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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on August 23, 2014, 04:45 PM »
I repeat, this explosion in Ferguson, Mo, didn't just happen out of a vacuum. There has been a prevailing attitude in the St. Louis and surrounding  counties that the black communities have had to put up with for quite sometime. This is an example of that attitude, yet the police apologists still insist that it's the black community's fault for what's going on.

These are the people the black community has to face everyday. This is the attitude the black community has to face everyday. After decades of this kind of underlining boil, what did they expect was going to happen at some point when folks have had enough?
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on August 21, 2014, 05:08 PM »
Remember the discussion on who controls the narrative? Remember how it was discussed on how that works and the reason we can't keep silent? Remember the way the narrative is used to place pre-supposed positions to fit the stereotype instead of the truth? You want to see how that works?
Here's a classic example being explained on how that exact thing is being done with regard to Michael Brown by not only the press, but by the way the local police dept is saying things to deliberately poison the jury pool.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on August 20, 2014, 10:46 PM »
Cop Who Cursed, Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended

The Associated Press  Aug 20, 2014, 5:35 PM 
A police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semiautomatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them, police said Wednesday.

A protester captured the exchange on video that has been posted to YouTube and several websites. It happened Tuesday night during the latest of several protests that have followed the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

On the video, a man is heard saying, "Oh my God! Gun raised!" as the officer approaches. The identity of the man who shot the video is not known.

"My hands are up, bro! My hands are up!" the man said.

The officer walks near the man with his gun pointed and appears to say, "I will (expletive) kill you."

St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman said the officer is with the police department in St. Ann, another St. Louis County town near Ferguson. His name hasn't been released. Messages seeking comment from St. Ann's police chief were not returned.

Schellman said a county police sergeant took immediate action, telling the officer to lower the weapon and escorting him from the area. The officer was suspended indefinitely.

The right thing was done, but I post this as an example of what the black community has to deal with from the police on a daily basis. This is the kind of thing that allow for another black youth to be shot down in the street for the slightest breach of not only white privilege but police privilege.
Do you see it? This kid was shot because he didn't move fast enough for the privileged status of this white officer. The news media was arrested illegally because they didn't move fast enough to suit the privilege felt by the police. This suspended officer felt so privileged by his status and the prevailing attitude that nothing was going to happen to him, that he easily and readily pointed a loaded weapon at peaceful demonstrators and spoke exactly what is in his heart. Even with the knowledge of the media being present recording this, he readily undervalued, underestimated and marginalized those black lives as if those lives had zero value beyond his white and police privilege. The American system of institutionalized racism.

This is the attitude we black people have put up with everyday. We have to have the talk with our youth that white parents can't even imagine to have with their youth. And then it is demanded of us to be silent and wait on a justice system that is murdering our children in the streets by police and "lawful" sanction. And to top that off black people are the ones that are accused of playing the race card before the bodies of our youth get cold enough to bury if we say anything.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on August 20, 2014, 02:37 PM »
I am so dammed fed up, tired, and sickened by the murdering of our young black youth by police and cowardly racist gun nuts, that words just escape me now. I just can't articulate my anger right now. I don't have the words. For now I'll just have to link to news articles. I'm not often so completely lost for words. I'm just sick to my stomach at what is going on, the acceptance, the expectation of black people to be silent and continue to play nice and wait, while this kind of thing goes unpunished and nobody being held accountable, time after time.

Meanwhile the police make lying claims to the media for the purpose of shielding a cold blooded, murdering police coward and to poison the jury pool by demonizing the victim and they accomplish that with out a single question asked. How long does the black community have to wait for something to be done? Why is this explosion such a surprise to the white community? After all that's happen way before a cowardly racist Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of Travon Martin for the crime of being a black youth wearing a hoody. I am just sickened by what can happen to my grandsons and sons for the heinous crime of jay walking.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on August 18, 2014, 08:41 PM »

We have headlines to demonize black young men shot down in the street, then have a small retraction that is meaningless because the police and other authorities know you can't unwring that bell.

Then you have story lines like this one that sanitizes what the truth is for white interlopers. This story header is an outright lie.
Why the difference?
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on August 18, 2014, 08:18 PM »

Hattie McDaniel short bio.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on August 18, 2014, 05:39 PM »

I'm going to have a conversation about this as soon as I can calm down.
I've tried to have a conversation locally, but unfortunately this community is just as dumbed down on listening to the truth as the rest of the country is.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on August 16, 2014, 10:09 PM »
I never heard this story before. Just goes to show there are so many bridges built between people and history. This should put an end to the foolish belief that folks make it or build successful lives all on their own. We are our bother's keeper. We share the cost of each other's success and failures in more ways than one.

This is just one small example.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on August 14, 2014, 04:31 PM »
Bridges. Do you build them or destroy them?  Do you scoff at building bridges? How long does it take for you to build a bridge? Do you always see the end result, or do you build for the sake of paying it forward?

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