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Friday, September 30, 2016


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The endorsement of Donald Trump by the Fraternal Order of Police appears to have driven a wedge between many black cops and their white brothers in blue.
And nowhere is the split more visible than in Philadelphia, where the local FOP chapter has fallen in line and also endorsed the Republican presidential candidate — over the objections of a group that represents some 2,500 African-American officers in the city and which has branded Trump an "outrageous bigot."
"Our Local FOP is saying that our people have to follow the national lead," Rochelle Bilal, head of the Philadelphia Guardian Civic League, told NBC News. "We are saying you don't have to vote for Donald Trump and the national FOP should have stayed out of this election."


Thursday, September 29, 2016


Feeling Rebloggy

"But when the Civil Rights movement came along, Carter said he experienced a gradual awakening, and a realization that Campbell and the other “truth-tellers” of the white South had been right all along. If many whites experienced that era as bewildering and chaotic, Jimmy Carter says he experienced it as a personal and spiritual boon, in which “the burden of white supremacy” was lifted from him.

Let’s think about that, because it’s an extraordinary statement.

Of course I am supposed to pause here and say that the emotional or spiritual lives of white people are not the focal point of history, and that it’s vastly more important that the Civil Rights movement represented an enormous step forward for American society, and an explosion of pride and self-awareness among African-Americans whose ripples were felt around the world. That’s all true.

But the idea Jimmy Carter proposes in that essay, and that Will Campbell lived by, is nonetheless radical or revolutionary. It is that white people do not suffer when white supremacy is ended or ameliorated. In fact, they are made better, happier and more complete people, potential partners in all the dialogue and drama of the human race, instead of poisoned robots in thrall to a transparently false and evil ideology."

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


In the first week of July, the nation was rocked by two tragedies: the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, two black men killed by police. Their deaths were captured in videos, providing evidence to what many people in the black community have known for a long time to be true—that black people aren't given just treatment by police. To further prove this point, singer Alicia Keys recruited a team of celebrities to create a video showing the totally innocuous things black people were doing before being killed in America.
The video—created with news site Mic—is titled, "23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America." It starts with Keys herself, saying, "Failing to signal a lane change." Then, a photo of Sandra Bland appears, a 28-year-old black woman who died in jail last July after being arrested by police for that simple reason. Next, BeyoncĂ© appears on the screen, saying, "Riding in your girlfriend's car, with a child in the back," before an image of Philando Castile appears.

The video is decent. It's good to see all the names of dead together. It's good to see which stars are willing to stand up and be counted. But I think it's time to start linking the black dead with the living cops. I want to see the cops names.

We need to have remembrance but stop mourning. We need to start making angry videos about the cops that did the killing. We need to call out the enemy until one of us thinks sees a video on the murderers and comes up with a new approach to dismantling this particular section of white supremacy -- the section that has a bunch of white people in it who do not realize how dedicated they are to protecting whiteness.

I have a white friend on my facebook timeline who has posted nothing but rainbows and kittens for three years straight, who has a page where she puts up photos of people of different races with peace, love, joy, and forgiveness quotes beneath them, and NOT ONE Black Lives Matter post. But today she posted an article about white men set on fire by a black man near Baltimore. Her caption essentially said "Both sides do bad things...."--The comment was had a basic race war framing and a standard white call for peace. 
I don't have a snapshot of the post and the exact words because when I commented and told her that aiming to be middle of the road between white police and Black Lives Matter makes about as much sense as being middle of the road between Hitler and the Jews because 10% of Jews are stealing, murdering etc-- like every other demographic on the planet, she took the post down. 

I don't know for sure because I'm not in her head. But I am absolutely certain ANYWAY this this white-people-are-victims-too post was triggered by the uprising in North Carolina -- which is not about one thing, not about one shooting of a black person, but a series of abuses committed against black people in that area.  

This white woman has no idea that she represents 90% of this country's white racism problem. She appears to think I love everybody means she is racism free (nobody is). She appears to think that ejecting overt racism from her heart is the same as getting rid of the desire to defend white supremacy.  And that's what you're doing when you try to justify the oppressors actions by highlighting the imperfections of the oppressed. She, like a lot of white people, appears to think that ejecting racism from ones heart is simple. It isn't.  Deep soul searching is required when you've been raised around white supremacy all your life. Even black people have to do this soul searching for belief in white supremacy because it's washing over us too. She, like many white people,  probably thinks the predominantly white cops doing the shooting are the problem when it's always been the white people turning a blind eye to patterns of white supremacy that are the main problem.

These cops cannot do what they do to the black community without being sanctioned by the white community. 
Sanctioning of state violence against the black community by white people is the thing that's most interesting about this video too. Check out the comments from white people below the video.

The news site 
 (a creator/producer of the video along with Alicia Keys) isn't exactly  a right wing stronghold, so the white racism is uttered in the comments are in resentful rather than violent tones. But the white racism is there and it is mighty and plentiful.

I saw another Youtube video, that I won't link here, which examines the 23 WAYS YOU CAN BE KILLED IN AMERICA IF YOU'RE BLACK  video above. And this other video refutes what most of the black stars are saying here, using the usual those people think everything is about racism crap. 

A white guy is the narrator. No surprise. It's also no surprise that the narrator finds it completely unbelievable that eye contact can prompt a white cop to chase a black person like Freddie Gray. The thing that's interesting about this naysayer video is that this narrator has dark hair, dark eyes and a full beard. 

If a nervous cowardly cop was looking for someone else who is actually dangerous that's in the immediate area and that cop gave Mr. No-Such-Thing-As-Racism a quick glance as he was running past him and Mr. No-Such-Thing-As-Racism happened to have his hands in his pocket while having an angry look on his face, Mr. No-Such-Thing-As-Racism might be dead quicker than you can say "Hallelujah."
After that? I expect another stoic sounding whiny Youtube white boy would record yet another Youtube video saying racism STILL isn't that bad, explaining how the cop that murdered Mr. No-Such-Thing-As-Racism made a legitimate mistake because those people (Mexicans, Muslims -- whoever Mr. No-Such-Thing-As-Racism was mistaken for before being shot dead by a cop) are violent, evil, etc And if those people weren't violent and evil Mr. No Such Thing As Racism wouldn't have been mistaken for one of them.  
In other words, the unchecked violence spilling out of blue uniforms would still be black and brown people's fault.
In addition to black and brown people, these cops have already become bold enough to start beating and killing homeless and mentally ill white people. That's what happens to bullies when they are left unchecked. They get bolder. And if Donald Trump is elected, they'll get bolder still. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Feeling Rebloggy

I gave a quickie review of what I thought of the debate yesterday. But this made me smile

"The introductions would be made and the bell would ring. Trump threw haymakers and huge lazy punches. Clinton dodged and counterpunched. Trump became frustrated and angry. He desperately clinched. Clinton toyed with him. Trump looked to Lester Holt, the referee, for help. Little assistance would be forthcoming. Trump became increasingly flustered and angry that Clinton would not do him the kind favor of allowing herself to be hit.

Clinton would score punch after punch on the flummoxed Trump. She smiled and grinned. He sniffled; his skin possessed an unhealthy pallor. At a certain point in the 90-minute bout one could almost hear Howard Cosell bellowing from another time, not about Smokin’ Joe Frazier but the Donald: “Down goes Trump! Down goes Trump!”
Watching Trump stammer and in a discombobulated state, I was reminded of the following passage in Richard Hoffer’s great book “Bouts of Mania: Ali, Frazier, and Foreman — and an America on the Ropes”:
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You know what? Every country or empire ends. That's what history says to me.

So, I know the United States is not going to last forever. But, when I see things like this and especially the white willingness to just implode the country over the perception* that whiteness isn't as impenetrable as it used to be via electing somebody like Donald Trump president, I wonder if it's going to happen sooner rather than later. 

Some of us may be silly enough to think things aren't better than they were in the 1960s. But they are. That's how we have a black president. People of color and a small to medium size portion of white people managed to override white men and elect President Obama twice.  

The other way that things are better for people of color is our ability to make white people lie about their motivations when they kill us. For a long time, we couldn't even get that done.

For the white racist having to explain at length and even be threatened with jail time is a sign that the world is going to hell in a hand basket. In the good old white days, a white man say a black man did X so I did Y and that was the end of it -- within hours or days, not weeks, not months. When white racists see a white male cops have to take desk jobs and sometimes get fired, that's a huge sign that all is not the way it should be.

Do not underestimate white entitlement and how just a tiny bit of it falling away makes these jokers a little bit more dangerous than they were in the late 1990s but not quite as dangerous as when they were straight lynching us at will from the 1860s to the 1960s.

So I guess what I'm wondering now is if we, people of color, will see any semblance of equality in this country before this "great experiment" called the United States is over.

I expected that white supremacy was going to die violently. So  I guess I'm not really surprised by how things have been going lately -- cops murder, wind up in the national spotlight, get away with it anyway. But Trump is sending so many arrows in so many directions, at allies etc.

Trump is starting to worry me less and less. The people, mostly white, that are stupid enough to vote for him worry me more and more. And it's not even from a racism or sexism standpoint.  

If Trump should buy himself a spaceship and fly away to Mars tomorrow, the idiots behind him right now will still be here. They will still think it's a good idea to charge are allies for military assistance, or send Chevron into Iraq to "just take the oil" with our army standing around the Chevron employees for protection. They will still talk about building a wall between us and Mexico. They'll just find a new and dumber Donald Trump. 

The power of the arrogance and stupidity in some of our countrymen  has to be reigned in before they destroy us with their lust of money and power-over.  The lust for power-over inside the country is one thing (sexism and racism). But the lust for power-over outside the country, imperialism, is going to earn us enough enemies that other countries, including some of our allies, will decide to work together against us.

Or, maybe I've been reading too much of Cornell West's Democracy Matters
Our democracy is flawed, no doubt. I sit in the most flawed part of it as a black and as a woman. But at least half of us (mostly white) are trying to claw it apart from the inside in an effort to remain standing on the backs of others.

It never really occurred to me before that the country might not survive the shift. Maybe Texas's occasional threat to secede the Union isn't the big joke I thought it was. Maybe that's a symptom of something to come 10 years, 20 years or 50 years down the road. 

If this country was a newborn baby in 1776, I wonder if this country isn't the equivalent of a prematurely crotchety middle aged man in 2016.  Maybe the premature crotchety-ness is about knowing life is not going to go on forever.

But I'd like to see a black woman be president before the U.S. goes into the long good night. 

Monday, September 26, 2016


Feeling Rebloggy
When I first read this, I was like what do Terence Crutcher and Alton Sterling have to do with one another?

Terrence Sterling is a whole other person "Terrence" (with two Rs) and the last name "Sterling" in a totally different state.

"Several witnesses said the collision was unavoidable and Sterling did not intentionally strike the cruiser. They also said the officer was not trying to get out of his car, but instead rolled his window down and shot Sterling from inside the car after the crash.

Police have acknowledged the officer who fired the fatal shot did not turn his body camera on until after he fired his weapon. He and the officer who was driving the cruiser have been place on administrative leave."

You know a bunch of black people have been killed by police for nothing when the names are starting to repeat.

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President Obama on Friday vetoed legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged ties to the terrorists who carried out the attacks.
Congressional leaders plan to hold override votes in the coming days and supporters of the legislation say they are confident they can succeed in overturning the president’s action. It would be the first time during Obama’s presidency that Congress has overridden a veto.
The legislation would allow U.S. courts to waive claims to foreign sovereign immunity in cases involving terrorism on U.S. soil. The administration contends that this would break a longstanding practice that sovereign nations are protected from these types of legal threats. The result, according to the White House, is that American officials could now be sued in foreign courts over U.S. military or diplomatic actions abroad, which administration officials said poses a threat to national security.
This bill would "allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged ties to the terrorists who carried out the attacks."
~Washington Post

Exactly how would families be finding out who is connected to who 15 years later? The powers that be couldn't straighten that out when the evidence was fresh

I think I found one of reasons this came up 15 years later. 

The article below makes reference to our government allowing people from Saudi Arabia to leave the country days after 9/11 attacks --- when 15 out of 19 of the 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia.

An arrival board at Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 11, 2001, shows canceled flights from around the nation following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The FBI mishandled its investigation of the travel of a Saudi prince and his companions out of Florida within days of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, new interviews, 9/11 Commission documents and FBI files reveal. And its detailed report on the matter, drawn up for members of Congress and President George W. Bush, was inaccurate.

The new reporting springs from suspicions that a well-connected Saudi living in Sarasota, Fla., may have associated with the 9/11 hijackers. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired Congress’ Joint Inquiry into 9/11, has suggested that the FBI’s investigation of the Sarasota matter “was not the robust inquiry claimed by the FBI. An important investigative lead was not pursued and unsubstantiated statements were accepted as fact.”
These concerns have led to a re-examination of the efforts to get out of the U.S. immediately following the 9/11 attacks by a Saudi royal, Prince Sultan bin Fahd, and several companions.  Their travel began in Tampa, a short drive from Sarasota.

Okay, maybe the people flown out had ties. But we knew they terrorists were connected to Saudi Arabia almost immediately, before they were flown out of the country and our attention was redirected to Iraq.

In any case, I don't understand why this isn't an obviously stupid idea. It seems like it would set a dangerous precedent, especially when you consider how fast the U.S. will choose a side in a local conflict 20,000 miles away then start bombing the hell out of country X --for so long as the collaterally damaged dead people aren't considered white (though they might look white to us). 
Foreign policy is kinda above my head. But some articles say congress and the senate have the votes to override the president's veto. The timing in suspicious.  And it seems ridiculously high risk to sever diplomatic ties with a frenemy country after so much time has past and there's so little to be gained.

There is little to be gained, right?

The time for righteous indignation at Saudi Arabia's ties to the terrorists 
has long passed (ties that we knew about already... like... um... since when 9/11 happened in 2001. Again, fifteen out of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, not Iraq.

I just find it hard to believe that any lawsuit put forth could ever end up being much more than an exercise because I also find it hard to believe Saudi Arabia will ever pay anybody anything....except maybe Bush Jr. who supposedly helped some Saudis get of the country quick, fast, and in a hurry (I always assumed there were business ties between Daddy Bush and the Saudis if not Bush Jr himself. I also assumed that nobody but him hadd the power to authorize Saudi's leaving the country within days after the attack)

In the end, this doesn't pass the sniff test. This smells like an attempt to embarrass President Obama before he leaves office.  

Then again, white republicans think money is the key to everything. They may really believe this actually makes sense.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016


Consider this yet more proof that violent criminals can be taken alive...for so long as they are white. If you're black, walking can seen as life threatening to a white police officer.  
Feeling Rebloggy

The lone suspect in the fatal shooting of five people in a Washington state mall has been charged with five counts of first degree murder, according to Skagit County jail records.
Arcan Cetin, 20, was taken into custody Saturday night [September 24 2016] after a nearly 24-hour manhunt, authorities said.
    Four women and one man died in the shooting Friday night at a Macy's store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, just north of Seattle.

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    Rich white people know a cop will never touch them. So Trump will support the cops no matter what they do or who they do it to. That's why the biggest police union in the country, in the world to let them tell it, is supporting Trump.


    But if Trump is elected it will be a matter of time before these out of control cops move on to middle class white people who think they're safe for now. Some white people going to figure out the difference between rich white people and their own paycheck-to-paycheck-living asses quick, fast, and in a hurry.

    In addition to black and brown people, these cops have already become bold enough to start beating and killing homeless and mentally ill white people. That's what happens to bullies when they are left unchecked. They get bolder. And if Donald Trump is elected, they'll get bolder still. 

    Every conviction the police don't receive makes all of them bolder --- same as it does rapists.

    If Donald Trump is elected, the crap is going to spill over all of us, but it's the low education, lower middle class and poor white people (many of them casually racist) that are going to wind up being the largest demographic dying in wars that Trump's dumb mouth leads the U.S. into.

    And Trump will lead us into war. He won't be able to help himself. He's already trying to lead us away from allies. And a greedy bully, unchecked, always wants more. Trump has money. Now he wants power. His followers have imaginary power because of his money and because he's white like they are. Beating up on black and brown people in the United States won't be enough for Trump and company. Trump and his minions are going to want to dominate some other country. And white western Europe is too strong for domination, so...   

    If these jackals elect Donald Trump, they deserve what they get.  

    Saturday, September 24, 2016

    North Carolina Police Release Keith Scott Video

    Both the police video and the family's cell phone video are below.

    I can't tell what I'm looking at in the police video. The article below says nobody can't see if Scott had anything in his in his hand, in this particular video.  But the most important thing I didn't see is the black cop, Brentley Vinson, the one that the police told us shot Keith Scott.

    Sound is missing in the first 25 seconds altogether.  And I can't figure out why we can't hear the same shots we hear in the cell phone video when the sound seems to be on in the police video.

    All in all, I'd guess that this is not the video the North Carolina Police have been hiding all week. Or, this is the one and it's been edited. I don't know. Look for yourself. It's a mess. And I think it's a deliberate mess.

    "Justin Bamberg told reporters there is no definitive evidence in police videos released Saturday that speaks to whether Scott had an object in his hand.


    Tuesday’s shooting of Scott, a black man, by a black police officer at an apartment complex parking lot has led to protests — which turned violent at times — in Charlotte over the past four nights. It is among a number of shootings in recent years that have spurred debate about how and when police should use deadly force and how race factors into whom police shoot.




    America's first national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture opened Saturday with emotional but joyful words from the country's first black president, who said he hoped the stories contained inside will help everyone "walk away that much more in love" with their country.

    In an impassioned speech, President Barack Obama pointed out the highs and lows of being black in America, from slavery and Jim Crow segregation to voting rights and economic leaders. That duality lingers still, Obama said, through successes such as his presidency, and trials such as the police killings of black men.

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    Friday, September 23, 2016


    Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby turned herself in early Friday after being charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher.
    Shelby was booked this morning at the Tulsa County Jail at around 1 a.m. local time and was released on a $50,000.00 bond about 20 minutes later.
    Shelby reacted "unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation" with Crutcher, according to an affidavit by an investigator with the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office. Shelby became "emotionally involved" to the point that she overreacted, the affidavit states, adding that she was "not able to see any weapons or bulges indicating a weapon was present."


    The family of Keith Lamont Scott has released cell phone video, recorded by his wife, that shows the moments leading to his fatal shooting by police Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    The video is the first publicly released footage related to the shooting, which spurred days of protests in Charlotte.
      "Don't shoot him. He has no weapon," Rakeyia Scott can be heard saying. The first portions of the shaky video appear to show a number of police officers surround a vehicle in a parking lot.
      A man repeatedly yells for someone -- apparently Keith Scott -- to "drop the gun."
      "He doesn't have a gun. He has a TBI (traumatic brain injury)," Rakeyia Scott says. "He's not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine."


      Thursday, September 22, 2016


      Feeling Rebloggy
       Get your kicks on Route 66

      an old American saying about taking a road trip

       Richard Mitchell paid less than a buck for the Green Book he ordered by U.S. Mail after noticing an advertisement for one in a 1963 edition of Ebony Magazine.

      He was nearing the end of his tour of duty as an Air Force cryptographer stationed in Turkey at the time and planning a road trip with his wife and two young children. "We left home in Pennsylvania in a two-tone green 1960 Dodge Dart station wagon," recalled Mitchell, 84, of Albuquerque, N.M. "I timed my travel to make sure that we would roll into a safe place to stay by night," he said.
       "We only had one problem along the way," he said. "A bunch of young folks" hurled a racial epithet at a hamburger stand.
       Out in the Los Angeles area, African Americans couldn’t buy a home in so-called red-lined neighborhoods. Some street corners had signs on 6-foot poles that said, "No Negroes or Orientals Desired."
      In movie theaters, African Americans sat on one side of a velvet rope and whites on the other. Some department stores handed African American women pieces of tissue paper before they tried on hats.
      ~LA TIMES 

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      Wednesday, September 21, 2016


      On September 20, 2016 its being said that black men were killed by police. Terence Crutcher was just walking.

      One of them, Keith Scott, was supposedly reading a book but may  have had possession of a gun, in an open carry state.
      But it sounds like the police are already laying the ground work to say that it wasn't pointed at anyone.

      I've said it before. I'll say it again. Police Officers are the leading edge of white supremacy.  The skin color of the individual cop that shoots yet another black person hardly matters. So it doesn't matter that the cop that shot Scott was black. Black cops know who they can get away with shooting in questionable circumstances too. That's probably why the black cop with Walter Scott's killer didn't report his white cop buddy for murder prior to the video coming out.

      White supremacy allows anybody 

      of any skin color to say 
      when the dead victim is black. 

      Also, let us never forget that the income of the people of the area makes a big difference in whether you are shot or not for being "threatening." People that live in Bel Aire, California won't get shot if they are running around with a machete. Will Smith might get shot faster than Charlie Sheen, but the chances are still very small. 

      I can't actually remember which city a stoned Charlie Sheen was running around in with a machete. But that cocaine swilling white dumb@$$ ain't dead by cop.)

      This is what I do know.  North Carolina has been putting black people "through it" for years now.

      A higher court had to tell North Carolina that it's voting rules were discriminatory. Do you understand that the white racists in the south are a heck of a lot more overt, generally speaking, than they are in other places in the country? 

      Black people are justifiably angry about Black Lives NOT Mattering all over the country. But the general ambient racism in the state of North Carolina almost has to be part of what set the protesters off. The police, who also represent the state, don't have any credibility with the black community because they don't deserve any -- from the lowliest police officer to the governor.

      So I accept the fact that we may see that there was some justification for this shooting. We may find out the gun fell out of Scott's pocket. Or it could turn out the book was really was a gun and the man was an idiot. But I already see justification for the outrage I'm seeing North Carolina, regardless.

      North Carolina has a law going into effect on October 1, 2016 that says people will not be able to demand dash cam and body cam video unless they get a subpoena. This is even more reason for outrage.

      Critics, including the state's attorney general, said it could have the opposite effect of minimizing police accountability.
      "Technology like dashboard cameras and body cameras can be very helpful, but when used by itself technology can also mislead and misinform, which causes other issues and problems within our community," McCrory said.
      Under HB 972, audio and video captured by police body cameras or dashboard cameras are not public records, meaning the general public has no right to see or obtain copies of them. 

      If this does not represent white people trying to cover white supremacy's collective white ass then what is?

      In principle, I don't really believe in trying something in the court of public opinion. But the last few years have demonstrated that that's all the court black people are going to get.

      Unless body cam video becomes mandatory for every cop in the state and also available to the public along side dash cam video, I hope North Carolina winds up in the hole for millions of dollars trying to quell the outrage.

      Losing money and white folks being impacted negatively in general is the only thing white racists and white people who don't know they are racists understand.

      Just yesterday, I read an article by a man I put into the category of "probably a white racist" a long time ago. Glenn Beck wrote an article on "Empathy For Black Live Matter" Of course he tried to make all sides equal as far as the "misunderstandings" and each side having extremists with agendas.
      This is the title of his article was: 

      I am not looking to condemn, I am looking to understand. For some readers, this may be surprising to hear coming from someone like me. But on my show, I often discuss pivot points. Our opinions or perspectives are not impervious to change — nor should they be. My take on Black Lives Matter has not changed 180 degrees, but it has certainly evolved. Here is my pivot point.

      After the horrific shootings of five police officers in Dallas this summer, I had the opportunity to watch an...

      This article is supposed to be about Black Lives Matter and having empathy for BLM movement. Yet, his critical paragraphs, his "pivot point" are about the white Dallas cops that died at the hands of a nut that REALLY didn't have anything to do with Black Lives Matter.

      In other words, white people like him are scared for themselves now.

      And now a dozen cops were pelted with water bottles and rocks in North Carolina. So now they're scared for themselves too. 

      All I can say to that is "Welcome to the party." I guess we can all be scared together now.  And I'm glad about that.

      In Okahoma another black man, Terence Crutcher, was shot. 

      He's just walking when he was shot. According tot the police officer that shot him, maybe he was stoned and just slow to response.  There's video from a helicopter.  And in that video there's another officer on the audio saying words that are the equivalent of  "Big Black Guy Dangerous"  

      I read another article today where the white police officer, female this time, who shot Crutcher basically said she was scared of a walking man. She never says she was scared because he was black. But there's no terror of a walking person unless they're black. Again, the audio of her fellow police officer pretty much makes all her excuses for her.
      So are we 80% 90% or 99% sure that  the white woman who shot the man dead had the very same thought process. Because in the video? He's just walking. He is unarmed. How is somebody walking a threat to you?


      The man in this old video below is wielding a real weapon, a machete. He is surrounded by cops in Great Britain. 

      The mentally ill man in the video appears to be white. So maybe this seems unrelated. But in the United States? Even white people in non rich neighborhoods wield machete's die, especially if they are perceived to be mentally ill. Police in the U.S. don't risk the slightest bruise if they can help it. , The police would have killed him almost instantly same as they killed that white boy in Fresno when he didn't stop and lay down instantly (no weapon)

      The cops in this country are cowards. The kill anybody who so much as blinks at them wrong. They protect themselves first and the public second. We need to attack them in their toxic masculinity. We need to stop calling them racists and start calling them cowards...daily. Because that's what they are. That's what they care about being. Both "coward" and "racist" apply. But "coward" is the identity that has meaning for them where "racist" does not.

      Tuesday, September 20, 2016


      Terence Crutcher Shooting: 'Disturbing' Helicopter Footage Shows Tulsa Police Kill Unarmed Man

      During a news conference Monday, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said that Officer Tyler Turnbough tasered Crutcher, and a second officer, Betty Shelby, fired at him after telling a dispatcher "that she's not having cooperation from" Crutcher.
      Citing an ongoing investigating, Jordan declined to provide additional details, though he said that no weapon was found on Crutcher or in his SUV. Jordan, who called the footage "disturbing," said that he asked the Justice Department to review the case.


      Monday, September 19, 2016


      Feeling Rebloggy
      From 2015

      Black people have often fared poorly in their interactions with the mental health care system. For example, they are nearly half as likely as whites to receive treatment for diagnosed mental health disorders of comparable severity. When black patients do receive treatment, it is far more likely to occur in an emergency room or psychiatric hospital than it is for whites, and less likely to be in the calmer office-based setting, where longer-term treatment can take place.
      It’s difficult to say for certain why more black children are committing suicide, but researchers identified exposure to violence and traumatic stress among black children, as well as aggressive school discipline and a higher likelihood of early onset puberty, as possible risk factors...
      The trends in the study were driven by boys. Across all age groups, women are less likely to die by suicide, even though suicide attempts are three times higher among women than men.

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