Yesterday the world was outraged at the death of Cecil the Lion. The dentist who killed the lion has been vilified by the world. His practice has been shutdown and celebrities have been calling for his head. Th world is outraged, but what is wrong with a world that can summon up this kind of outrage for a wild animal and regard the killing of Sam DuBose as a simple news story? SMH
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Would they have done this in an ethnically diverse community?
Bland “was very combative,” DA Elton Mathis said. “It was not a model traffic stop … and it was not a model person that was stopped.”
By now you know the story of Sandra Bland. She was a 28 year old woman who moved to Texas to start a new job. She was pulled over by the police for a minor traffic violation. She was subsequently manhandled and arrested. The police say she committed suicide while in their custody. Her relatives contest this and a murder investigation is currently going on. I was reading an article about Bland and I was struck by the quote above from the DA. He said she was not a model person. What is a model person? Does model person mean complete compliance? What makes you a model person? Why is there always a need to demonize the victim even prior to all the facts being released? Perfection does not provide protection. Share your thoughts.
I thought Cornel west reserved this type of ire for the President. Read the post and share your thoughts.
In Defense of James Baldwin – Why Tony Morrison(a literary genius) is Wrong about Ta-Nehisi Coates. Baldwin was a great writer of profound courage who spoke truth to power. Coates is a clever wordsmith with journalistic talent who avoids any critique of the Black president in power. Baldwin’s painful self-examination led to collective action and a focus on social movements. He reveled in the examples of Medgar, Martin, Malcolm, Fannie Lou Hamer and Angela Davis. Coates’s fear-driven self-absorption leads to individual escape and flight to safety – he is cowardly silent on the marvelous new militancy in Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, Oakland, Cleveland and other places. Coates can grow and mature, but without an analysis of capitalist wealth inequality, gender domination, homophobic degradation, Imperial occupation (all concrete forms of plunder) and collective fightback (not just personal struggle) Coates will remain a mere darling of White and Black Neo-liberals, paralyzed by their Obama worship and hence a distraction from the necessary courage and vision we need in our catastrophic times. How I wish the prophetic work of serious intellectuals like Robin DG Kelley, Imani Perry, Gerald Horne, Eddie Glaude commanded the attention the corporate media gives Coates. But in our age of superficial spectacle, even the great Morrison is seduced by the linguistic glitz and political silences of Coates as we all hunger for the literary genius and political engagement of Baldwin. As in jazz, we must teach our youth that immature imitation is suicide and premature elevation is death. Brother Coates continue to lift your gifted voice to your precious son and all of us, just beware of the white noise and become connected to the people’s movements!
Every now and then you need some McDonald’s. Yesterday I went to my local McDonald’s while eating my lunch with my daughter I observed the manager, a black woman having an ongoing conversation with one of the patrons. She would smile and greet everyone who came over to sit down and eat their food. She asked everyone did they need anything. She was pleasant and professional until a young black teenage boy came over and attempted to charge his phone. She asked him whether he planned on buying any food and when he said yes she said he had 20 minutes to eat it, and they did not tolerate loitering. It was striking to me that he had to justify his existence in the restaurant. During the school year they have limits of the number of students allowed in the restaurant, but there was barely anyone in the place but, she laid out his rules of engagement. He responded to her, and he left the premises. She found him suspicious on arrival, and he did not seem bothered probably because this is his life, and I only got a glimpse of it.
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Video courtesy of Tyree Carroll Family.