Law enforcement across the country continues to brutalize and kill with impunity, a report by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement documenting that in the first six months of this year, 120 Black people have been "executed without trial by police, security guards and self-appointed law enforcers." Before we even have time to bury and mourn the dead, police steal another life. And another. And another.

A few of the Stolen Lives are well known, because people have agitated, organized, and mobilized in the streets to make their names and faces familiar, compelling us to remember them and the crimes that law enforcement across the country commits against us when it snatches them away. Most of the names are less known, showing up as brief stories on the local news, if at all, and family and friends are left to bear the loss and deep unspoken bitterness alone.

Many people have come to expect police brutality on a local and national scale, because we have been told this is just how things are supposed to be. But some of our experiences with police across this country are often fraught with intimidation, outright oppressive bigotry and brutality. Police criminalize populations already deprived of any sense of true justice, and then those same police repress the voices brave enough to speak out against those wrongs. A whole generation with barely a positive future to look forward to is being trained to accept an escalation in repression and criminalization, from increasingly warehoused youth in schools preparing them for jail and prison to police being permitted to wantonly execute people without ever being brought up on any charges for their murder. Now those same police who have kept us submissive while we are denied our basic needs and hopes for a better tomorrow are training the militaries and police in other countries to bring our worldwide brothers and sisters a similarly dark fate.

Police are set loose on us like wild dogs, from New York City where black and brown youth are targeted with racist NYPD "Stop & Frisks," to Anaheim, California where recent police killings and repression of the angered communities underscore years of racist brutality against Latin@s. Local and federal agencies have been caught unabashedly spying on Muslim, Arab, and South Asian peoples from college campuses to their homes, with no results yet no apology. We have seen law enforcement attempt to smash grassroots people's movements across the country, such as the dozens of vicious attacks on the Occupy Wall Street encampments. Organizations that stand up to police violence have been under heavy assault, including the burglary of ANSWER’s office in Los Angeles, NYPD’s attempted raid of Malcolm X Grassroots Movement's Crystal House, FBI raids of organizers’ homes in the Pacific Northwest looking for “anarchist” clothing and literature, and the “mysterious” burning down of the headquarters of Communities United Against Police Brutality in Minneapolis. And then there's the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act that allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without charge or trial.

But where there is oppression, there is resistance. It has been a long time since we have seen such an incredible upsurge in activism and resistance, against police brutality and for many other connected causes, led by those affected most – and our peoples are not yet done rising! Victims of mass incarceration in some of the country’s most vile prisons have stood strong through coordinated hunger strikes demanding an end to their inhumane treatment. Freedom fighters in immigrant communities have risked detention and deportation by declaring themselves “undocumented and unafraid.” Rather than giving up and going home, Occupiers have branched out into communities, joining and helping build community movements already in progress. People are taking on police on all levels, from an upsurge in cop-watching activity in the most oppressed communities, to unions shutting down ports all along the West Coast, to legislative policies demanding accountability and an end to racist practices, to families of victims bravely taking the lead and standing up in the face of the most heinous of crimes against their loved ones. Several killer cops in various cities and Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio have been indicted on charges this year, thanks not to improving DAs or reformed police departments, but to powerful grassroots movements for justice. And thanks to decades of relentless struggle, we have seen our brother and heroMumia Abu Jamal taken off of Death Row.

In 2012, just as it does every four years, the U.S. presidential election takes the spotlight in much of the country's news and other media. We have embedded in our minds how important it is that we vote, that our power is in the ballot box. So, when do we get to vote to stop police brutality? Or vote to stop repression of social justice movements? Or vote to stop the criminalization and mass incarceration of our young people? We can’t, and we will never be allowed to do so.

We can stop these injustices by standing together, strong and united with all peoples affected by the growing racist police state. We must take our collective movement up to the next level, stand on the shoulders of the recent inspiring movements here and internationally, and mobilize people of all communities to express their outrage, creativity, and resistance in the most visible way. This October 22nd, stand with thousands of our peoples in cities across the country and demand an end to police brutality, repression, and the criminalization of a generation! WEAR BLACK, FIGHT BACK! 

 

Whoever does not think that racism is prevalent in America is in great denial. Racism is quite active, although for a while it seems to have been covert for the most part. Since we now have an African American President...who has been re-elected by the way, thanks to Mitt Romney and his "foot in the mouth comments recently published." there seems to be a more overt expression of racism as if to attempt to send a message that Obama being in office does not change the fact that we are all still niggers. I overheard a terrible joke recently that even some of you may secretly find funny. One person asked another, "what do you call a black general...nigger. What do you call a black CEO...nigger, what do you call a black president...nigger." I then walked around the corner to which they both snickered and kind if went into hush mode. I simply walked passed by them and said..."yeah I've got your nigger." They had the nerve to react with shock that I said the "N" word around them. As if they did not just finished calling our president one. Moreover, these were active duty military men. Racism is alive and well in America and we African Americans must stop cowering to white people or they will continue to act as though they are supposed to treat us as they do. I have experienced people driving and when they saw that I am Black and I would attempt to get into the lane next to me they would literally

prevent me from moving into the lane. Well I am not that person...as I drive a big red truck and will move into the lane when I need to do so and that is that. Patriette...you are being rather naive to think that there are only a few racists in this country. I would venture to say that many, many White people what I would like to call "closet racists." What I mean by that is they will say and do things when they think it is safe to do so and when they are in public...and to pretend to be politically correct...they will act differently. The truth is that Black people are still followed around inn stores, we are still arrested first, and the media will still reveal the name and face of a Black suspect quicker than that of a White or even Latino one. The Trayvon Martin case is a travesty...The Olympic gymnastics team was a joke in how they down played Gabbie's all-around gold medal. Had it been the White girl who won that medal they would be parading her around as they have done to the others in the past. Nevertheless, one by one...sport by sport...Black athletes are excelling. In addition, for the record, Black students have significantly narrowed the achievement gap to almost nothing in recent years. I teach high performing magnet students the subjects of Physics and Chemistry, where my students are from all backgrounds and ethnicities and are all awesome, hardworking, excellent students...ACADEMICALLY! I have just today seen the movie Django. What a disturbing movie. They use the word “nigger” and “bitch” seems like every four or five words. Moreover, both are used toward African American characters and by African American actors’ characters. If that movie disdained White people in any way, or any other ethnicity for that matter, there would have been protests by now. God forbid if the movie disdained White women, there would be an outcry like the one we have never seen. However, from the ratings of critics and viewers, that distasteful and despicable movie is doing quite well. Shame on Jamie Fox, Samuel Jackson, and Carrie Washington, as well as the other Black actors and actors who participated in such an example of exploitation they must know that they already have enough money that they did not need to make such a movie. Yes, racism is alive, active and well in America. Thank God that the American voters did not put that fool Mitt Romney and his friend Paul Ryan in the White House. In addition, Republicans as well as those other White people in congress need to get over it. We have a president, voted in by the American people and all ethnicities and his name Barak Obama. However, not to worry Mr. Romney, you along with John McCain will forever be the laughing stock of your white friends behind your back, as the two who was beaten badly by the black guy…well we all know what they will really call him. Then that is another topic for another Hub. America is wonderful.




 



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