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STL cops can’t contain their bullying

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Led by their fearless and confused leader Jeff Roorda, some of St. Louis cops couldn’t contain themselves at the Civilian Oversight Board Bill hearing at City Hall tonite. The hearing was sponsored by the Public Safety Committee to get input on the new bill. Tensions were heightened as more people expressed their general support for the bill and the cops reacted. Roorda, head of the St. Louis Police Officers Association (SLPOA), allegedly push a black female as he tried to make a speedy exit. Before leaving, he took a swipe at Alderman Terry Kennedy by demanding that he get some order. Kennedy, politely but sternly, replied he didn’t need Roorda telling him how to run his hearing.

The disruption was wrong on so many levels and reflects the plantation politics in St. Louis. If there was any good to be found, it was that Roorda and his gang successfully made the case as to why this City needs police oversight. ft they would carry on their bullying tactics in a room full of people and cameras, imagine what they would do in a dark alley with no witnesses. It’s a scary scenario.

I testified tonite. My last sentence was “the St. Louis Police Officers Association needs to come up to 2015.” This group, along with others of the white racist elite,  are hell bent on maintaining the status quo and treating black folks as if they 3/5 of a human. These people don’t understand that it’s a new day.

Check out the KSDK video.

 

Photo by Wiley Price.

 

 

 

 

 

Selma is Now: A review of the movie

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In 1988, as a supporter of Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign, I traveled throughout the South organizing and writing. Selma, AL was one of my stopping points. My schedule put me in the historic town right at the time of the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee, which commemorates the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. (That’s the civil description; I prefer to call it “Bloody Sunday,” which most vividly and accurately describes the event.)

Read the rest of the review at Jacobin.

Looting and Justice-Who’s looting who

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The Way I See It
Posted on December 24, 2014

One of the elements of the Ferguson uprisings which has received lots of attention has been the issue of looting. From where I sit, the most vocal critics of the looting and arson have been right-wing conservatives, white mainstream media and middle-class black folks. For many, this display of unbridled and righteous outrage is new and unsettling.

Ferguson is not my first uprising. I’m also connected to community organizers in other cities where rebellions have taken place over the decades – Newark, Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles, etc.; we’ve shared our experiences on looting and arson. I’m going to share the accumulated insights on the topic.

White, conservative media have a field day with the images of looting. It fits into their ongoing narrative that black people are subhuman criminals and are undeserving of full citizenship in this society. Read more