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The Poor Person’s Defense of Riots

Matthias Rhomberg (CC BY 2.0)

Matthias Rhomberg (CC BY 2.0)

Delio Vasquez writes at CounterPunch:

Since the Ferguson decision, we have been flooded with stories about how the overwhelmingly peaceful nation-wide protests against police brutality have been occasionally ruined by looting and property destruction caused by “fringe” elements. In conservative media, the trouble-makers have been generally characterized as parts of the black “criminal” underclass. In the liberal media, the law-breakers have often been characterized as “outside agitators,” “violent political radicals,” and “white anarchists.”  While the conservative side has worked to make it seem like the actions of these black “criminals” are not legitimately political, the liberal side on the other hand has avoided publicizing stories about people of color engaging in property destruction altogether. There is a real danger that these omissions have been motivated by white guilt—as well as by the legitimate concern that publicizing these stories will be interpreted as feeding into racism.

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Refusing To Wage War

"Critics of police violence, all those who call for demilitarized law enforcement and an acknowledgement of America’s institutional racism, are, yet again, but with even more self-righteous ferocity, declared the enemy." (Photo: The All-Nite Images/flickr/cc)

“Critics of police violence, all those who call for demilitarized law enforcement and an acknowledgement of America’s institutional racism, are, yet again, but with even more self-righteous ferocity, declared the enemy.” (Photo: The All-Nite Images/flickr/cc)

Robert C. Koehler writes at Common Dreams:

And so we grieve over another national tragedy.

Two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot — assassinated — as they sat in their patrol car this past weekend. Let the needlessness of their deaths rip our hearts open. Let the humanity come first.

“Now is a moment for empathy and deep listening.”

The words are from a statement issued by #BlackLivesMatter, a grassroots movement emerging this year over the spate of police killings of young men of color. The murder of the officers is part of the same tragedy. Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. All lives matter. Any thinking that embraces less than this is part of the problem, not the solution.

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Transcending Boundaries: Identity and Oppression Within Psychedelic Culture

Wise words from VTSeeker48, of the DMT-Nexus, highlighting how even the so called counter-culture still heavily suffers from the conditioning and pitfalls of existing within the framework of western society. Via The Nexian:

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“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”

“Part of what psychedelics do is they decondition you from cultural values. This is what makes it such a political hot potato. Since all culture is a kind of con game, the most dangerous candy you can hand out is one which causes people to start questioning the rules of the game.”

–Terence Mckenna

The popularity of psychedelic experiences has skyrocketed in recent years with the advent of the internet and widespread acclaim of Ayahuasca and DMT.Read the rest

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Pulling the Ole Trayvon: The Untold Racism of Our Story

THIS JUST IN: “Missouri teen shot by police was two days away from starting college.”
THIS JUST IN: “Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold.”
THIS JUST IN: “Sleeping 7-year-old girl shot in head during no-knock police raid on wrong home.”

We see this shit going on all around us, and we’re enraged, upset, disappointed, and confused by it. We know full well that it’s fueled by race.

We think, “Again? Come on!”

We think, “It’s 2014, for chrissake! What about the civil rights movement?!”

We make sarcastic jokes about the supposed end of racism and how we don’t see color; and then we bicker, ruminate, or go rogue as self-important Facebook activists bent on “intelligently debating” among ourselves as to why that last black man was shot—a common response to what is now a regularly occurring event.

We ask, “Who’s the next black kid to get shot in the face?” Indeed, it’s a miserable state of affairs, one that is surely statistically quantifiable by now.… Read the rest

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Steve Almond: I’m Quitting American Football

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Pollice Verso – Jean-Léon Gérôme 1872 (PD) wikimedia

I am sure many Disinfonauts and other aware netizens are clued into the distracting and sometimes rigged nature of the games around the world. This avid fan of American Football wrote the book  Against Football, explaining why he’s turned his back on the sport.

via Kottke

Life-long NFL football fan Steve Almond recently wrote a book called Against Football in which he details why he is no longer watching the game he loves. Ian Crouch talked with Almond for the New Yorker.

Any other year, Steve Almond would have seen the play. But, after forty years of fandom, he’s quit the N.F.L. In his new book, “Against Football,” Almond is plain about what he considers the various moral hazards of the game: “I happen to believe that our allegiance to football legitimizes and even fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia.”

This part resonated most with me:

Even a casual N.F.L.

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The New Racism: Deny Then Smear

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It may be getting old for some, but I feel this is important. Lately you may have noticed the same lies repeated, even here in Disinfo’s comments section. It should come as no surprise where the smearing is coming from. It’s pretty obvious when the barely veiled racism is almost verbatim from multiple ‘individuals’.

via Slate

Did you know Michael Brown was a killer?

Did you know he was a devoted gang member with an extensive juvenile record who routinely robbed convenience stores and committed acts of mayhem? And did you know that when Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown, he wasn’t using unjustified force, he was defending his life? The 6-foot-4, 300-pound 18-year-old fractured Wilson’s eye socket while reaching for his gun, and was killed while charging at Wilson to land another blow.

If this sounds suspect—if it sounds almost unbelievable—then your head is in the right place. Nothing in this narrative is true.

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An Open Letter: We are in Denial

Dear White America,

As you fill my Facebook feed with videos of ice buckets being dumped on your heads, I cannot help but notice your silence (with a few exceptions) regarding the events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri.

While raising money for ALS research is undoubtedly a noble pursuit, there are some slightly more pressing issues confronting our society.

And if we are being honest, most of us white people are pretty uncomfortable talking about race.

Actually, uncomfortable is the wrong word.

A more accurate word is denial.

The shame we feel when we learn of the Atlantic slave trade, chattel slavery, plantation cotton fields, “forty acres and a mule,” lynchings, poll taxes, “separate but equal,” segregation, redlining and endemic discrimination across America’s institutional landscape, is viewed as a morally reprehensible part of our past.

But what we do not understand, including those of us who identify as socially conscious liberal democrats, is that structural racism still exists in ourpresent.Read the rest

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How White Liberals Shut Down Conversations About Racism

Nancy LeTourneau writes at Horizons:

Some of you might be aware of the fact that over the Thanksgiving week a battle about racism was engaged on the Daily Kos web site . If not, don’t worry, I’m not going to bring the whole thing here. But I do want to use some of the fallout to help us understand why talking about racism – even amongst liberals – is so hard to do.

What kicked off the conflict at Daily Kos was that a cartoonist posted a diary with drawings of President Obama that resembled a gorilla/monkey. To understand the reaction, you have to be aware of the history of racism being expressed by this kind of depiction. As many challenged the use of that imagery, a battle ensued.

What I found most telling was a reaction by one of the cartoonist’s fans at his web site who said this:

Being called a racist is really about as bad as it gets.

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The United States of America Is Not For Black People

Kid Handcuffed in the Back of a Police Car, Oakland RiotsDo you agree with Greg Howard that “the United States of America is not for black people,” which he writes at Deadspin’s The Concourse?

The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man was executed by police in broad daylight.

By now, what’s happening in Ferguson is about so many second-order issues—systemic racism, the militarization of police work, and how citizens can redress grievances, among other things—that it’s worth remembering what actually happened here.

Michael Brown was walking down the middle of the street in Ferguson’s Canfield Green apartment complex around noon on Saturday with his friend Dorin Johnson when the two were approached by a police officer in a police truck.

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