No matter how “nice” a cop may be, or how much he’s trying to make law enforcement better, they still work for the most evil people on the planet. People who want to keep you broke, struggling, and powerless.
The police instigate violence and crime by keeping the middle and lower class struggling, because they protect the people doing the oppressing! All cops are traitors to Americans!
By whitewashing the poorest district in Panem, the the filmmakers successfully depoliticized the story. They removed any possibility of Panem being a racist country, of poverty and race somehow being related. Sure, Rue was still black, but Katniss was white. White people are just as oppressed as people of color, therefore race isn’t an issue in Panem. Race is taken out of the equation. Why not just make the tagline #AllLivesMatter? And even though people of color suffer alongside white people, it’s white people whose narratives we follow, white people who are allowed complexity and sympathy, and white people who are allowed to survive in the end…
The Hunger Games is successful as a franchise because it doesn’t force us to think. By removing racism from the equation, it gives us an easy, non-controversial image of oppression. Oppression is a bad thing done by bad people. It’s sad, it’s hard to watch, and innocent people die, but uncomfortable things like racism are never brought up. It doesn’t explore why social inequality and poverty exist, they just do. Never mind that in Mississippi, the infant mortality rate exceeds that of Botswana, and that black infants are almost twice as likely as white infants to die. Never mind that black and brown people are more likely to be housed in environmentally-hazardous areas, where they’re exposed to dangerous materials more than the average, middle-class white person. No, never mind these things, because they make us uncomfortable, and we don’t want to be uncomfortable when we go see a movie. We want to be entertained. And oppression is only entertaining when the oppressed are conventionally-attractive white people.
In a strange way, The Hunger Games has become a parody of itself. It’s gone from the story of a young woman of color rising up against a racist, totalitarian society and struggling with PTSD, to a glamorized, monetized spectacle in which millions of dollars have been invested. The Capitol didn’t watch simply for the death, it watched for the drama, the star-crossed lovers of District 12, the suffering and betrayal. And we in our own way are the Capitol, consuming the deaths of innocent people for our own entertainment, declaring ourselves “Team Peeta” or “Team Gale,” buying makeup from Covergirl’s Capitol Collection, turning a story of resistance into an extravagant spectacle to be marketed and sold like anything else in a capitalist society. Just as the Capitol watches for the drama, so do we. And I think part of that is inevitable in storytelling. But part of it is also preventable.
We are a country founded on genocide, slave labor, and police brutality. We’re not in danger of becoming Panem; we have always been Panem.
It’s time for America to reckon with the role that highway projects too often play in ripping apart underprivileged communities around the country, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Wednesday at the Center for American Progress.
In the first 20 years of the federal interstate system alone, Foxx said, highway construction displaced 475,000 families and over a million Americans. Most of them were low-income people of color in urban cores. It was Foxx’s second speech in as many days about how federal infrastructure projects contribute to inequality and poverty, and how the agency wants to make up for it now.
What the Secretary is doing “appears unprecedented,” the Washington Post notes. Foxx, only the third African-American to ever hold the top federal transportation policy job, is explicitly acknowledging and condemning a history of destroying black communities and stealing wealth from their residents through intentional decisions.
Foxx grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, in a neighborhood that had been hewn apart by expressway projects before he was born. “I grew up living with those barriers, even though I had no idea how they came to be or what they really meant,” he said. Eventually, he became mayor of his hometown, and developed a much clearer understanding of what white leaders in the city had done to his community.
Foxx cited the case of a now-vanished Charlotte neighborhood called Brooklyn, where black families of both blue collar and professional means thrived in the early and middle 20th century. It was the favored overnight stop for jazz greats like Duke Ellington when they played the city, and home to both Charlotte’s first black high school and the first free black library in the whole South.
“By 1912, the local paper captured the prevailing views that Brooklyn was far too valuable to be left to African-Americans,” Foxx said. “They wrote in fact that ‘Far-sighted men believe that eventually this section, because of its proximity to the center of the city, must sooner or later be utilized by the white population.’”
Redlining and “urban renewal” followed, making the community untenable for residents and newcomers alike. In a single decade, white city leaders ripped out almost 1,500 buildings in Brooklyn, displacing over a thousand black families and 200 mostly black-owned businesses.
And when Charlotte eviscerated Brooklyn, road projects served as the scalpels.
“First came Independence Boulevard, which cut a gash through the community,” the Secretary said. “Later, an inner beltway, I-277, which remains to this day,” stabbed fork-like into the neighborhood’s heart.
As the interstate system routed into and around Charlotte’s downtown over the coming decades, the city’s old identity of interlocked rich and poor neighborhoods devolved. Today, poverty clings to the freeways like a shadow.
Brooklyn’s invisible today, but it’s far from alone.
The Airport Plan That Built A Ghetto
The tool wasn’t always roads, and the decisions themselves weren’t all made way back in the mists of pre-Civil Rights Era social order.
In the early 1980s, for example, the city of St. Louis started buying out middle-class black residents of Kinloch, Missouri so that nearby Lambert International Airport could expand its runway network.
For the airlines and other businesses at Lambert, the project promised hundreds of millions of dollars in new profits by speeding up the flow of traffic through the airport. With planes spending less time idling on the tarmac, studied predicted that nearby residents would also benefit in the form of better air quality.
But for the state’s longest-standing black city, its bakeries and and drugstores and public schools, the project spelled doom. After a series of buyouts that locals say felt more like arm-twisting than a genuine personal choice to stay or sell, Kinloch’s population plunged from over 4,000 to below 300.
“I think the interesting thing about that is where they went,” Foxx said. “Many of them, most of them, ended up moving to a town called Ferguson.”
“We’re just trying to bring this party and the light of him to Canfield to share in the celebration with the community,” Brown said. “We just want everybody to have a great time, and a nice time, and enjoy themselves and bring smiles and some type of comfort back to their home.”
“Children and families have been traumatized by the events of Aug. 9, the loss of Mike Brown Jr.,“ the elder Brown said. "I’m just trying to build the community back up.”
When the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown brought the nation’s attention to the small suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, people saw a majority-black population governed by an overwhelmingly white body of politicians and policed almost exclusively by white officers, many of whom lived far from the neighborhoods they patrolled. Further scrutiny uncovered deep racial divides in everything from housing to education.
Civil Rights Leader Jesse Lee Peterson Says The Only Way To End Racism Is To Admit It Doesn’t Exist
A prominent civil rights leader has an original way to end racism forever in 2016 – by simply admitting it never existed in the first place.
Peterson, a WND columnist, argues the concept of “racism” artificially divides Americans of different skin colors and provides an excuse not to address the real causes of social problems. As the founder and president of BOND, a nonprofit dedicated to rebuilding black families, Peterson told WND issues need to be confronted on a moral basis, rather than seeing everything as a result of race.
“My hope is that we are able to dispel the idea of racism being real. It is an illusion. Racism does not exist. It has never existed. It’s a lie.”
Peterson believes the lack of strong families, especially among many black Americans, is at the root of “hateful” protest movements such as Black Lives Matter.
Smh…Before I say anything I’d like to attach another photo, so that you can understand what kind of person this asshole is.
Just in case you need to be reminded who Darren Wilson is - it is the cop who killed Michael Brown
on August 9, 2014 in Ferguson. Peterson also called people protesting in Ferguson “racist black thugs”. Like, how dare he even call Black Lives Matter a hateful movement?!(More info here).
Get a freaking grip, Peterson. You can’t be a civil rights leader and a racist piece of crap at the same time. You can’t deny discrimination against people of color. You can’t deny that a lot of deaths of innocent PoC are based on race.
I truly hope he gets fired, because we don’t need someone like him being the voice of the black community.