Welcome to Passive, New York

As Andy Henriquez, a 19 year old from Washington Heights lay in his cell dying from a tear in his aorta, an artery that supplies blood to the heart, he asked a guard if he could call his mother just to say goodbye. For days he suffered in pain barely able to breathe as the blood made its way down to his groin. He request was denied. His fellow inmates knew something was wrong. They screamed and kicked doors in a failed bid to get Andy some help.

A doctor who visited him earlier that day prescribed him hand cream and wrote the prescription in the wrong name.

Hours later he was found dead on the floor of his cell.

This happened in April of last year, New Yorkers are just hearing about it today because a suit has been filed by the lawyer of Mr. Henriquez’s family.

In this last year I have been thinking about some things….

I have thought about the death of Eric Garner and the muted outrage that followed.

I have thought about all the black men who were set up by Detective Louis Scarcella from Brooklyn, who have languished in jail for years and are just now having their cases reviewed after it was discovered Scarcella was crooked and the silence that followed.

I have thought about how everyone just accepts that Stop and Frisk is a thing of the past and that the rights of black and brown men here in New York City are not still being violated.

I have thought about how slick it was for our Mayor to parade his black family in front of the cameras to get elected and how New Yorkers have yet to check him for basically being Bloomberg 2.0.

I have thought about those who live in the projects whose stewards, NYCHA, last year said they had a surplus of money to fix them and are now saying this year they have no money.

I have thought about how “affordable housing” here means you must make damn near 100k, yet no one seems to believe that this city hates its poor.

I have thought about the fact that this city has the highest rates of workplace discrimination lawsuits in the country, yet no one wants to address racism in the workplace.

I have thought about how gentrification of this city has made many neighborhoods I once loved and enjoyed unrecognizable and in my view turned its residents into the quietest, softest, most passive lot of New Yorkers I have ever experienced in my lifetime here.

Who the fuck are you people?

There will be very little outrage over Mr. Henriquez’s death. This lot of New Yorkers would be more outraged if you kicked a cat than if you choked a young black man to death or allowed one to internally bleed to death on the floor of a jail cell.

Ferguson master post

Note: This includes many Tumblr posts, however, they are mostly resource pages with links to articles or are video/photo evidence. Feel free to add anything I may have missed.

Here is an inclusive chronological list of what has happened, mostly from neutral POV.

Every piece of evidence used in the case.

A post countering a popular Facebook repost.

Here are a few other master posts.

A blog dedicated to Mike Brown

"Brown robbed a store and Wilson was responding to it!":

"Brown tried to take Wilsons gun!" "Brown Punched Wilson!" "Brown charged at Wilson!":

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"Brown was only 30 feet from Wilson when he charged him!":

"Wilson was badly injured by Brown!":

"The protesters are all thugs and thieves who are destroying Ferguson!":

"Wilson is a good cop!":

"The police said _____!":

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"They burned a flag, that’s illegal!":

"The decision not to indict was fair":

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"This is not a race issue!":

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Now get out there and destroy some racist assholes!

Edit:

Footage and police report time don’t match up

Medical examiner breaks first rule of forensic science

NewsOne:


Denzel “Jaba” Curnell, 19, died from a bullet wound to the head after an encounter with a South Carolina police officer on Friday night in, what authorities claim, was a suicide. But witnesses tell a different story.

Several witnesses say that Officer Jamal Medlin told Curnell to get down and put his hands behind his head before he shot him. An autopsy revealed that Curnell died from a bullet wound to the right side of his head. Curnell, according to family, is left-handed.

MORE HERE: http://newsone.com/3026965/denzel-jaba-curnell-unarmed-sc-teen-killed-by-police-officer/

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Translation: This man was lynched by a racist cop in South Carolina — a state which still openly flies the Confederate Flag at its Capitol building.

Ersula Ore. Eric Garner. Jahmil-El Cuffee. Rosan Miller. Marlene Pinnock. Al Flowers. Alonzo Grant. This is just a sample of the men and women who have been savagely, and unnecessarily, beaten by police officers this summer. Garner’s case, in which an NYPD officer used a chokehold to restrain the 43-year-old Staten Island father, resulted in death (On Friday a medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide at the hands of the NYPD). Since then, the topic of “police brutality” has gained momentum nationwide and has sparked outcry from elected officials and community members asking for police reform. Just last week, in a meeting at New York City Hall, Rev. Al Sharpton told Mayor Bill De Blasio of his biracial son: “If Dante wasn’t your son, he’d be a candidate for a chokehold.” And it’s true. But why? How, in Obama’s America, did we end up here?

The following comment added by a regular Gawker reader is of note:

Nothing involving black Americans is a national crisis unless it’s something that makes white people feel threatened, like mass protests against inequality. National crises involve citizens. And most white Americans don’t really view black Americans as full, legitimate citizens. They are an other. Also, the truth is, police brutality makes whites feel safe. Our culture paints blacks as inevitable criminal threats and police brutality makes whites feel as if those threats are being kept in line.

Today, 66 year old Professor Patricia Ward was murdered by her son, Derek Ward, he then jumped in front of a train killing himself. Early details on the murder-suicide were unclear and names went unreleased until this afternoon. Social media lit up with comments, many fueled with Islamophobic rants due to the news outlets use of the word “beheading,” and people’s bigotry. FYI everyone he is not Muslim.

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This type of hatred is exactly why people in my family can’t go out in public without getting harassed. These bigots like to act like they are so civilized while they dehumanize a whole group of people. 

It absolutely blows my mind that people don’t believe that racism can exist against white people. I cannot comprehend the fuckery nor mental gymnastics it takes to come to such a conclusion. And what’s worse is, people actually try to brush away the issue, claiming either that it isn’t a problem or that “it’s only a couple of blogs on Tumblr, don’t get your panties in a wad about it.” Could you imagine what would happen if there were blogs like killallblackpeople or fuckyeahdeadafricans? But no, blogs like Fuck Yeah Dead Crackers and Murder White People are rampant, celebrated, and encouraged.

It doesn’t matter what race is your target: you’re still a fucking racist.

Racism is so easily able to continue to spread because white people are taught that racism is bad, but not exactly what racism is, so they’re allowed to see the boundary as just past whatever it is they do. That’s why Southern white men can be friends with black men and play in bands with black men and give toasts at black men’s weddings, and claim all day not to be racist, but when those black men’s sons try to date their white daughters, give speeches about “crows flying with crows and doves flying with doves.” In their minds, racism is active hatred, so as long as they’re nice and friendly to people of color, as long as they don’t commit physical violence, as long as active attacks on people of color are deplorable to them, they can’t possibly be racist.

To white people, when defining racism, the thought process is this: “Racism is bad. I am not bad. Therefore, I am not racist, and whatever racism entails, it is out of the scope of my common actions or beliefs.” This goes for all oppressors on all axes. Nobody wants to see themselves as a villain, and so they forget that villains see themselves as heroes too, and that doing good requires making good choices based on good information. Being good takes effort, because when you have power over someone else, being villainous toward them on some level is a much easier path, even—maybe especially—when you don’t realize you’re doing it.

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Relevant Text:

We have banned you from /r/gamergateand/r/antigamergate. We did not do this because you are pro-#GamerGate, we did this because you, like most white transwomen, show a fundamental lack of gratitude for your allies on the left who have campaigned for social justice for decades.

We are the only reason you have any civil rights, we are the reason you have never been thrown into an asylum for your gender identity, and we are the reason you have not been subjected to the pseudo-scientific reparative therapies of the 20th century. We did all this for you, and yet you support the reactionaries who would love to swing you from a lamp post on their fabled “day of the rope.”

You, as a transwoman, are indebted to us, and the very least you could have done would have been to abstain from this ugly flame war until it passed. Instead, you have decided to reinforce the tokenism of the reactionaries by endorsing them and by participating in their forums.

You may not be our shield, but you are our property. We own you. Your very existence is protected by the institutions and laws we have made for you. Never forget this, and in the future, show some fucking gratitude.

Note: We have only this persons word to go on… but this is pretty disturbing.

I’m (increasingly) leery of posting anything that falls so perfectly in line with my own arguments when it falls on the word of just one person… so I poked around a bit… here’s what I found:

07:58:20 Thursday, October 30, 2014, week 44 UTC time, 1414655938 (UTC) UNIX time. /r/negative100clubhas been set to private. This message will not be edited under any circumstances as its main purpose is to serve as a time stamp.

I am writing this message in/r/negative100clubas proof that message I am about to send to/u/Val_Pis a ruse. My previous trolling to convince members of #GamerGate that I am a member/supporter of the Islamic State was quite successful. #GamerGate is desperate to believe that their opponents are worse than them. They will do anything to convince themselves that we are the ones who are against justice. For this reason, they will take anything negative we say and spread it across the web, not matter how unbelievable. I am not even a major figure. So far I am just a code monkey for the gamers against Gamergate.

I have decided to write a message using the common Libertarian and Republican trope of the Democrat or Social Democrat who wants to keep the “black man” on the farm, or the minority as a “shield.”1This trope is just a manifestation of the right’s frustration with its total failure with ethnic minorities, women, and the LGBT community. For this reason, they will immediately believe and spread it because it fits their worldview. I will appear to be frustrated with/u/Val_P's “lack of gratitude” for “all we have done for her.” This message will be transphobic, but it is not sincere.

After I ban/u/Val_Pfrom/r/gamergateand/r/antigamergate, I will not use my social media accounts for at least 24 hours to give the rumour mill time to churn. Hopefully,/u/Val_Pwill immediately screencap the message and circulate it on Twitter. If things go well, Mr.Fart and the other Gamergate signal boosters will share it and then it will explode. This ruse will cause so much buttery drama that Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, 4chan, and 8chan will all be talking about it. Tonight is a great time to do it because Gamergate is extremely butthurt after The Colbert Show having Anita Sarkeesian on. They will be desperate for any scrap of evidence to make themselves look better in this PR war.

I am aware that this may cause me to be thrown out of the anti-Gamergate and social justice movements, but I am a troll first and an advocate for social justice second. My time on 4chan has taught me that reactionaries will believe anything so long as it furthers their cause. Long after this message has been proven to be a ruse, they will continue to try to use it as an argument against people who oppose #GamerGate. Any damage done to the reputation of those who oppose #GamerGate will be at best superficial, especially since the message will be revealed as a ruse. We are on the side of feminism, a movement that has never lost, so this will not endanger our cause in any significant way. The important thing for progressives to do in culture wars like this is to have fun, because in the end we always win.

To help future trolls, I will give a line by line explanation of the message, detailing every barb in the baited hook.

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We have banned you from /r/gamergate and /r/antigamergate. We did not do this because you are pro-#GamerGate, we did this because you, like most white transwomen, show a fundamental lack of gratitude for your allies on the left who have campaigned for social justice for decades. 

We are the only reason you have any civil rights, we are the reason you have never been thrown into an asylum for your gender identity, and we are the reason you have not been subjected to the pseudo-scientific reparative therapies of the 20th century. We did all this for you, and yet you support the reactionaries who would love to swing you from a lamp post on their fabled "day of the rope." 

You, as a transwoman, are indebted to us, and the very least you could have done would have been to abstain from this ugly flame war until it passed. Instead, you have decided to reinforce the tokenism of the reactionaries by endorsing them and by participating in their forums. 

You may not be our shield, but **you are our property**. We own you. Your very existence is protected by the institutions and laws we have made for you. Never forget this, and in the future, show some fucking gratitude.

line by line explanation:

We have banned you from/r/gamergateand/r/antigamergate. We did not do this because you are pro-#GamerGate, we did this because you,like most white transwomen, show a fundamental lack of gratitude for your allies on the left who have campaigned for social justice for decades.

Identify her as a transwoman to enrage the moderates, and single her out as white to miff the reactionaries.

We are the only reason you have any civil rights, we are the reason you have never been thrown into an asylum for your gender identity, and we are the reason you have not been subjected to the pseudo-scientific reparative therapies of the 20th century. We did all this for you, and yet you support the reactionaries who would love to swing you from a lamp post on their fabled “day of the rope.”

Describe the ‘debt’ is the most hyperbolic terms possible.

You, as a transwoman, are indebted to us, and the very least you could have done would have been to abstain from this ugly flame war until it passed. Instead, you have decided to reinforce the tokenism of the reactionaries by endorsing them and by participating in their forums.

Unwarranted and unwanted paternalistic feelings of betrayal will put anyone off.

You may not be our shield, butyou are our property. We own you. Your very existence is protected by the institutions and laws we have made for you. Never forget this, and in the future, show some fucking gratitude.

These final sentences state the message in unambiguous, concise terms so that even the knuckle dragging reactionaries of Gamergate will be able to understand, parrot, and feign offense to.

The message will be sent using the/r/antigamergatename so that Twitter users know it comes from the “anti-#GamerGate movement.”

All of this can be found here.

This isn’t simply “trolling”. This is an actual example of an actual “social justice warrior” actually engaging in an act vicious and cruel for the benefit of their ideology.

And justifying it every step of the way.

While they say it was all an act of trolling the reality is this:

  • They really did ban a transperson from a forum for being Pro-GG and Trans.
  • They really did inform that trans person that they were their property, and regardless of their justification that calling the trans person property was just trolling they actually act like that trans person is property and abuse them accordingly.
  • They really are a social justice warrior.

People need to see this. Everyone needs to see this. To be made aware of the lengths Social Justice Warriors will go to.

To see the deceit and manipulation they are capable of.

I don’t understand why we’re talking about this. The prof just doesn’t understand how it is today because she’s from a different generation. I mean, we have Obama, right? And Beyonce! Listen, I have black friend, and her parents are dentists. So I don’t understand why we’re still talking about racism.
—  White Second Year Education Student, York University, in a lecture in an education class on race and racism (she said this in response to a black student describing a racist incident they experienced)