Calling Bullshit

Calling bullshit on All Lives Matter is very difficult because those who need that want to ignore inequality in society. 
Cognitive dissonance, white privilege and ignorance is a hellacious cocktail. 
Fundamentally, those who spout All Lives Matter in response to demands for change, is a plea to maintain the status quo. Whatever else they fear the loss of whatever unfair advantage they enjoy. 

A level playing field doesn’t help everyone or so they think. 

Just as the Blue Lives Matter advocates demand the right to engage in police brutality in the same breath that they demonize those who call for the end of police brutality.  

Who in their right mind opposes a movement that demands justice and an end to murder? How is that a hate group? What type of person supports murder?

Black Mothers Matter

My son was about to go out for a run. “Do you have your ID?”

“Don’t have your music too loud. Just wear one ear bud”
Now I am mad because some white mothers get to just be happy that their kid is healthy and active. 

I gotta stress about him surviving the run because he is a 20something Black Man. 

#BlackLivesMatter

Has Anita Alvarez set Jason Van Dyke up for acquittal?

Has Anita Alvarez set Jason Van Dyke up for acquittal?

note: this was taken from an attorney’s blog, but I think it is a good discussion of the different types of murder charges available re ‪#‎LaquanMcDonald‬

LAQUAN MCDONALD

‘First Degree Murder vs. Second Degree Murder in Illinois

First degree murder is the most serious criminal charge and does not allow consideration of “good time” so if you are convicted you will serve every day of the mandatory minimum plus any additional years that are part of your sentence. The criminal offense of first degree murder is differentiated from second degree murder below.

First Degree Murder

1. The unjustified killing of another individual where the act that caused the victim’s death meets any of these standards:

a. The perpetrator has the actual intent to cause a death or cause great bodily harm or knows that the act will inflict such harm or death; or

b. The perpetrator knows his or her actions will result in a high probability of great bodily harm or death; or

c. The death occurs during the commission of a felony (other than second degree murder) (Felony Murder).

Second Degree Murder

While the penalties for second degree murder are not as severe as first degree murder, the offense still results in life-changing consequences. Second degree murder is a Class 1 Felony that carries exposure to a prison term of 4 to 20 years. However, probation is available for up to four years.

2. Second degree murder is defined under Illinois law as committing an act that would constitute first degree murder but is mitigated by any of the factors below:

a. The act was committed when the accused was in a state of sudden and intense passion caused by serious provocation from the victim or someone the accused attempts to kill when inadvertently killing an innocent bystander; or

b. When attempting to act in self-defense to prevent imminent use of unlawful force likely to cause great bodily harm or death or a forcible felony, but the belief that the use of force was necessary is not objectively reasonable (sometimes referred to as “imperfect self-defense”).’

with just the information made available to the public. A conviction of Jason Van Dyke is more likely on a charge of 2nd degree murder. jASON VAN DYKE MUG SHOTSA Anita Alvarez’s choice to charge him with 1st degree murder is an attempt to avoid conviction.

After the poor charging and forced acquittal of Dante Servin dante servinfor the murder of ‪#‎ReikaBoyd‬  reika boydyou can appreciate my suspicion of SA Anita Alvarez.anita alvarez

 I have no reason to believe she won’t do the same thing again.

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Permission of the state

How is Black on Black crime different from white on white crime?

We live in a segregated society and crime is often defined by proximity.

The police however have taken an oath and sworn a duty to serve and protect.

They are trained and armed and sent into our community by the government, by the state.

They murder us with the

permission and

training and

equipment of the government.

#FREEMALCOLMLONDON

I LOVE MOVIES

so bear with me.

12YearsASlave

Remember the enslaved woman, Eliza, whose children were sold away from her.
She had suffered rape by her slaver to secure her and her son’s position and bore the rapist’s daughter.

stormpero
She loved her children and when they were sold way from her, she was inconsolable.

Solomon Northrup watched her weep endlessly, as did their slavers, master and mistress Ford.12yas

Mistress Ford had dismissed Eliza’s grief. telling her she would get over it.

and had her sold when she did not.
insert ANALOGY here*

* Rahm Emanuel​ and Anita Alvarez andrahm garry anita Garry McCartney covered up the execution of #LaquanMcDonald by Jason Van Dyke for over a year.

Once caught an forced to come clean – thye asked for PEACE

they refused to meet with activists and barred the reporter who forced the story into the open from the press conference.

They asked for Peace

then fraudulently arrested #MalcomLondon and others during a non violent protest of the illegal murder of Laquan McDonald.

because we dont get to grieve
we dont get to mourn
we are just supposed to bet over it because you think you own us and you asked for peace.black lives matter _sky

WE JUST DIDNT KNOW HIS NAME.

I woke to learn that Malcolm London had been arrested and called the CPD first district number that had been tweeted out.MALCOM lONDON

the Lt. that answered the phone offered an interesting perspective.

London is a horrible person who hit another HUMAN BEING.
He deserved to be arrested.

I pointed out that he was protesting the failure of the system to arrest Jason Van Dyke for OVER a year, for killing another human being…jASON VAN DYKE MUG SHOT

“no one cared about Mr McDonald before he died. No one marched then”

No, we marched for him. we just didn’t know his name until he was murdered, I responded. we have been marching a long time.black power salute

she hung up.

 

 

 

My humanity is not yours to control: My thoughts on #ShiningALight

 

My thoughts on #ShiningALight

So I finally watched all three hours of Shining A Light concert and town hall meeting.shiningalight2

The mission statement of the initiative reads

A+E Networks, iHeartMedia and United Way have joined forces to launch Shining a Light, a multi-platform initiative designed to promote real progress on race in America, following the Emanuel AME Church tragedy and inspired by the reaction of the family members and Charleston community. The  program is designed to inspire others to go beyond short-lived, symbolic gestures and to explore the uncomfortable truth about the racial inequity and bias in our country and to help individuals and organizations that are working to make progress on issues of race.

I read through the viewing party guide, the start a conversation guide and several of the links. I went through the study guide for educators.

 

And I took a couple of hours to think about the concert, fundraiser and townhall meeting.

 

So, a lot if not most of what makes this project worthwhile are in print and on line.  Many of the interview segments were awkward and offered little new information to the viewer or the participants.

That said I fully encourage you to thoroughly investigate the website, http://www.unitedway.org/shining-a-light .

 

I watched most of the white participants offer qualified apologies, requests for patience and demand sympathy and support for their position.

I saw many Black participants discuss the matter from a colonized mind that could not demand for itself what it would offer others.

The white participants took the forgiveness and anguish of the Black Participants for granted. And requested more of the same without offering anything in return.

 

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that relations between peoples mirror those between individuals.

As an individual, when wronged, mistreated, disrespected, marginalized, maimed, murdered… etc., I am looking for a full acknowledgement of what was done to me and an unqualified apology. If there is an explanation of why I was you victim, great. But no excuses.

And then I fully expect the wrong doer to make amends. To evidence his emotional state of being sorry.

Anything less than that is useless.

And then the wrongdoer is to commit to and actually never commit the harm to me again.

Whites in America are very comfortable with the notion that black people have to earn full humanity and citizenship. And upon the completion of the Herculean effort, by Black people, white people will pronounce us human and citizens.

If you don’t already see my full humanity and acknowledge my full citizenship that we don’t even need to talk.  There is nothing I can do to change your mind.  My humanity is not yours to give. It never has been.

White people as the keepers of power have the ability to end racism today.

And my question is, why don’t you?shiningalight3