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Free to Kill

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Published in The Capital City Hues on February 24, 2020

“If you don’t like it—move!”

That’s the historic response that those of African descent have heard whenever we confront issues of injustice or inequity by racist systems of oppressions. Surprisingly, it is the most common response hurled at small family farmers and residents who oppose CAFOs.

I learned that as part of a recent post-screening discussion on the documentary “Free to Harm.” The documentary exposes the community and environmental impacts of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). An award-winning documentary husband and wife team, Matt Wechsler and Annie Spiecher, focused on the decades of agricultural deregulation and devastating laws favoring massive livestock production.

By the time the film ended, I chucked my prepared remarks. What I just experienced called for a different kind of response. Even though I’m familiar with CAFOs, I was less familiar with the seemingly futile efforts of communities against these Goliath, bloodsuckers.

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What Price are the Democrats Willing to Pay

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Published in BlackCommentator.com on March 19, 2020

With the coronavirus looming on the nation like a heavy shroud, most folks have probably forgot about the super conniving by the Democrats. For those who say the Dems can’t organize, they organize in their own establishment interests. We saw an almost magical disappearance of candidates dropping out to make way for Joe Biden. A New York Times headline said it best: Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders.

If one is of sound mind, you know there’s nothing radical or revolutionary about the Democratic Party. Calling it a progressive party is being generous.  I know all of this, but I was still hopping mad when I said the invisible hand of the party manipulate the process to ensure a clear path to the White House for Uncle Joe. Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Mike Bloomberg—poof. Gone. Read more

Fat-ass Black women unite!

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Published February 13, 2020 in BlackCommentator.com

 

“There’s only one thing worse than a fat-ass empowered black woman. That’s a fat-ass empowered black woman who’s got public reins in her hands.”

Across the nation, Black prosecutors are under attack for attempting to carry out reform agendas. Black women have been especially targeted. In a post-Ferguson world, history was made when voters elected the first African American prosecutors in St. Louis County and St. Louis City. Kim Gardner was swept into the office of city prosecutor in 2016. Ferguson Councilman Wesley Bell become county prosecutor in 2018. Both have been catching hell ever since they took office.

The white power structure, protected by racist police associations and supported by the mainstream media, have made their jobs a living nightmare. These public servants have been attacked personally and professionally. They have received hate mail and death threats. Their actions have been challenged in the courts and in the court of public opinion.

Kim Gardner has received more than her fair share of racist vitriol. Gardner came into office making it clear that she intended to honor the reform platform that she ran on. She declared that no one was above the law. She took on Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, charging him with two felonies—invasion of privacy and misuse of his charity’s funds. Gardner took on killer cop Jason Stockley for the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Although these two lawbreakers escaped convictions, the audacity to charge white men was a powerful message which rippled throughout the region. Read more