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Election Day 2016 - @tefpoe

Election Day 2016

This is ultimately the day we’ve all been waiting for, so let’s celebrate. The end of this election season is finally here. For the last couple of months we’ve all been forced to deal with two of the craziest crazies to ever run for the oval office. The immediate torture is nearly over, but here comes the second phase. The array of emotions displayed by the general public during this time has been vast to say the least.

Bernie Sanders ran on a ticket of broken promises and political fantasies. His bid for the democratic nomination was shot down like a thief in the night. In the end he conceded and endorsed Hillary, back to business as usual. The great white hype, Donald Trump has run a vigorous campaign designed to intimidate anyone that opposes him. Many of us have been victimized by these tactics which are childish, offensive, and really just plain stupid. Unfortunately many of us have responded to this fear mongering by joining forces with Hillary Clinton, you know in the name of stopping Trump.

I don’t know that he’s qualified to run the empire, but he talked a good, well loud game. America has positioned itself to select a candidate that will keep their values intact despite whomever wins. We can’t be disillusioned about the values the United States stands for and promotes. Trump will build a wall and Hillary will inevitably drop bombs so logically it seems most Americans are comfortable doing what must be done to save ourselves.

The middle class is barely surviving these days and is struggling to maintain that identity. When Clinton's husband left office thousands of Blacks were forced into the streets and left homeless. The housing crisis and mass incarceration seemed to be his only big ticket items, outside of adultery. Hillary is indeed her own person. She has campaigned on the strength of her own record, but oddly enough her politics reflect her husbands like a mirror image. They’re on the same team. He’s with her and she’s with him; there is no definitive difference between the Clintons when it comes to the sway of the pendulum.

The day after the election many of us will wake up to an America that has given white nationalism a boost. They will be upset, angry, and ready to administer violence to Black bodies. The challenge for all of us is rebuking the narrative that a vote for Hillary is a vote against white nationalism. If she wins she won’t stand with you while you’re attacked. If she loses she’ll most likely lean into it as a means of punishing us. Voting has never defeated white nationalism and it never will. In a very odd sense voting for the lesser of two evils actually empowers this discourse in our society. White supremacy searches for affirmation in spaces that allow it to expand its muscle; fear and social polarities reinforce a series of detrimental ideas. Trump is prepared to use the stupidity of white nationalists to the benefit of his agenda.

The Black movement today is more responsive than Black movements of the past. We don’t create infrastructures out of necessity, we respond to crisis. Through this election both candidates present another crisis to us. Some of the real work will involve pushing the Bernies and Hillarys and Jills to speak and act against these hate crimes long after the election. After they no longer need us, but no longer have ignorance of many issues as their scapegoat.

Despite whomever wins or loses, the hate has been unleashed and the white nationalist political identity has found a willing vessel in Trump and his voters. The commentary online surrounding this election and many people's decision to vote for Clinton seems to be rooted in the fact that they want to stop Trump. So what will white Democrats, liberals, and progressives in power do during times like these? I expect they will do what they always have.

Absolutely nothing.

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It’s legal to kill BLACK people. By T-Dubb-O

To sum this up, if you are white you can kill, rob, rape, etc. with no consequences.  If you’re black, you will be killed.

To sum this up, if you are white you can kill, rob, rape, etc. with no consequences.  If you’re black, you will be killed.

                      On July 20th, 2012, a mass shooting occurred inside a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado. James Holmes, a white male, shot over seventy people and murdered a total of twelve people. Police apprehended the white male and took him into custody unharmed. 5 months prior to this incident, a young black un-armed teen by the name of Trayvon Martin was murdered by a vigilante in Florida because he looked suspicious. The man who murdered Trayvon was George Zimmerman, the son of a judge. He was found not guilty. Last September, a 22-year-old white male from New Hampshire faced one count of reckless conduct after firing a BB gun at Concord police in September. The two police officers were making a routine traffic stop at an intersection when the man opened fire from a nearby apartment. They arrested the culprit, Jesse Deflorio, white male who was on already on probation for a similar incident. However, on November 22nd, 2014, two police officers shoot and kill a black 12-year-old Tamir Rice for playing with a bb gun in Cleveland, Ohio. Eric Garner was unarmed and black, but choked to death. Dylan Roof is a white male who killed 9 black people in a church located in Charleston, SC, but was apprehended without a scratch. Mike Brown unarmed and Black, but murdered by police. John Crawford was playing with a toy gun in Walmart and murdered by police because he was black. To sum this up, if you are white you can kill, rob, rape, etc. with no consequences.  If you’re black, you will be killed.

 

                Today is April 4th, 2016 and police here in St. Louis, MO have shot their second black male of the month. Jorevis Scruggs was a 15-year-old black male shot in the back today by St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. He was accused of being a passenger in a stolen car, but does “joyriding” equate death? It seems Amerikkka likes to use petty crimes to justify the murder of black people by the state as if this is medieval times and theft means be-heading by guillotine. It’s always the same old excuse by these pigs. They say they feared for their life. An unarmed 15-year-old can be quite scary to a military trained 200-pound white man with 17 rounds in his handgun. The reckless nature of these officers with lack of respect for black life need to be a top priority of not just the community, but the government that is supposed to be serving the community. Nearby homes and cars were damaged by bullets due to the carelessness of this officer trying to kill a young black boy.

 

 

                Black people are demonized from birth. The school to prison pipeline flourishes in the inner-city and keeps a privatized billion-dollar prison system alive and kicking. The police act as if it is not illegal to kill black people. They work alongside the media to create narratives that force the public to accept and expect these senseless killings. White man armed with a high powered rifle who just shot up an elementary school, the police will talk him down and arrest him. A black man accused of selling cigarettes in front of a store will be placed into an illegal chokehold and killed in front of the entire community and the officers will get a paid vacation. This is the reality of Amerikkka and it is complete bullshit! The tyrannical, evil, sadistic, fascist, oppressive mindset of this country and its war on people of color must be exposed to the world. You turn on the news and see police shot a black kid and they start to criminalize them immediately. There are millions of images of white kids holding and playing with loaded guns, but you don’t see these when a high school gets shot up. The white kid isn’t called a thug, but is a victim of mental illness.

 

white kids posing with high-powered weapons.

white kids posing with high-powered weapons.

                How many more will there be? How many more hashtags, r.i.p tweets, news articles will there be? Everyday a black person is being murdered by the state. Do we still think the answer is to infiltrate the same system that is committing these atrocities? Policy is going to end white supremacy? If policy would prevent police from murdering unarmed black people why wouldn’t the first black president of the United States sign something that prevents that if it truly mattered to this country? Social media activism and political gain motivated tactics will not liberate the oppressed. Revolution is needed and revolution is the only key to liberating the black race.

Peace,

T-Dubb-O