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Fake Healer wrote:
"Some of our best Negroes are our friends."
I believe that Sundown Towns have been discussed already. I'm fairly certain that the nature of how elections work in MO (off years, no party disclosure, substantial hoops to jump that have long dissuaded) have been addressed. I am not as sure that discussions of Tongs, Triads, and the Model Minority fallacy have been examined in depth,
Oddly enough, I just posted a letter to a commie newspaper from an ex-roommate of mine (I think) about the model minority fallacy...but I don't remember any discussion of sundown towns. Although, great chunks of the thread do disappear occasionally.
I forget what context it was that this came up with Citizen Lord the last time, but, a couple days later, I received an issue of my favorite commie newspaper. I didn't link it at the time, because I thought it would be self-indulgent, but this time I cut-and-paste it for the thread's delectation:[
More on Affirmative Action
13 May 2014
The article “Supreme Court Knifes Affirmative Action” (Workers Vanguard No. 1045) shows once again that it takes communists to defend even the smallest advances in the civil rights of black Americans.
One aspect of the recent attacks on Affirmative Action and related programs has been the attempts by the ruling class to pit Asian Americans against blacks and Latinos. In California, a mobilization of Chinese voters joined right-wing politicians to kill Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 5, which was aimed at reviving the state’s Affirmative Action programs at public universities and colleges. Republicans and Democrats alike were able to convince Asian American parents that their children would lose opportunities to attend college if the amendment were to pass. The truth is that it’s the capitalists’ wholesale attacks on public education that deny all working people—black, Latino, Asian, and white—any real chance at a quality education.
As Professor Ellen Wu has pointed out, the myth of the Asian ‘model minority’ has been used as an ideological weapon in both the Cold War machinations of US imperialism as well as the divide-and-conquer strategy of suppressing the American working class. In the midst of the Civil Rights movement, Democratic Senator Patrick Moynihan published an infamous report for the Labor Department blaming black oppression on a lack of family values and contrasted this with the “singularly stable, cohesive and enlightened family life” of Chinese and Japanese Americans. Fast forward 50 years and Donald Sterling, the racist owner of the LA Clippers basketball franchise used his patronizing “affection” for Koreans as a smokescreen for discriminating against the black and Latino would-be tenants of his Los Angeles apartment buildings.
Appeals to the ‘model minority’—these days often in reference to relatively educated and well-to-do Chinese and Indian immigrants—also provide cover for the oppression of other sectors of Asian America. While “respectful” Asian students are praised by school administrators for their supposed achievements, Hmong and Khmer students, for example, have some of the lowest college attendance rates in the country.
As your article rightly pointed out, only open university admissions and free tuition will resolve the struggle over limited educational resources. And even such a modest achievement will take the overthrow of a capitalist system founded on racial oppression.
Best of all, for me, is that I used to live with Comrade D. (assuming it's the same dude). He quit a couple years after I did. Guess he got back into the commie game during Occupy, too.
Freehold DM wrote:
A whiles back, I was sitting around with Mr. and Mrs. Comrade watching a Katt Williams stand-up special. Mrs. Comrade, a nice Portuguese girl from outside of Lowell who had fallen in love with Cornel West (she ended up getting a selfie taken at New York's Left Forum earlier this year), asked "I don't get it, how did black people go from calling each other 'brother' and 'sister' to 'n~!%!' and 'b%%%&?'"
Mr. Comrade and I looked at each other. He was too busy coughing up cannabis smoke, so I replied "Thirty years of job loss, declining living standards, mass incarceration and a war on drugs that teaches them that their lives are of little value to the surrounding society."
Probably not that articulately, though. I, too, was busy expelling cannabis smoke.
Fake Healer wrote:
Yeah, Comrade Freehold, why would you?
After allegedly listening to both sides clearly and impartially he starts with "The shooting of Michael Brown was justified."
Then he goes on to refer to Brown as a four-time felon, a smear which I hadn't heard, but then again, I don't get the WCC newsletter.
Then he blames it all on the media, which Comrade Jeff demolished.
Then he comes back writing in mock Ebonics and complaining that blacks are uppity and ill-mannered and cause half of the crime in every country where they rub shoulders with non-black people, not to mention the way they wear their pants.
But of course, he has friends from all walks of life.
"Some of our best negroes are our friends" sang Phil Ochs back in the day.
Freehold DM wrote:
why would this try my patience? I'm a huge supporter of open carry, and I don't think it should be limited to firearms.
Because they're about Texas and Iceland, respectively, not Missouri (although the former is, actually--I was just ribbing you about trying to keep me on-topic).
Goblins have short attention spans!
Two articles that risk trying the patience of Comrade Freehold:
"Earlier Wednesday, other demonstrators held an open carry gun march through South Dallas to protest against police shootings.
"Organizers there said the show of force served as a reminder of the right to bear arms to protect themselves from criminals and from police.
"About 30 men and women with the Huey P. Newton Gun Club rallied through the streets, focusing on deadly police shootings from the Ferguson, MO shooting death of teen Michael Brown to shootings by local police.
"Some carried long guns, rifles, shotguns and AR-15s, while others carried signs others and wore messages.
"'I think it's a good thing,' said Reginald Cofer with Mothers Against Teen Violence.
"'They are trying to protect the community,' said Jacey Cofer with Mothers Against Teen Violence. 'At the city hall meeting the other day, we got no answers. It's been a bunch of murders, the cops are not being accountable for it, and we want answers.'
"The marchers entered a south Dallas restaurant with their weapons, where Dallas police officers inside were finishing eating lunch."
[Clenched fist salute]
And in the complete other direction, Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history
I didn't realize that Iceland didn't become independent (from who? Denmark? Norway?) until 1944.
Learn something new every day in the OTD!
But the Hough Riots don't appear to be particularly Red Scare-y. In fact, reading over the Wikipedia page, they appear to have been, indeed, about "Whitey be mean to Blacks."
The Red Scare angle seems to have been provided when the National Guard apprehended four members of the W.E.B. DuBois Club (CP youth organization at the time) doing what we commie rabble-rousers do best: handing out leaflets.
And to get back to the untraceable image of American Nazis above, I still haven't found the source of that photo, but it turns out that "black snipers" were a fear during both the 1966 Hough Riots (which, to be honest, I had never even heard of) and the Detroit riots the following year (which I had heard of).
The wikipedia page has an amusing section on Alleged Communist Party Involvement, which made me chuckle because the commie party that I am currently a member of only has one person on the ground in St. Louis (although I hear others headed down from Minneapolis) and he was complaining that the only other real leftist in town is a white octogenarian member of the...Communist Party USA.
I can't imagine being red in Missouri is easy. Although, it makes me wonder where Comrade Barrister, a.k.a. Mean DM, is. IIRC, he practices law in the Show Me State. I like to think he's out with the NLG, providing free legal advice. He was always pretty sympathetic to gobbo communism for a Republican.
Although, I am posting blind. I dug it up out of my archives, but the computer that I posted it on back in the day (in an argument with Citizen Aretas, who, IIRC, was a great admirer of Franco) had QuickTime, while the computer I am posting on currently doesn't.
You can easily get a lawyer to do that kind of thing pro bono.
Step One on the road to a successful career as a commie rabble-rouser: Get to know somebody in the NLG.
Because there needs to be more fiction where a naked man cuts open Calhoun.
Poor Starbuck. If you haven't been subjected to spoilers, I highly recommend "Benito Cereno." It won't exactly hit your pleasure spot, but it's highly interesting to see what Melville makes of race relations in the decade before the Civil War.
I don't know. Off the top of my head, Comrade BeeNee, but if I were to guess, I'd guess Chicago around the time of the failed attempt to march to Cicero where King gave up and SNCC got attacked by brick-wielding Nazis. It's just a guess, though.
There was an American Nazi party all through the sixties led by a guy very awesomely named George Lincoln Rockwell.
Earlier today, my buddy showed me a meme he made (I think, maybe he just stole it from somewhere else) for his anti-police brutality website. I was going to refrain from linking it, but then I remembered that Fake Healer was that guy pining for a new Night of the Long Knives a while back.
Kingpinmaker, Game N+1
Short game, Genny's player couldn't make it.
The PCs gathered in the captain's cabin of The Whale and conferred about a great many things, trying to remember all of the loose ends from a month ago. Meanwhile, Symoreel Singha, who has a new name, but I forget what it was, is converted from pantheistic ancestor worship of the Jambala Jaeg to the worship of Iomedae by a halfling slave, Tadeusz Lightwhistle. Princess Mwangli was a little upset by Symoreel's apparent desertion of the tribe (which was essentially motivated, as far as I can tell, by Symoreel's player wanting to multiclass into warpriest) and says she will release Symoreel from fealty to the tribe, BUT ONLY after Symoreel fetches The Heart of the Jungle from the Mack Daddy's secret storehouse in Pezzack, the Abandoned Clocktower. Symoreel agrees. Rest of the party is ready to go. For the sake of convenience, I assumed that the Chelish tax-collector rescued from the Rovagug-worshipping Blackcovians is still recovering from the drugs the latter pumped into the former.
The Whale sails a day north of Pezzack to a secret cove Barbie Ragnarock recommends, near a local monument called the Devil's Tor. Barbie has secret backstory reasons to know about the Devil's Tor, too, but she doesn't reveal any of them. Anyway, from the secret cove to the road is but a quick walk up the beach and over some hills and then it's only a day's walk south to Foxglove Manor and from there just a skip and a jump to Pezzack. For the trek are: all of the party members, Buck Rogers and Toby and Jillian Poodlecock, the freed halfling slaves who are looking forward to being Giles and Esmerelda's domestic help.
They travel south for half a pleasant summer's day (it now being the last month of that season--I forget the Golarion name), strolling and joking, when they come across a twenty-wagon gypsy caravan on the side of the road. There were many sights and wonders to behold, but the party all made their Perception checks and were drawn immediately to the most wondrous sight the caravan offerered, which was a wagon pulled by a giant snail attended to by an ancient halfling wizard.
He was working underneath his wagon when Symoreel approached and, trying to be playful, she pulled the wizard out by his slippered feet. The wizard, startled, cast burning hands at Symoreel for 11 points of damage after she made her saving throw, and burned most of her hair off. The wizard yelled at her and bade her away, especially after he noticed that she didn't have any money. The rest of the party did, however, and he introduced himself as Ebeneezer the Magnificent, Traveling Tinker at your service, etc. There was quite a bit to it, really, but if we fast forward past the magic stuff I made up ("As he opens the door into his wagon, you peer over his shoulder and notice that the inside is easily three times as big as the outside of the wagon. Inside you see a fully-stocked library, papers everywhere, an alchemist's lab bubbling away and smoking, and a menagerie of almost every imaginable animal--all miniaturized in small glass boxes. You see a giraffe, etc., etc.") and the haggling, essentially the party dumped all of their superfluous +1 chain shirts and +1 longswords and got a broom that sweeps by itself, a Small-sized +2 small sword (dubbed Black Razor) and a +2 belt of dexterity. In the middle of it, the lunch whistle blew, and the party had to wait an hour and a half for Ebeneezer to finish his midday meal.
As they continued their trek south, they realized that due to the many halflings in the party, and the advanced age of Toby and Jillian in particular, the party wasn't making as good time as they'd like and they probably wouldn't roll into Foxglove Manor until way after dark. So they decided to find a place to camp for the night. It was then that Toby and Jillian revealed that they had blown all of their money (Genny had given each of the liberated slaves 20 gp a whiles back, don't think I mentioned that before) on a magical skillet that didn't need a fire and a bunch of luxury food items, which they then began to prepare for their masters. "I'm not your master," said Giles, "Stop calling me that." "Yes, master."
Anyway, the party had been warned by Ebeneezer and the Varisians that there was quite a bit of strix activity recently (I gave a knowing look to Barbie Ragnarock's player, although I'm not sure he caught it), so they found spent a good deal of effort in making their campsite undetectable (too late--the strix had already been spying on them for the past four hours) but then totally goofed by only posting one sentry, Brother Makao.
And here it is that I have to admit to a terrible error. When reading the Bestiary entry for the harpy, I misread the range of their captivating song as 30' instead of 300'. I even remember thinking that 30' wasn't that far [facepalm], but anyway, two harpies popped up on either side of the camp and started singing their song. One of the Poodlecocks (I forget which), Genny, Esmerelda (the bard!) and Barbie all fell under the song's power. Brother Makao was about to get the jump on one of the harpies--when a peryton dropped out of the sky and attacked Buck Rogers! (in fairness, I had foreshadowed the peryton a bit, not my players noticed, the poor suckers). And, finally, adding insult to injury, after the captivated characters all got next to the harpies, a dozen strix jumped out of the high grass and bundled Genny and the Poodlecocks into bags and flew away! (They had to beat the non-capitavated Poodlecock unconscious first, poor thing.)
Brother Makao engaged the peryton in a mighty one-on-one duel and made mince meat of the antlered horror. Giles went around stabbing the harpies with his gladius and interrupting their songs. This, finally, led to Esmerelda and Barbie coming to their senses in the last round of combat, whereupon Barbie eviscerated one of the harpies with her four talon attacks per round and the other harpy decided to beat it.
Meanwhile, when the strix took off with the bagged halflings, Symoreel activated her fly hex and took off after them. There was a stunning aerial battle--she took out all of the non-bag carrying strix in mid-air, although she took way more damage than she should have. I had warned her that taking a level in warpriest would only make her more likely to get into not terribly intelligent melee battles, but anyway, two of the strix decided to ditch their halfling in a bag (much gasps as I roll the falling damage the poor Poodlecock takes). Anyway, the long of it is, I was right, Symoreel shouldn't have been flying off by herself into melee combat, and the game ended with her unconscious but stabilized at -3 hit points a good two miles north of the rest of the party in the middle of the night. I probably should have had the strix coup de grace Symoreel, but I am a merciful Dungeon Master.
Next time, though...
I haven't, alas, been able to follow the news as closely as I would like this past week--busy with Anklebiter clan shiznit mostly--so I hadn't yet seen any Cornel West commentary.
Hee hee! I haven't even finished watching it yet and I already love it. Had me at "Obama reeks."
Back in 1955, veteran American Trotskyist Richard S. Fraser made the point that Eisenhower only intervened and sent in federal troops after the local black community organized itself and started fighting back.
I can't see any parallels with today at all.
[Stomps on cookies]
I'm feeling pretty unambitious today, Citizen Oak, and have merely assembled three of my favorite books that touch on the topic:
Yours for the revolution,
Vod Canockers wrote:
The UAW had it's starting wages slashed in half with a campaign to get old-timers to retire as part of Barack "Friend of Labor" Obama's Big Auto bailout.
Has the price of cars gone down? I hadn't noticed.
I'm going to guess because the riots have gone on for longer and have been more destructive, but it's just a guess.
A second, darker, guess occurs to me, and that is that this story might be more likely to be picked up by certain media outlets because it allows people to call black people "animals" and get away with it.
I'll favorite this, but I got the feeling that Zimmie could have shot anybody of any color. But it's just a hunch.
Also, speaking of political correctness, I don't really get the line "this is only news because he's black." My buddy was attending community college during the Trayvon Martin thing and he said all the young white kids kept saying "It's just 'cuz he's black."
I don't understand, nor can I understand why the liberal-dominated media only picks up certain stories and doesn't pick up others (I'd imagine it has something to do with the days of rioting, but it's just a guess) but I would like to invite others who are interested in this kind of thing over to the Bride of Government Folly thread* where we do make some attempt to cover all of the other stories. And boy are there lots of them.
(How's that for political correctness?)
EDITED: Forgot the second link!
[Tries not to be ill]
So, what's the status of the smear campaign now? Last I heard, the Confederate-flag flying police chief had held a press conference where he said that even if Brown had been trying to steal cigars (is that the WCC party line?) it had nothing to do with his killing.
But, admittedly, I am the type of person that the phrase "policital correctness" was invented to describe.
I, of course, would be the last to deny that race is at the heart of it:
America: Young Black Men Have No Right to Life
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
“They can be arrested for nothing, or shot down in the streets with impunity.”
There are lots of pictures coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, a two-thirds Black town just outside St. Louis, where a policeman shot down Michael Brown, this past weekend. The 18 year-old’s last words before dying were: “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting.” The cop kept shooting anyway. The pictures show Brown’s body in the middle of the street, where it was left for four hours in the baking sun.
Other pictures show Brown’s grief-stricken mother, and his stepfather carrying a sign that said, “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son.” There are plenty of images from the two nights of disturbances in the town, where there isn’t really much to loot. However, I think the most poignant picture shows young Blacks blocking the street in front of the Ferguson police department, their upraised arms signaling surrender, just as young Michael did before the cop administered the coup de grace.
How different that picture would have been in 1966, when young Black people in California responded to murderous police violence with armed patrols of their own, under the newly formed Black Panther Party for Self Defense. The Party declared that Black people had just as much right to defend themselves as white people, including the right to defend themselves from the police, who act as an occupying army. Which is, of course, a self-evident truth.
The Mass Incarceration State
The Black Panther Party’s vigorous assertion of the right to self-defense prompted the U.S. government to double-down on its monopoly on the use of force – first, with a massive campaign of assassination and false imprisonment against Black radical leadership, many of whom still remain behind bars. Then, as the decade of the Seventies began, mass Black incarceration became the universal policy of the United States – north, south, east and west. A new class of Black politicians filled the void that police repression had created. These were men and women who were quite amenable to corporate rule and made comfortable homes in the Democratic Party. Even as the prison population rose to nine times 1970 levels, the Black Misleadership Class blissfully celebrated its own upward mobility.
Meanwhile, the Mass Incarceration State consumed millions of Black lives and consigned most Black communities to Constitution-free zones, where young Blacks could be arrested for nothing, or shot down in the streets with impunity, as was Michael Brown, and as happens to other young Blacks every day of the year.
The people who rule America no longer need Black labor. What they do need is a class that is forcibly anchored at the bottom of U.S. society, who can be scapegoated for whatever is wrong with America, and whose very presence serves as an excuse for massive urban dislocation and the steady erosion of civil liberties. Michael Brown and countless others have died in order to keep America deeply stratified. That’s the only use the United States has for young Black men.
For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com to sign up for email notifications of our new issues, each Wednesday.
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.
Again I argue calm... does any one think there would be ANY of this craziness if the ethnicity of the teen or officer were changed?
I never tire of linking the police riots after demonstrators took the streets in New Mexico to protest the police killing of a homeless white man.
I don't know. The sixities riots helped give us the Great Society.
"What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Maybe it just sags
Or does it explode?"
Yes, yes, it can only be a republic or a democracy, it can't be both, and there's no reason to think the Founding Plutocrats ever thought the two could be combined and they never, ever formed a party called the Democratic-Republicans, especially not within two years of the Constitution coming into play.