National security Adviser Robert O'Brien said 99.9% of law enforcement agencies in the u.s. are not racists… that’s cool, I hope to God that’s true and accurate…here’s the problem, I ride motorcycles, and in motorcycle culture there’s a thing called the 1%… you know the outlaw motorcycle clubs, the Hell Angels, the Mongols the Sons of Silence and the list goes on and on… now I’m sure pop culture makes them seem like really cool dudes but…that 1% its called outlaw for good reason…so saying you have a police force that is 99.9% cool…all I can remember is that damn 1% but that’s just me…what do I know🤔
This is the story of Angelica Van Buren, daughter in law to President Martin Van Buren and acting First Lady during his presidency. Martin’s wife died long before he was president and he never remarried, so it was up to his son’s wife to greet his guests and act as First Lady.
At 20 years old, Angelica’s first cousin once removed, former First Lady Dolley Madison, introduced her to 31 year old Abraham Van Buren. In a tale as old as time, they fell in love and got married. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that she would strengthen President Van Buren’s ties to the Old South…that was just a happy little accident. Also, Angelica was a babe as is seen in her 1840 White House Portrait.
Angelica was very successful as First Lady. She had her first daughter in the White House, which she named after her mother. Unfortunately, the child only lived a few months. After leaving the White House, she lived with her husband in New York and wintered in South Carolina. They had four sons, three of which survived to adulthood. She died in 1877 at 59 years old and was buried in her family’s plantation cemetery, Singleton’s Graveyard, in South Carolina.
I have a Master in Criminal Justice, and I can say with absolute certainty that the police force was created to enforce the laws of the privileged and control the marginalized. The earliest forms of our criminal justice system was used as a literal replacement for slavery. If the police believed in public safety they’d be protecting the public from racial terrorist organizations aka domestic terrorism, instead they are attacking, detaining, and framing unarmed protestors.
As soon as black people were considered citizens the government used the criminal justice system to enslave and control the black population. Those that weren’t arrested were legally segregated socially, politically, and economically to prevent socio-economic mobility.
These are historical facts. The police force is the personal militia of the privileged and majority in power: wealthy cishet racist white men and women; if this wasn’t the case our laws would reflect that.
Y'know, I always assumed “Gerrymandering” was a term invented in Ireland.
Maybe it was because the example we were taught in school was the Gerrymandering in Northern Ireland during the 20th Century.
But it just sounds Irish, y'know? Just ever so slightly too cute for what it actually is.
For context, we call WW2 “The Emergency” and a period of bloody civil war “The Troubles”.
So “Gerrymandering” for redrawing electoral lines to unfairly favour political or ethnic groups just kinda fits.
In actuality, it’s named after Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry, who in 1812 gerrymandered a district in such a way people compared it to the mythological salamander.
If you’re a white person referencing MLK to denounce protestors… Just stop. Read up on what MLK actually said, how hated he was by many white people at the time because he made them feel uncomfortable, and how he was considered such a threat to white supremacy that the U.S. government used its full powers to try to discredit him.
Don’t use this assassinated civil rights leader’s words and twist them to uphold your white comfort which, by extension, defends your elevated position in our racist society (we can’t dismantle our current system if you don’t acknowledge your privileged position in it; read White Fragility to learn more). Throwing out a whitewashed MLK meme with a “feel good (to white people)” quote does nothing to stop violence or dismantle systemic racism. Instead, it only serves to drown out legitimate anger, pain, and trauma resulting from hundreds of years of violence against POC in this country. As a result, you’re being actively UNhelpful in POC’s struggle for equality and justice.
Am I saying violence is the only solution? No. But you need to do some soul-searching and understand why MLK said that a “riot is the language of the unheard.” If you want things to change, do something–besides post on social media–to make the world safe for POC to live in. (And, as many others have said, if you’re more outraged by protests than the deaths of POC, you’re part of the problem.)
Also, excerpt from MLK’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” that’s relevant here (I added the bold):
I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.
I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that the present tension in the South is a necessary phase of the transition from an obnoxious negative peace, in which the Negro passively accepted his unjust plight, to a substantive and positive peace, in which all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality. Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.
In your statement you assert that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence. But is this a logical assertion? Isn’t this like condemning a robbed man because his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery?
Other Democrat run Cities and States should look at the total shutdown of Radical Left Anarchists in Minneapolis last night. The National Guard did a great job, and should be used in other States before it is too late!
If you are passionate about the study of history, or any other field in the humanities for that matter, and you don’t support the black lives matter movement, then I have no respect for you. Whether you’re a self described history buff or a person with one or more degrees in the subject, and you do not acknowledge the rampant and systematic racism that has been ingrained in the American government, economy, and overall society since the birth of the country - then you are despicable.
If you study history, then I am almost certain you have encountered a source that has pointed out exactly how systematic racism has always been allowed to remain a part of American life, and if you walked away from those sources with the notion that anything has fundamentally changed, then you are simply incorrect. And, if for some reason, you haven’t encountered any sources that highlight issues of American racism, then it is probably not a stretch to then assume that this is your fault. Because if what you’re studying is claiming that racism is not still a integral part of American society, then you must be willingly distancing yourself from those sources, and you are then being willfully ignorant.
I live and attend college in the south, and I know there are history majors who do not see racism as a current issue, and I have absolutely no respect for them. If you choose to study this subject, then you must come to understand that what you signed up to study has real life applications. One of those applications is being educated about the history behind problems that continue to exist and cause the suffering of massive amounts of people, and then using what you know about the past to stand up against what is going on in the present. Studying history means that you do not get to be an ignorant racist who turns a blind eye to apparent oppression.
Feelin some sort of way today friends. I’m not sure I quite have the wording figured out but, history is cyclical in a lot of ways. There are certain things that tend to repeat themselves (ya know like new viruses emerging and causing pandemics, fires, etc) and so even from that alone in some ways current events will always have parallels to past events-plus it’s how our brains are wired to work: to find patterns and extrapolate how to respond to the new situation based on past situations and history is, at a base level of understanding, a large societal construct of what our brains do on a personal level. And the study of history allows us to acknowledge the sorts of patterns and systems that are in place. It’s a phrase taken for granted that “history is written by the victor” that is true but increasingly historians are seeking out the stories and sides that have not been recorded or have been forgotten (purposefully or accidentally)
So it’s interesting, and frightening, and a whole lot of emotions (hence why I’m not sure I fully have the wording right yet) that over the past 5 or 10 years we have seen such an alarming rate of repetitions of patterns from the 20th century that we said we didn’t want to repeat as a chain of societies that form the world. We said no more genocides and that is something that is happening now in our world in several places. We said ok we should not put people in camps and we put refugees and asylum seekers in “detention centers” as if changing the name makes it different. It doesn’t and we’ve done that-are doing that. We said we agree with Martin Luther King Jr. we want equality we want that shining city on the hill. And then I don’t know if people got tired of putting in the work or if white people decided they didn’t want to give that power up or if they think that electing Barack Obama was enough-that that was where the work actually ended. Or maybe it’s some combination of everything.
All I know and the impetus of this post is, I have seen more people quoting MLK in a day and a half than I ever have in my life outside of the month of January. I saw a private company launch a rocket and people are saying it should be this big patriotic moment just like in ‘69 and beyond when if NASA hadn’t been defunded in the first place further space exploration could have been happening in ways it wasn’t the past two and a half decades. Ive been thinking a lot about JFK’s various speeches and I dunno. I guess I don’t have a good point or a good summary or even a good end. If this was an essay or opinion piece it’d obviously need a lot more work. But the patterns that are currently repeating themselves were not the patterns I had hoped would be repeated in my life. You don’t need to think what you would do in those past situations because they are happening right now. How do we want people to learn from our part in the pattern the next time it repeats?