Open Mic Night: Michael Brown and Eric Garner

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  1. What's there to say, except that I knew Wilson would walk free. I dunno why I keep hoping for actual "justice" from a system that's not set up in that fashion. That's like hoping a tiger will not teat you apart. The system was never set up to value the lives of black folks. After all, according to an ancient piece of paper, we're only three-fifths of a human being.

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  2. I'm with Brotha Wolf. This system was not designed for the oppressed to free themselves. It was designed for the rich and privileged who rely on oppression to maintain their wealth and lifestyle. Yesterday was just so triggering for me. All I could do was cry and binge eat. I just keep questioning what is the point of living in a world like this. Like should I care to have an education or to accrue more debt just so I can be surrounded by people who fundamentally hate me and just want to use my body and work for their own interests? Am I putting out anything of worth into the universe other than suffering and the suffering that I help facilitate?

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  3. I say this with much respect,but I wasn't surprised to hear the verdict...at all. Rarely does a cop get off from stuff like this,especially when the cop is White and the victim is Black and as arrogant and smug as the the " justice" system like Ferguson's, it really didn't surprise me. Darren Smith even went as far to say he knew that he wouldn't be convicted of killing Michael and unfortunately he was right. For once..just for once, I would love to say that the system worked,but who are they fooling? to have this family be set up for pain, is just cold.

    I confess that I don't stand for the American flag. For years in school I would get in trouble for not doing and it would annoy the living daylights out of me when I would be questioned about it . " Are you a Jehovah's witness?" Why do you have to be one to not want to stand up about the injustices you see all around you on a daily basis? Even today, I refuse to stand for it. Think about the last words of saying the anthem "..and justice for all". For Who again? it's definitely isn't for Blacks and other minorities.

    I don't know why they call it a " justice system because it isn't. Darren Wilson is a straight up killer as Mike Brown's parent's describes him. Not only did he take the life of him,but he decided that he wanted to pray on another man ( Just Look up Mike Arman) to kill and it also looks like there is another Ferguson officer who is in the same boat as his colleague was for killing another Black man ( Vonderrit Myers Jr) and he is RACIST,but he'll get off . That is the American way.

    Let Darren Brown's supporters celebrate his..murder *cough*..win because that is all it is. I'll bet that he and his friends are popping wine bottles celebrating the death of another Black man..They're probably dancing having the time of their lives telling themselves " To another N----r. bit the dust"clicking their champagne glasses telling each other "I'll drink to that...". It wouldn't surprise me at all. Look at how arrogant they were before and after his trial.

    That's ok,let them celebrate Darren's win ,but he'll have to be in that societal prison for the rest of his natural born life. He may have been exonerated through the state of Missouri but not with the almighty.

    P.S.Speaking of evil people, remember George Zimmerman's "good" friend Frank Jaafe,? Guess what's up with him? ( Source :nydailynews.com/news/national/george-zimmerman-friend-guilty-article-1.1790043). Let's just say he can now feel Trayvon Martin's folks pain.


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  4. “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.”

    ― Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography

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  5. The fact that this man has not only walked away after killing someone with no legal consequences, but is half a million dollars richer and got an interview on ABC just shows what a shitshow the US justice system is. A mother shooting nobody gets 20 years in prison, but this assclown faces no real repercussions. Utterly deplorable.

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    1. It's no surprise considering America is a nation of broken systems. We have a way of making things look pretty on the side while they are totally useless on the inside.

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  6. From the article, As Above, so Below: Fear & Rage in Missouri, 15 August 2014

    I wonder, as I did in my last piece, why are we as white people so invested in robbing black Americans of their right to feel and express rage? To answer my own question, I think it is because we have an IMMEASURABLE FEAR of that rage. We deny the existence of institutional racism. We deny the existence of patterns of police violence and racial profiling. We deny the reality of the prison industry complex. We deny our own racist attitudes. We deny, we deny, we deny. Through centuries of denial, we have attempted to lock black people’s rage inside of an airtight box. But every once in a while the lid blows off that box (because matter can neither be created nor destroyed). And if the police response looks disproportionate to the level of community unrest, the difference between the former and the latter can be accounted for by WHITE FEAR. Fear distorts reality. Fear can turn a water gun into an uzi, a wallet into a 38 special, a reaction into a riot, and so on and so on.”

    One of the reasons we don’t take our grievances/anger to Washington (like our privileged counterparts) is because most laws are written to protect whites from people of color, not the other way around. “Why would we pass a law to protect you people from yourselves?” A politician might ask. This is why many of us suffer from hypertension, high blood pressure/depression- and marred self-esteem, because we’re forced to internalize so much hate- rage, and helplessness in this country. Watching reports of the white man taken into custody after killing two police officers exemplifies the dichotomy of race in this nation. No matter how reputedly armed and dangerous a white man is, white officers can’t bring themselves to shoot the white suspect (with the calloused ease they shoot black ones), for such is the premium placed on white skin. Federal agents can stand toe-to-toe with white ranchers with an arsenal of weapons trained on them and not one shot is fired betwixt the two parties.

    But a 12 year-old child can be shot over a toy gun, a black man can be shot for reaching for his license and yet another man can be killed because the police officer couldn’t see the man descending a flight of stairs. Oh the hypocrisy! Can you imagine the uproar? The amount of laws placed on the books if any of these scenarios happened to white men/children? This is why I can’t stomach too much of what the media serves day in and day out lest, my mental well-being suffers. When power changes hands in this country (and it will someday) it will be through violence. Hence the white man will come to know defeat much like the Japanese did during their occupation. It is said Japanese people walked about with an affliction called, The Kyodatsu (a state of lethargy: marked by deep exhaustion, declining morale, and despair), for they had never known defeat. The white man’s Kyodatsu is coming.

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    1. I honestly don't know what this blog would do without you sometimes.

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    2. "I honestly don't know what this blog would do without you sometimes."

      Dearest, you give me way too much credit. The wisdom gleaned from the comments on this blog make my meager contributions pale in comparison. Bless you and the people that contribute.

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  7. Sadly, the whole thing was a mess. A shame and a sham, as usual and as expected. :/

    It was interesting to see the document release of the info used for the case. After reading them, what happened is all the clearer. The lies are all the bolder. There are so many contradictions and inconsistencies in Wilson's testimony alone. Along with the fact that procedure wasn't followed, Wilson admitted to disposing of evidence, and his medical report showed no evidence of Wilson's claims of being punched twice.

    Then again, I'm still scratching my head about how Lance Tamayo was negotiated with for an hour while people like John Crawford got about 30 seconds for holding a toy in the toy section of Walmart.

    There are so many things to say about this issue and just not enough breath, time, or life to say it in. The Assata Shakur quote was spot on, by the way. Thank you for sharing that.

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    1. Jules brought the quote to attention. Most timely.

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  8. “It was interesting to see the document release of the info used for the case. After reading them, what happened is all the clearer. The lies are all the bolder. There are so many contradictions and inconsistencies in Wilson's testimony alone.”

    Oh I agree. Reminds me of the story line in Star Trek Next Generation: First Contact, when Chancellor Durken says: "The stories will be told for many years, I have no doubt. Of the ship that made contact; of the alien who was held prisoner in a medical facility... There'll be charges of a government conspiracy. Some of the witnesses will tell their tales, and most of the people will laugh at them. And go back and watch the more interesting fiction of the daily broadcasts. It - will - pass."

    In the end all that matters is race loyalty. Lest we forget, the rule of law favors those with the power to manipulate it. Hence, the fundamental flaw lies in the prosecutor’s prerogative to weigh his cases indiscriminately. This is why white men have coveted elective office since the founding of this nation, duly empowered to do as they please, ethics be damned. I’m sure damage control began in earnest. Exerting whatever legal maneuver to make certain the wheels of justice grind slowly. The indictment runs deeper, as the prosecutor appears to have fed the grand jury evidence to suppose Wilson’s innocence rather than his culpability, giving the office ample time to prep the officer for testimony. In their eyes Wilson is a good guy caught up in a bad situation. Says the prosecutor, “We’re the remedy for that situation.”

    To paraphrase the quote above: “They’ll be charges of prosecutorial misconduct, still others will call for an investigation I’m sure. Some of the witnesses will tell their tales, and many (white) people will scoff at them. Rumors and speculation will abound on the nightly broadcasts. It - will - pass.”

    Officer Wilson’s resignation is simply a diversionary tactic to shift blame and placate the disenfranchised. A quid pro quo if you will whereby this rogue cop becomes the sacrificial lamb, lauded for the life he took. To be sure there are bigger and better opportunities in store for Darren Wilson, but he’s not out of the woods yet.

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  9. This just in: African-American man stopped by Michigan cop for walking with his hands in his pockets

    Yeah, you know it’s getting bad when you can’t even shield your hands from the cold without being accosted.

    In other news: Darren Wilson Resigns With Alleged $1,000,000 ‘War Chest’

    Like I said: "Officer Wilson’s resignation is simply a diversionary tactic to shift blame and placate the disenfranchised. A quid pro quo if you will whereby this rogue cop becomes the sacrificial lamb, lauded for the life he took. To be sure there are bigger and better opportunities in store for Darren Wilson..."

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    1. Yep!

      I laughed when their mayor said that he won't be getting a severance package. I believe that as much as I believe that Darren Wilson is innocent of Killing Mike Brown. Even if he wasn't getting it..he's getting a million dollars of course he won't need it.

      I seen that clip. Yep! it's getting bad when a man can't shield his hands from the cold. I just think that either the cop or a passerby was trying to be funny and people wonder why I don't stand for flags?

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  10. ( Whislting uneasily) Looks like Eric Garner will not be resting in peace. What a shame! ( usatoday.com)

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    1. "Looks like Eric Garner will not be resting in peace. What a shame! ( usatoday.com)"

      I’m reminded of a song I listened to in my youth.

      THE TEMPTATIONS: Ain't no justice
      Your eyes tell a story, such a sad story
      Of the things you feel inside
      Of the things you cannot hide
      My friend I see trouble in your eyes

      There ain't no justice
      In that picture that you're
      painting of me in your mind
      Ain't no justice 'cause that face ain't mine
      There ain't no justice

      Build your walls,
      Craw into your holes,
      Put out your signs
      Peep through your blinds
      Call me, "your kind"
      I don't mind

      There ain't no justice
      Why can't we live our lives and be friends?
      In that picture that you're painting of me in your mind
      Ain't no justice 'cause that face ain't mine
      There ain't no justice

      Close your eyes,
      I want you to take an imaginary trip with me

      Tomorrow!

      Listen to the sound of the children playing
      Their young happy hearts laughing and saying,
      "I care not about the color of my friend,"
      "I only know I'm having fun with him."
      Black, white, yellow, green or blue
      What does color really mean?
      Yet it keeps you and I from seeing eye to eye
      If nothing else let us learn from the kids
      Once again, happiness

      There ain't no justice when you don't trust us!


      Nothing in this nation’s narrative on race relations has changed since the song was published and there’s no indication that things will ever change (Not voluntarily that is).

      To borrow a line from 1 Thessalonians 5:3 the New Living Translation: When (White) people are saying, "Everything is peaceful and secure," (we've finally got people of color underfoot) then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman's labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.

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