Funny thing about #riots

...No one pays attention to peaceful protests.

If all black people did was show up at a precinct or courthouse, pray, make speeches, and go home, men like Freddie Gray would be forgotten overnight.  *snort*  Good luck forgetting him now.

Think about it...MLK & Co. may have protested peacefully, white folks did not react peacefully to them.  They responded with violence, recorded for posterity and thereby immortalizing the movement.  Life is ironic like that.


When this country here was first being founded, there were thirteen colonies. The whites were colonized. They were fed up with this taxation without representation. So some of them stood up and said, "Liberty or death!" I went to a white school over here in Mason, Michigan. The white man made the mistake of letting me read his history books. He made the mistake of teaching me that Patrick Henry was a patriot, and George Washington – wasn't nothing non-violent about ol' Pat, or George Washington. "Liberty or death" is was what brought about the freedom of whites in this country from the English.

They didn't care about the odds. Why, they faced the wrath of the entire British Empire. And in those days, they used to say that the British Empire was so vast and so powerful that the sun would never set on it. This is how big it was, yet these thirteen little scrawny states, tired of taxation without representation, tired of being exploited and oppressed and degraded, told that big British Empire, "Liberty or death." And here you have 22 million Afro-Americans, black people today, catching more hell than Patrick Henry ever saw.
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Mm-hm.

I find it awfully convenient that when an unarmed civilian is assaulted and/or murdered by agents of the law, the first response to rightfully angry citizens is...*drumroll*...,"Respect the law."

I mean, how convenient is that?  When white people feel their freedoms - hell, their favorite football teams - threatened, violence is more than justified.  Everybody else, however, needs to shut up and respect the law.


Yeah, good luck with that.

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  1. "I mean, how convenient is that? When white people feel their freedoms - hell, their favorite football teams - threatened, violence is more than justified. Everybody else, however, needs to shut up and respect the law."

    Just like the Borg. One can survey the volume of its sprawling 28 cubic kilometer cube in relative comfort. Patronize their Malls and Shopping centers, walk through their parks and well-manicured neighborhoods oftentimes without incident. As long as you’re not threatening the game plan (Supremacy/Assimilation) then you’re fine, you’re relatively ignored. But tread on their freedoms, damage their conduits and distribution nodes: threaten their sovereignty and you’re looking at a technically advanced Mob, prone on enforcing capitulation or death.

    Now speaking As Parent what I longed to see on my television screen was Black Fathers, Uncles, Older Brothers/Mentors, slapping these children upside the head in a much needed teaching moment to impress upon them the seriousness of the situation. Its Ok to be angry yes, it’s certainly understandable to be enraged, to feel helpless over the state of things. But waging mindless campaigns against your own interests serves no purpose in my opinion.

    Still, this is nothing new. Internal Racism, Broken Homes- Poverty, Anger & Depression steeped in a cauldron of hopelessness has taken a toll on our community and its getting worse. If you go back ten, twenty or as far back as 50 years the same events repeat themselves with amazing clarity. History shows us that not too long ago Mob rule was the law of the land. White mobs lynched, whipped- intimidated … pillaged and destroyed black lives with little regard. You can’t even mention Black Wall Street without evoking White rage, White fears and White resentment. Consequently, whites have amended this nation’s historical narrative to such a degree it’s given them a bad case of dissociative amnesia.

    This nation’s chickens have come home to roost. In other words: What goes around, Comes around. You Reap what you Sow. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Whereas, young angry Poc of today aren’t doing anything that whites haven’t done Before them and To them: when revolution does come for white people it won’t be just 12 percent of the population wielding its indignation. It will be an overwhelming tsunami of color (both domestic and foreign) that finally turns the tide. Malcolm's take on the white man not having won a war on the ground (since World War II) is telling. The guerrilla war waged in Vietnam demoralized the white man to such a degree he’s still committing suicide because of it. It’s amazing with all of his armament and technical prowess he was bested by a people who wore sandals and lived underground (the same goes for that frontier known as the Graveyard of Empires).

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    1. " Now speaking As Parent what I longed to see on my television screen was Black Fathers, Uncles, Older Brothers/Mentors, slapping these children upside the head in a much needed teaching moment to impress upon them the seriousness of the situation. Its Ok to be angry yes, it’s certainly understandable to be enraged, to feel helpless over the state of things. But waging mindless campaigns against your own interests serves no purpose in my opinion."

      I was glad the one mother was out there slapping her son. There is word that more parents are working together to teach their kids about this moment. Hopefully it sinks in.

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    2. "I was glad the one mothee was out there slapping her son '

      I would have been pissed if my child would have done that.That boy could have been killed if he would have gotten
      away with throwing rocks at the police..though they can do anything to you without being punished.

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    3. I was glad the one mother was out there slapping her son. There is word that more parents are working together to teach their kids about this moment. Hopefully it sinks in.

      Dear White America: Toya Graham Is Not Your Hero:

      That’s my only son and I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray," Graham told CBS. "Two wrongs don't make a right, and at the end of the day I just wanted to make sure I had gotten my son home.

      She did this because she feared for her son. I can’t blame her for that because that would have been my motivation as well. As a parent sometimes political provocations become clouded over the safety of one’s child. Never mind the need for protest- never mind the need to vent your rage in the streets. You’re my only son. So Before you give these officers the justification they need to gun you down like a dog, get your ass home, now!

      From the same article the author pens:
      Let’s be honest: many white folks are reflexive critics of the greater frequency of corporal punishment in the black community. Witness the media horror at Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson beating his young son,” wrote Joan Walsh in Salon. “If Graham beat her child like that in the aisles of CVS, you can be sure somebody would call CPS.

      Exactly. White people abhor corporal punishment in any form Except when it comes to punishing non-white behavior. My daughters used to weave tales of how black girls were sent home from high school for wearing provocatively tight clothing, but their white counterparts were allowed to dress like sluts. Black teen boys, sent home for being too threatening, while white boys were exempt for similar behavior. And we all know Minorities are far more likely to be paddled in School than their white counterparts. In short, had this been any other situation: had this taken place at any other time, this black Mother would have been jailed for child abuse, -or at the very least- charged with physical assault. White viewers everywhere would condemn her abhorrent behavior, not laud her for it. But because it’s a controlling/punitive measure, it garners white approval. “Now this is what you do to thugs” (a white viewer would say). “I’m just glad at least one parent cared enough to get these thugs off the street,” another might muse.

      Consequently, she’s a hero only because she fits a prevailing narrative that blacks should be controlled, not necessarily understood- or empathized with. Young men like him must be kept in line and more importantly- circumscribed from our safe spaces. So do what you have to do officers, and we’ll turn a blind eye to everything else. As long as the means justifies our ends. you’ll have our unwavering support. Exactly what whites communicate to militarized police departments with their silence. In every case where grand juries refuse to indict, (despite our lying eyes) white citizens provide sanction for dirty cops. After all, it’s all about (their) safety, is it not?

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    4. "Consequently, she's a hero only because she fits a prevailing narrative that blacks should be controlled, not.necessarily understood-or
      empathazied with."


      Wow..that is a point that I didnt think of and one that should be highly considered when it comes to situations like this.

      About 25 years ago before corporal punishments became child abuse,my uncle remarked that he felt that those laws came out,it was made to keep Black people (mostly in authority) from touching a White person..young or old.

      What would White folks have said if the mom and son was one of them and the mom would have done this to her son?She would have been classified as an abuser or a terrible mom. By right, they would say that whay Toya did was "child abuse", but shes getting a pass because it didnt involve a White child and as you mentioned,they see it as a way to silence us.

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    5. What would White folks have said if the mom and son was one of them and the mom would have done this to her son? She would have been classified as an abuser or a terrible mom. By right, they would say that whay Toya did was "child abuse", but shes getting a pass because it didnt involve a White child and as you mentioned,they see it as a way to silence us.

      Very good point. One Glaring Irony is this: Many of the teachers who paddled black children (And I was one of them) wouldn’t touch their own children if their lives depended on it. Yet they saw nothing wrong with beating children of color so hard (in some cases) their skin blistered. Remember, that on the plantation it was thought black people didn't feel pain the way whites did (being the dumb brutes that we were), so you had to draw blood if you were to be effective in beating the devil out of them. Whipping was meant solely to keep slaves docile and obedient (Free blacks too I might add). Hence, white parents of the antebellum south would never have treated their children so.

      When I came up if you got paddled in school you got your butt beat when you got home. I can recall several of my childhood friends who had their behinds tanned in the very same manner. Sometimes you could either hear them through the open window, or observe in empathy as their parents sent them to the backyard to retrieve a switch. Richard Pryor’s account of corporal punishment is exactly as I experienced it. For a white person accused of something like this it carries the same stigma as being called racist. It’s just not done in polite society.

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    6. "Remember, that on the plantation it was thought black people didn't feel pain the way whites did..."

      And wouldn't you know that there are studies that show that doctors and others in the medical profession STILL actually believe this bullshit!? Black patients are sometimes not given the same amount of pain medication as their White counterparts because both Black & White medical professionals think that because Black people deal with racism and other hardships that Blacks are better at handling pain. The Racial Empathy Gap, as it is called, is deplorable.

      http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=201128359

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    7. A letter from Alvin Borgquest of Clark University: to the African American scholar W. E. B. Du Bois, dated April 3, 1905

      We are pursuing an investigation here on the subject of crying as an expression of the emotions, and should like very much to learn about its peculiarities among the colored people. We have been referred to you as a person competent to give us information on the subject.We desire especially to know about the following salient aspects: Whether the Negro sheds tears…

      Or in other words…do black people feel pain the way normal folk do? My favorite book on the black experience in the whole-wide-world: The Black Book: It’s a must have.

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  2. "...No one pays attention to peaceful protests."

    Its all about the Framing isn't it.

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