In the the case of Alton Sterling, officers responded to a 911 call saying a man had a gun. And Sterling was usually engaged in a poor man's hustle at that location, selling CDs and DVDs, much like Eric Garner was when he was killed. Somehow, in this case, white officers couldn't Sterling -- whether or not he had a gun, while they had him pinned down-- when they CAN arrest white mass shooters that have already shot several people for so long as that shooter is white and male.
A witness, the store owner, Abdullah Muflahi, said that Sterling started carrying a gun a few days before because others in the same "business" were robbed recently. Muflahi, in an advocate interview, also said, the police officers pulled the gun out of the Sterling's pocket after they shot Sterling.
I've been reading that the gun was in Sterling's back pocket and that Sterling was shot in the back too -- while on the ground. Some may think it's an issue that Sterling wasn't supposed to own a gun as an ex-convict, but that hasn't stopped the NRA from trying to get ex-cons gun rights back.
I don't "believe in guns," per se, as a solution to problems but there are certain circumstances where I might have to change my mind. My grandmother had one when her neighborhood turned dangerous. And I was glad she had it.
So what is it going to take for white supremacy's leading edge, which contains police officers of any shade, to start conceiving of black lives, especially black poor lives, as lives worth preserving no matter what they've done -- just like they did for James Holmes, Jared Loughner, and Dylann Roof.
One of the things I associate with Louisiana are David Duke, a former grand dragon or grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan was a Louisiana State Representative and ran for Senate in the state of Louisiana.
I also remember The Jena 6, do you?
In 2006 and 2007, the same time period in which Barack Obama would run for president, a black student went to his high school and defied convention by sitting under what was called "The White Tree," a tree only white students were "allowed" to sit under. Over the next days, three nooses were hanging from the tree. Sometime later there were racial fights, a fire, and eventually a white boy named Justin Barker was supposedly beaten by six black students.
One or some of those black students were initially charged with attempted murderer -- despite Barker's having left the emergency room to go to the prom the same night of "the vicious beating" The charges were later reduced but the Jena 6 were convicted.
The protesters asserted that white Jena youths involved in similar incidents were treated more leniently. On September 20, 2007, between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena in what was described as the "largest civil rights demonstration in years". Related protests were held in other US cities on the same day. Subsequent reactions included songs alluding to the Jena Six, numerous editorials and opinion columns, and congressional hearings.
As I recall, the NAACP and other Civil Rights Organizations arranged it so the Jena 6 went to college and led productive lives while Barker, last I checked - some years back, was living in a hole somewhere barely able to make ends meet. This is what I call "justice"
So now you know. Louisiana has an ugly anti-black racial history, just like the rest of the country. And Alton Sterling's death comes after a series of warnings that say,
"White people have to
about their racism problem."
I know one of the first things it's going to take for white people to dismantle white supremacy. It's going to take federal and state action to figure out where the violent anti-black stereotypes are being transmitted and received.
The North East Texas and Louisiana Border is near the area where McKinney Pool Party took place and where a dark-skinned Muslim boy was arrested for bringing a clock to school because it supposedly looked like a bomb - arrested even after the police knew it wasn't a bomb - and that area is dense with hate groups. Alton Sterling was killed in Louisiana some distance away in the Baton Rouge area. But there are so many hate groups in the general area of Texas and Louisiana you can barely see "Louisiana" on the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hate Map.
|All those little gray circles are KKK hats indicating a KKK chapter The current number of hate groups is 892 The highest number recorded by Southern Poverty Law Center is 1018, a steep climb recorded 3 years after President Obama's election in 2008 https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map|
The KKK, Neo Nazis, Neo Confederates chapters are both transmitters and receivers of hate messages. And if the chapters of these hate groups are but so dense, that means the white people in the general area -- including the cops -- are transmitting and receiving messages of anti-black racism too. But when cops transmit white supremacy? They use bullets to do it.
But I want to know what the governors going to do about the hate groups that helped create the atmosphere that helped spawn Salomoni and Lake....and their parents and their parent's parents.
Racism is the problem before the problem.