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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Institutional Racism In Conservative Ideology

This post has been evolving for quite a long time.  However, in the last few days, a series of pieces have been published which bring together several threads of thought that I have been exploring for the last several years.  

There has long been a degree of bigotry and racism underlying modern day conservative ideologies.  At a glance, it appears to have its roots in the politics of religious literalism and the desire for simple, black-and-white explanations of the world in which we live.  My thinking on this matter has clarified enormously in the last few days.

The first (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Protecting the Public Trust? – Intersectional Analysis of Police Behaviour

Two very interesting articles about police conduct came out this week, particularly interesting if you juxtapose them.

Ferguson and the cult of compliance

In cases that seem very different, separated by factors such as age, race, gender, sexuality, geography, class and ability, police explain away their actions by citing noncompliance. They do it because it works. They do it because according to their beliefs, any sign of noncompliance is an invitation to strike.

First, we have to recognize the common denominators in many of these incidents: that people who die at the hands of the police don’t obey commands and (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Dismal and Dangerous Black and White World

I spent the weekend trying to forget, at least for a few hours, all the horrible things that are happening in this world. By biking along the waterfront, and shooting things like this bunch of wilting but still beautiful flowers…

But even they reminded me of all those missing and murdered aboriginal women…

And made me wonder again how Stephen Harper could dismiss that veritable holocaust as the mere acts of random violence.Read more »

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Police Violence Rages in Ferguson, MO

The out-of-control police response to protests against the killing of Michael Brown in a St. Louis, MO suburb, continues.

Our reporter @rdevro was shot with rubber bullets/beanbags by police last night, spent night in jail. Is due to be released w/o charge soon.— The Intercept (@the_intercept) August 19, 2014

Yesterday more journalists were arrested without charge, leaving little evidence for the wronged reporters to seek damages in a civil lawsuit.

.@DrDawg I see his point, but his exceptions are really rendered moot by the racist justice system. No opportunity for oppressed to sue.— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) (Read more…)

bastard.logic: White Suspects > Black Victims

This makes the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown so powerful. It's sad that some people have taken it to another level. http://t.co/oZnLDRRDhN

— Sammie. ™ (@LordSWVP) August 11, 2014

‘WELP:

WHITE SUSPECT

That’s how the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal chose to present the story of Amy Bishop, a former college professor who eventually pleaded guilty to killing three colleagues and wounding three others at a faculty meeting in 2010.

BLACK VICTIM

And that’s the headline AL.com ran about the shooting death of a 25-year-old black man in Alabama earlier this year.

WHITE SUSPECT

This is how the Staten Island Advance covered the (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Ballad of #MikeBrown

a young Dylan would've written a song: THE BALLAD OF MICHAEL BROWN. #Ferguson— Raffi Cavoukian (@Raffi_RC) August 15, 2014

If you go to Quik Trip You’d better take your gun, Cause the boys in blue will get you, That’s how things are done, In #Ferguson.

@DomoTheTruth dude was running and the cops just shot.him. i saw him die bruh— Bruh. (@TheePharoah) August 09, 2014

If you finish highschool in this two-bit town, A quick trip may last forever if they gun you down, The fate of poor #MikeBrown.

#Ferguson Police Chief says #MikeBrown was stopped because he (Read more…)

bastard.logic: Just Another Quiet, Peaceful Night In Sleepy Ferguson, Missouri

Via Charles Johnson: Cops in paramilitary gear are now pointing sniper rifles at peaceful black protesters in Ferguson, MO.

NBD.

Filed under: law enforcement Tagged: #michaelbrown, #mikebrown, Ferguson, Michael Brown, racism

bastard.logic: “You can’t win a person’s heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at his or her chest”

Afghanistan War veteran Paul Szoldra:

In Afghanistan, we patrolled in big, armored trucks. We wore uniforms that conveyed the message, “We are a military force, and we are in control right now.” Many Afghans saw us as occupiers.

And now we see some of our police officers in this same way. “The militarization of law enforcement is counter-productive to domestic policing and needs to stop,” tweeted Andrew Exum, a former Army infantry officer.

If there’s one thing I learned in Afghanistan, it’s this: You can’t win a person’s heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at (Read more…)

bastard.logic: Afro-Punk (AKA The Story of My Life)

Pretty much sums up my adolescence/early adulthood/current state of existence (I’m so old I remember when being black and playing rock/punk/metal was a radical, disruptive act, etc):

Bonus: Interview w/ James Spooner, director of Afro-Punk: The Movie:

Also, too: Live performances (because AGGRO):

 

Filed under: music, Uncategorized Tagged: Afro-Punk, music, punk, race, racial issues, racism, US, video

bastard.logic: The Murder of #MichaelBrown And Why ‘Black Rage’ Is Entirely Justified

MSNBC, quoting Dorian Johnson, eyewitness to the shooting by Ferguson, MO police of Michael Brown:

“There are two crowds. An older crowd that wants justice but there’s anger. Then it’s the younger crowd that wants revenge but there’s anger there, too… . What do you expect when something is steadily occurring and its hurting the community and nobody is speaking out or doing anything about it. I feel their anger, I feel their disgust.”

Brittany Cooper:

Mike Brown is dead. He is dead for no reason. He is dead because a police officer saw a 6-foot-4, 300-plus-pound black kid, (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Welcome to the 1,000th Politics, Re-Spun Editorial!

Steve Harper, the greatest threat to Canadian security in the modern era.

Happy August! Happy Day!

I have a few comments about this, the 1,000th editorial at Politics, Re-Spun. But you can read them below, about my sabbatical plan, new visions for this almost 12-year-old website, and other things.

But at the top of this post, I have something slightly more urgent to delve into before I check out for a break.

That great sick freak, Donald Rumsfeld is generally credited with popularizing the concept of unknown unknowns to our modern/post-modern era. Being a sick freak, he spun that bafflement (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: #DayofRage: For Gaza, Palestinians, History and Humanity

by: Obert Madondo Follow @Obiemad | Published Sat. Aug 9, 2014

“Die-In” protest in front of NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s office in Montreal, held on Aug 5, 2014. (Photo: Darren Ell/FACEBOOK)

Gaza, Palestine and you, freedom lovers everywhere, you’ve educated me.

Now I know why they didn’t support indigenous Zimbabweans’ justified armed struggle against British colonial rule. Why I spend the first precious 8 years of my life in Rhodesia. In the midst of a vicious war, fear, uncertainty and fragility.

You have reminded me why they took their time to condemn apartheid South Africa. Why far too (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: TFWP: How Racist is Canada?

Here’s one way to tell how racist a person/nation is.

Have them read this excerpt and see if they fly into a rage about “those” people, or just come up with economic arguments to keep “them” out.

Hopefully, everyone you know will nod and say, “obviously!”

Since this is a chronically underpopulated country with an aging population and an inadequately sized consumer and taxpayer base for its geography and culture, there is no reason for Canada to make any of its immigrants anything other than permanent.

Those who say “Canadian jobs for Canadians” are right: We should continue to (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: BC’s Deep Deep Racism, Shhhh!

Shhh, this is uncomfortable. It might make you ashamed.

Hopefully it will anger you to action?

First Nations burial grounds in BC have less protection than settler cemeteries.

Along with desecration at a Musqueam burial site, someone is building their home on top of another burial ground on Grace Islet off Saltspring Island. On stilts [see the horrible details below]. And the person building this home was once fined $150,000 for putting fake safety labels on retail products. Sigh. Morality much? Ever?

The minister responsible said in the legislature that Grace Islet’s “owner” “and the archaeology branch had (Read more…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care “cruel and unusual” treatment: Federal Court

Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care was “cruel and unusual” treatment that “shocks the conscience and outrages Canadian standards of decency.”

The post Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care “cruel and unusual” treatment: Federal Court appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Magnificent Example of Joe Killoran

Well I knew the shirtless jogger Joe Killoran had won his confrontation with Rob Ford yesterday from the moment it was over.Because after that, as you can see in the photo, not even a gallon of horse tranquilizer could keep Robbie from peering nervously over his shoulder.No doubt trying to remember what Boss Harper had told him to do when confronted by an ordinary citizen angrily demanding answers. Apart from having them arrested, or in Ford's case jumping on them.But it was all in vain, the internet was unanimous, Joe was the winner.Read more »

Politics, Re-Spun: How the Tsilhqot’in Land Title Ruling Can Help Kill Enbridge

Watch Pam Palmater’s response to the SCC ruling. Click above.

Stephen Harper had about a week to enjoy the glory of his remarkably understated whispery notification that the Enbridge climate killing pipeline will proceed.

Yesterday the Supreme Court shut down the prime minister, which they have a tendency to do because he so flagrantly intends to violate it. So they keep slapping his hand.

With the Tsilhqot’in ruling, our hope that first nations are our last line of defense against more climate killing tarsands development, has been greatly augmented.

In the coming weeks we will see how this may be (Read more…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: US Patent Office Says It Won’t Protect a Racial Slur. Here’s What It Means for The Washington Redskins (VIDEO)

The US Patent Office says it won’t protect a racial slur. Democracy Now talks to Amanda Blackhorse to explain what it means for the Washington Redskins.

The post US Patent Office Says It Won’t Protect a Racial Slur. Here’s What It Means for The Washington Redskins (VIDEO) appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Randy Hiller and Being Careful What you Wish For

We were in the Napanee area on Saturday and I noticed the Randy Hillier signs. Not a lot, but a few. Hillier is the Conservative incumbent for the riding of Lanark – Frontenac – Lennox and Addington. This riding was only created in 2003, so for the 2007 election, all candidates were new.

He won by a narrow margin of less than 1000 votes. But Hillier had the help of a controversial group called the Ontario Landowners Association, whose mandate is “…to preserve and protect the rights of property owners and to enshrine property rights within the Constitution (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: “Those Mainlanders” and other racist ways to start a sentence

I was at a restaurant with friends a few weeks ago. The conversation was kind of slow, so I mentioned my plans for travelling to Hong Kong next year and asked for advice on which attractions to visit.

One of the members of the group took this as an opportunity to talk about all the annoying “Mainlanders” – a term referring to people from Mainland China – I should be wary of during my visit.

“Mainlanders go to Hong Kong to show off their money. They’ll go into an LV boutique and say to the sales assistants, ‘I’ll take all the bags in the store except these (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Israel gets a plug: Don Sterling cites Israeli racism in justifying his racist views

Above right: Don Sterling and V. Stiviano /  Beneath: Israelis protesting against African asylum seekers

Affirmation of Israeli racism can surface in the most unlikely of places. In the taped phone conversation between disgraced L.A.Clippers owner Don Sterling and his girl friend V. Stiviano, Sterling cites Israeli racism in an attempt to give his racist opinions about African Americans some dubious credibility.

As has been widely noted in the Jewish press, Don Sterling is Jewish – born Donald Tokowitz. This makes his reference to Israel in the course of advocating a racist position all the more incendiary, (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: If there was any doubt that racism is alive and well in Canada….

Yesterday I wrote a mini-rant on the “gaze” of the CBC article on the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. Look, you can disagree with me and argue that it was just […]

Melissa Fong: How to ABUSE Canadian Citizenship: Blame Temporary Foreign Workers for problems of a global Capitalist Economy

How to ABUSE Canadian Citizenship: Blame Temporary Foreign Workers for problems of a global Capitalist Economy: Once again, the media uses the wrong gaze to look at a program that does […]

Melissa Fong: What are we going to do about Vancouver’s Chinatown?

What are we going to do about Vancouver’s Chinatown? Remembering Chinatown’s soul I spent many days and weekends in Vancouver’s Chinatown helping my dad at his office. He worked in […]

Melissa Fong: Why @Suey_park won’t “enact the labour”: Women of Colour don’t owe you an education- #CancelColbert Part 4

…she seemed to discount Zepp as a “White Male” and told him that she, “won’t enact that labour” of explaining to him why a White male probably couldn’t understand why a Woman of Colour’s point of view. I am here today to enact that labour. We are born into this history of racism and sexism. White men have the privilege of never second-guessing their rights or citizenship. Women of colour, everyday, are learning to work in a White patriarchal world. While White men can take this existence for granted, Women of colour struggle, everyday, to figure out the rules;…