The Revolution is Winning -- Tactics -- Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA
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I spent Thursday and Friday night watching live feed of the protest in Charlotte and the supporting protests in Atlanta, also following twitter, and FB feeds of supporters of the protests and the general flow of "commentary" on twitter, you-tube and so on. I would like to share my observations:
Although the killing of Keith Lamont Scott was the spark, the protests are not about Mr. Scott. The main stream media is trying its darnedest to make us believe that the issue is "release the video" and justice for Mr. Scott. Also that it is all about #BlackLivesMatter. They are covering up the most important element of the protests and that is that the protests are addressing corporate fascism as a whole. Disgust with an unjust and racist/classist system has risen to a critical point where the sparks and embers are igniting here, there and everywhere. The lies, cheating, looting and rapine of the governing corporate police state "party" (and their phony elections) are being exposed.
Mass media will not play their speeches, and promulgates nice sounding lies and disinformation:
--- Wednesday night's "violence" was state sponsored against peaceful protests, with a scripted reaction of looting, breaking windows and throwing tear gas canisters back at police (thank this tactic to my friends in the West Bank). This, along with a series of media and police lies, successfully painted protesters and our black and brown brothers and sisters as violent thugs.
--- Thursday Night the MSM live feed went off during the fifteen minutes when the militarized riot police sprayed peaceful, sitting down demonstrators with pepper spray and tear gas.
--- Friday night they went on and on extolling a small Jesus Choir as if this is the answer. the went on and on about how peaceful and therefore correct the demonstration was and issued warning after warning that the demonstrations should follow police orders. the "100 Men" (a group of community black "leaders") were sent out by the corporate government powers to keep the demonstrations peaceful.
This with the constant voice overlay trying to convince the viewer that the only issue is justice for Keith Lamont Scott. the live feed coverage consisted of "marching past Church St., oh how nice it is that the march is peaceful and bah blah blah. " The only place one could hear an actual speech by a protester was on live feed RT. In these speeches one could hear clearly in speech after speech that the issue was a universal protest against state/corporate power.
Thursday and Friday we saw some excellent choices in tactics.
1st) The marches were fluid, constantly moving, splitting and retreating, moving forward, reforming.
2nd) The short term blocking of the Interstate drew a huge amount of police state resources to the freeway, where, after a non-violent retreat in the face of pepper spray and tear gas (and what else we don't know) the police were left blocking the interstate while uptown became almost devoid of the forces of oppression.
3rd) Very importantly the protests on Thursday and Friday became multi-racial, and multi-ethnic. Listening to the speeches we know that the protests go way beyond #BlackLivesMatter" and Keith Scott and to the core of what amounts to a police state occupation of all the people.
4th) Also of up-most importance is that protesters went to great lengths to embrace the police and National Guard, engaging in conversation, even hugging. The police responded on Friday night by actually marching with the demonstrators, towards the front. OK, I don't trust the police, but having normally dressed police (and the press) in the front lines intermingled with the protesters is exactly what we need. In any non-violent revolution the only ultimate success is when the police, military and press refuse to follow orders and join the protest.
5th) The 12 Midnight curfew was defeated. No one followed orders, they fluid amoeba like protest continued to circle Uptown non-violently and the curfew collapsed even before the time it started. MSM went to great lengths to try and excuse this, while the white supremacists (of which there are many) called for "killing gorillas".
6th) Friday during the day Charlotte High School's and the local college also went on strike with die-ins and so on. In Atlanta, sympathetic protests were "organized" and carried forth.. As we know, the only way the revolution will succeed is when the central simple idea of justice to occupied and oppressed communities of color and the poor and middle class) are activated so that a protest in one city (or rural area) are followed by protests in all cities and many rural areas.
7th) Throughout Thursday and Friday the original police state version of events was debunked. For example: On Wednesday a still from the police showed a "gun". Friday this was debunked, it was one of a pair of black rubber gloves. What ever was in Mr. Scott's hands, if anything, it may have been a cell phone, a book, or whatever. he was sitting in his car waiting for his son and his wife was telling the police he was unarmed and begging them not to shoot. In another debunking story, two eye witnesses tell us that it was the white man in red who shot Mr. Scott, not the black police officer. I myself debunked the story that Mr. Justin Carr was shot by a "civilian" by showing that at that exact moment various other nearby protesters were being shot with rubber bullets.
It is highly important, as we know on this forum, to expose these police state lies and discredit them and thus, discredit their justification for power. In this we are winning as can be seen looking at the polls of the honesty rating of two corporate candidates and Congress. It has gotten to where only white supremacists and corporate cronies believe anything at all the government says.
It is highly important that the tactics of revolution are all-inclusive, with a dispersed and ever-changing leadership, and that, although we have s simply communicated core ideas "Whose Streets? Our Streets!" "This is What democracy Looks Like", "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" "I'm Black, Don't Demonize Me" that we remember, a revolution led by a leader at the top, be it Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is most likely a recipe for an even worse sort of tyranny.