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When Racism Is The Law


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Kit
- 748 days ago - socialistworker.org
Frederick Douglass wrote a century and a half ago, the rulers of the South maintained their power over "both the poor whites and the Blacks by putting enmity between them. They divided both to conquer each."



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Patrick Donovan (306)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 11:59 am
Until these horrors are stopped, we are demeaning the U.S. constitution and civil rights.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 12:00 pm

The actions of vigilantes like George Zimmerman aren't an exception--because racism is woven into the fabric of a system based on inequality and injustice.


WHEN GEORGE Zimmerman stalked Trayvon Martin because the African American teenager looked "suspicious," it was racist vigilantism, pure and simple. Even conservative politicians and pundits have been forced to concede that Zimmerman was wrong to single out Trayvon for no other reason than his hoodie and the color of his skin.

But every day, in state after state and city after city, the same racist vigilantism takes place, and it's perfectly legal and officially sanctioned--because the perpetrators are representatives of the American criminal injustice system.

Under the "stop and frisk" policy in New York City, hundreds and hundreds of police officers do each day what George Zimmerman did when he saw Trayvon Martin. They're under orders to target young men of color.
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Editorial from The Socialist Worker

Please read the one page article.
 

Maggie S. (40)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 12:01 pm
Like in Florida - blatant racism and getting away with it! Now, Breitbart and the merry misfits are mouth dumping poison on the internet. If I were in Florida and if I was Zimmerman, I certainly would not want these racists championing my cause!
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 12:06 pm

If you were Zimmerman, Maggie I think you would be relishing the support from the hateful racist.
 

Jason S. (57)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 8:46 am
Thanks
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 10:41 am
Thanks Kit.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 12:33 pm
I should hate to live in a country where this sort of thing is accepted by so many people (not all, of course) and where guns enable it.
 

pam w. (187)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 12:43 pm
One of the defining characteristics of primates is that we're "social." This means we create TRIBES...and they protect us and give us "family" and teach us and sustain us.

They also cause wars, hatred and tensions.

It's our curse.

The whole concept of "racism" is just that--a CONCEPT. Designed to foster tribal identities.
 

Brian M. (144)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 2:11 pm
Racism is still very much the law at both the state and the federal level throughout the U.S. It is far too easy to pawn it off as just being "a Southern thing.' That way the rest of us get to avoid taking responsibility for the institutional racism in our state judicial and law enforcement systems. The federal government is no less racist either. Having a black president does not mean that blacks aren't disproportionately targeted at the federal level. Euro-Americans commit all the crimes that African-Americans do; but they are substantially less likely to be arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and/or incarcerated for the same crimes.
 

Sue D. (156)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 2:28 pm
Good article, Kit. I tend to agree, but also think it is not as 'simple' as some think. As in any form of discrimination, there is always more than color, religion or sexual preference. It is what we are taught from the time we are children and most everyone, regardless of color, religion, sex or preference, has been indoctrinated in some way or another. Some of it simply needs to be consciously discredited in our own mind, using the intelligence we acquire through life and less 'generalizing' of groups of people as a whole. I really wonder though, if most people are able to do that.
 

Val R. (208)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 4:27 pm
Just listening to Russian TV and actually there is more racism today than during the civil war -
 

marie tc (164)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 4:30 pm
Noted thank you Kit
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 7:39 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

MJ M. (494)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 10:31 pm
Bloomberg's New York: Cops in Your Hallways
 

Lynn Squance (219)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 11:53 pm
From the article --- . . .abolitionist Frederick Douglass wrote a century and a half ago, the rulers of the South maintained their power over "both the poor whites and the Blacks by putting enmity between them. They divided both to conquer each."

It seems that this very enmity between groups is still being pushed --- the most recent example I can think of is Rmoney trying to drive a wedge between Blacks and Hispanics.

From the article --- ".. . and because they see how a system that promotes bigotry and hate has to be challenged."

I think that we all have the potential for an element of racism and bigotry within us. But we have to challenge ourselves to overcome the racism. It requires work but it is so worthwhile.
 

Lauren Berrizbeitia (68)
Friday April 6, 2012, 1:59 am
So let's commit to anti-racism and start teaching ourselves to see it and call it in schools, police, businesses, colleagues, families and our own selves. What else will help?We have to actively work toward change.
 

Patricia H. (470)
Friday April 6, 2012, 4:07 am
Thanks for sharing this
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Friday April 6, 2012, 7:29 am
I beg (please?) to differ with Pam who says racism is a CONCEPT -- No, it isn't! It's a MINDSET & an EMOTIONAL STATE. Racism is the attitude and the feelings of hatred &/or fear for certain groups. The feelings are hatred and/or fear; the mindset provides the rationale- it tells you why those feelings are justified: why discrimination is justified; why insults and insulting or demeaning behavior are justified; why harassment is justified; why racial profiling is justified; why violence against your target group is justified; & ultimately, why genocide is justified. We've had quite a few genocides in recent history - what are they but racism taken to its ultimate extreme? A concept doesn't kill, but attitudes & out-of-control crazy emotions do.

Racism is the end of empathy. If I see an African or an Asian or a Latino mother crying over the loss of a child, I empathize because I see the African or the Asian or the Latino woman as a woman like me; I can feel (or believe I can feel) what she is feeling: she is a human being just like me. A racist, however, will not feel empathy because he/she is convinced that Africans or Asians or Latinos are NOT like him or her. For the racist, his 'humanity' does not include these groups.

If Zimmerman wasn't so afraid of the 'Black Male' he wouldn't have made all those 911 calls that are part of the record & now public knowledge - he was obsessed with African American (& African & West Indian) men & boys and the DANGER he felt they represented to the point of calling 911 every time he saw a 'black male' walking around...even a nine-yr-old child !
 

paul h. (1)
Friday April 6, 2012, 1:54 pm
The order of these top-ten cover-ups ranges from the more credible 'BS' (Belief Systems) at the top, to the least credible 'BS' at the bottom. Of course, beyond the 'BS' of cherished illusions and willful ignorance is awakening with prescient knowing for metamorphosis of these things:

10 - Cultural warfare of a predatory nature, pitting Wall Street against Main Street, is rarely explained as simply the money-changers in the public Treasury who, since 1913, have privatized the banking system and socialized public debt for profit and control by the corporatocracy who have a vested interest in a win/lose economics of scarcity whereby they thrive with abundance and the public suffers a scarcity of health, liberty and prosperity.

9 - Free energy technology, pioneered by Nikola Tesla more than 100 years ago, has been suppressed, often ruthlessly, to maintain the giant corporate interests in power and control for profit without the principle of the highest and best use of technology for public service and a clean environment. The same robber barons who suppressed free-energy 100 years ago were involved with the takeover of the public Treasury with the privately owned 'Federal Reserve' which is neither 'Federal' nor has any 'Reserves' (creating money with interest).

8 - Ron Paul's real popularity and success is blacked out in the corporate media with massive vote fraud since the first Iowa caucus. It's obvious why. If his Constitutional principles win and the privatized Fed is eliminated, the corporatocracy loses power to monopolize the physical and human resources of the public. The Internet has provided pictures and videos of thousands of people attending Ron Paul rallies while Santorum or Romney get a few hundred people to their meetings, yet supposedly win in blatantly rigged corporate media polls, even when only 1-2% of the vote has been tabulated. See: This Hoax Affects Everyone (YouTube).

7 - Disease care has been privatized for profit and the cost is 'socialized' with health deficits in the public-at-large. Corporate disease treatment incentives have inverted, subverted and perverted preventive health-building policies; a pound of cure is now worth 16x's an ounce of prevention. A covert population reduction agenda via chemtrails, fluoride, vaccines and GMO foods is extremely profitable, making a killing (literally) for the medical-industrial complex. There's nothing that makes this sick system more self-evident than the 'Universal Self Care' that could globally provide practical holistic healing protocols for anyone with an Internet connection.

6 - The world's fastest growing economies, representing 42% of world population -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) -- are abandoning the U.S. dollar as their reserve currency. That's the REAL issue behind corporate media propaganda about attacking Iran which has been 'sanctioned' into selling it's oil to BRICS. It's also the REAL reason that Iraq and Libya were ruthlessly plundered for threatening to dump the US dollar as their reserve currency. See: Why BRICS is Dumping the Dollar (YouTube).

5 - The boob-tube indoctrinated masses seem to be oblivious to the key elements of tyranny and oppression reflected in the NDAA signed into law on New Year's Eve, 2011 by the Obama Administration. This law nullifies the Bill of Rights and eliminates any right to due process for Americans. It allows the government to arrest, detain, interrogate and torture any person, for any reason, even if they are never charged with a crime. Similarly, on March 16 of this year, President Obama signed into effect an executive order that seizes control over all food resources across the country, including food, seeds, livestock, farm equipment, food processing facilities, and animal feed. This is written in clear English, right in the order itself.

4 - Increasing UFO activity is openly reported in nations worldwide, but black-out in the U.S. corporate media. Full disclosure of the ET presence and crop-circle creators would blow the lid on the long-term collaboration of secret government agencies with ET's on advanced technologies hundreds of years beyond what the public believes exists now. The real reason for corporate media/Hollywood 'fear porn' about 'higher beings' and UFO's is to keep the lid on 'higher Conscience' and technologies that would liberate humanity from corporatocracy corruption.

3 - AIDS was created and deployed out of American bio-war labs and deployed in hepatitis B vaccines in black and homosexual communities in the U.S. as well as by the World Health Organization in Africa. Vaccines in general are part of a population reduction agenda that injects toxic pathogens directly into the population for extreme profit to Big Pharma as pathologies are seeded for gestation over years or decades. Autism has increased dramatically in proportion to increased vaccination of children, but unvaccinated populations like the Amish don't get it.

2 - The real story behind global warming and climate change on all planets in our solar system is the surge in the 'Source Field' as our entire solar system completes it's alignment with the Galactic Plane of billions of star systems in our Milky Way Galaxy. That's the REAL story behind the Mayan calendar and the intensification of bio-energetics accelerating conscious evolution and tech innovations. This 'Great Crossing' of the Galactic Plane happens twice in the 25,800 year 'precession of the Equinoxes', the last time being about 14,000 years ago with the 2000 year rise and then fall (sinking / Great Flood) of 'mythical' Atlantis.

1 - The 'complex' of moons and space debris around "Nibiru" (Planet X or PX) is being photographed increasingly worldwide. The vast amount of information on this at ZetaTalk.com (and PoleShift.ning.com) is warning of massive Earth Changes due to the highly charged electromagnets of PX affecting Earth with imminent passage. A high percentage of the IP addresses registering on these websites are visits from the Pentagon and other nations whom consider this information accurate and essential to their preparation for what's coming soon. This is perhaps the most significant, yet least reported news in the corporate media. When everyone begins seeing this 'complex' in the sky, realize that the time is short for the 'elect' who elect or otherwise choose to prepare for a major 'reboot' of global civilization.

~~~~~~~~~
THE GOOD NEWS: 29 March 2012 / The U.S. military has strong will to defend and protect the Constitution and the public against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Mass arrests of core corporatocracy conspirators have long been planned and are moving forward due to criminal activities that are so desperate that they are pumping up the fear porn with last gasp efforts to nullify the Bill of Rights and declare martial law to seize all food resources at will (point #5). Details at: http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/1035-divineintervention1. Listen to David Wilcock talk to 'Drake' about all these things at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjZgsRt8PBc&feature=youtu.be

"Conscience is the most sacred of all property."
~ Chief Architect of the Constitution, James Madison
The 'Currency of Conscience' is defining and refining the 'Next Economy'. All social problems are basically communication problems, and there is nothing that will highlight past failures and future success like an upgrade of core Constitutional freedoms with interactive mass-to-mass TeLeComm as will culture Social Conscience in local and global social networks.
BOTTOM LINE: The more that corporate media blatantly suppresses the truth, the more that people will go to the Internet for the truth. In one year, CNN has lost half of its viewers and the prostitute press is losing readers for the same reason. Mass awakening to the problem/solution resolution is the divine destiny of Earth's evolutions in this amazing year of 2012.

Informed choice -- the heart of all our freedoms -- can't survive unless the truth is freely open to all with FULL DISCLOSURE in 2012.

"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind
will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day."
~ Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, 1816
 

JL A. (270)
Friday April 6, 2012, 3:51 pm
Sounds like NOM's approach, too..........
 

Mary Donnelly (44)
Friday April 6, 2012, 4:17 pm
Thanks again Kit.
 

Margaret M. F. (0)
Friday April 6, 2012, 4:45 pm
Thank-you for the interesting post & the comments that followed.
 

Frank S. (435)
Friday April 6, 2012, 5:32 pm
To say that racism is a ploy used by devious people against the masses is completely true. Remember Nazi Germany where Hitler preached that the Jewish people were sub-human. He did this to unite the majority of the German people under one cause, his! Even though in the end, his bigotry and hate almost destroyed Germany and the German people, (simply because they believed him!)

Sadly, people are made scapegoats to satisfy weak willed, brainwashed, egomaniacs, whose self-esteem is so low that they have to always look for someone to blame, look down on, and manipulate to suit their agendas. When I was younger back in the seventies, I grew up with friends who were Hispanic, White, and Black. Back then, no one gave a damn about skin color, culture, or nationality. We lived our lives out believing everyone was equal. We ate together, partied together, and were supportive of each other when times were hard. We even stayed in each other’s homes when need be, and were accepted totally by each other’s families.

With that said, it is also horrible, that kids can be “programmed to hate,” by whoever is in charge of them. Sometimes, people impress their prejudices and biased views upon their young over a perceived slight, even if it is not real and based upon some type of fantasy or stereotype that often belongs to others with similar thoughts. Now these days, we have the right-wing realizing that they are politically doomed in the near future, and they are using massive race baiting and scapegoating in order to prolong their reign, not caring how many innocent people they hurt! Even so, in the end a politically Democratic, liberal, and multi-cultural America is coming soon, whether they like it or not!

 

Phyllis Baxter (40)
Friday April 6, 2012, 7:38 pm
What Frank S said. Go Frank!
 

Tav T. (0)
Friday April 6, 2012, 9:16 pm
thanks kit
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (265)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 2:42 am
NO RACISM WHY CANT PEOPLE GET THIS
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 2:55 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

monka blanke (74)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 2:07 pm
"American justice" is a contradiction in terms, says the article. I think Lynn is right, we all have it in us (like Jews are racsist towards Germans - this is not individual, but Germans are still collectively blamed for the Holocaust, which happened about 70 years ago, Black people and Hispanics are still the scapegoats to the average American,and serveral Brits are racsist towards people from India.....the list is countless). It's all about "them vs us", and it hasn't got to do with intelligence. We ought to look for what unites us, instead of looking for which seperates us. This isn't easy, but worth trying. One day I smiled towards a black woman, and she got me wrong and called out "F*ck you"! This doesn't put me off - one day somebody will smile back...
 

Felicita Luna (213)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 4:26 pm
Racist make me sick to my stomach.. There is no place for them in public positions!!
 

donald Baumgartner (3)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 4:47 pm
Racism MUST END!!!
 

Barbara Z. (0)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 6:31 pm
The sad truth is that the democracy, for which American troops are fighting and giving their lives to bring to other countries, no longer exists in this country.
 

marie tc (164)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 6:32 pm
There will sadly always be racism of one kind or another as one lot ends another begins its human beings nature if its not white against black its black against white. Religions against religions against So it has gone on for centuries as one lot stops another lot start. Many have suffered and died trying to change it but still it goes on In some countries worse than ever
Also people are very two faced of all races and religions they claim one thing and actually live their lives a complete different way
 

marie tc (164)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 6:35 pm
Can not send a star to Sue D as have done so in the last week
 

marie tc (164)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 6:37 pm
Can not send a green star to Kit as have done so in the last week
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 7:23 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Helle H. (21)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 8:02 am
Is so sad to hear how a law can support racism.
 
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