Nothing like setting it out in dollars and cents.
Last night police in riot gear marched down West Florissant Avenue, ordering people to leave the area and firing tear gas onto the streets. Police even fired tear gas into the backyard of a home where several people held their “hands up” in what’s become a symbol of protest over the shooting of Michael Brown.
Daily RFT caught the melee on video.
The incident occurred after police had already evacuated nearly everybody on West Florissant Avenue. Between tear gas firings, a police officer bellowed “go home” into a loudspeaker. It took about an hour, but nearly everybody within vicinity of the police left the streets.
Yet a group of four male protesters remained defiant on West Florissant, screaming profanities at the police and putting their hands in the air. The police responded with threats of tear gas.
"Turn around and leave or we will deploy gas," shouted a police officer through a loudspeaker. Residents in their backyards pleaded for the men to get out of the street. After a few minutes of prodding, they did so. But the police still decided to advance.
Standing in his backyard along with a few friends and family was 24-year-old Rich West. And after seeing the police deploy tear gas as they marched down the empty street, West and his friends felt like protesting.
"You go home! You go home!" they chanted. As the police come closer, they all put their hands up.
Once again, the police officer with the megaphone ordered the protesters to go home.
"We’re in our yard!" they responded.
At one point West walked to his fence with his hands high up in the air.
"This my property! This my property!" he shouted, prompting police to fire a tear gas canister directly at his face. He moved at the last second.
"This my shit!" West screamed irately after narrowly avoiding the gas canister. Eventually a friend grabbed him and pulled him back to calm him down.
"This is my backyard! This is my shit!" West continued screaming into the camera. He turned to the police: "Y’all go the fuck home!"
"This is our home. This is our residence," West’s brother added. "Why do you think people say ‘fuck the police?’ Because of that shit."
Flora Busby, West’s mother, a soft-spoken woman in her 60s, came into the backyard to see if her sons were alright.
"We in our backyard!" she said. "Why you gotta shoot us?"
Again West shouted at the police. And again they fired another gas canister into the yard — this one nearly hitting his house.
"It’s pure ignorance," West responded after catching his breath. "I pay property taxes here. I should be able to be in my backyard any time."
He said that regular harassment by the Ferguson police department, often in the form of traffic stops, has been occurring ever since he was sixteen years old.
"They ain’t gotta be throwing tear gas in my backyard," added Busby. "This is my property. We were just standing back there, my son was standing back there, and I go to see about him and they threw it."
She continued: “I’m angry about that. They shouldn’t be doing that. And they didn’t need to kill the poor little boy. “
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The choice for angry white men is not whether or not they can stem the tide of history: they cannot. Their choice is whether or not they will be dragged kicking and screaming into that inevitable future, or whether they will walk openly and honorably – far happier and healthier incidentally – alongside those they’ve spent so long trying to exclude.
Trigger Warning: violence
Yesterday night 17 people became the victims of a violent and deranged individual, a madman, who was unbalanced and ill. And yet another
white manpoor soul has committed an act of terrorismbeen a victim of inadequate mental health care. Or so the story goes.
The math, McKibben explained, works like this. Global leaders recently came to an international agreement based on the scientific understanding that a global temperature raise of 2°C would have “catastrophic” consequences for the future of humanity. In order to raise global temperatures to this catastrophic threshold, the world would have to release 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Here’s the problem: Fossil fuel companies currently have 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide in their fuel reserves—and their business model depends on that fuel being sold and burned. At current rates of consumption, the world will have blown through its 565-gigaton threshold in 16 years.
To prevent the end of the world as we know it, it will require no less than the death of the most profitable industry in the history of humankind.
Sure, why not? Let’s take out the fossil-fuel complex.
Just a few hours ago, I was reading a piece that talked about Desmond Tutu and his description of the Alberta tar sands as ‘filth.’ I’m starting to think maybe he didn’t go far enough.
Although the contract may have been shredded by greedy companies driven by greedier financiers, the sense of entitlement on the part of white men remains intact. Many white men feel they have played by the rules and expected to reap the rewards of that obedient responsibility. It’s pretty infuriating not to get what you feel you deserve. That’s the aggrieved entitlement that lies underneath the anger of American white men.
Michael Kimmel starts pulling at the threads making up the skein of white male entitlement.
So no, it’s not all men. But then it never was.
But if you think for one second, for one solitary second, that demanding tolerance for men as a group, that dismissing the reality of violence against women because not all men kill, not all men rape, if you think that’s more important than demanding justice for those who have been brutalised and murdered by those not all men, then you are part of the problem. You may not have pulled the trigger. You may not have raised your hand to a woman in your life. But you are part of the problem.
This is not the time, to use the refrain of apologists for bigotry, to play devil’s advocate. The devil has more than enough advocates today. On most days, I can put up with aggressive faux-objectivity being used to shout down women’s experiences and silence gendered trauma, but not today.
No more NotAllMen. Not ever.
It is asinine in our age that an armed group of idiots can thwart reasonable government action. Bundy is not a hero, a victim or innocent in any way. Just think of real injustice of America, like people spending life in jail for marijuana charges. It’s hard to imagine the “militia,” a mostly fat, white and ignorant group, showing up to defend a kid in the inner city who was arrested for no reason. Also think what would happen to you, if you opted not to register your car for 20 years. Bundy exploits the most sickening version of white privilege to justify what amounts to theft.
Q:Reverse racism doesn't exist, because it's just racism, no matter who is doing it or who is the victim.
I guess I’m going to have to expand on my “reverse real" post because I keep getting this same message over and over again.
First, I would like to tell you a story. I have severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Many of you know this. It affects me every second of my life. The discomfort and misery I feel is always with me, no matter how hard I try to ignore it. Unless you have this condition, it would be impossible to understand the levels of fatigue I can feel.
One time I was talking to a person and they were asking me about CFS. I tried my best to describe what it’s like and the challenges it posed in my life. To which they responded…
"Yeah, I get really tired sometimes. I know how you feel."
No. You. Don’t.
Not even close. I had to do everything in my power to keep from screaming.
Reverse racism and “racism towards whites” is an attempt for privileged people to say, “Yeah, we’re victims too. We know how you feel.”
No. You. Don’t.
You are trying to equate that one time a person of color made you feel bad with hundreds of years of systematic oppression? Really?
"But the dictionary defines racism as…" PLEASE STOP YOUR BRAIN RIGHT THERE.
Some dictionaries define something else as a bundle of sticks. Let’s not use the dictionary for this discussion.
The truth is, you are looking up the wrong definition. You need to be looking up oppression. In our society, it is systematic, meaning racism happens from the very tippie top of our government, to local government, to our police force, to our schools, to our neighborhoods. And if you look at all of the people in charge of these things, the majority of them seem to have rather pale complexions.
When a person of color gets angry, upset, or harsh towards white folks, it isn’t about the white race or culture. It is about our privilege. It is about how many of us take it for granted. How we refuse to acknowledge it. How when we get our feelings hurt, we say we are victims, just like them. That it’s the same for us.
I’ve been white for quite a long time. I can say for a fact that I’ve never had to worry about not being represented in the media. I don’t have to worry about not being considered for a job because my name seems too “ethnic.” Something I have personally heard an old boss of mine say, as he rejected a resume. I’ve been pulled over a few times by the police and not once have I been afraid. I can go to the store, buy skittles, and walk home without getting shot.
Sure, I don’t care for prejudice of any kind. But it’s really hard to blame people of color for being angry. For lashing out. It can certainly be taken too far… but please don’t call that racism. Don’t equate your hurt feelings with this systematic oppression.
You DON’T know how they feel.
The Frogman puts into words why the words “reverse racism” spouting out of a white person’s mouth makes me want to scream.
White privilege, friends. It’s a thing.