The MilitantNegro SoapBox™: #BlackLivesMatter


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Do Black Lives Matter?

 

 

Black Lives Matter: Ferguson Erupts After Grand Jury Clears Officer in Michael Brown Killing

 

 

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Black Lives Matter: Oakland Speaks On Ferguson

 

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The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter has gone viral and is trending worldwide thanks to Twitter. As expected, jealous ass caucasians joined by caucasians who just don’t “get it” as usual want to hijack the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag with #AllLivesMatter. Bull shit. The moment caucasians start to get murdered for selling loose cigarettes, or shot 6 times for walking down the middle of a deserted street, or assaulted for not showing a cop ID, or shot dead for holding toy guns….when you caucasian folks get centuries of abuse, oppression and mistreatment…..THEN AND ONLY THEN CAN YOU CLAIM THAT YOUR LIFE MATTERS.

 

 

Until then, sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up. #BlackLivesMatter ain’t about YOU. It’s a rallying cry for injustice against Black Americans who are disgusted with Black Genocide from law enforcement.

 

For those uneducated caucasians who say I am racist….No person of color can ever be racist. Why? Racism is about Power, Control, Oppression & Wealth. What Black person do you know who has Power, Control,  has enough Wealth to Oppress anyone? Black people are the oppressed, and have been for centuries, so we can not be racist. What we can do is fight racism as best we can. And you are witnessing that fight right now.

 

 

Enough with all this garbage ass talk of #AllLivesMatter. When caucasians, who do the oppressing both mentally and physically, are the oppressed, then and only then will #AllLivesMatter. Until then, “Miss Me With That Bull Shit.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet The Man Showing America The Real Ferguson Story: DeRay Mckesson.


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“I didn’t want that to be the story about Mike Brown”: Meet the man showing America the real Ferguson story

DeRay Mckesson didn’t know of Mike Brown or Ferguson four months ago. Here’s how all that changed

By SARAH JAFFE

 

DeRay Mckesson had never met Michael Brown. He’d never even been to the St. Louis area before Aug. 16, but after watching the protests break across his social media feeds, he got in his car and headed out, leaving a note on his Facebook page asking if anyone could help him find a place to stay.

“I didn’t know what was real or not,” he tells Salon. He had to see for himself, to be part of it. When he was tear-gassed for the first time, it only made him more committed to building a lasting movement.

 

That was almost four months ago. Since then, he’s become one of the most recognizable social media presences keeping the public updated on the protests in Ferguson and elsewhere, as they’ve spread across the country. He started an email newsletter that he co-curates with Johnetta Elzie, another young activist based in St. Louis, sending out articles, action alerts, photos and tweets about the growing movement. The newsletter serves to connect people with actions and with each other, to filter an overwhelming volume of news reports, and to maintain a narrative of the movement going forward.

 

To Mckesson, the newsletter is about “fighting this fight in a different way.” He remembers the night the verdict came down that George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot Trayvon Martin, would get off. “I remember it was like at night when the verdict came out and you were alone, you didn’t know who to talk to, you couldn’t find any information then, you didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t,” he says. “I didn’t want that to be the story about Mike Brown.”

 

In the weeks following Brown’s death, national media flocked to Ferguson, broadcasting from its streets and often unintentionally making itself the story, or focusing on conflict between protesters and police rather than on what was being built between the protesters on the ground and the people around the world who were following them on social media. Mckesson and Elzie’s newsletter created a supplement to often-rushed social media accounts, and applied an activist’s view to the news coming out of Ferguson. The stories they choose come with their commentary, notes like “Though we find this to be subtle victim-blaming, we encourage you to read it,” from Nov. 20 on a local media story on Vonderrit Myers, another young black man shot by police in the days following Brown’s death. Or “As you read, tune into the slant that subtly blames the protests for a spike in crime in STL, from Dec. 4.

 

“We try to make sure that there’s a broad cross-section,” Mckesson says. “There are a lot of articles that get a lot of play that actually don’t say a whole lot, whereas there are some articles that don’t get any play but they’re really powerful, and we want to make sure that they get visibility. We also want there to be a record of the movement, so when people look back they can track the movement through the news and the commentary.”

 

At the beginning, he notes, people told him there would never be enough news for the newsletter to continue, and yet 64 issues later, he says, “We’re making really tough decisions every day.” For example, the morning after the news broke that a grand jury would not indict the officer who killed Eric Garner in Staten Island, they had to spend a lot of time winnowing down the many stories to those that included something different, something important, other than the news that presumably, most readers had heard.

 

The Ferguson protests broke on social media, and like the other social movements of the post-financial crisis era, social media has allowed people like Mckesson to reach an audience without relying on traditional news outlets. It has, the newsletter shows, also allowed them to become very astute critics of their own press coverage.

 

But the goal of the newsletter is not just to manage a public image; it is to motivate, as its title says, “Words to Action.” It opens with a countdown: number of days Darren Wilson has remained free. Number of days Kajieme Powell has been dead. Number of days Vonderrit Myers has been dead. It includes bolded calls to action, links to where readers can donate, tweet, submit and even buy T-shirts that support movement organizations. Notably, those organizations are local, small and mostly led by young people, part of this new generation of activists that, as Mychal Denzel Smith wrote, have shaken off nostalgia and have clear eyes set on making big changes, now.

 

“I think that what’s really powerful about Ferguson is that it started because regular people without an organization came together because they knew something was wrong,” Mckesson says. “What is different about social media and I think what is true about this movement is that it allows many voices to be heard at the same time and it’s not necessarily a competition for air, which is really powerful.”

 

Social media has, as well, Mckesson says, served to legitimize certain voices as authoritative — not by virtue of their position in a national organization, but because we can see through their eyes, night after night of violent police crackdowns, day after day of building. Social media can capture a moment — a die-in at a convenience store, a blocked highway — and give it life beyond its brief duration. It also adds pressure for the activists who have a large following to be there at every action. They wind up functioning, themselves, as journalists, albeit ones who are not being paid and supported by a major publication — and, Mckesson notes, ones who can say what they feel without having to adhere to some ideal of objectivity, without having to ask for the cops’ side of the story.

 

That allows them to challenge the narratives that pop up again and again in the media. “People always ask about the anger and rage and, yes, we are angry, we are enraged, but that doesn’t sustain a movement for 118 days. Love does,” Mckesson says. “There is this incredible sense of love in protest that is real that wasn’t getting visibility. So I was tweeting, there’s a cleanup crew, their job is to clean up after the protest. There is a woman who gets on the corner every day with her grill and feeds protesters as they walk to protests. There is somebody who passes out water every day, there is somebody who buys 50 pizzas, there are people who hold hands as they protest.”

 

The media’s focus on rage, he points out, paints black people as monolithic, as only capable of one emotion, one type of expression. “One of the narratives of blackness in protest is ‘the angry people outside,’ as opposed to ‘disenfranchised people who’ve been oppressed and victimized as they tried to grieve,’” he says. “We’ve been tear-gassed and shot at and LRAD’d and smoke-bombed and all these things and we still protest every day because we know that not only will our silence not save us, our surrender won’t save us, a video camera won’t save us. It is not that we are willing to die, it’s that we are unwilling to live in an America where blackness equals death.”

 

As the protests have spread and continued around the country, blocking highways and streets, shuttering stores, dying-in in public spaces, Mckesson notes, “Ferguson manifests differently in many different places.” It is important, he says, to remember that when you are facing down violent police, it is hard to move beyond basic survival as a goal. People understandably have a hard time talking about systemic reform with a gun in their face or when they can’t pay the bills. That’s why, as an educator and activist, he feels compelled to stay in this movement. “You have to be alive to learn,” he says. All of the improvement in schools in the world will mean nothing if kids are being killed by the people who are supposed to protect them.

 

And so the struggle goes on. Mckesson spent the weekend in New York joining protests for Eric Garner, and he and Elzie plan to continue the newsletter — and their activism — as long as is necessary.

 

“Ferguson didn’t show us that there’s racial injustice in America. We knew that,” he says. “What Ferguson showed us was the power of people coming together to demand change. Ferguson made protests comfortable, gave people permission to protest. It allowed people to access their voice in a different way.”

 

Thank you SARAH JAFFE.

 

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In the face of NO Black leaders taking THE LEAD on Black Genocide, Mr. DeRay Mckesson IS the Black Leader for this struggle. His voice on #Ferguson and all things related to the killing of unarmed Black Americans has been exemplary as well as informative. He consistently focuses on the issues and does not allow himself or others to lose sight of whats at stake: #BlackLivesMatter. Yes I said #BlackLivesMatter. All lives won’t matter until caucasians start to die at the hands of law enforcement for being caucasian.

 

Thank you Mr. DeRay Mckesson. Follow him at https://twitter.com/deray”>deray mckesson @deray on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren Wilson resigns


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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The white police officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the fatal confrontation with the black 18-year-old that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation.

Darren Wilson, 28, has been on administrative leave since the shooting on Aug. 9. His resignation was announced Saturday by one of his attorneys, Neil Bruntrager. The resignation is effective immediately, Bruntrager said.

A grand jury spent more than three months reviewing evidence in the case before declining in November to issue any charges against Wilson. He told jurors that he feared for his life when Brown hit him and reached for his gun.

The U.S. Justice Department is still conducting a civil rights investigation into the shooting and a separate probe of police department practices.

The shooting struck up a national debate…

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When Media Bids For An Assassins ( Darren Wilson) Lies.


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ABC News and George Stephanopoulos paid Darren Wilson Mid-to-High’ Six Figures For Interview. To Lie.

ABC News and George Stephanopoulos paid Darren Wilson Mid-to-High’ Six Figures For Interview. To Lie.

ABC Paid ‘Mid-to-High’ Six Figures For #DarrenWilson Interview

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A NBC source with knowledge of the #DarrenWilson interview talks said that ABC offered to pay “mid-to-high” six figures for the interview.

 

The source did not say an exact figure because NBC stopped bidding for it after ABC upped the ante.

 

The taped interview was shot on Tuesday. Clinton operative-turned ABC News host George Stephanopoulos will do the interview.

 

The choice for Stephanopoulos is curious given that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was once touted as a potential running mate to Hillary Clinton.

 

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ABC Violated Its Own Rules When It Paid For #DarrenWilson Interview

ABC News appears to have violated its own rules when it paid for Darren Wilson’s interview, Gotnews.com has learned.

 

In an interview with the Plain Dealer, Jeffrey W. Schneider, ABC News’ senior vice president for communications, said that the network doesn’t pay for interviews.

 

But ABC, like the other networks, says it won’t pay for exclusive interviews, known as checkbook journalism. Jeffrey W. Schneider, ABC News’ senior vice president for communications, confirmed the network’s policy of not compensating for interviews. (Mark Dawidziak, “Network reporters race to reach Cleveland, story,” Plain Dealer, May 8, 2013).

 

Darren Wilson today, just like George Zimmerman in 2012, doesn’t understand this is not a legal case – it’s a political case using the legal system….

 

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I refuse to show the entire Darren Wilson interview, find that garbage on your own if you want to see a circus of lies, this is good enough for witnessing lies and misinformation.

 

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How Much Did ABC Pay for the Darren Wilson Interview?

 

Figures are starting to pop up on Twitter. One I saw placed the number in the “mid to high six figures.” Even if that’s probably high (I don’t know, is it?), even if he was in the mid-to-high five figures, it strikes me as utterly reprehensible. ABC news is essentially paying this guy tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars?

 

He killed a young man. I say murdered, but we must at least admit that he is being paid for having been the one who killed this young man.

 

This is beyond what I will accept from a news organization at this point. I have had well and truly enough. Not only should ABC News be boycotted forever, but they should be actively protested at every opportunity.

 

Stephanopoulos is horrible, and his organization is total garbage. Wilson, meanwhile is benefiting to the tune of tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that’s above whatever his asinine followers contributed to his virtually unneeded “legal defense fund” (the citizens of St. Louis County got to pay for his legal defense and his prosecution all in one paycheck!).

 

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George Stephanopoulos’ Darren Wilson Interview Speaks Volumes About ABC News

George Stephanopoulos’ interview with Darren Wilson – the police officer who killed African-American teenager Michael Brown – tells us a lot more about ABC News than it does about what actually happened that day in Ferguson, Mo.

 

Wilson’s account of events was hardly unexpected. He sounded like someone who had been well coached by attorneys, both in regard to potential criminal charges and a possible wrongful-death civil lawsuit. Stephanopoulos mischaracterized his demeanor as “very clinical,” when the better description would be “very lawyered up,” which is strictly an observation, not a criticism.

 

ABC, by contrast, approached its coup of landing the first sit-down chat with Wilson in an unorthodox way, or at least one that says a great deal about the network’s priorities, which have been crystal clear since Stephanopoulos – as host of “Good Morning America” – was designated the principal breaking-news and big-event anchor, putting him a rung above “World News’” David Muir within the ABC News hierarchy.

 

Thank you  Got News for your contributions to this post.

 

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Darren Wilson received over $400,000 from donations through GOFUNDME before that was shut down due to outraged protest. The donations were said to be for legal fees and living expenses.

 

Darren Wilson was and is employed by the Ferguson PD, which has a police union that provides legal defense of all it’s officers, including those who murder unarmed Black teens. No legal defense fund was necessary.

 

Darren Wilson was and is employed by the Ferguson PD and was on “paid” administrative leave from August 9th until November 24th, the entire 107 days. He received his salary, so no living expenses were necessary.

 

My question is this, if he didn’t need donations for living expenses since he was being paid, and if he didn’t need a legal fund since police union provided him with a lawyer, which he never had a need for, why is Darren Wilson allowed to keep close to $500,000, or $400,000 (depending on whom you believe) in donations? Is that fraud?

 

Why is a killer allowed to reap benefits from killing? Civil Trial People.

 

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Black Genocide: The Roll Call


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The unknown number of people killed in police-involved shootings each year, as FiveThirtyEight reports:

 

Efforts to keep track of “justifiable police homicides” are beset by systemic problems. “Nobody that knows anything about the SHR puts credence in the numbers that they call ‘justifiable homicides,’” when used as a proxy for police killings, said David Klinger, an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri who specializes in policing and the use of deadly force. And there’s no governmental effort at all to record the number of unjustifiable homicides by police. If Brown’s homicide is found to be unjustifiable, it won’t show up in these statistics.

 

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The percentage of American law enforcement agencies that report any police-involved shootings to the FBI’s database — 700 out of a total of 17,000,according to USA Today. These agencies only record so-called “justifiable homicides,” or incidents in which an armed suspect was shot by police. All in all, we’re left with a reporting system that tells us very little about how many people are killed by police, and nothing about those killed in an unjust fashion

 

 

In a short but powerful segment, Melissa Harris-Perry connected the recent police killing of Michael Brown to the deaths of other black men at the hands of police — and to America’s history of injustice towards black people.

 

Harris-Perry read the names of some of the hundreds of men who were killed by police across the country “in the past decade alone,” from Sean Bell to Oscar Grant to Eric Garner to Brown. All of the men she mentioned were unarmed at the time of their death.

 

In the past decade alone, these men and hundreds of others have lost their lives to police.

 

“From 2006 to 2012 a white police officer killed a black person at least twice a week in this country,” she said.

 

She then noted that Ferguson, where Brown was shot dead, is close to the place from which the slave Dred Scott waged a legal battle for his freedom. She quoted from the notorious Supreme Court case which rejected Scott’s claim because, in the infamous words of Chief Justice Roger Taney, he had “no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”

 

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Harris-Perry repeated that last phrase over and over again, as images of police in Ferguson flashed behind her.

Melissa Harris-Perry: The deaths of black men in America

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POWERFUL! Melissa talks about the deaths of black men that have occurred at the hands of police in the past decade.

 

 

The Black Genocide Roll Call. Includes ALL People Of Color.

ALL were UNARMRED. The List Is Incomplete.

 

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Tamir Rice

Akai Gurley 

Cameron Tillman

VonDerrit Myers Jr.

Levar Jones

Laquan McDonald

Carey Smith-Viramontes

Jeffrey Holden

Qusean Whitten

Miguel Benton

Dillon McGee

Levi Weaver

Karen Cifuentes

Sergio Ramos

Roshad McIntosh

Diana Showman

Miriam Carey

Michelle Cusseaux

Clinton Allen

Kajieme Powell

John Crawford

Eric Garner

Ezell Ford

Kajieme Powell

Dante Parker

Dillon Taylor

Andrew Scott Gaynier

Omar Abrego

Jacinto Zavala

Joshua Paul

Kody Roach

Joseph Jennings

Guillermo Canas

Marlon Horton

Would you like more……..

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TIMOTHY RUSSELL

ERVIN JEFFERSON

AMADOU DIALLO

PATRICK DORISMOND

OUSMANE ZONGO

TIMOTHY STANSBURY JR.

SEAN BELL

ORLANDO BARLOW

AARON CAMPBELL

VICTOR STEEN

STEVEN EUGENE WASHINGTON

ALONZO ASHLEY

WENDELL ALLEN

RONALDMADISON

 JAMES BRISSETTE

TRAVARES MCGILL

RAMARLEY GRAHAM

OSCAR GRANT

KIMANI GRAY

I am 100% certain I have missed many, can’t find a comprehensive list of the Black people gunned down by AmeriKKKan Law Enforcement because there are no comprehensive records kept.

 

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If we want to know how many Justifiable Homicides occur by Police or Private Citizens we can get those number easily.  This is them.

 

Justifiable Homicides:
Year     Police      Citizen
2007   398       252
2008   378       265
2009   414       266
2010   397       285
2011   393       260
2012   409       330

 

But if we want to know how many Law Enforcement Shootings are “Unjustified” – we get no answer from the FBI.  None.

 

One source, in a report called “Operation Ghetto Storm” says that in 2012 that of the 739 “Justified” shootings shown above from 2012, 313 of them were Black.  44% of them or 136, were unarmed. 27% of them (83) were claimed by Law Enforcement to have Gun at the time of the shooting, but that could not be later confirmed or the “gun” was in fact, a toy or other non-lethal object. 20% of them (62) were confirmed to have been armed with a gun, knife or cutting tool.

 

91% of the people killed by Police in Chicago in 2012 were Black. 87% in New York. 100% in Saginaw and Rockford.  I gotta admit even after focusing on this subject for over 30 years, since Ron Settles was killed, I find that kind of shocking.  

 

The report goes on to say that 47% of these killings (146 cases) occurred not because of the person brandishing a weapon (as noted above less then 30% of them HAD a weapon, or were even thought to have a weapon), it’s because the Officer or Citizen – “felt threatened” and were in “fear”.  In only 8% (25 cases) did the suspect fire or discharge a weapon that wounded or killed Police or others while Officers were on the scene.

 

Only eight (8) Officers were Charged with Murder, Manslaughter or use of excessive force in these case.

 

Is this report comprehensive? Is it fully accurate? I don’t know, it’s gone through several revisions and updates as none of the data is being officially compiled anywhere and some things can be missed that way.

 

This summer ColorLines and The Chicago Reporter conducted a joint national investigation of fatal police shootings in America’s 10 largest cities, each of which had more than 1 million people in 2000. Several striking findings emerged.

 

To begin, African Americans were overrepresented among police shooting victims in every city the publications investigated.

 

The contrast was particularly noticeable in New York, San Diego and Las Vegas. In each of these cities, the percentage of black people killed by police was at least double that of their share of the city’s total population.

 

They analyzed the data from the Ten Largest Cities and in Every City – every single one – had double the number of black shooting victims than their proportion in the population.

 

And it’s not just happening to Black People.

 

Starting in 2001, the number of incidents in which Latinos were killed by police in cities with more than 250,000 people rose four consecutive years, from 19 in 2001 to 26 in 2005. The problem was exceptionally acute in Phoenix, which had the highest number of Latinos killed in the country.

 

Despite these persistent problems of disproportionate police force in communities of color,a disturbing lack of accountability plagues several of the cities examined.

 

In Chicago, for example, an examination of media accounts shows that only one shooting out of the 84 fatal police shootings occurred since 2000 has been found unjustified. Monique Bond, spokeswoman at the Chicago Police Department, said that more than one shooting had been determined to have been outside department guidelines, but could not provide specific numbers.

 

Melissa Harris-Perry ‘This Country Is No Place For Young Black Men’

 

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