White Paranoia Over Ferguson Raises Big Bucks, with Some Help from Fox News | Alternet

Not surprisingly, a thriving franchise of the nation’s booming white grievance industry has opened up in Ferguson, Missouri, over the last week.  It’s worth examining closely. As usual, it consists of two parts lies, one part paranoia, but at its heart it’s a big grift.

The weekend featured multiple protests supporting Darren Wilson, the missing Ferguson police officer who shot an unarmed Mike Brown on Aug. 9. His superiors apparently withheld Wilson’s name long enough for him to delete all social media accounts and skip town, but his supporters are declaring Wilson, not Brown, the victim here.  A GoFundMe site raising funds for Wilson’s defense – though he’s not been charged with anything – garnered not only $250,000 in donations, but so many ugly racist rants GoFundMe administrators had to disable comments for the site. (They’ll have no trouble taking a cut of the racists’ money, of course.) Wilson’s supporters say they’ve raised $374,000 online and at local events, “to support his family,”  one woman told MSNBC. [Read more]

Let’s Talk about Race War | OpEdNews

In the context of the Ferguson uprising, the term “race war” has been referred to in multiple contexts. Let’s talk about race war. A race war was embarked upon by Europeans, and later European Americans, in 1502 when they decided to breach Africa and kidnap people to bring to the Americas as slaves. The transatlantic slave trade of Africans and the chattel slavery system — the raids, imprisonment, forced labor, cultural genocide, brutality and sadism — comprise the very definition of a “race war.”

The race war continued in this form until the Civil War. There was a miniature pause in the race war during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, when African-Americans were granted some enfranchisement in the States — voting and gaining political representation locally and nationally. [Read more]

Bringing War Home to America | Consortium News

The police response to public protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the deadly Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, Jr., an unarmed 18-year-old black man killed by a white police officer, was a prime illustration of the hyper-aggressive nature of policing in America today.

The residents of Ferguson fed up with hostile and abusive police behavior continue to flood the streets to demand justice for Mike Brown and other victims of police brutality. They have been joined in solidarity by people of conscience in other cities (e.g., Oakland, NYC). [Read more]

Why Civil Rights Groups Are Calling For The Ferguson Prosecutor To Step Down | thinkprogress

As St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch presented the case for charging Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson privately before a grand jury, protesters stood outside calling for his removal. They cite McCulloch’s support for police officers in another police misconduct case, and a family history that includes many family members on the police force including his father, who was killed by a black man with a gun.

Among those calling for McCulloch to step down are the NAACP and one of the oldest African American bar associations in the country. But Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has said he won’t remove McCulloch. That’s not surprising. McCulloch’s ties to the community and sympathy for the police force are similar to those of many prosecutors. Instead, the problem is a broader one: Prosecutors are not institutionally well suited to bring cases against their own police departments. [Read more]

What are white folks to do? From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown | openDemocracy

Trayvon Martin was a 17-year old African American high school student who was shot and killed on February 26th 2012 by George Zimmerman, who was later found not guilty of his murder. Martin was unarmed. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law – which enshrines the right to self-defense even when lethal force is used against someone who doesn’t have a weapon and where there are no witnesses – played a prominent role in Zimmerman’s acquittal.

Michael Brown was an 18-year old African American just out of high school who was shot and killed on August 14th 2014 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. Wilson also claimed he shot in self-defense – at least six times. Brown was also unarmed. [Read more]

Ferguson, Missouri: Opening Up Old Wounds | Huffington Post

It’s difficult to write about the racial and political implications of the killing in Ferguson, Missouri, of an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown, at the hands of a white police officer without rehashing what has been said a million times. When the inevitable incidents of police brutality or racially-tinged violence crop up — be it Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, or Michael Brown — you can count on a few news cycles featuring hand-wringing analysis followed by calls to action that everybody knows will never be answered.

The only reason why the Ferguson conflict managed to be sustained in the corporate media a little longer than most was because of the ongoing street protests that forced the wider society to at least acknowledge the social realities about what the black community faces on a daily basis — police brutality being high profile yet one of many sources of discrimination. [Read more]

 

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