Wolf 359

Star Trek, Black Power, videogames and my ramblings (in that order). 

“That same day white jurors giggled while Mrs. Mary Ruth Reed, a pregnant black sharecropper, testified that Lewis Medlin, a white mechanic, attempted to rape her in front of her five children. In an effort to get help, she scooped up her youngest child and ran across a field. Medlin knocked her down and pummeled her until a neighbor finally heard her screams and called the police. In court, Medlin’s attorney argued that he had been drinking and was ‘just having a little fun.’ Then, turning to the white jurors, the attorney pointed to the woman sitting next to Medlin. ‘You see this pure white woman, this pure flower of life?’ he said. ‘… This is Medlin’s wife … Do you think he would have left this pure flower, God’s greatest gift,’ he asked, ‘for THAT?’ Reed burst into tears as the jury broke for deliberation. Less than ten minutes later they returned a not guilty verdict.”

At the Dark End of the Street; Black Women, Rape, and Resistance — A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power, by Danielle L. McGuire, p. 42 (via inlovewiththepractice)

heartbreaking.

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if you ever need to read this book for a paper or research or…I don’t, just be warned that it gets worse than this, so much worse. It’s probably the only book I have that I know I can’t ever finish.

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“What women have endured is not only the history of men, but also their own specific oppression. Extraordinarily violent. Hence this simple suggestion: you can all go and get fucked, with your condescension towards us, your ridiculous shows of group strength, of limited protection and your manipulative whining about how hard it is to be a guy around emancipated women. What is really hard is to actually be a woman and to have to listen to your shit.”

King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes is our July pick. (via emilybooks)

Bringing this one back today. 

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How Many St. Louis-Area Cops Are Members of "Patriot" Groups? »

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Late last week, reporters discovered a video of racist anti-government rantings by a St. Louis County police officer working the streets of Ferguson. Media scrutiny quickly focused on the officer’s incendiary language and policing methods, but few paused to scrutinize the group to whom he was addressing his comments.

The now-suspended cop in that hourlong video, Dan Page, was speaking to the St. Louis-area Oath Keepers, a national group of military and police veterans who claim to stand for Constitutional rights against tyranny. News reports understandablyzeroed in on his unhinged remarks about blacks, Muslims, women, and the new world order. More audio emerged over the weekend of Page explaining to a right-wing radio host his beliefs “that the US is in danger of being folded into a one-world government after a series of orchestrated events, and that ‘99.9 percent’ of sexual assault in the military is ‘bogus.’”

But not enough is being written about the inherent contradiction in Page’s affiliations. Here was a police officer, shutting down media and largely peaceful demonstrators, participating in a heavy-handed, “militarized” law enforcement response on the streets of Ferguson… at the same time that he claimed kinship with a “patriot” group whose very stated mission is to prevent and resist militarized tyranny in the United States.

How Many St. Louis-Area Cops Are Members of "Patriot" Groups?

The Oath Keepers are a slippery organization, often as difficult to get a handle on as the many-headed tea party hydra. Formed during the 2008 election cycle out of anti-Hillary fears that the federal government would use its counterterrorism powers to declare war on its citizens, set up concentration camps, and institute a military state, the Oath Keepers have been a central hub for “patriotic” paranoiacs and preppers, drawn from military and law enforcement ranks.

They turned out in droves to defend racist old rancher Cliven Bundy in his land dispute. They left Bundy’s side after taking seriously an unfounded rumor that Barack Obama and Eric Holder were going to hit their Nevada compound with drone strikes. They talk about disobeying tyrannical orders from socialist presidents and governors. They love Alex Jones’ Infowars and conspiracy theories du jour.

How Many St. Louis-Area Cops Are Members of "Patriot" Groups?

And yet. For all their delusions, the Oath Keepers seem tailor-made to counter the surreal overarmed police state that may have played a role in Michael Brown’s death by cop in Ferguson, and that has ebbed and flowed through the streets there ever since. The oath that Oath Keepers keep is to disobey a set of orders they believe may be given by government authorities. Hence they swear, in part:

  • We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.
  • We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.
  • We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

In other words—minus the incendiary and frankly dumb “concentration camp” rhetoric—the Oath Keepers should be as hopping mad about the police response in St. Louis County as anyone. If they have members and sympathizers on the police forces involved, you’d think those members would be marching off the job, joining the protests, organizing as many cross-country treks to Ferguson by their far-off counterparts as they did to protect a land-grabbing peckerwood in Bunkerville, Nevada.

It hasn’t worked out that way. Look at Dan Page.

In fairness to the St. Louis area Oath Keepers, some of them have gone out to the tamest demonstrations in Ferguson. They have sent an angry open letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon saying, “The militarized police response we saw in Ferguson did not work”—though they haven’t said how many of their members are part of that militarized police response. They have denounced Page’s acts and said he was merely one of many speakers at their group, not a member. “In my opinion, his actions in Ferguson show that he is an oath breaker,” one representative of the group wrote on Facebook, adding, “what he said in his presentation was cowardly and hateful.”

Apparently, some of that Oath Keeper’s colleagues disagree, because Page’s rant is still on the St. Louis Oath Keepers home page, alongside videos on “Prepping Basics,” “Drip Irrigation for Your Home Garden,” shooting instructions, climate change lies, and “Colloidal or Ionic Silver: It’s [sic] medical uses and how to make it at home.”

Why is it that the liberty-loving, government-loathing patriots who have for so long warned of a tank-driving, brutal police state were so willing to put their lives on the line for a Cliven Bundy, but not a Ferguson, Missouri? What is the critical difference between the Ferguson protesters, and these resisters of government power:

And what of the Oath Keepers, and other “patriots” on the police forces in St. Louis County? Who, if anybody, keeps count of them? Judging from how few cops have walked off the job, it seems that either there aren’t as many Oath Keeper types in the ranks as these groups would have you believe… or else, like Dan Page, they really have no problem with aggressive policing when they’re the police.

Source: Adam Weinstein for Gawker

mediamattersforamerica:

Bill O’Reilly “does not believe in white privilege,” saying it’s a “big lie that is keeping some African-Americans from reaching their full potential.”

Now back to reality:

  • One in 3 black men can expect to go to prison at some point. 
  • A black college student “has the same chances of getting a job as a white high school dropout.” 
  • Media cover 19.5% of cases with missing African American children, while 33.2% of missing children cases involve black kids. 
  • At least “4 million African-Americans and Latinos experience housing discrimination each year.” 
  • While black Americans make up 14% of monthly drug users, “they are 37% of the people arrested for drug offenses.” 
  • We could go on and on and on

Keep in mind this is the same multimillionaire who "exempt[ed]" himself from “that white privilege banner” because he used to “paint houses” and “cut lawns.”