DESMOND ABRAMS—Killings of unarmed Black people by police have been a terrifying reality for generations of Black people living in the US. After two decades of wars abroad and expanded police powers at home, Black people in the US find themselves in an even more desperate situation of contending with an increasingly aggressive and hostile government that does not belong to us; but merely controls and subjugates us.
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“With a few exceptions, all the presidents in Latin America are white,” notes Janvieve Williams Comrie, a pan-Africanist activist originally from Panama. “The racial dynamics are different,” said Comrie, but “the same racial structures exist” as in the rest of the hemisphere.
- ABOMINATIONSPOLICE & REPRESSIONPOLICE STATERACISM
KEVIN REED—The fatal shooting in the chest of 26-year-old Jean, a black man, by white off-duty police officer Guyger and her sentencing to ten years in prison by a black judge—especially given Guyger’s “mistaken apartment” defense—had already generated national attention as a rare conviction of a police officer for murder, which resulted in a lenient sentence.
- ABOMINATIONSPLUTOCRATIC POWERPOLICE & REPRESSIONPOLICE STATERACISMROTTEN CULTUREROTTEN ESTABLISHMENTSCUMWATCH
MIKE SIEGEL—The proposed bill would create a broad definition of “domestic terrorism” to include any attempt to “affect” or “influence” government policy or actions. And it would include property damage—even attempted property damage—as a terrorist act subject to a 25-year prison sentence. In other words, if you opposed the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock and wanted the government to revoke the pipeline permit, you might be considered a terrorist. If you painted “Black Lives Matter” on a wall to advocate against police violence, that could be terrorism, too.
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PATRICE GREANVILLE—The American experience with slavery is a harsh reminder that no matter how awful a custom may be, whether political, religious or economic (always a reflection of the political and vice versa), or one whose origins are lost in the mist of history, it takes a great deal of effort and pain to eliminate it. Humans are animals of habit. And often the problem is deeply embedded in the culture because a strong or dominant segment benefits directly from it.