By Sam Greenlee. From "Poetry & Other Raps"
It Would Be Better If They Had No Eyes. At least there would have been no possibility of misunderstanding.
Overseer [officer] Slager told the jury (11 whites) "My Mind was Like Spaghetti" and he was "scared to death" of the fleeing, unarmed Black man he shot to death. Like the white cop, perhaps the white jurors' minds are also like pasta in the presence of Blacks. With their minds blown, clouded with racist nonsense, it is difficult to see what is right in front of you. As stated by Doc Blynd, "white supremacy is a virus in the mind." Before They Looked @ the video & heard any facts They probably Already Had An Idea. Their eyes carry some experience, some opinion, ideology about Blacks; 'a set of assumptions older than this nation about Black people's abilities, criminality, marriageability, sexual desires, morality, etc. Most whites, when they are being honest with themselves, know that these racial understandings are part of their consciousness [MORE]. These objects are barriers that corrupt understanding, seeing reality, the obvious. [MORE] and [pdf]. Yet racist suspects have so much invested in their interpretations.
Advertising Justice. Here in photo, the white media is letting us know that a Black judge heard this case. White media make every effort to create the appearance of justice in the criminal justice system. A system that is rigged. If it didn't look right we wouldn't believe in it. Our belief in it, is its only real power. We hope that it looks fair and just because in fact it is fair and just - as opposed to it just being a show to deceive.
From [HERE] A jury of 11 whites and 1 black person deadlocked Monday in the case of a white South Carolina police officer charged with murder after he was recorded on video last year firing a barrage of bullets into the back of Walter Scott, a Black man, in one of the most high-profile shootings to rattle the nation in recent years. Like the murder of Eric Garner by a gang of white NYC cops in broad daylight, Scott's entire murder took place in front of a camera - but that's not what the white jury saw [an all white grand jury in Garner case].
“We as the jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts of all members, we are unable to come to a unanimous decision,” the jury wrote in a note that Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman read aloud in the courtroom.
Newman declared a mistrial on shortly before 3:40 p.m., and thanked the jurors for their “hard work in trying to reach a unanimous verdict in this case.”
It was the second time in a matter of weeks that a mistrial was declared in a case involving a white officer charged with murder after being recorded shooting a Black man, following a similar outcome in Ohio last month. Prosecutors in South Carolina, like their counterparts in Ohio, vowed to seek another trial [MORE]. Like whitey vows to count your vote! Don't hold your breath in system of white supremacy. The operative question is how much do you dislike your slavery?
From [HERE] The Army said Sunday that it will not approve an easement necessary to permit the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, marking a monumental victory for the Native American tribes and thousands of others who have flocked in recent months to protest the oil pipeline.
“I’m happy as heck,” said Everett Iron Eyes, a retired director of natural resources for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and one of the organizers of a camp protesters set up near the pipeline site. “All our prayers have been answered.”
Officials in November had delayed the key decision, saying more discussion was necessary about the proposed crossing, given that it would pass very near the reservation of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose leaders have repeatedly expressed fears that a spill could threaten the water supplies of its people.
“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s assistant secretary for civil works, said in a statement Sunday. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”
The decision averts a possible showdown on Monday, the date the Army Corps, which owns land on either side of the lake, had set for cutting off access to the protesters’ camp. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, worried about violence, had sent mediators to the area over the weekend.
The victory for the Standing Rock Sioux and its allies could be short-lived, though. President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to support pipelines such as this one. And Kelcy Warren, the chief executive of the pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners, has been a major contributor to the Republican Party and Trump’s campaign. Warren donated $103,000 to (President-Elect) Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. [MORE]
Trump, who owned a $500,000 and $1 million stake in Energy Transfer Partners, has sold the shares, his spokeswoman Hope Hicks said. His most recent disclosure says he still owns a similar size stake in Phillips 66, which owns 25 percent of the Dakota Access line.
Racists are blind w/perfect eyes. Cop Said "My Mind was Like Spaghetti" and he was "scared to death" of the fleeing, unarmed Black man. Are the 11 white jurors minds also like pasta in the presence of Blacks? They are still unable to see murder on this video. A racist would have difficulty with this. Before They Looked They probably Already Had An Idea. Their eyes carry some experience, some opinion, ideology about Blacks. These objects become barriers that corrupt understanding, seeing reality, the obvious. [MORE] and [pdf]
From [HERE] To [non-white persons] it looked like an absolutely open-and-shut case. As video footage captured by a bystander clearly showed, Walter Scott was running away from Michael Slager with his back obviously turned on April 4, 2015, when Slager, then a police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, aimed his gun and shot at the 50-year-old a total of eight times. Even compared with other police shootings of unarmed black men, this one was so gratuitous and so manifestly indefensible that even the local police union declined to pay Slager’s legal fees when he was charged in connection with Scott’s death several days after the killing.
Slager’s criminal trial started one month ago. It came within a hair’s breadth of ending in a mistrial Friday afternoon when the jury foreman informed the judge in the case, Clifton Newman, that the jury could not come to a unanimous verdict. It seems that deliberations had hit a wall because of just one juror, with the other 11 apparently in favor of convicting Slager of either murder or manslaughter.
Typically, that would be the ballgame: a hung jury, a mistrial for the defendant, and the possibility of a second trial. However, after initially telling Judge Newman that the jury was deadlocked, the foreman surprised the courtroom by informing the judge that, actually, they wanted to continue deliberating. The judge allowed them to do so before dismissing court for the weekend. And so, deliberations will resume Monday.
The 12 jurors on the case—eleven are white and one black man—had three options after Slager's defense rested their case on Wednesday: find the defendant guilty of murder, find him guilty of manslaughter, or find him not guilty of either on the basis that shooting Scott was an act of self-defense.
On Friday afternoon, Judge Newman read out two unusual notes submitted to him by members of the jury. One came from the foreman, and said simply, “It’s just one juror that has the issues.” The second apparently came from that juror, and took the form of a lengthy letter. In it, the juror wrote, “I cannot in good conscience consider a guilty verdict. I respect the position of my fellow jurors, some of which oppose my position. I expect those who hold opposing views not to change their minds.”
The juror continued: “We all struggle with the death of a man and with all that has been put before us. I still cannot, without a reasonable doubt, convict the defendant. At the same time my heart does not want to have to tell the Scott family that the man that killed their son, father, and brother is innocent. But with the choices I cannot and will not change my mind.”
Again, this seemed pretty definitive, and the judge appeared ready to declare a mistrial. Before doing so, however, he had his clerk ask the foreman whether the jury was, indeed, "hopelessly deadlocked." A note came back saying that they were.
And yet it still wasn't over. When Newman brought the jury into the courtroom to confirm, in person, that they couldn't come to a verdict, he asked the foreman—in an apparent last ditch effort to prevent the month's worth of work he and his staff had just done from going down the tubes—whether further explanation of the law might help the jury come to a unanimous conclusion. That was when the foreman threw his final curveball, replying that it would and keeping these maddening deliberations going.
Even prior to Friday, it has been an unusual trial all around. Earlier this week, Slager took the relatively rare step of testifying in his own defense. He told the jury that he had become scared for his life after pulling Scott over for a broken taillight. That was when, Slager claimed, he entered into a struggle with Scott, at which point the man ran from his car. Speaking with tears in his voice, Slager testified that Scott grabbed his Taser from him during the struggle and pointed it at him, putting the officer in a state of “total fear” and disorientation. “I see him with the Taser in his hand,” he said, according to the Post and Courier. “That’s the only thing I see. ... I see that barrel … coming at me, and I knew I was in trouble.” Slager said he made the decision to use lethal force when Scott was just a few feet away from him.
Later, when Slager was asked on cross-examination why he had picked the Taser up off the ground and planted it at Scott’s feet after shooting him—as the video tape of the incident clearly showed him doing—Slager said he could not remember many details of what happened in the moments after he decided to fire his gun. “I don’t know why I dropped it on the ground,” he said, noting that he picked the Taser back up a few seconds later. Reflecting on his anxious state in the heat of the moment, Slager memorably testified, "My mind was like spaghetti.”
The stakes in the Slager case have always been stark: as the New Yorker’s James Surowiecki put it on Twitter on Friday after news broke that the jury was deadlocked, “If a jury can't convict under these circumstances, what will it take?” Put another way: If even Slager's actions can be successfully defended in court, it's hard to imagine a police officer ever being held accountable for killing someone in the line of duty.
The reasons for this are multiple, but chief among them is that the laws governing police use of force tend to be impossibly vague and flimsy. Back in November, while the prosecution was still in the midst of presenting its case against Slager, I wrote that the law in South Carolina is particularly complicated because the state doesn't even have a formal statute that defines the circumstances under which police officers are legally allowed to use lethal force. Instead, judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in the state must look to a 2004 ruling from the South Carolina Supreme Court—one that is based on an utterly incoherent interpretation of a so-called common law standard that says police can use any amount of force, including deadly force, to “seize” a fleeing felon if necessary. Inevitably, experts told me, jurors are left confused when trying to determine an officer’s guilt or innocence.
As it turned out, none of that really mattered in the Slager trial, as the defense team argued that Slager acted in self-defense, and did not technically ask the jury to give his status as a law enforcement agent any special consideration in evaluating the legality of his actions. Slager used lethal force the way any reasonable person might have done in the same situation, the defense argued, and he would deserve acquittal regardless of whether or not he had been carrying a police badge at the time.
If Slager ends up walking, expect his defenders to say he was treated the same way under the law as anyone else would have been. And yet, it's hard to explain away the fact that we're headed toward Day 4 of jury deliberations over the guilt or innocence of a man who fired eight bullets at someone who was running away from him, was caught on video while doing it, and appeared to plant evidence on his victim before thinking better of it. The particulars of Slager’s legal defense notwithstanding, it’s hard to imagine this case would have ever gotten past the plea bargaining phase if the defendant was anyone but a police officer.
Since Donald Trump’s win last month, hate crimes nationwide have surged, and so has the number of people of color buying guns for protection. According to an NBC News report, some gun store owners have seen a four-fold increase in minorities inquiring about and purchasing firearms in recent weeks. Earl Curtis, an African-American and owner of Blue Ridge Arsenal in Virginia, told a reporter that many people of color believe “that racists now feel like they can attack . . . just because [Trump] is doing it.”
According to NBC News black gun groups are reporting double the normal number of attendees at their meetings since the election.
According to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey, gun ownership by blacks is less than half that of whites, 19 percent vs. 41 percent. Yet attitudes are also changing: 54 percent of blacks saw gun ownership as more likely to protect people than put them at risk; two years earlier, it was just 29 percent.
In 2014, 54 percent of blacks surveyed by Pew said gun ownership does more to protect people from crime than put people's safety at risk, versus 29 percent who said that in 2012, almost double. White attitudes also shifted more positively towards gun ownership during that time but not by as much, up 62 percent from 54 percent.
Michael Cargill, the owner of Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, told NBC News he had given up on advertising to African-Americans — but now he's seeing as many as 20 a month, and they're filling up his training classes; along with Muslim, Hispanic, and LGBT patrons with heightened worries about being targeted.
Black gun owner groups are seeing an uptick too, led by African-American women. They report receiving an increased number of emails from across the country from concerned minorities looking to learn more about gun safety, training, and firearm access.
Philip Smith, founder of the 14,000-member National African American Gun Association said his members are buying up every kind of gun, from Glock handguns to AR-15 rifles to AK-47 semi-automatic weapons — though most first-time buyers gravitate toward a nine-millimeter pistol or .38 revolver. He said that twice the usual attendees have RSVP'd for the next meeting of the Georgia chapter, which he heads.
"Most folks are pretty nervous about what kind of America we're going to see over the next 5-10 years," he said. That includes members apprehensive about protests against Trump becoming unruly, as well as an "apocalyptic end result where there's anarchy, jobs are gone, the economy is tipped in the wrong direction and everyone has to fend for themselves." They don't know who might be busting down their door at 2 a.m.
Racial tension was already at a high during the election, with a spate of videoed shootings and deaths of black men by police officers followed by ardent protests. From Ferguson to Chicago to Baltimore, African-Americans feel targeted and angry, sending marchers into the streets and communities on edge.
And Donald J. Trump's surprise victory in November has done nothing to abate the racial violence — it even seems to have encouraged more open displays of hatred. More than 700 instances have already been reported to the Southern Poverty Law Center just since November 8, and LGBT hotlines are seeing an "all-time peak" in calls from people reporting harassment.
Swastikas have been found spray-painted on churches, playgrounds, and college walls. White Texas high school students chanted "Build that wall" during a volleyball game with a predominantly Hispanic rival school.
The post-election gathering in Washington, D.C., of the National Policy Institute, an "alt-right" white supremacist organization ended darkly. Attendees gave the Nazi salute as the final speaker called out "Hail Trump!" and "Hail Victory!" It was an English translation of the Nazi "Sieg Heil!" cry.
"It's best that I be proactive," said Scott, a fiery 49-year-old financial analyst. "I know where I live."
Whenever the unreality of race is present racists are in a real deep state of attachment that prevents them from being conscious. When YOU appear they have checked out and checked into some robotic beliefs going on in their minds. Believing in an imagined hierarchy based on their lack of skin color and inability to produce color they imagine themselves to be higher than what they imagine"others" to be. This whole little make believe game is going on in their minds. This belief system of racism/white supremacy prevents them from seeing things as they are. Anything done in this sleeping state will be stupid. How could it not be?
Bhagwan explains, "a mind filled with belief always goes on projecting things in the world, it sees things which are not there. This is the problem. The mind which believes is always vulnerable and always provides an opportunity to be exploited by the cheaters - and the cheaters are all around."
Examples of racial idiocy happen everyday in our lives. Check out the white woman Trump voter in the video above. She was probably primarily motivated by racism to vote for Trump. Here, among other nonsense, this zombie-like lady believes millions of undocumented non-white people in California voted over and over in elections. lol. But don't blame Trump and the thousands of lies he told the white votary. She wants and wanted to be deceived. If she had not been deceived by Trump, then somebody else would have deceived her. Her racist mind is the problem not the deceivers.
What did the mostly white jury see when they saw this video of white Charleston cop Michael Slager shooting unarmed Black man, Walter Scott, over & over in the back as he fled? [MORE]
What did this white Forest Acres cop believe he saw when he saw this Black teenager he tried to kill? He seems to sincerely believe the teen was trying to run him over. But that did not occur. Listen to his explanations. [MORE]
Bagwan further states "a mind filled with belief always goes on projecting things in the world, it sees things which are not there. This is the problem. The mind which believes is always vulnerable and always provides an opportunity to be exploited by the cheaters - and the cheaters are all around. . . So who deceives it not the question. It has been my observation that if somebody deceives you, it shows a certain proneness in you to be deceived. And if somebody can lie to you, it means you have a certain affinity with lies. A man of truth cannot be deceived. A man who lives in truth cannot become a victim of liars. Only a liar can be deceived by another liar; otherwise there is no possibility. There are millions of people who are ready to be deceived, who are simply waiting for someone to come and deceive them - because of their beliefs, because of their vicious desires, because of their greed."
Racism/white supremacy is not the only belief and belief sysytem which is foul - all beliefs and belief systems are. Watch your mind - it is a motherfucker.
The great rebel, Buddha said: "All beliefs are dangerous. You should not believe, you should see.
Belief is a closing of the mind -- then the aperture is closed, then you don't look." In fact, a man who believes becomes afraid to look. Maybe the truth is against his belief. Then what to do? -- he closes his eyes. It is easier to protect one's belief with closed eyes than with open eyes. Who knows? -- the truth may not coincide with your belief, the truth may shatter your belief, the truth may be against your belief. It may not be Christian, it may not be Hindu, it may not be Mohammedan. Then what will you do? So it is better to remain with closed eyes.
A man with belief becomes afraid: he does not seek and he does not enquire and he does not search. He never explores. He remains stuck with his belief. He holds his belief to his heart; this is out of fear."
In Funktionary, Dr. Blynd provides the following for greater understanding into the danger of "belief" and "belief systems."
believer - one who accepts that which has no basis in reality. 2) a person who enjoys being deceived. A believer does not seek—just accepts theologies and/or ideologies. 3) one who is addicted to vanity and/or chained to convention with conviction. 4) one who lives in a cloud of illusions, confounded by language and its deceptions. Believers are people who make their lives subjective slaves to a mere belief—engineered my limited and fragmented understanding and fostered by erroneous conclusions rased solely on effects and appearances. A true believer would rather believe in something and be wrong than not believe in it and be right. A believer is never a spiritual person, and a spiritual person is never a believer. A spiritual person knows not; a religious person think she knows; a believer only (merely) believes. Unbelievably, a believer elevates the very notion of belief to a higher value than fact or knowing. Belief and believer are one. The condition is thought or belief in form; the two are actually one. Regardless of the particular belief held, it is belief itself which gives the sustaining power to thought. "It is done to you as you believe." -Jesus (of Biblical Myth). Keep believing and it will continue being done to you. All belief is still an act of consciousness, hence it can be reduced to a state of thought. The Law of Belief creates its own law which is changed only by reversing or dispersing the belief. "Believe not every spirit": refers to the psychic confusion of believing. You see, subjective forms are not always what they seem or claim to be. (See: Convictions, Absolute Truth, True Believer, Self-Realization, Prayer, Awakening, Meditation, Buddha-Christ, Stillness, Body of Christ, Knowingness & Blind Faith).
belief system - a model or construct (mega-frame) of consensual reality based on the mythologies, grey lies, and oral traditions of (an)others—mixed (superimposed over or grafted onto) one's past experience, coding and acculturation. 2) a set of beliefs whereby one draws conclusions about the nature of reality and treats the resulting perceptions as though they were absolute truth. A belief system is a set of unasked questions conveniently put aside and rent asunder so that we don't have to seek an answer out from reality. Think!! You cannot keep the view by taking the window with you. You can always test the validity of your belief system by your agility or inability to leap out of it (the frame). The various systems of belief throughout the world do nothing to ease mankind's hatreds, prejudices, wars, conflicts and animosities. It is belief that has caused our fissures and divisions. It is my belief pitted against yours, my rights and your wrongs, my god over your god. Belief has created competing ideals, dogmas and rituals. It has created fear and hatred for its opposite. It is responsible for most of our wars and our individual hostilities. A belief system is responsible for the creation of your physical pseudo-reality and the reflection of that pseudo-reality through your sensorial network back to your mentality. A belief system is also responsible for architecting your artificial construct personality. What you have in mind in the form of persona reproduces itself in like-kind in space-time. To solve (or dissolve) any (or many) of our so-called or imagined 'personal,' or the world's problems, we must transcend belief and knowledge into the real(m) of realization—Self-Realization. Things believed through faith are untestable. The logic of a belief system is so circular that it is virtually inescapable once instantiated. Beliefs tend to be transmitted by believers when they make believers (and non-believers alike) believe the things that transmit their beliefs. Inaccurate beliefs prevail if, when and where they facilitate their own means of transmission (memetic self-replication). Holding beliefs (memetic replicators) causes believers to engage in the very activities that perpetuate them and hold them down in humble or haughty ignorance. Beliefs tend to ameliorate imagination's shortcomings and exonerate us as prisoners of our own delusions. We must see the source of our need for belief (accurate, delusional or inaccurate; with or without faith, ergo neither proof or disproof) among (amidst) its distortions and limitations and then boldly go beyond it. A belief system is a sacred surrogate—a simulation of spirituality; assimulation without direct experience. Just how secure are you in your house of cherished illusions? (See: Self-Realization, Awakening, Knowledge Scrolling, Reality, Faith, Clairvoyant, Perception, Faith Paradox & Absolute Truth).
belief systems - linguistically created illusions of structured thought. Belief systems are "my truth is better than your truth" systems carved out of absolute truth (abject falsehood) codified as dogma, spread by fear, enforced by hatred, resulting in continuous warring, genocide, and unimaginable atrocities. Belief systems create formulas and fixed patterns (ruts) for living. They provides us with ready-made reactions (not responses) to whatever situation may arise. Thus we are never phfree to act spontaneously in the fullness of any moment. Life is infinite in its unfolding; it cannot be met with formulas and scripts. Belief is a tether that keeps us forever in the tiny circle of our vanities. Ken Carey has aptly noted, "Belief systems are cages created by words, imprisoning their makers. Even insights that accurately reflect reality cannot be preserved effectively by a belief system." Belief systems are the greatest of our shared vanities. We judge, choose, and reach conclusions, and from these conclusions we create concepts and images. We vest these images with the illusion of reality; we give them life, and they in turn allow us to think that we know—but knowledge is always of the past. It is fixed, lifeless and immovable. No amount or quality of belief system can expand knowledge nor bring any justice. Besides, even knowledge is not reality. It is an image and conceptualization that we create of and about reality—a dead thing. Belief systems suck you in but can't get you off. Why are you living your life based on the unquestioned chain of hearsay? Our beloved BS (belief systems) are elaborate mirage-like constructions of vibrations through and to which we chain ourselves: ideas, ideologies, representations, events, and information deemed important and considered as foundational if not real. However, all that we are is an elaborate thoughtform appearing (temporarily congealed as light) within a world of ceaseless change that itself is a thoughtform that we (as human beams) choose to experience as physical and governed by the physical laws through which impersonal Consciousness creatively expresses (self-animates) in the world through undulating patterns of repetitive existential Self-relation. "The pathway to Enlightenment via radical truth is demanding and requires the surrendering of all belief systems. Only then does ultimate reality reveal itself..." -David R. Hawkins. (See: Reversion, Surrendering, Human Beam, Enlightenment, Spiritual Unfoldment & Mind-Inversion)
Now desperately trying to join the ranks of "Showcase Blacks" and hoping for the Devil to "please promote me", Stephen A. Smith continues to Shadowbox Colin Kapernick in service of white domination. Aint the devil happy. Always remember, Showcase Blacks are not showcasing themselves, they are being showcased by white supremacists. [MORE])
(Racial Shadow Boxing occurs when victims of racism (non-white people) are directly or indirectly, "assigned", bribed, coerced, and/or otherwise influenced, by the racists (white Supremacist), to speak or act to do harm to other victims of racism. White Supremacists oftentimes hide behind others whom they use as shadows of themselves. [MORE]
Please remove your mouth from their privates. Voting is a necessary illusion of the white supremacy system. Under the present circumstances voting is just symbolic token participation in democracy. Amos Wilson explained "to Democrats and Republicans (White Party) Black people and their welfare are not the end of the electoral process but merely the means for winning. For both parties electioneering is more of a social device for selling to the public, for shaping its opinion than for standing to account for past behavior and receiving instructions from the public regarding governance and policy decisions." [MORE] Here, Trump used white people's fear and hatred of Blacks to launch himself into the Blight House. What risks did HRC take for you?
Voting is not power.
Always endeavoring to undeceive Amos Wilson explains, 'politicians and the media strive strenuously to convince the Black votary that every conceivable problem which confronts it can be resolved through voting heavily for Black and friendly White politicians. The establishment is ever quick to remind the Black electorate of the historical struggles necessary to achieve their right to vote. It indicts the community for any perceived electoral apathy and seeks to evoke guilt feelings in those who do not participate in the electoral process — making such ritualistic participation emblematic of democracy and first-class citizenship.
This is of special interest when it is realized that very few, if any, of the major political, economic and social goals achieved by Black America, including the Voting Rights Act, were accomplished through Black voting prowess. The ballot box has been a relatively impotent weapon in the achievement of major victories by the Black community. Suddenly vigorous protest and direct-action legal suits and extralegal processes such as boycotts, sit-ins, and the like, which were used so effectively by the community to achieve its sociopolitical ends and to fight injustice and oppression, have fallen far behind the election of Black and friendly White politicians to achieve the same ends. Politicians who in no way are interested in developing a program for the economic emancipation and empowerment of the Black community, and who are not committed to neutralizing White supremacy.' [MORE]
'Any act or attitude on the part of Black males which appears to White Americans to defy White American authority, control or dominance is a problem to white folks.' [MORE] Elite whites will now begin to officially filter out (dissapear) Mr. Kaepernick.
Racism/white supremacy was not on the agenda in any election. Its not a complicated issue - just Cause and Effect. White Supremacy/Racism is the cause of problems such as poverty, economic inequality, lack of economic development, unemployment, drug addiction, infant mortality, AIDS, chronic welfare dependency, lack of affordable housing, homelessness, servant education, the unequal administration of justice, police brutality, jim crow like incarceration, voter suppression and disenfranchisement and much more. Yet no candidates talked about racism/white supremacy and neutralizing or challenging white power. When its all said and done both political parties function to service the interests of the ruling white corporate wealthy elite.
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing explained, "Black people throughout the world, live under the power of the white supremacy system of total oppression and domination, implying the absence of any true power to determine ultimately what happens to their individual and collective lives. This is the major and only problem facing Black and all other non-white peoples throughout the world. [MORE]
What Did the White Cops Think They Saw? When white Cleveland cops arrived information from the police radio run was not corroborated. 1) No "guy" or grown man was present - only a 12 yr old child. 2) There were no people around - the child was alone. So no ongoing emergency existed. 3) No gun was visible - apparently the toy gun was in the child's pants and out of site when police arrived = so no legal basis to stop, seize or use force.
In the context of White American domination there is no innocent Black male, just Black male criminals who have not yet been detected, apprehended or convicted. Their mere presence inspires in White Americans, fears of being assaulted, raped, robbed, or some other indefinable dread of being criminally victimized.[MORE] "A mind that is filled with belief is a mind which can project anything according to the belief." When these frightened Cleveland white cops heard the radio run & saw Tamir Rice their racist minds must have got carried away. Their thoughts clouded with smoke - they could no longer physically see or hear things as they were. Their minds blocked it. [MORE] and [MORE]
From [HERE] A judge for the Cuyahoga County Probate Court in Ohio approved a settlement on Wednesday in which the city of Cleveland will pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black child who was shot and killed by a white police officer in a recreation center in November 2014. The parties reached the settlement in April, but it required the approval of a probate judge. The police officer, Timothy Loehmann, and his partner Frank Garmback were dispatched to investigate an emergency call about a "guy with a gun." Last December, a grand jury failed to indict the officers. Under the terms of the settlement, the city made no admission of wrongdoing.
The boy had an airsoft gun that shoots nonlethal plastic pellets when a rookie white officer shot him at a Cleveland playground.
Surveillance video released by police shows Rice being shot less than two seconds after the patrol car stopped near him. Officer Timothy Loehmann told the boy to put his hands up, but he didn't comply, according to police.
According to police,he reached for a gun in his waistband. The toy gun was in his waistband -- that is he was not holding in it. [MORE] The police chief said there was no confrontation between the boy and the cops and he did not threaten the officers with the gun or otherwise. See video above. In other words, when the cops arrived no crime was being committed in their presence and no visible danger was present. As such, there was no legal basis to order him to stop or to pull out their loaded weapons and point them at him in the first place. When they arrive they see a Black kid, alone. [MORE]
[Nigger is what is being done to you] From [HERE] and [MORE] Portland City Council will consider paying the family of a Black teen a $90,000 settlement after a gang of white police officers used excessive force during an arrest two years ago.
Police were called to N Portland in September 2014 after neighbors reported nine African American men and women had threatened to shoot someone and were damaging property.
Portland Police said they found a group "matching the description", and when police tried to put handcuffs on the then-16-year-old boy Thai Gurule, he struggled with them. They said he choked an officer in the process. Two officers and a sergeant suffered minor injuries during the altercation, and the teen was also treated for injuries at the scene and sent to the hospital before being sent to a juvenile detention home, police said.
Mariah Lund, a witnesses, said she was with the group, and they were coming home from a party. She disagreed with what police said about the incident.
"I couldn't really hear what was going on at first and then all of a sudden we just start hearing yelling and then they pushed my friend's brother, Thai, onto the floor," she said.
Lund told KATU they weren't doing anything and were just walking home.
Gurule's charges were dropped last year, when a Multnomah County judge ruled the teen wasn't assaulting officers. A liar white cop's pollice report is posted [HERE]
From [HERE] A judge has approved a settlement of $1 million to the family of William Chapman, the Black teen fatally shot by Portsmouth cop Stephen Rankin, a racist suspect who made Nazi postings on the internet. [MORE]
Sallie Chapman, the mother of William Chapman, will receive $300,000 while Chapman's father will get close to $150,000. Another part of the settlement will go to attorney fees and the rest will be split between seven of William Chapman's half-siblings.
Rankin was convicted on a manslaughter charge this year and sentenced to spend only two years and six months behind bars for shooting the 18-year-old, who was unarmed in the parking lot of Wal-Mart off Frederick Blvd. He shot Chapman in the face and chest outside a Walmart store last year, after a security guard reported a theft from the store.
No video exists of the killing that took place on April 22, 2015, and testimony in the criminal case conflicted on the details, but most witnesses said Chapman had his hands up. Prosecutor Stephanie Morales said the officer could have used non-deadly force.
His family now plans to sue Walmart.
This was not the first fatal shooting for Rankin. The Guardian reported that four years before his confrontation with Chapman, Rankin was cleared of wrongdoing when he fired 11 times at an unarmed burglary suspect, Kirill Denyakin. In that incident, Rankin claimed the man charged at him while reaching into his waistband with his hands.
Trial prosecutors were barred by the judge from telling the jury about Denyakin. When Rankin was indicted on the second shooting, he was fired from Portsmouth police.
From [HERE] On the evening of Nov. 25, 2014, Rebecka Jackson-Moeser, 30, marched with a crowd of thousands from Leimart Park to L.A. City Hall to protest the decision of a Missouri grand jury to not indict the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson. At around 9:30 p.m., Jackson-Moeser joined a group of about 100 protesters that split off from the main rally at City Hall and managed to walk onto the 101 freeway downtown, blocking traffic in both directions.
Within minutes, officers from the California Highway Patrol arrived in riot gear and began to disperse the protesters. Jackson-Moeser was there with her younger brother, the two of them part of a group of protesters the police were forcing to exit the freeway near Grand Avenue. “There was a whole line of them,” she tells L.A. Weekly. “It felt like a military action of them just like forcing us off the highway."
Jackson-Moeser, who is from St. Louis, was a master's student in theater at the California Institute of the Arts at the time of the protest. Currently, she works as a stage manager for a theater company in L.A.
The complaint alleges the CHP violated her First Amendment right to freedom of speech and her Fourth Amendment right against the use of excessive force.
A video captures the moment Jackson-Moeser was injured. She is exiting the freeway, walking backward up the hill. After she turns her back to the skirmish line of police, an officer swings a baton with a backhand motion that strikes the left side of her face. The blow split her left earlobe and opened a gash on the side of her head, requiring 20 stitches altogether and leaving her with a concussion, the complaint states.
From [HERE] and [HERE] and [HERE] Two white L.A. sheriff's deputies will spend time in federal prison for the beating of a Black mentally ill jail inmate in 2010, U.S. District Judge George W. Wu ruled today.
Bryan Brunsting, 32, was leniently sentenced to 21 months behind bars; Jason Branum, aka Jason Johnson, 36, received five months - also a lenient sentence. They were found guilty in May of violating the inmate's civil rights and of falsifying records to cover up the beating.
Brunsting instigated the attack in a Twin Towers Correctional Facility in a locked hallway where no cameras were present, federal prosecutors said, because he felt the victim had shown disrespect to a civilian sheriff's employee. Ex-sheriff's trainee Joshua Sather testified in court that Brunsting said he and Branum were about to "teach" the inmate "a lesson." Sather quit after the incident.
The victim, Philip Jones, was punched, kicked in the genitals and doused with pepper spray before he was handcuffed and sent for medical care, authorities said. Prosecutors said the victim suffered from schizophrenia and sometimes heard voices in his head. He was screaming and crying during the assault, Sather testified.
When they were done, Sather testified, the deputies gathered privately to concoct a justification for the beating that they gave sheriff’s officials in falsified reports.
“They conspired to assault somebody,” Fox said. “They conspired to cover it up.”
The rookie deputy testified that he was told what to say and how to write his report. As prosecutors argued at trial, the reports submitted by Brunsting and the rookie were strikingly similar, and were written to justify the use of force by falsely claiming that the victim had attempted to punch the rookie.
The deputies' cover story included allegations that Jones was combative and thus instigated the use of force. Brunsting also faced allegations of brutality in a 2009 case involving an inmate at the same facility.
"Deputy Brunsting’s conduct was even more egregious given that he was involved in the abuse of a second inmate, and he was training new deputies on how to violate inmates’ civil rights and get away with it," the U.S. Attorney in L.A., Eileen M. Decker, said in a statement today.
As a training deputy Brunsting taught the officers he mentored how to use violence to command respect from inmates and then lie to cover it up. In August 2009, Fox wrote in a court filing, Brunsting choked out an inmate and wrote a false report under the name of a deputy he was training. Prosecutors dropped the charges stemming from that incident in exchange for Brunsting agreeing to allow the judge to consider the conduct when he is sentenced.
“This is acting with impunity,” Fox said. “This is saying, ‘We are above the law.’”
"White Supremacy is white degeneracy wrongly cast as supremacy." Neely Fuller explained a long time ago that "Most white people hate Black people. The reason that most white people hate Black people is because whites are not Black people. If you know this about white people, you need know little else. If you do not know this about white people, virtually all else that you know about them will only confuse you."
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing said, "to take Fuller's account a step further, it should be noted that, in the majority of instances, any neurotic drive for superiority usually is founded upon a deep and pervading sense of inadequacy and inferiority. Is it not true that white people represent in numerical terms a very small minority of the world's people? [the world is over 90% white] And more profoundly, is not "white" itself the very absence of any ability to produce color? I reason, then, that the quality of whiteness is indeed a genetic inadequacy or a relative genetic deficiency state, based upon the genetic inability to produce the skin pigments of melanin (which is responsible for all skin color). The vast majority of the world's people are not so afflicted, which suggests that color is normal for human beings and color absence is abnormal.
Additionally, this state of color absence acts always as a genetic recessive to the dominant genetic factor of color-production. Color always "annihilates" (phenotypically-and genetically speaking) the non-color, white. Black people possess the greatest color potential, with brown, red and yellow peoples possessing lesser quantities, respectively. This is the genetic and psychological basis for The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy). [MORE]
On Sunday the New York Times published a profile on Bannon, casting him as a “combative populist.” Buried deep within the profile is an account of Bannon talking about his belief in the “genetic superiority” of certain people and his support for restricting voting rights to only property owners.
A former colleague of Bannon’s, Julia Jones, recounted her interactions with Bannon to reporter Scott Shane:
Ms. Jones, the film colleague, said that in their years working together, Mr. Bannon occasionally talked about the genetic superiority of some people and once mused about the desirability of limiting the vote to property owners.
“I said, ‘That would exclude a lot of African-Americans,’” Ms. Jones recalled. “He said, ‘Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.’ I said, ‘But what about Wendy?’” referring to Mr. Bannon’s executive assistant. “He said, ‘She’s different. She’s family.’”
Jones also previously described Bannon’s comments about voting to The Daily Beast.
Restricting voting to only property holders would take the country back centuries to its founding — when only white, male property holders could vote in most states. Today, such a restriction would disenfranchise huge swaths of people, including students, people of color, young Americans, many city dwellers, and low-income populations.
Far from populism, this is Revolutionary-era elitism drawn along racist lines. And for white nationalists, it’s a familiar goal.
Dr. Blynd explains in Funktionary:
Jesusize - to believe in something (or someone—real, mythologized or imagined) or even worship it, based on little (scant and sketchy) to no evidence in support of it (single-source propaganda), and uncorroborated accounts that fly in the face of knows history, facts and science. 2) to turn fiction or fictional accounts into fact and history through propaganda, indoctrination coercion and violence. Just because a man called "Jesus" did not exist in history does not mean that you cannot become the Christ you are awakening in (or at least to) the Divine Mystery. (See: Jesus Seminar & Christ Consciousness)
From [Greg Palast] The ballots in the electoral “dumpster.” The nasty little secret of US elections, is that we don't count all the votes.
In Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania—and all over America—there were a massive number of votes that were simply rejected, invalidated, and spoiled. They were simply, not counted. Officially, in a typical presidential election, at least three million votes end up rejected, often for picayune, absurd reasons.
The rejects fall into three big categories: provisional ballots rejected, absentee and mail-in ballots invalidated and in-precinct votes “spoiled,” spit out by a machine or thrown out by a human reader as unreadable or mis-marked.
So, as Robert Fitrakis, lead lawyer for the recount tells me, their first job is to pull the votes out of the electoral dumpster—and, one by one, make the case for counting a rejected provisional, absentee or “spoiled” ballot.
Spoiled: over-votes and under-votes
How does a vote spoil? Most fall in the categories of “over-votes” and “under-votes.”
In Michigan, the Green team has found a whole lot of people who voted for TWO candidates for President. These are the “over-vote”—votes that will count for neither candidate.
How odd. While the schools in Detroit are not stellar, its graduates do know that they can only have one president.
Then, some folks didn’t vote at all. They are the “under-voter.”
But, Fitrakis and team suspect, many of these under- and over-voters meant to vote for a candidate but the robot reader couldn’t understand their choice.
Here’s how it happens. Voters in Michigan and Wisconsin fill in bubbles next to their choice. The cards, filled up with darkened bubbles for each race, are gathered and fed through an “optical scanner.” These robotic eyeballs mess up all the time.
This is what Fitrakis, an old hand at vote-machine failures (both deliberate and benign), calls “the calibration problem.”
Are machines calibrated with a Republican or Democratic bias? No, that's not how it works. But just as poor areas get the worst schools and hospitals, they also get the worst voting machines.
The key is an ugly statistic not taught in third grade civics class: According to the US Civil Rights Commission, the chance your vote will be disqualified as “spoiled” is 900% more likely if you’re Black than if you’re white.