhaps that goes without saying too.

We determine whether someone is a “patriot” or a “thug” by race and class, which are other ways of describing who has power and who doesn’t.

never understand where the “as a taxpayer” types are after high-profile incidents of police brutality

jakke:

The Ferguson police are a public service that’s spending a ton of money forcibly intimidating the residents and restricting media access and protecting their total impunity rather than suspending the officers responsible without pay and cooperating with an external inquiry. If ever there were a totally wasteful and self-interested government agency, it’s the Ferguson police right now. And there are so many pundits and think tanks and elected officials who make a career out of loudly criticizing misallocation of government resources, but somehow they’re all totally silent on this one.

The criminal justice system is working perfectly as far as those “as a taxpayer” people are concerned. They’re not the ones being harassed and assaulted by the police—the folks they’re scared of (black people, poor people, queer people, immigrants, etc.) are. These “as a taxpayer” types probably think outfitting cops with paramilitary gear so they can more effectively terrorize minorities is a great use of their tax dollars.

And the “misallocations” of government resources that these same people tend to be focused on are welfare programs for those same despised minorities. Agricultural subsidies that mostly benefit white farmers and artificially raise the cost of food? Fine. Food stamps to help struggling families afford to eat? NOT FINE WHAT ARE WE SOVIET RUSSIA

politics-r-us:

unite4humanity:

THIS!

Nah. I’ve never seen MRAs address legit issues that men face. Sadly NOT ONCE. It somehow always ends up being “yo, that slut rejected me, I then took the red pill”. (Check out wehuntedthemammoth.com for the long version)

MRAs should be called WMRAs because they do not give a shit about racism, police brutality, the prison industrial complex (except when they’re passionately defending actual rapists), hiring bias, etc. etc.. They are quite adamant that such problems are not men’s problems, but minority problems or class problems. So they do not think of black men or Muslim men as men.
The racism is pretty blatant. On Reddit there is quite a bit of crossover between MRA subreddits and white supremacist subreddits. I know this because I used to tag MRAs (and I’ll bet I missed a bunch because of alts). For an MRA, anyone who isn’t a white, cis, straight, middle-classed male who agrees with all of their crackpot ideas isn’t worthy of rights.

politics-r-us:

unite4humanity:

THIS!

Nah. I’ve never seen MRAs address legit issues that men face. Sadly NOT ONCE. It somehow always ends up being “yo, that slut rejected me, I then took the red pill”. (Check out wehuntedthemammoth.com for the long version)

MRAs should be called WMRAs because they do not give a shit about racism, police brutality, the prison industrial complex (except when they’re passionately defending actual rapists), hiring bias, etc. etc.. They are quite adamant that such problems are not men’s problems, but minority problems or class problems. So they do not think of black men or Muslim men as men.

The racism is pretty blatant. On Reddit there is quite a bit of crossover between MRA subreddits and white supremacist subreddits. I know this because I used to tag MRAs (and I’ll bet I missed a bunch because of alts). For an MRA, anyone who isn’t a white, cis, straight, middle-classed male who agrees with all of their crackpot ideas isn’t worthy of rights.

(via missbananafish)

The media establishment’s intense focus on occasional riots is so misleading you can’t help but interpret it as willfully malicious. If anything, black people have demonstrated extraordinary restraint and peacefulness in the face of shocking brutality and oppression.

I don’t fucking get it.