I am fed up with the narrative of the media
"Rioting and Looting" is how the media is selling this story instead of overwhelming and unnecessary police force against the protesters is fueling the violence. We have seen that time and time again starting long before Ferguson, but that is one of the first places I remember the cops starting to use the military equipment. Who can forget that scene where a cop is on top of a bearcat pointing his rifle at a group of unarmed people standing there with their hands up? The protests were mostly peaceful UNTIL the cops showed up and starting stirring shit up. Why? Because they could. And if the militarized outfitted cops weren't enough many states sent in the national guard. Yeah cuz that has always turned out well.
Salt Lake City came out to protest Friday and for the most part it was peaceful and in my opinion that was because there was no huge presence of militarized cops outfitted in their super predator gear with militarized bearcats and other military equipment. A group of young and mostly black people overturned a police car which was uncalled for of course and that led to the streets being flooded with cops. From there the protests turned violent. Saturday was so violent it was one of the first states that ordered a curfew from Saturday 9pm to Monday 6am.
Where are the violent crowds of protesters threatening the cop who pushed this man to the ground? He could have been seriously injured if he had fallen differently. 2nd tweet. (wish Twit would allow separated tweets again)
Salt Lake City: Police violently shove an elderly man with a cane to the ground, for the crime of standing and watching.
He couldn’t hear their commands. pic.twitter.com/a4MjujSKNA
— Chad Loder (@chadloder) May 31, 2020
Will this cop be disciplined or have to go through anger management classes or any redemptive actions so that he knows that he can not get away with treating people like this? Probably not. And if this man sues then he will end up paying for his settlement just like every one of us that first pays the cops to do whatever the hell they want to us and then have to pay out because of their actions. Let's make them put skin in the game. Oh wait. Cops have the most powerful unions in the country and they wield that power with donations to both parties, but more so the DP.
Chad Loder's twitter page is filled with video after video of cops committing assault on unarmed people. Click on any one of them.
Look at what a cop is doing in the second tweet here. He put his knee on this person's neck which just happens to be what the incident was that started this shit show in the first place. This cop did that again in another tweet too.
People can be heard screaming “GET YOUR KNEE OFF HIS NECK! GET YOUR F*CKING KNEE OFF HIS NECK!” before his partner finally intervenes.pic.twitter.com/3SjkJWBSda
— Chad Loder (@chadloder) May 31, 2020
Check out the number of times a cop killed or brutalized a black person and in most cases got away with it.
“All we say to America; is be true to what you said on paper.”
— ISIAH JAMES(@isiah4congress) June 1, 2020
Again shame on America for allowing this for so long.
There are tons of videos of cops shooting people from the press even after they identify themselves and have their hands up or pepper spraying them while they are on the ground with their hands out. Or just shooting and pepper spraying people for no GD reason.
So yeah media pull your heads out and cover the real story here which is that while some people are taking advantage of the situation and are committing mayhem, the main story is why people are protesting against the cops in the first place. That is that they have been given a license to kill anyone they want without any consequences. Oh yeah here is another thing you can bring to the country's attention. WHY THE HELL ARE COPS SENT TO ISRAEL FOR TRAINING IN THE FIRST PLACE? We are not supposed to be seen as their enemy.
I posted an article from the BAR in my essay that talks about how Obama fueled the transfer of military equipment to the police by 2,400%. And Marie posted tweets showing how cops in some cities joined the protests instead of assaulting them.
The Empty Suit president has weighed in with lots of Empty Words:
I wrote out some thoughts on how to make this moment a real turning point to bring about real change––and pulled together some resources to help young activists sustain the momentum by channeling their energy into concrete action. https://t.co/jEczrOeFdv
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 1, 2020
If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.
Second, I’ve heard some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system proves that only protests and direct action can bring about change, and that voting and participation in electoral politics is a waste of time. I couldn’t disagree more. The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable; in fact, throughout American history, it’s often only been in response to protests and civil disobedience that the political system has even paid attention to marginalized communities. But eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices — and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands.
Seriously, dude? We just need to elect the right government officials and then things will change for the better? Well wasn't that what the country did when it elected you and you had all branches of government for 2 years? Just what did that accomplish for us? Exactly. Nada. Almost every bill you passed helped the donor class at the expense of the working class and especially for blacks in America. This has been well documented. So take you piety and purtiy and put it where the sun don't shine. Or in a room in your $15 million mansion you were able to buy with help from the friends that rewarded you for what you did for them.
Finally, the more specific we can make demands for criminal justice and police reform, the harder it will be for elected officials to just offer lip service to the cause and then fall back into business as usual once protests have gone away.
Tell us what changed after Cleveland police were reviewed after Tamir Rice's murder, Barack. They had been under review for 10 years before his death and nothing had changed during that time. How about telling us what came from the investigation into Homen Square in Chicago that happened during your friend Rahm Emmanual, a Democratic Mayor? isn't that what you're telling us? That if we just elect enough democrats to run city and states then things will be all roses and unicorns? Hey wasn't that kinda hard to do after during your tenure over 900 states were lost and turned over to republicans? Why yes that did happen. SO as I said just empty words from an empty soul.
I recognize that these past few months have been hard and dispiriting — that the fear, sorrow, uncertainty, and hardship of a pandemic have been compounded by tragic reminders that prejudice and inequality still shape so much of American life. But watching the heightened activism of young people in recent weeks, of every race and every station, makes me hopeful. If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals.
Let’s get to work.
Yeah it has only been a few months that have been hard and dispiriting and not the 8 years of your empty presidency or the decades before that or the centuries of what Blacks, Native Americans and other minorities have experienced. Swell of you to pipe up and let us know that we hold the answer if we just vote in the right people. Good Gawd and yet people swallow this swine up.
The "He was the best president in my life time" crowd weighs in, but fortunately others see him for who he was.
He had 8 years to propose something. All he did was give nice thoughts and well written rhetoric that got us nowhere on this issue.
— Daddio (@Slo_D) June 1, 2020
But Hope is on the way right?
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We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us. The only way to bear this pain is to turn all that anguish to purpose. And as President, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen, just as I did today visiting the site of last night's protests in Wilmington.
Nope just more Empty Words from the person who was most responsible for the legislation that have given us this situation.
And why do I have the feeling that the violence is being fueled for some other nefarious purpose because the PTB know that this country is ripe for exploding after the greatest transfer of wealth from the lower to upper class in history? If the Floyd murder wasn't the match that lit what is happening then millions of people starving and being thrown out of their houses would have been. And then what? Just how close are we to martial law being declared? Cuz you know that is where we are headed.
And the violence isn't just being spurred by ANTIFA, but boy isn't that a great narrative? Let's just blame one group of agitators just because it fits your narrative. Blehh!! Besides I thought this was right out of Russia's playbook?
Susan Rice on unrest and violence at the George Floyd protests: "This is right out of the Russian playbook as well." pic.twitter.com/WlKwPcq98J
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) May 31, 2020
How about this instead, Susan?
Be super helpful if democrats stopped blaming everything on Russia and started blaming themselves for 30 years of failed neoliberal economic policies. But thats just me.
— Fred (@WaywardWinifred) May 31, 2020
Why the hell haven't the 3 other cops been arrested yet and FFS why was Chauvin not arrested for 5 days after he murdered George Floyd? Again look at the power of the police unions.
Dr. Cornell West says America is a failed social experiment: