Ferguson: After the Spectacle
On August 9, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot six times and killed in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer named Darren Wilson. By this late stage in the horrific history of r…
We are so conditioned to not seeing this kind of structural violence that we think of Ferguson as an exception or an extraordinary event when in fact it can be situated within the everyday violence that structures the lives of all Black people (and, to varying degrees, the lives of all people of color) in the United States. As Tamara K. Nopper & Mariame Kaba recently noted:
Attention is drawn to the “spectacular event” rather than to the point of origin or the mundane. Circulated are the spectacles — dead black bodies lying in the streets or a black teenager ambushed by several police officers in military gear, automatic weapons drawn.
Amid this, we are left with the difficulty to name both the spectacle and the quotidian violence blacks in the United States experience day after day, from the police and the racially deputized. What do we call this incessant violence? How do we describe it beyond the “spectacular event”? Occupation? War? Genocide? Life? Death?
8:38 pm • 29 August 2014 • 9 notes
There is an ongoing internal discussion over what tactics will advance the struggle for justice for Brown. On the one hand, there are the moderate civil rights forces who advocate non-violence and cooperation with the police. These forces pressure the youth to disperse their protests when the police harassment increases.
On the other hand, there are militant youth and others who want to continue to defy the occupation late into the evening. These forces call for the arrest of Wilson, the cop who shot Mike Brown; for the dismissal of pro-cop St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch; and for an end to police repression.
During a NAACP-led march on Aug. 23, which numbered a couple of thousand, the cooperation with the authorities was such that there were actually two uniformed police officers helping to hold the lead banner along with other officers behind them!!! We were stunned to see this.
Some of us joined near the back of the march, and many people who participated in or observed the event took photos of the poster one of us was carrying: “Resistance is Justified from Ferguson to Gaza,” which indicated the strong political mood among many in Ferguson.
Gov. Jay Nixon did a quick photo-op at the end of the march before being swept away in a SUV with a contingent of cops as an escort.
— Monica Moorehead, ‘Ferguson, Mo., community stands strong against militarized police’ (via fuckyeahmarxismleninism)
8:28 pm • 29 August 2014 • 67 notes
This world is so crazy crazy.
5:10 pm • 28 August 2014
U.S. Faces Suit Over Tactics at Immigrant Detention Center
In a challenge to the Obama administration’s strategy for deterring illegal border crossings by Central American migrants, civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit on Friday claiming that the government committed egregious due process violations against women and children held for deportation at a detention center in New Mexico.
6:25 pm • 25 August 2014
Three-year-old Nino sits in an Ebola isolation center in a closed school on August 14, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. (John Moore/Getty Images)
9:03 am • 20 August 2014 • 254 notes
After a week that saw a militarized police crackdown and the imposition of a nighttime curfew, Amnesty International USA has taken an “unprecedented” step by sending a 13-person delegation to monitor the developments in Ferguson, Missouri. It is the first time the Amnesty organization has deployed observers inside the United States. We speak to Steven Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA.
2:53 pm • 18 August 2014