Thursday, July 07, 2016

you cannot wear a hoodie
you cannot sell cigarettes
you cannot play music in your car with your friends
while reveling in the culture your created
you cannot play with fake guns
you cannot sell CDs
you cannot ask "why am I being pulled over?"
you cannot ask for help after a car accident
you cannot walk down the street with your best friend
weeks shy of starting college
you cannot go to your bachelor party
you cannot pray in church
you cannot sleep on your grandma's couch
you cannot put your hands up
you cannot breathe
you cannot be you...

 - DRES Tha BEATnik

#Minnesota #BatonRouge

"We are reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King: “Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all.” Over the past three days, the body count has risen to seven. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile—whose deaths people filled the streets of Dallas to protest—did nothing to warrant their deaths. The five Dallas police officers did nothing to warrant their deaths. Add to that the more than 50 officers killed in the line of duty and the 121 Black people killed by law enforcement earlier this year, and it’s clear that the violence is escalating. How much is enough?"
-- ACLU of Texas, June 8, 2016. Full text here

"Once again, it needs stating because it can’t be stated too often: despite the desperate efforts of the National Rifle Association to prevent research on gun violence, the research has gone on, and shows conclusively what common sense already suggests. Guns are not merely the instrument; guns are the issue. The more guns there are, the more gun violence happens. In light of last night’s assassinations, it is also essential to remember that the more guns there are, the greater the danger to police officers themselves. It requires no apology for unjustified police violence to point out that, in a heavily armed country, the police officer who thinks that a suspect is armed is likelier to panic than when he can be fairly confident that the suspect is not. We have come to accept it as natural that ordinary police officers should be armed and ready to use lethal force at all times. They should not be. A black man with a concealed weapon should be no more liable to be killed than a white man with one. But having a nation of men carrying concealed lethal weapons pretty much guarantees that there will be lethal results, an outcome only made worse by our toxic racial history."
-- Adam Gopnik, The Horrific, Predictable Result of a Widely Armed Citizenry, The New Yorker, July 8, 2016


JiEL said...

Nos amis des USA ont de GROS problèmes sur les bras depuis des lunes...

Racisme doublé de ce «sacro-saint» DROIT du port d'armes à feu qui rend leur société semblable à un baril de poudre.

Sans parler qu'ils ont la «mèche» courte en plus...

Une autre guerre civile en vue et ce M. Trump qui en rajoute avec sa haine des latinos et arabes (islamistes).

Now a days it's better to be «white, wealthy and Christian» in «Land of Liberty» that are USA... SIC !

Un «melting pot» rempli de tant de contradictions...

another country said...

Ou, pour citer le barde de Stratford, "Something is rotten in the United states of America."

J'ai vu les 3 (pour le moment) vidéos, et j'en ai le souffle coupé.

America definitely has a problem with
- firearms
- black people going about their daily lives
- white cops having a problem with black people going about their daily lives


Useful Tip: Voting for this moron Donald Trump won't help.

joseph said...

Comme une furieuse envie de réécouter SAEZ, God Blesse surtout!