So Much Senseless Death… *** UPDATED ***

My thoughts are turbulent at the moment…it would seem that Sunday’s ‘supermoon’ has tugged at the fluids surrounding my cerebrum and cerebellum! The skies were clear so we had a fantastic sight of that beautiful orb.
*** Updated Thursday, 14 August 2014: I wanted to add to this post and make a correction – those will be indicated by three asterisks. The correction involves the ages of people who hold CWPs; I inadvertently transposed the numbers so the low age was 12, not 21. Apologies for my error. ***

Another sickening murder has taken place; another brown body lifeless under a sheet, shot down like a dog in the street by a so-called “officer of the law.” Another young man with his life brutally and senselessly cut short; another mother filled with helpless grief and rage as cameras roll, another father stoic as he requests that true justice be served. 18-year-old Michael Brown, days away from attending college, was shot multiple times for reasons unknown at high noon on Saturday, 9 August. The murder occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, which is a suburb of the city of St. Louis.

Michael and a friend were walking along when police decided to “stop and question” them for one of the most asinine reasons I’ve heard yet – they weren’t using the sidewalk. The murdering cop, who is being protected by the “thin blue line,” stated the usual bullshit claim that he was attacked and assaulted by Michael so the shooting was justified. Never mind the fact that Michael had his hands in the air AND was facing the officer when he was shot! It seems that “stop and question” is akin to “stop and frisk,” no?

Protestors have filled the streets, marching and demonstrating in righteous outrage, while a few people engaged in acts of “rioting” and “disorderly conduct.” You ever notice, when PoC gather together and march for a cause, it is deemed a ‘riot’ regardless of actual events – officers dressed in ‘riot gear’ and acting like storm troopers certainly don’t help matters any. When whites gather or march, it’s a ‘peaceful rally’ or a ‘prayer vigil,’ even when property damage and trespassing occur as they did during the WTO in Seattle, or the 99% “rallies” across the country.

A Monday morning press conference was supposed to be held by the Ferguson PD, but was cancelled and the police chief blamed the protestors. His smarmy, ignorant statements made me want to vomit with rage! The FBI announced that it was taking charge of the investigation later that day – I won’t hold my breath waiting for their findings, as I have no respect or regard for that organization…we’ll see what happens when they begin covering up investigating this murder. Idiot talking heads express surprise and dismay that “the simmering resentment in the African-American community” hasn’t “erupted before now.” Acting as if PoC are thoughtless animals, driven solely by emotions and instincts.

This repulsive crime, perpetrated by police in broad daylight, occurred a little over two weeks after another act of police brutality resulted in the death of Eric Garner, also in broad daylight. He was the gentleman in Staten Island, New York who had his life snuffed out via choke-hold for the dastardly (alleged) crime of selling cigarettes tax-free. Between these two incidents, there was some small justice for the family of Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old woman who was shot on the front porch of Theodore P. Wafer. She had gone to his Detroit-area home in the early hours of the morning of 2 November 2013, seeking assistance following an automobile accident. She was supposedly “incoherent and out of control,” causing the homeowner to “fear for his life.” In closing statements, his attorney claimed that “the walls of his home were shaking,” supposedly from violent pounding on the front door. He said that he “wasn’t going to cower (in fear) like a victim.” That’s the icing on the cake – that statement right there.

See, people who carry CWPs tend to be of the same ilk who feel the need to carry AK-47s and AR-15s, so can be painted with a fairly broad brush. Yes, there are VERY few exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, they will be white males between the ages of *** 21 – 92 *** who have been sorely and flagrantly uneducated. They tend to reside in “red states” (one exception being rural areas of so-called “blue states”) and selectively follow biblical scripture and doctrine. They are fans of NASCAR, Duck Dynasty, and Turd Nugent, who wrap themselves in the Confederate flag and sport the ‘Iron Cross’ as a fashion statement. Mindless rage and excess paranoia are common personality traits. Their main sources of current events are FauxNews on television and Alex Jones on YouTube, and they will declare with the utmost sincerity (without even being asked) that they only hate disapprove of President Obama “for his ineffectiveness as a leader of this nation, not because he’s a BLACK!!!” Anyway, the classes given to qualify for a CWP basically direct anyone who kills another to give that (or a similar) statement to the one that her killer made: “I feared for my life and had to defend myself; I didn’t want to kill anyone but I wasn’t going to be a victim!” In reality, these shitbags are just looking for a reason to “take down some criminal” and be a fucking hero in their own twisted minds and realities – they WANT to take someone else’s life and see if they can get away with it. Period.

 *** UPDATED PORTION ***
While searching for information for this post, I came across some articles which succinctly address the issue of gun ownership in this country. I also uncovered some news stories about other Black people, young and old, who have suffered abuse and/or death at the hands of the police.
“Look online and you’ll find pictures of white people proudly carrying guns into churches, bars, and grocery stores thanks to the “open carry” laws passed in nearly every state recently. Black people don’t have that right.When a white teenager named Steve Lohner was stopped by the police last month and refused to show his ID after carrying a loaded shotgun on the streets of Aurora, Colorado (the same city where a mass murderer killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a packed movie theater in July 2012), the teen walked away with nothing but a citation.But when a 22-year-old black kid named John Crawford picked up a mere BB gun in a Walmart store in Dayton, Ohio last week, customers called the police, who then shot and killed him.

Here lies a racial disparity that’s difficult for honest people to ignore. How can black people openly carry a real gun when we can’t even pick up a BB gun in a store without arousing suspicion? The answer in America is that the Second Amendment doesn’t really apply to black people.”

The majority of the comments following the article display deep ignorance and ingrained racism, but I’m not surprised by it. Check out this other article titled “America Is Not for Black People” – it is a worthy read.

Next, I wanted to add the names of some of the people who have been abused or murdered by officers in the past two months. They are young and old; male and female…and they are all Black people.

Ezell Ford

*** ADDED FRIDAY, 15 AUGUST 2014 *** : Dante Parker

John Crawford

Eric Garner

Marlene Pinnock

Denise Stewart

Finally, I wanted to put in three songs that convey how I am feeling about it all. Some tension has been relieved by “putting it to paper,” so to speak; but, music is the universal language…even if you don’t understand what is being said, you can feel it in the music. Listen…and feel.
Gary Jules: “Mad World
Maximum the Hormone: “What’s Up People?!?!?”
Sepultura: “Chaos A.D.”

A Young Man Is Dead.

Trayvon Martin: 5 February 1995 –  26 February 2012
 
Rekia Boyd: (can’t find month/day) 1989 – 21 March 2012

I’m speechless and nauseated right now.  A young man is dead.  This was going to be a long post, but there is so much to say…I try to write and just get overwhelmed with pain.  I’m really sickened over this issue, and am so tired of hearing people justify the cold-blooded, semi-premeditated murder of an unarmed, 17-year old young man.  A modern-day lynching, carried out by a paranoid, racist, wanna-be cop who designated himself judge, jury, end executioner.  A ‘vigilante-type’ who took the law into his own hands.  What’s even sadder is that, as I write this, there have been at least three other, similar murders carried out across the country.  There’s a pathological infection going around, and it seems to getting worse by the day.  People are getting murdered; the main thing that connects them is the color of their skin – and in this country, that can’t be written off as some odd coincidence.  Worse are the race-baiting comments that are landing on news sites and blog pages – pathetic attempts by psychopathic individuals to justify the unjustifiable.  Painting murder victims as criminals: Trayvon Martin.  Rekia Boyd.  Kenneth Chamberlain.  Aaron Campbell.  The list goes on.

http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-this-countrys-culture-of-suspicion/#comment-30538

http://abagond.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/rekia-boyd/

From CNN:
Editor’s note: Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson is the author of “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” One of the migrants documented in the book, George Swanson Starling, fled Florida for New York in 1945 after a standoff in the citrus groves, where he sought fairer wages for black pickers from the grove owners for whom they worked. The standoff — in Sanford, Florida — set in motion a plan to lynch him.

(CNN) — Isolated in the moment, the shooting death of Trayvon Martin may seem a singular tragedy: a teenager mistaken for a criminal by an overzealous neighborhood watchman armed with a gun and backed by a state law that gives greater latitude to people to defend themselves when they feel threatened.

But that moment in February in the central Florida town of Sanford was steeped in a history that has haunted the state, the South and the country for generations.”

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/26/opinion/wilkerson-trayvon/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/28/opinion/burton-florida-gates/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7

The race-baiters, who are fond of believing in skewed, biased, little-researched, ‘race-based’ statistics, are also using this following incident as some sort of ‘proof’ that Trayvon Martin deserved to be gunned down like a rabid animal:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17540508

Here’s a recently updated local news story, which began last year:
http://www.kgw.com/news/Officer-fired-after-Aaron-Campbell-shooting-could-be-reinstated-145236755.html

Also from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17441277

And how about this shite?!?!?  Fuck me…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-17509969

Here’s an excellent song that sums it all up: “Killing In the Name” by Rage Against the Machine.  Here’s a little info about the band and the song; the lyrics will be posted after the link to the song.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_in_the_Name

Rage Against The Machine: “Killing In The Name

Killing in the name of!
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Huh!
Killing in the name of! Killing in the name of…
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya But now you do what they told ya
Well now you do what they told ya
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Uggh!
Killing in the name of! Killing in the name of…
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control (7 times)
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya!
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Come on!
Yeah! Come on!
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me! Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me! Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me! Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me! Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!
MOTHEFUCKER!!!!
Uggh!!!

Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe

Lunatic fringe
I know you’re out there
You’re in hiding
And you hold your meetings
We can hear you coming
We know what you’re after
We’re wise to you this time
We won’t let you kill the laughter.

Lunatic fringe
In the twilight’s last gleaming
This is open season
But you won’t get too far
‘coz you’ve got to blame someone
For your own confusion
But we’re on guard this time
Against your FINAL SOLUTION

We can hear you coming
(We can hear you coming)
No you’re not going to win this time
We can hear the footsteps
(We can hear the footsteps)
Hey, out along the walkway
(Out along the walkway)
Lunatic fringe
We know you’re out there
Can you feel the resistance?
Can you feel the thunder?

Updated Saturday, 2012/4/7:

Chaka Khan has always been a singer and entertainer that I admire.  She just released a tribute song to Trayvon Martin…what a class act.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/2012/04/chaka_khan_releases_trayvon_ma.php

chakakhan.jpg

Now, if someone can only catch the person or persons who are murdering innocent people in the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma, solely for the color of their skin.  The madness is escalating…it’s sickening.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17648620

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