‘We Finally Got One of Those Animals’: Community Organizer in Ferguson Recounts Arrest

By: Saturday August 23, 2014 10:01 am

Taurean Russell, a black community organizer who was been working to mobilize residents since Michael Brown was gunned down by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, was arrested earlier in the week. At a press event, he recounted his arrest.

During the evening, Russell had been on multiple mainstream news programs. He had the opportunity to meet rapper Talib Kweli. He decided to explain to Kweli how unlikely it was that Brown could get from the Ferguson Market, where authorities alleged he stole cigars, to Canfield Drive, where Wilson shot him.

Russell said he left the area on West Florissant Avenue, where community has been gathering for nightly demonstrations, and police were following them. And, at some point, police were yelling, “There he goes in the gray shirt! Get him!”

 

“It was the best of times, it was the “Giuliani Time(s)”"

By: Friday August 22, 2014 1:30 am

One of the advantages of being soulless and ignorant is that you are not governed against the stench of your own stupidity in the past.

Ferguson Police Manipulate Press So Robbery Becomes Focus Instead of Fact Officer Killed Michael Brown

By: Friday August 15, 2014 4:38 pm

Media mostly had no idea that Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, had allegedly been involved in a robbery of a liquor store. Rumors had circulated but no organizations had been actively seeking information on any robbery. They were not certain the robbery had anything to do with Brown’s death. Media had, however, sought the release of information from Ferguson police on the shooting by filing requests under Missouri’s “sunshine” or freedom of information law.

Late Night: Man vs. Machine

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 8:00 pm

When I was in college, I took a two part class called War in the Modern World, as a conscious departure from the social history that was my focus of study. The experience was eye-opening, and continues to be.

By “modern,” it referred to the period from the US Civil War to the present (the early 1980′s), based on the fact that the Civil War was won by pure industrial might, and the victor was the belligerent that could out-produce the other and hurl the most materiel and men onto the pile.

Ferguson’s Militarized & Racist Response to Protests Against Police Killing of Mike Brown

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 1:23 pm

Police clad in riot gear fired rubber bullets and tear gas at predominantly black residents near a QuikTrip in Ferguson, Missouri. They were protesting the killing of an unarmed black teen shot by police on Saturday. It was the same QuikTrip that was set on fire and looted on Sunday night.

New York Times Acknowledges Marijuana Prohibition Was Founded in Racism

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 12:12 pm

While this isn’t new information to anyone who’s been paying attention to the issue of marijuana reform, it is great to see the New York Times lay out in detail how the origins of marijuana prohibition were based entirely on lies and racism.

Golly, hard to believe

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 1:30 am

Since the latest Fox News talking head (conveniently colorless) keeps telling me racism doesn’t exist anymore.

Late Night: Peas in a Pod

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 8:00 pm

I just finished reading Max Blumenthal’s deeply unsettling book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, and I can certainly understand the frothing response it received from the Isreal-First crowd when it was released last year.

Plessy v Ferguson, Brown v Board of Education, and Michelle Obama

By: Saturday May 17, 2014 9:00 am

What a difference 60 years makes. Roughly speaking, that’s two generations, the span between grandparents and grandchildren, between one way of looking at the world and another. 120 years ago, Justice Harlan looked into the future, and he knew that one day, Plessy v Ferguson would look like Dred Scott.

Today, after I listened to Michelle Obama speak in Topeka, it’s plain she knows the future as well. It made me look at my kid and his classmates, and wonder what their world will be like 60 years — two generations — from now. From what I’ve already seen in him and his friends, I’ve got a feeling that the “better future” of which Michelle Obama spoke is not just wishful thinking.

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