Silence

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -Martin Luther King Jr.

In the US, we have many living dead and their silence deafening in the midst of cries for justice.  Fortunately, not everyone is silent.

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The Truth

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. -George Orwell

Colin Kaepernick stood up for the truth and it may have cost him his career.

Today, the truth is viewed as a WMD and is slated for destruction.   While fighting valiantly to be heard, governments silently declared war in the name of national security.  Whose national security?  Not we the people.

The US and other western countries declaration of war on the truth led to a state of misinformation.  No longer can Americans believe their government or mainstream media.  Remember the days when we thought our government sent our children to war so other nations would be free to tell the truth.  Remember? Turns out that was a lie.

It will take a revolution to rescue the truth that is bound, gagged and imprisoned by lies.

 

War

Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac. -George Orwell

It’s represented as a threat to national security, a war on terrorism or a war on drugs.

Since the war on drugs started in the Nixon era, what have we accomplished?

  1. Mass Incarceration (We have more people in prisons than any other country, 25% of the world’s prisoners.);
  2. An  opioid crisis that’s killing our children;
  3. A police state.

Why? Prisons are not only profitable they are warehouses for cheap labor.

What has the war on terror accomplished?

  1. A dramatic increase in domestic terrorism, almost a weekly occurrence (no one knows as this information is not readily available);
  2. A refugee crisis in the Middle East;
  3. Global discrimination/violence against Muslims.

Both wars are still being fought.   Now the Trump regime plans to double down on the same failed strategies.  Why?  America is the number one arms supplier to the world.

There are other reasons for Americas’ wars.  Divide and conquer to support white supremacy by disrupting non-white communities and their culture. Why?  I believe you know why.

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The War on Blacks!

Was the War on Drugs Successful?

The War on Drugs was a successful war, but not on drugs. What the War on Drugs was successful at was imprisoning young black youths, removing them from schools and making schoolwork more challenging and frustrating for children who were already stigmatized.

Imprisoning children destroys families, by trapping them in a vicious cycle of poverty where they lose the constitutional right to vote, lose the ability to get an education (since they are denied access to federal financial aide for college), plus a history of imprisonment makes most decent paying jobs inaccessible to them. What a way to begin a life!

This has created a cycle of ex-convict and delinquent youths robbed of their “manhood” while imprisoned, trapping them in a world of violence, environmental toxins and isolation that inevitably leads to more violence, premature death, imprisonment, drugs and unfulfilled dreams.

Society does not recognize its role in this targeting of communities of color. Every time a black youth ventures outside his invisible fence of concentrated poverty, and gets harassed or murdered, it has a profound and pervasive impact. Perhaps this is why such news is not covered; only black-on-black crime is covered.

Until a few years ago, I had no idea of the magnitude of structural racism destroying families in communities of color. Blacks are 14-15% of the US population yet about a 1/3 of the prison population. This is not because Blacks are more violent, but rather because of racial profiling that targets them, especially while they drive or when in school.

Seen from the eyes of Black youths, the world is not a hospitable place. Black youths are viewed suspiciously and deemed criminals by society. Black youths and communities are aware of these beliefs.

Imagine Black youths out to have “fun”, yet can’t, because White adults stare, show fear at their presence, stare past them, clutch their handbags, follow them into a store and even arrest or murder them while buying perfectly legal items at a retail outlet.

How would you feel if your children shared such experiences?

Black youths cannot go to a convenience store without being accosted, followed or watched by store staff. Perhaps some of this suspicion is justified, but most is not.

Solution:

As adults show Black youths the same respect you show other youths: start with a genuine smile and be prepared to be amazed at the results.

Many children from communities of color lack exposure, making communication difficult. Definitions and non-verbal cues have different meanings for them.

Was the War on Drugs Successful?

The War on Drugs legalized racial profiling in the minds of law enforcement officers and the justice departments. A brief review of articles noted in the US Citizens database gleaned many established and new observations. Granted, these observations are anecdotal; therefore these are areas for further investigation. Racial profiling targets Black persons, especially the youths. Racial profiling equals police harassment, with attendant police brutality and violence.

The magnitude of the devastation caused by the War on Drugs on communities of color added exponentially to the psychological trauma of slavery, chronic discrimination and an inferiority complex.

Many communities of color live in a state of dysthymia (chronic low-grade depression) with many folks feeling helpless and hopeless about the future. Many search for meaning through religion, others through gangs, and still others through living in isolation. Remember at least one in three families have a loved one in prison. That is disruptive and defeating.

The War on Drugs has resulted in mandatory sentencing of poor drug offenders. For example, possession of five grams of crack – a cheaper form of cocaine – carries a five-year sentence, while cocaine carries a five-year sentence if the equivalent of 5,000 grams is in a person’s possession. Similarly, stiff sentences apply to marijuana, which is now legal in a few states and has medicinal uses. Where did this all begin you might ask?

The War on Drugs started in the Richard Nixon era. The privatization of prisons took off with the Justice Department collaborating with private prisons after Bill Clinton reduced the budget for law enforcement and the Justice Department.

Since then, explosive growth in prison populations suggests that private prisons have successfully rounded up the criminals from the War of Drugs. However, that was not the case, as it was just a smokescreen of stereotypes. Closer inspection of data refutes that claim by the demonstration of disparities in the justice system and law enforcement.

Private prisons and the Justice Department have a lucrative partnership (paid for by taxpayers) that arrest targeted individuals despite known innocence. These innocent victims, usually challenged in self-defense, are subjected to repeated adult bullying by police officers, correctional officers, judges and prosecutors. They become the main pool or source of income for private prisons and judges.

One wonders if police officers and correctional officers are selected for their brutality and, perhaps, their affiliation with ‘White Supremacy’.

New York City charges about $168,000 per year for each prisoner. This sum does not include benefits and other essentials. New York City does well, considering the accommodations at Rikers. States get more taxpayer dollars to warehouse prisoners than they receive to help poor families. $168,000 a year! Let that sink in while absorbing the landscape of American police state.

Could the above serve as an incentive or driver behind the rise in incarceration rates and prison populations? The United States is 5% of the world’s population, yet it has 25% of the world’s prison population (that is 2.2 million prisoners).

If prisons are packed with low offenders, how is crime controlled?

“Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

My thoughts: Police officers take the easy way out to increase their statistics and make themselves look like crime fighters. However, police officers surreptitiously frame innocent victims while leaving gang members undisturbed to wreak fear and oppression in communities of color. #BlackonBlack Crimes

Police Officers choose victims rather than finding criminals.

Associate Editor’s comments: I share the same thoughts on the war on drugs as it too has ruined many families and communities that are White, Black and Hispanic. This especially true in the poor sections of cities and communities where all those races are targeted.

As a side note, the irony in all of this is that the Government created this mess early on in the Iran-Contra Affair, when the government willingly flooded Black neighborhoods with cocaine in order to fund Nicagua’s Manuel Noriega, which in turn spiked drug related arrests even more.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Contra_affair

Please share your thoughts… I am interested as I continue to do research.

What Happened To Darrius Stewart?

Our influence extends to three degrees. That means what you do affects you and your immediate friends, as well as your friends’ friends and your friends’ friends’ friends.  Studies show obesity follows those lines and tend to occur in clusters of friends.

Originally a study [ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_degrees_of_influence ] showed that if you wished to contact a person across the globe whom you did not know, it would take six degrees of separation  for the letter to reach that person. In other words, if I wanted to send the Queen of England a letter from me, it would take only 6 degrees of influence to get that letter to her. With that  said, let’s help Mrs. Stewart by sharing her story about her son Darrius Stewart, so it eventually reaches those with the authority to make a difference and help her get justice.

What happened to Darrius Stewart

Post by Reverant Revan on Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:44 pm

Source: @nook71715 (#DarriusStewartTruth), the Twitter account run by the mother of Darrius Stewart.  Link http://churchofequality.friendhood.net/t31-what-happened-to-darrius-stewart

 

What happened to Darrius Stewart

Post by Reverant Revan on Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:44 pm

Source: @nook71715 (#DarriusStewartTruth), the Twitter account run by the mother of Darrius Stewart.

This is what happened to my son that Memphis, TN doesn’t want the world to know.

An unarmed 19 year old Darrius Stewart was driven to a black church on the night of July 17, 2015 by Memphis Police Department (MPD) officer Connor Schilling & brutally murdered for no apparent reason…
Darrius was in the backseat of a friend’s car when MPD officer (Connor Schilling) & another officer pulled the friend over for a headlight violation.
Instead of just checking the drivers’ license & proof of insurance.
He looked inside the car and asked the passengers for their I.D also, unfortunately Darrius left his I.D at home.

After checking all three young men identification, he assumed Darrius wasn’t who he claimed to have been because he did not have any I.D on him.
The other two young men said that Schilling then, open the back door of the vehicle & snatched Darrius out and stated that he was detaining him.
They said Darrius looked at them & start saying, “I’m scared, and I’m scared.”

They tried to explain to officer Schilling that this happened once before in June of this year.
He was riding with a friend when the Sherriff pulled them over.
Darrius had mistakenly left his I.D at home but the sheriff allowed him to call home and I gave them the number off the I.D over the phone.
They said that it was a person with the same exact name Darrius Stewart with outstanding warrants in different states but his I.D cleared him & he was free to go…

Schilling continued to put him in the back of his squad car with no hand cuffs on.
Darrius’s friends asked Schilling, why was Darrius being detained & was he under arrest he didn’t answer them. They asked him could Darrius give them my number to call me he replied, no.
They also asked the officer what was taking so long, he replied “I’m waiting on the station to get back with me.”
So, they decided to drive around the corner to get me alone with his I.D.
By the time I made it there, all I saw was police cars & yellow tape outside a church not where they said Schilling & the other officer stopped them at.

The police were blocking incoming & outgoing traffic off so fast but I manage to ask one of the bystanders what was going on.
She said, “He shot him for nothing.”
One of the police standing by her started pushing her back & cursing me out.
I went back home and called the Ridgeway precinct.
I spoke to the captain/sergeant and asked him did he know if a Darrius Stewart had been shot.
He said, he did not know because they just called him not too long ago & he was about to go down there.
I called my son’s phone all night & prayed that it wasn’t him.
MPD did not have the decency to let me know that one of their officers had killed my son (Darrius Stewart).

One of Darrius’s friends called me the next morning to tell me it was him.
When we contacted them they were already performing an autopsy on his body.
Schilling intentionally kidnapped my only son (Darrius Stewart) against his own free will by putting him in the back of his squad car pretending to be detaining him without any probable cause.
When the driver & the other passenger drove away, Schilling drove off with Darrius to a different location where he claim he tried to handcuff him & arrest him outside of a black church (New Direction) on Winchester Rd in Memphis, TN…

At night this particular church can be used as a blind spot to commit all types of heinous acts.
Darrius was in the backseat of a car pulled over for a headlight violation when his life was stolen from him by a racist police (Connor Schilling) appointed to protect & serve.
Connor Schilling shot & killed an unarmed defenseless 19 year old teen because of his skin color…
He has been on a suspended leave with pay since he murdered my son.

Check Connor Schilling’s background, he should have never been an officer upholding no laws which you can clearly see.
MPD officer Connor Schilling should be held accountable for the crime that he committed; Murder.
He should not be on payroll, he should be fired & prosecuted for the Murder of unarmed 19 year old Darrius Stewart…
Thank you.

Mrs. Stewart agreed to have her son’s story posted here.   This story was brought to my attention by @PPete_En on Twitter.

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Re: What happened to Darrius Stewart

Post by Reverant Revan on Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:56 am

An unarmed 19 year old passenger dead after a routine traffic stop. His crime no ID. He was murdered by Connor Schilling.
An unarmed 19 year old passenger dead after a routine traffic stop. His crime no ID. Darrius Stewart killed by Cop Connor Schilling.

 When did it become mandatory to carry an ID?

I thought such requirements only occurred in the old Soviet Union.

Something is fundamentally wrong with a system that condones the murder of an unarmed innocent young man with no criminal history by a police officer.  Something is fundamentally wrong when routine traffic stops lead to cops shooting to kill American citizens because of a broken taillight, or because the driver was black.

Wasn’t Darrius Stewart innocent until proven guilty?  What did the now retired Connor Schilling do to ensure he had the right suspect?

Darrius and his friends asked the officer to make one call to prove Darrius was who he proclaimed to be. Why didn’t Connor Schilling oblige? Darrius had no gun, or other weapon, and cooperated with Connor Schilling.  Why did Connor Schilling shoot to kill an unarmed Darrius Stewart who he (Connor Schilling) had not proven committed a crime or posed any threat or was the correct suspect?

There was a time when essentially all cops were KKK members especially cops in the South.  After Michael Brown was murdered, Americans learned the KKK is still very much part of the police force. Could the KKK ideology be the code of conduct for America’s 18,000 police departments?

Let’s help put an end to these extrajudicial murders by the police. Officers should not prey on the community they serve.

Demand that the laws change, police officers should  be accountable and not  above the law.

Demand mandatory tamper proof body cameras to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens.

In 2015, over 1000 dead while in police custody.   Based on The Guardian, the Counted, in 2016 so far 550 people killed by police and 86 of those in the month of June.

Please reblog and share with friends so this post will reach those who can help Mrs Stewart and others get justice.

Thanking you…

 

For more information about this case please visit DarriusStewartTruth.com  or @nook71715 or #DarriusStewart

Whose Freedom Does America Fight For? 

This Memorial Day the question of whose freedom does America fight for is on this writer’s mind.  Being of African descent, I still fight for freedom and access despite  being a US citizen in America.

I can be killed because my color is deemed a threat to cops and many white people.  I can be murdered for legally owning a gun.  Why  don’t I have second amendment rights?  What happened to the second amendment rights of many Black men murdered because they were suspected of possessing a weapon while  posing no threat.  Is it illegal for people of color to posses weapons in America? 

This Memorial Day, I am reminded that my children can die fighting in preventable and unnecessary geopolitical wars, all in the name of freedom.  A freedom that my children will never experience in the so called land of freedom called America.  

This Memorial Day, please remember the innocent lives lost unnecessarily because of political and media lies intertwined with hypocrisy.  Indeed, this is a sad day!