Charlotteville racists: amateurs compared to the US government

racists push police in Charlottesville

Despite all the noise coming from the Charlottesville assortment of racist lunatics, it is important to recognize that they don’t have “real” power. We should pay even more attention to the folks with REAL power, the power structure that was able to force President Donald Trump to do something he didn’t want to do, and that is condemn racism. WE should really fear those with the power to legislate, implement and institutionalize racism.

No matter how important the avowed racists think they are, in a racist/classist society they too are suckers. Because this society at bottom is organized around class,with white Supremacy tossed in to make sure the rich and powerful remain rich and powerful, while the rest of us fight among ourselves for the crumbs. White Supremacy was employed to “divide and rule” us. And it works.

As White as the Charlotteville racist mob was, they weren’t able to get in Rockefellers, or the Vanderbilt’s, or the DuPont’s party last weekend. Those who tried getting in on the basis of skin privilege, pointing to their White skin as their pass for entry, were politely turned away while being told; ‘We are sorry you are our color but not our kind (class).

The greatest threat to Civil Rights, human rights and racial justice has always been the US government doing the bidding of the ruling class.

Consider its history. It was the government that passed laws, including the Fugitive Slave Act, making allowances for slavery. It wasn’t some stick wielding thug who wrote, when Dred Scott sought freedom from slavery after having resided in free states that Black people,” have no rights that the White man was bound to respect.”

Rather it was a member of the executive branch of the US government, Chief Justice Roger Taney of the US Supreme Court, who wrote those words in the famous 1857 case that declared that Blacks, free and un-free were not citizens of the country.

It was the federal government that allowed the Southern part of the United States to legally codify racial segregation for the purpose of discriminating, disenfranchising and dehumanizing Black people. The executive branch in 1896 in Plessy v Ferguson codified Jim Crow segregation, making it the law of the land, disingenuously declaring that separate was equal.

Even the Depression Era, New Deal which introduced Social Security, knowingly excluded menial laborers, maids, house servants, gardeners, and landscapers, jobs in which because of societal discrimination Blacks were primarily mired in.

It was the US government that sanctioned the thieving of Indian land. It was the US government, not a bunch of Wild West thugs that forced the Indians off their land with its military. It wasn’t loud mouthed racists, but government policy to rip Indian children from their parents and place them in re-education centers like the Carlisle School, which made news recently cause it just returned the bodies of children who died or was murdered at the racist institution.

It was the US government, not a group of Nazis that passed legislation limiting Chinese immigration. It was the US government not a group of racists that interned Japanese during the 1940’s.

While the racists scream anti-Islamic epithets and insults it is the US government that has invaded and bombed Islamic nations. The neo-nazis make xenophobic and anti immigrant insults, but it is the US government that has separated children from their parents under the guise of border security. The last administration set records for deportation, while its drones delivered cruise missiles that killed thousands of innocent Middle Easterners.

It was the federal government that segregated its troops and while giving out the GI Bill refused to insist that segregated institutions and neighborhoods allow Black access. They chose not to intervene, effectively sanctioning the racism and discrimination of the day.

It was the federal government that opened the door to and made segregated housing policy. The US government’s, Federal Housing Commission in 1934 gave bonuses to contractors who agreed to disallow Blacks in their new suburbs. The government had a hand in redlining as well. Look it up!

Even when the Supreme Court granted a little relief from oppressive segregation in Brown v Board of Education, the government lacked the will to enforce it with the exception of token shows like the one put on in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.
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Indeed, the federal government’s legislative branch passed Civil Rights and Voting Rights laws in the 1960’s but they didn’t provide the ability to enforce the law, thus Black folks still experience discrimination to this day.

When the Black and Brown communities of the US were hard hit by the cocaine and crack epidemic (which incidentally evidence has turned up revealing that the US government played a role in delivering crack to the doorsteps of inner city USA) the response by the government was draconian. The US Congress passed laws and declared a so-called War on Drugs that turned out to be nothing more than a war on Black and Brown people.

The results of that war are still being felt as a staggering number of Black men and women are locked down as a result of the criminalization of drug addiction. Notice the more humane approach to the opioid and heroin epidemic, which has primarily impacted the White community.

And Black and Brown society has been terrorized and traumatized by “legal” police violence, harassment and humiliation carried out primarily by deputized racists throughout their existence in the US. That too has been codified in US law. It has come to the fore lately because modern communications technology and social media has made it difficult to ignore.

In 1968 in Terry vs Ohio the US Supreme Court ruled that it is legal for police to “stop and frisk” Black and Brown folks, thus violating their constitutionally guaranteed Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Paul Butler author of “Chokehold: Policing Black Men” got it right when he said, “Stop-and-frisks are brutal assertions of police dominance of the streets, communicating to African American men through– sexual harassment, torture and even terrorism – that they are objects of disdain by the state.”

Furthermore the Supreme Court in 1985 in Tennessee v Garner, ruled that it was ok to shoot citizens in the back if a cop thought it was reasonable.

Strangely these same agents of the State stood by on Friday night in Charlottesville as torch wielding thugs surrounded a brave group of predominantly White young people shouting “Black Lives Matter.” The same agents of the State, the Virginia State Police dressed in riot gear during the disturbances on Saturday actually allowed a group of the thugs to rush their lines pushing and cussing them.

Yet the armed agents of the State showed tremendous restraint, refusing to mace or hit anyone with their sticks while claiming to defend themselves, as they would surely have claimed if the folks doing the pushing and cussing had been Black.

Racists in the US are cause for alarm no doubt, but if we are going to eliminate racism once and for all (like it or not) we are going to have to start with the top, the system of Capitalism buttressed by White Supremacy and maintained by the US government.

justice then peace

Refusal to call Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center bombing a terrorist attack exposes the US government’s double mindedness

mosque bombing
 
The bombing of Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center,in Bloomington MN was without question a terrorist act. The attack was frightening and disturbing,but what should equally concern Muslims, especially Somali Muslims is the US government’s reticence to name the attack an act of terror, or even a hate crime. Labeling it terror flies in the face of US propaganda, which has painted Muslims as terrorists, so conversely they can’t be victims of terrorism. This conscious double standard doesn’t bode well for the future of Muslims in the US.
 
Terrorism is, “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives,” according to the Code of Federal Regulations, which the FBI relies on for its working definition.
 
So according to the FBI’s own measuring stick this was an act of terrorism. This was an attack on a property, with no doubt the intent to kill. The bomber apparently knew that worshipers would be arriving not long after he placed the bomb.
 
The FBI has taken a wait and see approach, but they weren’t as hesitant when a young Somali Muslim man who was suffering a psychotic break stabbed several people in a St Cloud mall last year. FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Thornton immediately said the crime was being investigated as a “potential act of terror.”
 
Thornton and the FBI have said it was too early to say much at all “without a suspect or a motive firmed up.” What motive could someone possibly have for tossing a bomb into a religious institution, or anywhere else for that matter? The FBI won’t even call it a hate crime at this point.
 
Why is the FBI is holding back speculation? It’s likely that the FBI and US president Donald Trump are silent because this does not fit their agenda. It doesn’t accommodate the propaganda that says Muslims practice a violent religion and are inherently terrorists.
 
The governments half- heartedness harks back to the days of the Civil Rights struggle against Jim Crow segregation in which the same organization which were charged with keeping White Supremacy in place the FBI the police and other national security and law enforcement agencies were also called on to investigate crimes including bombings aimed at Civil Rights fighters. At the time the FBI spied upon, harassed and monitored the freedom fighters and not the devils who were trying to keep segregation in place by any means necessary, including through terror bombing, lynching and plain old harassment.
 
Who can forget that while Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) was signing Civil Rights legislation and making speeches declaring, “we shall overcome” his FBI was monitoring Civil Rights leader and icon Martin Luther King Jr.
 
Muslims in the US find themselves in a similar situation. The same local FBI director who helped lock up a group of (no doubt misguided Somali young men but not criminal) for long stretches of imprisonment last summer, for simply talking about and then changing their minds about joining ISIS, is now tasked with investigating a crime against the very same community, which his organization and the US government views as suspect.
 
Muslims, especially Muslims of Color should see this for what it is. The FBI is a “FRIEND-EMY”, simultaneously hater and helper!
Meanwhile, the crazy like a fox White House, has implied that maybe Muslims tried to blow up their own mosque.
 
How else can President Trump’s National Security Advisor, Sabastian Gorka’s remarks about the attack be interpreted? He actually said without offering proof that, “alleged hate crimes by right wing individuals in the last six months turned out to be actually propagated by the left.”
 
Say what?
 
MN Governor Mark Dayton was the only official with the courage to call the bombing what it was, “an act of terrorism, a criminal act of terrorism.” He along with US Congressman Keith Ellison got it right.
 
In 2015 the Minneapolis Star Tribune in an article titled “Minneapolis FBI refused to use Somali Outreach for Spying,” revealed that according to a government memo released in 2009, “The FBI directed its agents in Minneapolis and five other U.S. cities in 2009 to use community outreach with Somali groups as cover to gather intelligence on terrorist recruiting efforts and on individuals who would likely be vulnerable to being radicalized, according to a newly released memo that outlines the secretive operation.”
 
The 2009 memo also revealed that the spy effort targeted the Minneapolis Somali community as its highest priority.The other cities targeted for spying on Somalis were Cincinnati; Seattle; San Diego; Washington, D.C., and Denver.
 
The memo outlines “how agents across the country were to work in concert with FBI community outreach programs and the bureau’s Behavioral Analysis Unit “to develop a baseline profile of Somali individuals who are vulnerable to being radicalized or participating in extremist activities.”
 
The Muslim community and the Somali Muslim community in particular which is Black, immigrant and Muslim should not pretend they are safe in a country that seeks their elimination internationally. They should see this for what it is and organize themselves and work with others to bring about a society that refuses to discriminate because of color, religion or anything else.
 
Burying one’s head and pretending to be FULLY American has historically not yielded the desired result. Tyranny only goes away through resistance nothing else!
 
justice then peace