The Root is Racism in America: Ferguson Activist Speaks Out of Police Abuses After Meeting Obama –
One week after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case, President Obama has given his first major policy response to the protests from Ferguson and beyond over racial profiling and police brutality. At a meeting with activists and officials from around the country, Obama unveiled a process to address what he called “simmering distrust.” The administration’s response comes as protests continue nationwide over the non-indictment of former officer Darren Wilson over killing Brown. On Monday, demonstrators walked out of workplaces and classrooms in some 30 cities with their hands raised, the symbol of Brown’s death and the movement that has emerged since. As the “Hands Up Walk Out” took place, some of the movement’s key leaders were not out in the streets but inside the White House. Obama’s guests included seven young activists who have helped organize the protests in Ferguson and in other communities of color. DemocracyNow was joined by one of those activists: Ashley Yates, an activist, poet and artist who is co-creator of Millennial Activists United. “While that is a step towards ending this real problem,” Yates says of Obama’s reforms, “the real root of it has to be addressed. And the real root of it is racism in America, the anti-black sentiments that exist. Until we begin to address that, we really can’t have any real change — all we have are these small steps towards justice. We need leaps and bounds.”
Police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes extrajudicially killed at least 313 African-Americans in 2012, according to a recent study https://mxgm.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Operation-Ghetto-Storm.pdf
This means a black person was killed by a security officer every 28 hours. The report notes that it’s possible that the real number could be much higher.
They | the government | racist people mission to demonize Black People in order to justify in their own minds mass arrests, prison sentences, brutality & murder of my people. The United States is being seen in its true colors, the ugly roots – racism | bigotry | hate.
They’re killing our brothers & sisters, all in the name of so-called justice & law. Seems our black president is publicly acknowledging the state of emergency we’ve been in just a little late – $263 million requested by our president for police cameras. The program, which would need congressional approval, would offer a total of $75 million over three years to match state funding for the cameras by 50 percent, helping to pay for more than 50,000 of the devices.
The announcement came as Obama held a series of meetings with law enforcement personnel, civil rights leaders and Cabinet officials to discuss possible reforms to ease mistrust towards police, particularly in minority communities.
“This is not a problem just of Ferguson, Missouri. This is a national problem,” Obama said.
We’ll see if there are any significant changes in this system which has only known to serve oppression and little hope for centuries.
The Department of Justice (DOJ):
1. Release the Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies including updates that would:
- Make the Guidance enforceable
- Apply the Guidance to state and local law enforcement who work in partnership with the federal government or receive federal funding
- Close the loophole for the border and national security
- Cover surveillance activities
- Prohibit profiling based on religion, national origin, and sexual orientation
2. Require racial bias training against the use of force for state and local law enforcement that receive grants
Sign the petition at: https://www.aclu.org/secure/DOJ-racial-profiling?ms=web_141124_racialjustice_taf
12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot by a Cleveland police officer on Saturday (Nov. 22) while playing with a BB gun that was mistaken for a real weapon. After being asked to put his hands up, one officer fired two shots at Rice. He was pronounced dead at the MetroHealth Medical Center on Sunday (Nov. 23).
Police arrived to the Cudell Recreation Center after a 911 call was made. “There’s a guy in there with a pistol, you know, it’s probably fake, but he’s like pointing it at everybody,” the 911 caller said, according to Cleveland.com. “He’s sitting on a swing right now, but he’s pulling it in and out of his pants and pointing it at people. He’s probably a juvenile, you know?”
Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association President Jeff Follmer remarked that the shooting officer was not aware that Rice was a child, and that the officer as following what was taught in the police academy, reports CNN.
“I can tell you the officer that fired had no clue that he was 12, he just thought it was an older male,” he said. “There was more concentration on his hands because we are taught in the academy that hands will kill you.”
So, this child playing in a park with a toy gun looked like an adult who posed a threat to people…? This is yet another racially motivated murder by the police. New Jim Crow – officers can kill at will any black men/boys without punishment.
The identity of the shooting officer has not been released. Police are currently investigating surveillance video of the incident. Both responding officers are on administrative leave.
Q-Tip was vocal on his discontent with the grand jury’s decision stating on his Twitter:
No value for black life. But they extrapolate our magic, sweat, our voice our fire… And leave us stripped of our right to exist.
Also, seen out protesting and taking to social media was Macklemore.
This decision was not completely misunderstood as the history, the current day atrocities which happen at the hands of so-called “officers of law” here in the states has become so often.
An indictment of the Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown would not prove that black lives matter in America.
Vincent Warren of the Center on Constitutional Rights writes:
Without accountability, there can be no rule of law. If Wilson is not indicted, or is under-indicted, the clear message is that it is open season on people of color, that St. Louis has declared that Darren Wilson is not a criminal but that the people who live under the thumbs of the Darren Wilsons of this country are. It would say to the cry that “Black lives matter” that, no, in fact, they do not.
This is the sad truth in this country – we cannot forget the Unites States is an institution built on racism, sexism and classism. The authors of Struggle for Justice wrote in 1971 “without a radical change in our values and a drastic restructuring of our social and economic institutions” we can only achieve modest reforms of the criminal punishment system (including policing).
“A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect”
– W.E.B. Du Bois
School system teaching our children lies, mainstream hip hop owned by our ancestors masters sons who also have a large part in the industrialized prison system, taxes being spent on wars… Black (& brown) lives are only a mean to a head count in prisons for profit along with cheap labor – civil war.
Yes, we have certain freedoms, but at the cost of so much more that is detrimental to our present and future. A day without police brutality, killings, prison sentences lacking moral/lawful reason and equal rights to all seems to be too far in sight – unreachable.
R.I.P. to all the Black names unspoken and forgotten.
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Where is the equal justice in cases like this? – It’s absent in a day where skin color still motivates crime and police officers are protected by corrupt law enforcers.
Dr. Cornel West and actor Harry Belafonte are also among those expected to attend the events, which include a mass march and a planned act of civil disobedience. They will join local activists who have been calling for the arrest of police officer Darren Wilson, who killed Mike Brown; for the appointment of a special prosecutor in the case; and the firing of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson.