Hamde Abu tells that knows what it means to be shot for your ethnicity
Resistance is justified, from #Ferguson to #Palestine
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”
Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay—
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.
O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.
The only way to police a ghetto is to be oppressive. None of the Police Commissioner’s men, even with the best will in the world, have any way of understanding the lives led by the people they swagger about in twos and threes controlling. Their very presence is an insult, and it would be, even if they spent their entire day feeding gumdrops to children. They represent the force of the white world, and that world’s real intentions are, simply, for that world’s criminal profit and ease, to keep the black man corralled up here, in his place…. One day, to everyone’s astonishment, someone drops a match in the powder keg and everything blows up. Before the dust has settled or the blood congeals, editorials, speeches, and civil-rights commissions are loud in the land, demanding to know what happened. What happened is that Negroes want to be treated like men.
James Baldwin, “Fifth Avenue, Uptown: A Letter from Harlem”
And the police are simply the hired enemies of this population. They are present to keep the Negro in his place and to protect white business interests, and they have no other function. They are, moreover—even in a country which makes the very grave error of equating ignorance with simplicity—quite stunningly ignorant; and, since they know that they are hated, they are always afraid. One cannot possibly arrive at a more surefire formula for cruelty.
This is why those pious calls to ‘respect the law,’ always to be heard from prominent citizens each time the ghetto explodes, are so obscene. The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer. To respect the law, in the context in which the American Negro finds himself, is simply to surrender his self-respect.
“They laid him out and for whatever reason, they shot him in the back, knowing mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that — that this child has mental problems,” the man said.
“The excessive force … there was no purpose for it. The multiple shootings in the back while he’s laying down? No. Then when the mom comes, they don’t try to console her … they pull the billy clubs out.”
Family members said Tuesday that a 25-year-old man was complying with police orders when he was fatally shot by LAPD officers in the Florence neighborhood South Los Angeles. Officers responded to a…
NYPD beat up and arrest teenage girl and her brother in Times Square for no reason.
FUCK. THE. POLICE.
RACIST ARMED THUGS.
This is an absolutely fantastic talk that everyone should listen to considering what’s happening in #Ferguson! Police arose in response to rebellions, riots, and strikes of the working class not because of “crime.”
A friend reports from the 1,000+ gathering in Boston tonite in solidarity with #Ferguson and against police violence
A diverse crowd of over 1,000 people held a vigil and speakout for Michael Brown and against racism and police brutality. I haven’t felt an energy at a protest like this since Occupy Wall Street was just starting. There was a palpable anger and urgency that wasn’t there even during the protests after Trayvon’s murder in 2012. And it wasn’t an anger directed at Ferguson police and government officials. It was an anger at the whole damn system… at one point a speaker asked “Why the fuck are the police here?” pointing to all the Boston Police stationed around the vigil.
Also the local struggle for justice for Burrell “Bo” Ramsey who was killed by the Boston Police in 2012 was brought to the attention of a wide audience as his family gave amazing (the best of the night) speeches. His father started by saying “You don’t need to go to Ferguson, we have a Ferguson right here!”
It basically turned into a mass meeting where people were debating each other and challenging each others ideas about race, class, gender, ect. People talked about the need for grassroots independent political organizations, they highlighted the histories of the Black Panthers and Malcolm X, when a speaker asked the crowd “Do you think we live in a democracy?” the crowd unanimously shouted “No!”
I’m usually not one to label “turning points” in American politics… but I feel like tonight was something special and there is going to be another protest at Grove Hall tomorrow at 6pm and then another one 2pm Saturday in Copley Square. I feel like this has potential to grow.
- Paul Weiskel
A friend writes: “Wow, it’s almost like there’s some historical relationship between the KKK and cops.”
The Ku Klux Klan is soliciting funds for the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, 18.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Watch blog reported that the South Carolina-based New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan boasted that its Missouri chapter is raising money as a “reward” for the officer.