anti police state

This is your daily reminder that if Trump turns the US into a fascist surveillance/police state, Obama shares a lot of culpability for perfecting the PATRIOT Act surveillance mechanisms bequeathed to him by Bush. Blame must fall upon the Democrat establishment as well, make no mistake about that.
Don’t you know that slavery was outlawed?”
“No,” the guard said, “you’re wrong. Slavery was outlawed with the exception of prisons. Slavery is legal in prisons.”
I looked it up and sure enough, she was right. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution says:
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Well, that explained a lot of things. That explained why jails and prisons all over the country are filled to the brim with Black and Third World people, why so many Black people can’t find a job on the streets and are forced to survive the best way they know how. Once you’re in prison, there are plenty of jobs, and, if you don’t want to work, they beat you up and throw you in a hole. If every state had to pay workers to do the jobs prisoners are forced to do, the salaries would amount to billions… Prisons are a profitable business. They are a way of legally perpetuating slavery. In every state more and more prisons are being built and even more are on the drawing board. Who are they for? They certainly aren’t planning to put white people in them. Prisons are part of this government’s genocidal war against Black and Third World people.
—  Assata Shakur
The emerging police state, and it's dangerous implications for black people.

I know seeing the length of this post, your gut reaction will be to ignore it or only read part of it, but it is something every single individual needs to be aware of. Police have reportedly killed 290 civilians so far in 2015. It is only April. And the reason I put emphasis on reportedly is because even the FBI and DOJ say that the numbers they receive of civilian fatalities are grossly inaccurate, due to failures by police departments to not only fill out incident reports, but to provide that information to the correct agencies. Cops can murder anyone they want, anytime they want, with impunity. The saying “Not all cops are bad” is inherently flawed, because in our country, law enforcement is a bad job. It is a corrupt job. It is a job that teaches by policy the act of racial profiling and aggressively targeting minorities. It is a job that heavily relies on extortion by enforcing egregious fines for petty traffic violations. The police even fought a case, going to the Supreme Court, to support their assertion that their job is not to /prevent/ crime. It does not mean all cops are bad people when they are off duty. It means that there cannot be a good, morally outstanding cop, because the rules and regulations in place are unjust, immoral, and disproportionately enforced. So what is their necessity? Why do they need to be militarized? Why are they trained to constantly be on edge and treat citizens as if they are all guilty or constantly posing some danger, those they swore to serve and protect, the very same citizens who fund their salaries. Since when did “I feared for my life” become the get out of jail free card for police officers; professionals who are trained to disarm assailants, to never draw your weapon, especially point it, unless it is going to be used, to try and calm a potentially aggressive, dangerous situation down before it escalates, who have many nonlethal tools at their disposal, whose prime directive is not to be the judge, jury and executioner, but to simply make the arrest. People /chose/ the job, knowing that an element of danger exists - yet, officers get to kill at will when there is a perceived presence of danger or even no threat at all. That would be like a firefighter deciding that instead of putting out a fire, they’d rather demolish the building because there’s too much danger involved in doing their fucking job. I think the entire police force in the entire country needs to be disbanded and then completely overhaul how the system operates before hiring brand new officers. We also need a massive overhaul in our justice system that keeps allowing these cops to go free when they needlessly murder us. The mentality of the cop apologist needs to change as well, because nobody is infallible, and to believe that a cop can do no wrong is a farfetched, delusional, dangerous way of thinking. Our country rebelled for far less during the revolution, and we specifically established safeguards in place should any institution overstep their boundaries and violate the rights of the citizens. Yet we condemn people who protest peacefully, we act appalled and disgusted when people protest violently, yet we celebrate Independence Day every year, as if that was not a violent protest that started a war. You cannot fight peacefully against an aggressor who does not know peace. Why should we allow ourselves to keep being slaughtered without reason and with full impunity for the killers, simply because they have a badge? The most important part to understand about these deaths is that they are disproportionately affecting black people far more than anyone else in the country. Why? Because since the inception of our nation, black people have been seen as less than human. We were considered closer to a monkey than to a human. The abolition of slavery did not end slavery. Systemic oppression founded this country. Slavery continued on in the form of laws being created that targeted blacks specifically, and in the legislation that allegedly abolished slavery, there was a neat little clause that said “except in instances of punishment.” We gave the illusion of freedom, not the de facto state of it. Whites segregated us, deprived us of education, jobs, nourishment, our rightful piece of the American Dream, and when we had bold leaders step up to demand equality, not supremacy, the government founded the CIA to target these leaders and their affiliates. And they murdered them. Martin, Malcolm, Bobby, and Huey. They killed them. And then they told us we were equal, Jim Crow was gone, which was another illusion. Instead, Jim Crow era tactics just transfered to the penal system a la the prison industrial complex. But it’s not enough to confine and incarcerate us, hold us back educationally and economically, deprive us of representation, demean us for our culture all the while appropriating it yourselves; no, this isn’t enough-now you want us dead, and your means of genocide are the shiny badges instead of the white hoods.

So uh what’s really weird is that the poor aging of Hannibal has almost made Harris’s central theme (lots of people aren’t black and white in their morality, there are people who are strong advocates for one human rights cause and a strong opponent of another)

Like it’s not just ‘Clarice the quirky but always right and super moral lady’ and 'Hannibal the guy who EATS PEOPLE but has strong views about people’s freedom and social equality’

Now it’s

'Clarice the racist pro police state anti social wacko with strong views about women’s place in the workforce, income inequality, and justice’ and 'Hannibal the guy who EATS PEOPLE but has strong views about people’s freedom and social equality’

“Looting and Rioting”

First, people need to understand something about the “riots” in Ferguson: I get the feeling that a lot of White people are somehow thinking “Wow, those Black people just stood up in their living rooms and basically set fires to their own residences”

Not the way it works…

You know what neighborhood businesses typically get burned? The ones that aren’t Black owned. You’ve seen them — the pawn shops, the quick-marts, the pay-day loan stores, the liquor stores, the third tier rent-to-own stores…you know, the kind of stores you rarely see on every other corner in middle class White neighborhoods. In short, all the businesses endemic of profiteering and structural poverty…the same businesses that like to follow innocent Black people around in stores for no reason. The businesses that won’t hire many of the Black people living in the neighborhoods they’re profiting off of. The businesses that charge twice as much for the same goods & services that are half as expensive in White neighborhoods

THOSE are the businesses that typically get burned in impoverished neighborhoods. Now, while I’m not necessarily advocating riots, I will repeat the words of Martin Luther King Jr, I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard

Second, Other than corporate media outlets repeating what the police are telling them, I haven’t seen much hard evidence of honest to God unprovoked “rioting”…but what I have seen is lots of white police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protesters. I’ve seen militarized police aim guns, tanks and sound cannons at unarmed civilians in their own neighborhoods. I’ve seen police not interviewing, but arresting key witnesses. I’ve seen people getting gassed in their homes—THEIR HOMES—for committing the crime of what, being Black at home?

The media goes on and on about “looting and rioting” without focusing too much on the police’s strong-arm tactics, they’re complicit in furthering the ratings meme of “unreasonably angry Black people” 

False media narratives: do the words match the facts?