Lack of Humanity Is One of Our Biggest Failures: Self-Reflection

Many of us are attuned to our own problems usually and rarely stop to consider what other people may have to go through on a daily bases. That leads some people to feel more empathy/sympathy for some while showing a careless mentality towards others.

Some will feel sorrow for the innocent slain cops, while making every excuse in the book for the deaths of Tamir Rice and Eric Garner. Some people’s heart will go out to the ranchers in the West Cost losing their land due to government manipulation, but not feel anything about some Native American people’s land being pushed over by corporate interest or the unconstitutional activities against the people of Ferguson.

I try not to be that type of a person; I feel pain/sadness for Wenjian Liu, Rafael Ramos, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Shawn Bell, and anyone else killed or any person who is being taken advantage of by any entity.

The reason why our country is so screwed up (always have been actually) is due to the simple fact/reality that no one stops to consider. Consider why racism, sexism, homophobia, etc are still an issue in our society centuries later. Why one death is more important and heart-wrenching than the other?

Our personal bias, ideology, media outlet we trust and perspective always come into play and it is a type of group or mob mentality. Some people never move passed that, which is why as much progress we have claimed to have made; in reality we really are stagnate. One of the reasons that politics is an extremely easy profession when you think about it. It is really easy to get people to hate each other, really easy. It is simple to play on race in divisive ways (Race itself was partially created for that reason). Many of the isms were created to draw up fear, suspicion, and hatred for others to justify atrocities that would soon take place; still do.

Unless people can grow up and confront these issues head on, it will never change. Some of the seemingly progress we have made, was due to the fact many were brave enough to do this.

I also want to add that we can be a revengeful species; I notice the people who share the brunt of revenge be it on an individual bases or an entire country, innocent people usually suffer the most.

Columbine for example; some kids did horrific things to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, but their reaction was to take innocent lives. 9/11; what those terrorist did was disgusting, but our reaction lead to a lot more innocent deaths. This type of mentality leaves a society (not just ours of course) in a constant state of senseless violence.

Lastly; I want to give my sincere condolences to the families who have fallen victim to police brutality and to the families who have lost such dignified officers, who put their life on the line for others.

The Illipsis: on Ferguson, riots and human limits

I will not watch Darren Wilson interview on ABC!

They are money hungry, and I’m not putting in any money that will support such filth.

He immediately grabs my gun and says, ‘You are too much of a pussy to shoot me,'” Wilson said, saying he thought he would be shot when Brown dug the gun into the officer’s hip.

Wilson testified: “I tried to hold his right arm and use my left hand to get out to have some type of control and not be trapped in my car any more. And when I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan… That’s just how big he felt and how small I felt just from grasping his arm.

Yeah, The Hulk left him bruised and beaten.

Race in America: Experts discuss post-Ferguson grand jury decision

NEW YORK (PIX11)– Protests against the Ferguson grand jury decision have fanned out across the country through the day and into the night.

In New York, demonstrators went into Manhattan and Brooklyn. At one point police officers shut down the Lincoln Tunnel and in Times Square police arrested a group of protesters.

In Minneapolis, protesters were targets–a frustrated driver hit the gas and plowed through the crowd.

Monday and Tuesday, throughout America has experienced a new movement in America fueled by a generation that has witnessed what many call an injustice on black men in America. A generation that has watched their unarmed fathers, brothers and sons killed by police officers who never had to pay the price or face a judge for taking a life: Ramarley Graham, Sean Bell, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

http://pix11.com/2014/11/26/race-in-america-experts-discuss-post-ferguson-grand-jury-decision/

Killer Mike’s pre-show Ferguson Grand Jury speech

I Am Mike Brown by Ari Herstand

Faces of Ferguson: Ahead of Michael Brown Grand Jury Decision

Ezra Furname: Ferguson’s Burning

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/artists-release-new-songs-inspired-events-ferguson/

Ezra Furman’s Ferguson’s Burning
When the fires burn out
And the tear gas disperses
When the work is all done
For the doctors and the nurses
The cops may stop shooting
And the street get less wild
But Michael Brown’s mother
Will never get back her child
And the hatred and fear
That America harbors
Will only grow bigger
Beneath big body armor
So keep a close eye on our laws and our leaders
No justice for Mike Brown
There’s none for you either

Ferguson’s burning
And the world’s turning away
Turning away

 

Help Stop Police Brutality

I was impressed with the meeting at the Urban League, Plymouth MN; people brought up great solutions, started their own organizations and were serious about this. It was inspiring.

We need your signature, and much more!

The Proposal: The Committee for Professional Policing has worked out a method to hold individual police officers responsible for their own conduct, in a manner similar to doctors, nurses, and other professionals who hold our lives in their hand. Officers would be required to carry liability insurance which would cover conduct that is willful and in violation of the law or police policy. The city could pay the base rate of the insurance premiums, but officers would have to pay any increases in their premiums due to their personal history. Too many claims or other evidence of risk would cost the officer extra, an effective form of discipline. Consistently brutal cops would become uninsurable, and could therefore not continue on the Minneapolis police force.

For more information on the petition: cfppmpls.wordpress.com

If you want to get things done, then we need action; no more talk or just marching.

Contact information: cfppmpls@yahoo.com or call Campaign Coordinators Eric Schiltz 612-715-8784 and Eric Bauer 612-384-0277

Have you been beaten or abused by police?

Communities United Against Police Brutality: http://www.CUAPB.org

24-Hour Hotline: 612-874-STOP (612-874-7867)

Meeting place: 4200 Cedar Avenue South in Minneapolis.

August 28th @ 6:00pm, Solidarity rally for Mike Brown; Hennepin County Government Center

For more information go to https://facebook.com/events/436259379846318/?ref_dashboard_filter=calender

Disrupt Mass Incarceration “Take The Power Back”

Featuring former inmate activist Manu Lewis, former inmate Nick O, with poetry by Sol ‘Rebel’ Ras.

Saturday Aug 23rd, 12:00pm

North Regional Library,

1315 Lowry Ave N Minneapolis MN 55411

In the upstairs “North” conference room.

Childcare and refreshment will be provided.

 

 

Nationwide Protests Take on Police Brutality: Racism

 

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