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Old 04-28-2015, 06:03 PM
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Sometimes, I just gotta show an op-ed to display their utter ignorance...

Baltimore’s violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy

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As a nation, we fail to comprehend Black political strategy in much the same way we fail to recognize the value of Black life.

We see ghettos and crime and absent parents where we should see communities actively struggling against mental health crises and premeditated economic exploitation. And when we see police cars being smashed and corporate property being destroyed, we should see reasonable responses to generations of extreme state violence, and logical decisions about what kind of actions yield the desired political results.

I’m overwhelmed by the pervasive slandering of protesters in Baltimore this weekend for not remaining peaceful. The bad-apple rhetoric would have us believe that most Baltimore protesters are demonstrating the right way—as is their constitutional right—and only a few are disrupting the peace, giving the movement a bad name.

This spin should be disregarded, first because of the virtual media blackout of any of the action happening on the ground, particularly over the weekend. Equally, it makes no sense to cite the Constitution in any demonstration for Black civil rights (that document was not written about us, remember?), but certainly not one organized specifically to call attention to the fact that the state breaks its own laws with regard to the oppressed on a nearly constant basis.

But there is an even bigger problem. Referring to Black Lives Matter protests, as well as organic responses to police and state violence as “non-violent” or “peaceful” erases the actual climate in which these movements are acting, the militant strategies that have rendered them effective, and the long history of riots and direct action on which they are built.

I do not advocate non-violence—particularly in a moment like the one we currently face. In the spirit and words of militant Black and Brown feminist movements from around the globe, I believe it is crucial that we see non-violence as a tactic, not a philosophy.
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Sometimes, I just gotta show an op-ed to display their utter ignorance...
The only rainbow in this excrement shaped cloud is that this seems to have been Benji Hart's only article for Salon.
Hopefully it will be his only article ever.

His comment: "I do not advocate non-violence—particularly in a moment like the one we currently face. "
Are you for freakin' real?
Martin Luther King Jr faced worse than this and he had the courage of non-violent convictions.
What the author seems oblivious to is that I see nobody swayed to sympathize with Freddie Gray's situation (or blacks in general) based on this behavior. Nobody who only sees the light AFTER realizing that people have resorted to rioting...
This violence only detracts from the dialogue. Distracts from the dialogue.

"utter ignorance" is being very kind cnredd...
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The only rainbow in this excrement shaped cloud is that this seems to have been Benji Hart's only article for Salon.
Hopefully it will be his only article ever.

His comment: "I do not advocate non-violence—particularly in a moment like the one we currently face. "
Are you for freakin' real?
Martin Luther King Jr faced worse than this and he had the courage of non-violent convictions.
What the author seems oblivious to is that I see nobody swayed to sympathize with Freddie Gray's situation (or blacks in general) based on this behavior. Nobody who only sees the light AFTER realizing that people have resorted to rioting...
This violence only detracts from the dialogue. Distracts from the dialogue.

"utter ignorance" is being very kind cnredd...
Please stop agreeing with me and change your position at once!...
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Well here is another article for you two to kick around.

Freddie Gray Had Spine Surgery One Week Before Arrest | Conservative Byte

This doesn't excuse excessive force. But, neither does it excuse excessive resistance to arrest.

Or selling illegal drugs
Or legitimate destruction of police cars.
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Well here is another article for you two to kick around.

Freddie Gray Had Spine Surgery One Week Before Arrest | Conservative Byte

This doesn't excuse excessive force. But, neither does it excuse excessive resistance to arrest.

Or selling illegal drugs
Or legitimate destruction of police cars.
Interesting. At least one on the scene witness (who was riding in the paddy wagon) has claimed that Freddie did this to himself.

I'm gonna wait for the official investigation.
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