“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?

…Slavery was a system of “corrective violence.” Colonialism was a system of “corrective violence.” Apartheid was a system of “corrective violence.” Jim Crow was a system of “corrective violence.” Reservations are a system of “corrective violence.” Deportation and detention centers are “corrective violence.” Correctional violence is violence performed by individuals who are representatives of the state (read white men); it is used to correct the non-state sanctioned violence performed by deviant bodies. The U.S. leads the world in number of prisons in operation and of citizens incarcerated. The U.S. legal, policing, and prison systems—justice systems—are systems of “correctional violence.” Black, Brown and Native men, and oftentimes Black, Brown and Native women are always deemed the deviant bodies in need of policing and correcting…

The history of racial violence in this country necessitates attention. It requires that we connect each gunned down Black man with each—raped woman of color, beaten and harassed Trans person, Muslim person called a terrorist and stripped of their civil rights, and every U.S. deportee. Race is a thing and an issue because it has been made that way by systems of corrective violence.
—  Vanessa Lynn Lovelace, On Ferguson’s Protests and It’s Occupation
On the surface they seem unrelated: you’ve got racist white citizens who are attacking black people in the streets, and then years or decades later, you have the police acting violently in the black community.

In response to all those riots in the 1910s and 1920s, civil rights commissions were set up in cities, and there was pressure on both local and federal governments to address white vigilantism and white rioting against blacks. And while it was not particularly effective, it certainly had this censuring quality to it. And then what historians would agree happened is that, in so many cities, the police became the proxy for what the white community wants.

So one of the answers is that police became the front line of the white community — or, at least, the most racially conservative white community. It’s the police that are called out, for example, when black people try to integrate white neighborhoods. It’s the police that become that body that defends whites in their homes.

We start the war on crime in 1965, which, of course, is very much in response to these protests by black people. Because politicians decide that protests against things like police brutality are exactly the same thing as crime — that this is disorderly. This is criminal.

And so, police are specifically charged with keeping order and with stopping crime, which has now become synonymous with black behavior in the streets. The police, again, become that entity that polices black boundaries. And I will tell you that one of the most striking things about the media coverage of Ferguson is that they are absolutely doing what they did in the 1960s in terms of the reporting: “This is all about the looters, this is all about black violence.“

Until black life is valued to the same extent white life is by members of law enforcement and by the criminal-justice community, there will be this question of legitimacy of the police and their actions, particularly among black folks who are routinely stopped. And then, people get angry. And then, people do start throwing rocks and bottles. But make no mistake about it: the police don’t use rubber bullets. It’s never a fair fight.

Most people are not being arrested for raping and robbing, murdering and stealing. It’s this low level, oppressive policing of black communities on the basis of marijuana possession. Low-level drug busts. Riding up on people. Throwing them against cars. Not because blacks do drugs more than whites, not because they possess it more, but because black communities are where the over policing is.

The ugly history of racist policing in America: For Ferguson and St. Louis, it’s much more about the fact that there is an absolute unwillingness to deal with the core issues in American society about equality in the streets: the principle that a black citizen and a white citizen really do have equal rights under the laws. Black citizens don’t believe it. They shouldn’t believe it. It’s not true that they have equal rights under the laws. It’s not true that they have the same assumptions of innocence. It’s not true that they have the same assumptions of peaceful countenance.

Full article »here.

On Ferguson: To be relevant is to be powerful
September 2, 2014

The murder of Michael Brown by the Ferguson Police creates an opportunity for millions of people to confront the tragic and mundane daily realities of White Supremacy and Anti-Blackness, which are part of everyday public and private life for so many people in this country. It is imperative to rethink the spectacle that has been created out of Ferguson, and to contextualize it within as many structural realities of racism that we can comprehend. 

In the past three decades, we’ve seen patterns of racist violence continue in America. Less than 25 years ago, we saw L.A. Police excessively chase and beat Rodney King, and the racially charged riots that followed. Now, we see Ferguson. Less than ten years ago, we heard “I am Oscar Grant” (after Oscar Grant III was fatally shot by BART police in Oakland). Now, we hear Ferguson. Less than 5 years ago, we saw the largest police department in the U.S.A employ racist Stop and Frisk Policing tactics, and the enormous campaigns that rallied against those tactics. Now, we rally around Ferguson. Less than 3 years ago, we saw millions of Black and Brown youth wearing hoodies declaring, "my skin color is not a crime,” in honor of Trayvon Martin. Now, we honor the memory of Michael Brown. And Ferguson. 

Less than a week after we saw protests in Ferguson, we saw the police killing Kajieme Powell just blocks away. 

This is not to compare the lives of our fallen brothers and sisters. May they rest in peace in a heaven of liberation. May their families know that their pain is important. It’s just as important as analyzing why local police departments get millions of dollars to purchase military weapons from the equivalent of the U.S. Military’s Goodwill Store, and analyzing why we don’t see the police kill White young people in the same way. These are two different ways of recognizing the trauma inflicted on those directly affected by White Supremacy; they are equally necessary in resisting the cruel and unusual force being used against People of Color by the U.S.A. 

We must look at Ferguson as another battle of resistance to make People of Color relevant to the redistribution of power in the United States. The 13th Amendment was a work in progress from when the first person was abducted from Africa and deposited as property, and not as a person, in the eyes of the United States of America. The implementation of the 13th amendment to end slavery is still in process. We need to recognize the difference between a true end to slavery and the mutations of slavery that we currently live in. 

The creation of capital through the killing of the Black body became slavery. During Reconstruction, a sense of solidarity grew between “freed” Black people and poor White people. Jim Crow made segregation laws to enforce that even the poorest White person was still not Black in the eyes of the U.S.A. 

The rise of mass incarceration has been driven by the same mechanism that drove slavery – the creation of capital through racism. The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, and non-White people are incarcerated at rates much higher than White people for all crimes, especially non-violent and petty crimes. This all only took approximately 400 years to create in this country. Dismantling this reality is not only going to take a long time but will also require numerous acts of resistance. 

Public education likes to declare that the Civil Rights movement was a victory. In fact, 50 years after the Civil Rights Act, Black men are nearly right where they started economically, but with a very high incarceration rate. 

A person does not just end up in prison as an exchange for an alleged crime. Our incarceration rates start with police forces. 

Cops (Constables on Patrol), originated in the U.S.A. as brigades of (White) people who surveilled both public and private property and searched for “runaway slaves.” Slaves were considered property of a slave owner, and if they fled for freedom they were “runaway property.” Eventually, there was too much work for these private slave brigades so every level of government in this country began to fund these patrols. These patrols became police departments. 

The police were not established as a response to public safety. The police were not established to help people in bad relationships, or to solve problems between groups of people. The police were created as a response in order to protect property that was already stolen through the process of slavery, and keep it safe for self-declared slave owners. When a country is founded by slave owners and founded to declare their capital independent of Great Britain – when a country is built on slavery and colonialism – what else would be the plight of this country’s public institutions? 

Full article

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Black People Killed by Police 2016 (As of July 4th, 2016):

Kawme Patrick, 25, Ohio
Tyrone Reado, 50, Louisiana
Lafayette Evans, 37, Iowa
Sherman Evans, 63, District of Columbia
Germichael Kennedy, 22, Nebraska
Donte Johnson, 30, Illinois
Ismael Miranda, 36, New Jersey
Jay Anderson, 25, Wisconsin
Deravis Rogers, 22, Georgia
Angelo Brown, 35, Illinois
Quencezola Splunge, 44, Mississippi
Isaiah Core III, 20, Alabama
Antonio Richardson, 46, Michigan
Rashaun Lloyd, 25, New York
Clarence Howard, 25, Florida
Antwun Shumpert, 37, Mississippi
Michael Moore, 18, Alabama
John Williams, 61, Kentucky
Lyndarius Witherspoon, 27, Mississippi
Keith Bursey, 31, California
John Brisco, 52, Texas
Willis Walker Jr, 49, Virginia
Henry Green, 23, Ohio
Demarco Rhymes, 35, Alabama
Willie ‘Meek’ James, 43, Virginia
Rodney Smith, 18, North Carolina
Michael Johnson, 21, Georgia
Osee Calix, 33, Arizona
Terry Frost, 20,Ohio
Vernell Bing Jr, 22, Florida
Michael Wilson Jr, 27, Florida
Joshua Beebee, 31, Nebraska
Kentrill Carraway, 22, Florida
Jessica Williams, 29, California
Jabril Robinson, 23, Georgia
Arthur DaRosa, 28, Massachusetts
Jaffort Smith, 33, Minnesota
Lionel Gibson, 21, California
Alton Witchard, 37, Florida
Deresha Armstrong, 26, Florida
Burt Johnson, 38, Wisconsin
Reginald Dogan, 53, South Carolina
Charlin Charles, 25, Florida
Ashtian Barnes, 25, Texas
Joshua Brooks, 26, Virginia
Demarcus Semer, 21, Florida
Jorevis Scruggs, 15, Missouri
Rico Johnson, 28, Maryland
Richard Bard Jr, 31, New Jersey
Kisha Arrone, 35, Ohio
Edson Thevenin, 38, New York
Robert Howard, 44, Maryland
Rodney Watts, 35, California
Pierre Loury, 16, Illinois
Quron Williams, 19, Pennsylvania
Diahlo Grant, 27, New Jersey
Lamont Gulley, 43, Michigan
Dazion 'Jerome’ Flenaugh, 40, California
Laronda Sweatt, 40, Tennessee
Kevin Hicks, 44, Indiana
Cameron Glover, 30, Indiana
Matthew Wood Jr, 43, Maryland
Kimani Johnson, 18, Maryland
James Brown III, 34, Virginia
Deriante Miller, 18, North Carolina
Jermon Seals, 22, Missouri
Dominique Silva, 24, Rhode Island
Alexio Allen, 30, Tennessee
Robert Dentmond, 16, Florida
Thurman Reynolds, 21, Illinois
India Beaty, 25, Virginia
Christopher Nelms, 30, Texas
Lamar Harris, 29, Illinois
Jacai Colson, 28, Maryland
Peter Gaines, 35, Texas
Marco Loud, 20, Texas
Keith Montgomery Jr, 24, Pennsylvania
Tyre Privott, 25, Virginia
Akiel Denkins, 24, North Carolina
Kionte Spencer, 18, Virginia
Greg Gunn, 56, Alabama
Cedric Ford, 38, Kansas
Travis Stevenson, 48, Louisiana
Marquintan Sandlin, 32, California
Kisha Michael, 31, California
Che Taylor, 47, Washington
Paul Gaston, 37, Ohio
Dyzhawn Perkins, 19, Virginia
Calvin Smith, 22, Louisiana
Calin Roquemore, 24, Texas
Ali Yahia, 29, Iowa
Sahlah Ridgeway, 32, New York
Peter Fanfan, 29, Massachusetts
Mohamed Barry, 30, Ohio
Shalamar Longer, 33, Pennsylvania
Eric Harris, 22, Louisiana
David Joseph, 17, Texas
Marese Collins, 23. Ohio
Antronie Scott, 36, Texas
Peter John, 36, District of Columbia
Charles Smith, 29, Illinois
Bruce Kelley Jr, 37, Pennsylvania
Randolph McClain, 33, Massachusetts
Christopher Dew, 29, Texas
Johnathan Bratcher, 32, Tennessee
Janet Wilson, 31, Michigan
Cedric Norris, 39, Oklahoma
Timothy Albert, 40, Louisiana
Crayton West, 52, Missouri
Henry Bennett, 19, Florida
Rakeem Bentley, 24, Michigan
Rodney Turner, 22, Oklahoma
Eric Senegal, 27, Louisiana
Germonta Wallace, 30, North Carolina

Please see the 2014-2015, at http://losttoy.tumblr.com/post/136395727651/black-people-killed-by-police-2015-as-of-jan-1

1-This was put together on May 2nd using information from theguardian.com/thecounted. This is a good source because it only takes names from confirmed news sources.
1.1-About half of reported civilian deaths by police officers do not include the race. There are most definitely more that we do not know of.
2-Police are not required to report the people they kill, so we know that there has to be more than this that is not reported. Currently the best government data we have on police killings is from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting but these killings are self-reported by law enforcement and participation in the database is voluntary – only about 750 agencies contribute to it, a fraction of the 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States.
3-This passes no judgment on guilt or innocence, just a full list. I am sure some of these names are actual criminals, but the world will never know other than taking the police’s word. Police are not the judge, jury and executioners and these people should be alive to face their crimes or prove their innocence in a court of law. (We have also learned from Walter Scott that police lie on the reports and plant evidence)
3.1-IF they were criminals, does not excuse the police from violating these people’s Fifth Amendment Rights. They were deprived of life without due process of law. Many of these people are shot in the back (which is against the law according to Tennessee v. Garner of 1985) or unarmed (see below). The major problem is we have violent White criminals like Ted Kaczynski, Timothy McVeigh, James Eagan Holmes, Jared Lee Loughner, Dylann Storm Roof, Robert Dear, Jason Dalton and other who are all terrorists who collectively killed hundreds of people and were apprehended without being shot. Meanwhile, black people are being shot for non-violent crimes like jaywalking, having a busted taillight and so on.
3.2-Police should be able to deescalate a situation and use non-lethal force. They carry stun guns, billy clubs, etc. and wear bullet proof vests. If they are too afraid or too trigger happy, they should not be on the force.
4-This does not include police brutality cases like Floyd Dent, Martese Johnson or so many more.
5-This not include people like Travon Martin or Jordan Davis, who were killed by “stand your ground” laws by civilians.
6-This also does not include people like Lennon Lacy and Otis Byrd in what looks like lynchings
7-The list for 2014-2015 can be found at http://losttoy.tumblr.com/post/136395727651/black-people-killed-by-police-2015-as-of-jan-3
8-yeah, yeah … not all cops. I am sure they have a hard job, but it does not excuse this list or especially how long it is. There were 127 total police deaths in 2014, including unrelated car accidents, heart attacks and even one 9/11 related illness. It is MUCH more dangerous to be black than a police officer.
9-Yes, there were plenty of white people killed by police. “All lives matter”, BUT black people are 3-4x more likely to be killed by police than whites. In 2014, 47% of black people killed were unarmed when only 16% of white people killed were unarmed. There are deep racial disparities that come from a system of oppression.

However, this list is important. Sure Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Freddy Gray get the headlines, but every name needs to be remembered.

see updated list at

In Dellwood, Ferguson, basically, in North County, if you’re black, they’re going to stop you,” a resident said according to a new report on policing in the area.

For residents of Ferguson, Missouri, and surrounding municipalities in St. Louis County, it’s not surprising that racial tensions have boiled over. In a town of 21,000, two-thirds of the residents are African-American, and many reports have highlighted a fraught relationship between Ferguson’s residents and its mostly white police force. Only three people in the 53-member police department are black, according to the Washington Post, and the Ferguson Police Department disproportionately stops and arrests black drivers.

“Everybody in this city has been a victim of DWB, [driving while black],“ Anthony Ross, 26, explained to the Post.

Despite Ferguson’s relative poverty, fines and court fees comprise the second largest source of revenue for the city, a total of $2,635,400, according to the ArchCity Defenders report. And in 2013, the Ferguson Municipal Court issued 24,532 arrest warrants and 12,018 cases, or about 3 warrants and 1.5 cases per household.

Racially profiled *for profit* in Ferguson. From dirty tricks by the local courts to bogus traffic stops by the police, in a city where two thirds of the residents are Black people, these residents don’t just feel that they are getting stopped because of the color of their skin. Rather, they feel like they are getting stopped because of the color of their skin so that the city of Ferguson can profit off of them—for traffic tickets.

A literal “Black tax”

Read The entire article.

In Ferguson Missouri 54 percent of the Black population, and 55 percent of the White population, showed up at the poles to vote in 2012’s general election. Contrast that with only a 6 percent Black voter turnout (versus 17 percent White voter turnout) for the local school board, city council and mayoral elections…why the significant difference?

Ferguson, unlike many cities, does not hold it’s municipal elections on the same day in November as the general elections. While not unique, that, by design, yields decidedly lopsided results. Ferguson’s important local elections are held on odd numbered years in April. That scheduling tactic is a virtual guarantee for lower voter turnout, which favors Republicans.

Ferguson also holds nonpartisan elections, where party labels do not appear on the ballot, and that has been shown to reduce both what citizens know about candidates as well as their likelihood of voting. And the consequences are worse for residents with less education and less income.
—  Why are Ferguson’s police, school board members and elected officials overwhelmingly White when the city itself is two-thirds Black? QTNA
Jim Hoft's Unsourced Claim That Officer Darren Wilson Had an "Orbital Blowout Fracture of the Eye Socket"

The entire right wing universe (including Drudge Report) is now screaming about this post by, yes, the Dumbest Man on the Internet again, claiming that anonymous sources told him officer Darren Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye …

In case you need to discredit the BS story about the cop having an orbital blowout fracture, this is a pretty complete takedown of the source.

If the laws of the land are racist, then law enforcement will enforce racists laws.
—  Phillip Atiba Goff, explaining on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show why, although it’s a good start, simply adding Black police officers cannot be the only solution to the over-policing and police brutality targeting Black people in Ferguson and elsewhere: the New Jim Crow application of laws and racist policies must also be changed || Full MHP segment » Here