“[Recently] Department of Homeland Security officially discontinued its Special Registration program, which “required thousands of Arab and Muslim men to register with the authorities, in an effort to uncover terror links and immigration violations,” Sam Dolnick at The New York Times explains. The program was founded after 9/11 but only “11 of the more than 85,000 men who came forward in the first year were found to have ties to terrorism.”—
Clearly ineffective at increasing security, the program did more for catching undocumented immigrants, “leading to a significant wave of deportations” that continue to be carried out even after the program has ended.
“The fascism of capitalism is not the same type we have witnessed under Nazi Germany. It is the indirect paternalistic fascism that gains acceptance into the hearts and minds of many people who will often tell you “That’s just the way the world works”.”—
I participated in the #MillionHoodies march in New York City’s Union Square this past Wednesday, March 21st. When I arrived I noticed a lot less hoodies than I thought I was going to see. I assumed this was simply because of the warm weather. There was still an enormous crowd of people there to deal with the tragedy that was Trayvon Martin.
With chants of “We are the 99%” and signage to that effect as well, I was a little thrown off. I thought the purpose of this march was to bring awareness to the death of a young boy. Soon after the march started confusion was all around. Which way were we marching? Who was leading the charge? After we walked a few blocks members of the Occupy section of the march started running down the street knocking down trash cans. I was told later that some attempted to knock down police barricades and police scooters used to guide the marchers. I immediately became uncomfortable because that’s not what I signed up for. I wanted to speak out against injustice—just causing general destruction wasn’t on my agenda. Soon some Occupiers started chanting “F**k the POLICE,” one young white male wearing skinny jeans and a Justin Bieber haircut started yelling “THIS IS WAR, WE WANT WAR!” To which a hoodie-clad young black adult said “Hey, uh we don’t really want war, why don’t you tone that down. I’m about to graduate college in a few months.” The white male kind of laughed and kept moving forward yelling something else.
I’ve felt so conflicted about Occupy since it began. I think this might be the last straw, and will withdraw from that thing I said I’d do for them next week. It was probably out of some sort of unreasonable feelings of obligation I said yes to it anyway.
“”I mean, it was only two weeks ago when almost every white person I knew was tweeting about stopping a brutal African warlord from killing more innocent children. And they even took thirty minutes out of their busy schedules to watch a movie about dude. They bought t-shirts. Some bracelets. Even tweeted at Rihanna to take a stance. But, a 17 year old American kid is followed and then ultimately killed by a neighborhood vigilante who happens to be carrying a semi-automatic weapon and my white friends are quiet. Eerily quiet. Not even a trending topic for the young man.”—
KONY2012 supporters can agree that a Black man in a foreign country is the “most evil” and needs to die, but can’t possibly be bothered to lift a finger for a young Black boy who’s life was taken away from him by a truly evil white man.
I upload some articles and linked to some books I’ve read recently (or somewhat recently) on prisons. Feel free to download and share the links with friends. We should have a conversation about this material sometime. Read it and let me know what you think.