Saturday Open Thread: Malcolm on police brutality

Malcolm warned us. We’re living this everyday.

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55 Responses to Saturday Open Thread: Malcolm on police brutality

  1. rikyrah says:

    Straight Outta Compton’ Rising to $50 Million Opening

    Dave McNary
    Film Reporter
    “Straight Outta Compton” is heading straight for a dominant opening weekend of nearly $50 million at the U.S. box office, according to early estimates Friday.

    The music biopic about the influential rap group N.W.A is overperforming significantly with nearly double what Universal had been forecasting earlier this week, when it projected a weekend in the $25 million to $29 million range.

    Friday’s total for “Straight Outta Compton” looked likely to come in the $18 million to $19 million range with a Friday-Sunday total in the $45 million to $49 million area. That’s more than triple for Friday’s total will be around $5 million for an opening around $15 million.

  2. Liza says:

    Feeling so old and tired and weary. Going to play sad music tonight. Or should I play upbeat music to counteract my mood? I can never decide.

    I hope y’all are enjoying the weekend.

    • Upbeat music, Liza.

    • But you know what? When I’m sad, I sometimes listen to the most saddest song. Am I nuts or what?

    • Liza says:

      Hey, SG2. Yeah, I’m conflicted over whether to wallow in my misery or try to alleviate it. Most of the time I wallow in it. A couple of nights ago I watched the 1981 Simon and Garfunkel reunion concert on PBS, and it was really therapeutic for me to feel all of that nostalgia. And they were so good, both age 40, in their prime, Garfunkel’s voice just crystalline. But now they are 74 and probably sound really bad.

      Naw, I think it’s okay to wallow in the sadness. I think one of the most important things we get from music, those of us with eclectic taste, is just to know that someone out there at some time felt the same way we feel.

    • Liza says:

    • Liza says:

      Here they are in 2009. Not all that bad for 69 year old men.

  3. Liza says:

    Many teammates of #ChristianTaylor are wearing their uniforms to the funeral. That's him, #3. Scholarship athlete.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 15, 2015

  4. rikyrah says:

    Being in a Bookstore while Black.

    Another crime.

    Everyone knows you can hang out at Barnes & Noble for hours, not buy anything, and not be harassed or have the cops called. That’s pretty much what a lot of high school kids do with their Saturdays. But hey, not for Black people, right? The injustice never ends.

  5. rikyrah says:

    from TOD

    August 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm
    Having a successful Black President has driven the GOP and a sizable percentage of the country insane. Hate and victim-playing has replaced serious policy discussions. Many of the fools who vote for the GOP don’t expect anything from government EXCEPT the oppression of Black folks. Experiencing on a daily basis the brilliance of PBO has shaken their belief system. I think the upheaval in their belief system is comparable to the shake up that occurred when it was discovered the earth travels around the sun or that would happen if life were to be discovered on another planet (i.e., foundational shift requiring reassessment of one’s “place” in the universe).

  6. rikyrah says:

    found at TOD:

    Bobfr (@Our4thEstate)August 15, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    h/t @jazziz2 for bringing Prof Desiree H. Melton’s WaPo article to our attention, yesterday …

    “Whitewashing our history of slavery is not only dishonest but also allows for a disconnect between the horrors of slavery and the current entrenchment of inequality. If white people cannot accept the awful truth that one of the nation’s cherished founders held people as property, and that slavery was indeed horrific, why would they acknowledge the covert ways in which blacks are still oppressed? Remaining willfully ignorant of racism and its grip on our institutions is a challenge if one acknowledges the horror of captivity and being forced to bear the children of one’s captors, or of the fact that one’s children can be sold at auction at any time or given as gifts to white children, or of families being split, or of losing one’s culture.

    Acknowledging black oppression involves taking stock of how this nation enslaved a people, marked them as subhuman and closed off opportunities in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. The nation must demand that whites confront the fact that this country was built on chattel slavery that set the stage for generation upon generation of black inequality. Yes, progress has been made, but current conditions are still unacceptable.

    I was one of only a few black people at Monticello that day. Whites made way for me as I walked the grounds. This was a first for me. Perhaps the greater the distance between them and me, the easier it was to keep up the pretense of slavery being my history and not theirs, too. They kept their distance the way Monticello has kept its distance from its history. Displaying Monticello for what it was — a slave plantation owned by a founder and president who supposedly believed in freedom for all — will not solve racism. But at the very least, it would be one small step on the way toward facing the truth.”

  7. rikyrah says:

    this is why voting in every election is important

  8. rikyrah says:

    we know the answer to the question

  9. rikyrah says:

    with reference to this:

    from TOD:


    August 15, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Good article, but I would argue that the white washing American history is DESIGNED to eliminate any feeling of guilt or responsibility by white people (i.e., it is a feature, not a bug). It is also tasked with the purpose of brainwashing Black folks to believe in their own inferiority by removing any historical context for their present condition.

    White washing history is one of the foundations upon which the doctrine of white supremacy is built. White “innocence” and racial immaturity must be maintained so the white resentment (which is the lifeblood of the GOP) can flourish. This is why “red” states like Texas are changing history textbooks to make slavery not seem so bad, and to portray Confederate soldiers in a sympathetic light (after all they were fighting for the nation’s real religion of white superiority). Any concerns of people of color take a backseat to the maintenance of the racial firewall that protects the white psyche from having to deal with the real world costs the doctrine of white supremacy imposes on its victims.

  10. Liza says:

    #ChristianTaylor is being buried today.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 15, 2015

  11. rikyrah says:

    Ving Rhames doing these Arbys commercials are cracking me up.

    that said…that loaded Italian sandwich looks delicious.

  12. rikyrah says:

    OK,channel surfing, and come across HSN with Wolfgang Puck. He’s hawking his cookware set. Is closing in on 15,000 at $150. …meaning he’s over 2.25 million in sales….

    no wonder these folks try and find something to hawk on HSN and QVC.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Michael Skolnik ‏@MichaelSkolnik 1h1 hour ago
    #StraightOuttaCompton took in $22.8 million at the box office on Friday – the fifth highest August opening in history

  14. rikyrah says:

    I knew it was going to be hot today, so I cooked my dinner in the crockpot overnight. Just had a serving….nice and delicious!!

  15. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Keegan Stephan ‏@KeeganNYC 27m27 minutes ago
    Must read piece on the subversion of federal policy to perpetuate housing segregation:

  16. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    A look back in history to 1968:

    We’ve been buked and we’ve been scourned
    We’ve been treated bad, talked about
    As just as sure as you’re born
    But just as sure as it take
    Two eyes to make a pair, huh
    Brother, we can’t quit until we get our share

    Say it loud,
    I’m black and I’m proud
    Say it louder,
    I’m black and I’m proud

    I’ve worked on jobs with my feet and my hands
    But all the work I did was for the other man
    And now we demands a chance
    To do things for ourselves

  17. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    deray mckesson ‏@deray 34m34 minutes ago
    Remember, just as “Black Power” was a slogan expressing a range of political goals, so is “Black Lives Matter.” They both cover vast space.

  18. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh

    Kevin Powell @kevin_powell

    Janelle Monàe was cut off on “Today” when she started speaking about police brutality … via @blackvoices

  19. Liza says:

    LeBron James is sending more than 1,000 students to college on a full scholarship— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 14, 2015

  20. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    <em"Bloody Lowndes
    Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt"
    by Hasan Kwame Jeffries (2009)

    “Winner of the 2010 Clinton Jackson Coley Award for the best book on local history from the Alabama Historical Association”

    “Early in 1966, African Americans in rural Lowndes County, Alabama, aided by activists from the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), established an all-black, independent political party called the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO). The group, whose ballot symbol was a snarling black panther, was formed in part to protest the barriers to black enfranchisement that had for decades kept every single African American of voting age off the county’s registration books. Even after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, most African Americans in this overwhelmingly black county remained too scared even to try to register. Their fear stemmed from the county’s long, bloody history of whites retaliating against blacks who strove to exert the freedom granted to them after the Civil War.

    “Amid this environment of intimidation and disempowerment, African Americans in Lowndes County viewed the LCFO as the best vehicle for concrete change. Their radical experiment in democratic politics inspired black people throughout the country, from SNCC organizer Stokely Carmichael who used the Lowndes County program as the blueprint for Black Power, to California-based activists Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton, who adopted the LCFO panther as the namesake for their new, grassroots organization: the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. This party and its adopted symbol went on to become the national organization of black militancy in the 1960s and 1970s, yet long-obscured is the crucial role that Lowndes County “historically a bastion of white supremacy” played in spurring black activists nationwide to fight for civil and human rights in new and more radical ways.

    “Drawing on an impressive array of sources ranging from government documents to personal interviews with Lowndes County residents and SNCC activists, Hasan Kwame Jeffries tells, for the first time, the remarkable full story of the Lowndes County freedom struggle and its contribution to the larger civil rights movement. Bridging the gaping hole in the literature between civil rights organizing and Black Power politics, Bloody Lowndes offers a new paradigm for understanding the civil rights movement.”

  21. rikyrah says:

    OP-ED FRI AUG 14 2015
    Why Wishing for a Hurricane Katrina in Chicago is Racist

    By Dave Stieber

    Last night I read an article in the Chicago Tribune in which the columnist and editorial board member Kirsten McQueary “metaphorically” wished a Hurricane Katrina would wipe out Chicago. I wish I were making this up, please read this piece. Even while I and many others were tweeting her about how offensive her column is, she sent out the following tweet:

    Kristen McQueary @StatehouseChick
    “Chicago is so good at hiding its rot.” My Friday column. Wishing for a #HurricaneKatrina #RahmEmanuel #CPS
    4:20 PM – 13 Aug 2015
    Chicago Tribune
    Chicago, New Orleans, and rebirth
    Envy isn’t a rational response to the upcoming 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina .

    What Hurricane Katrina did was kill nearly 2,000 people and displace and relocate 1 million people throughout the Gulf Coast. In New Orleans the population of the city fell by half due to loss of homes and displacement. Fifty percent of the city’s residents’ homes were uninhabitable or lost, and multiple generations of New Orleanians were forced to move. Historical and proudly black communities were wiped out.

    Now some people like McQueary will likely say, but New Orleans is back! Who is New Orleans back for? For people who look like me (i.e. white people). Not the people who lived in those predominantly black precincts.

    By wishing for a Katrina here in Chicago she is basically saying to get to rid of the black people and let the whites move in wherever they want. It would be like white flight in reverse, coming back from the ‘burbs to the city. We (white people) could proudly colonize, I mean move into Englewood and then joke on our porches while sipping tea about what life used to be like on the corner of 63rd and Racine, while we watch that new yoga studio go in. We would colonize Woodlawn, Roseland, and Austin, too, and the best part is we (white people) would get that land for cheap thanks to Katrina part II and Disaster Capitalism.

    Arne Duncan (one of our fellow white brethren) said it best when he said, “Hurricane Katrina was the best thing for New Orleans Schools.” I mean to actually fix the schools for the kids who live there, that is preposterous and besides, that would be too much work. What is great is getting to have new (wealthier and/or whiter) kids move in, then rebuild the schools and boom, schools are “great” now.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

    Off to swim and run errands.

  23. Good morning, everyone! Happy Saturday.

    Enjoy your weekend.

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