Saturday, October 10, 2015

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

This is an article about Police brutality against the Nation's populations of African descent. Although this article does cite Asians as well, the weight by far is on the black population. 
The ironic thing is this article is about the British African-Caribbean (the equivalent of African American) population. I only pulled out a few singular words or a name that made the article uniquely British, such as "Britain or British, "tories" (political party)and "Theresa May", (the government official the original article is referencing). Other than that, the story is homogenous with the plight of African Americans, as well as the story of all other Blacks in every country across the globe. The link to the original article follows the excerpts.

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Over the last three months, I have been writing a short series of articles on some of the horrific deaths in police custody that have taken place..... in recent years and the fight for justice waged by the families of the victims and their supporters. Each story is unique, but there are certain similarities, depressingly familiar to those who have followed such cases over the years.

These include: the brutal use of force by police - even once victims are incapacitated; neglect of their victims when they are clearly in need of medical attention; omissions, lies and cover-ups over what actually happened; and an absolute refusal to administer justice by all the various state agencies tasked with doing so. All of it together amounts to one thing – the effective impunity of the..... police. And, no surprise,..... Asian and, particularly, African-[american] communities are bearing the brunt of it."
Government official "has even done something which none... perhaps even no  government official...has apparently done before: ... 'admit that deaths occurring in custody is a problem, and that the families campaigning for justice have been denied it. Specifically, last month, she acknowledged the “pain and suffering of families still looking for answers, who have encountered not compassion and redress from the authorities, but what they feel as evasiveness and obstruction.' "
"Back in 2011,..... had ordered a review of the police’s use of stop and search, which, she subsequently pointed out, is “excessive and inappropriate” and disproportionately targeted at Black and Asian people. The review revealed that over a quarter of the million or so stop and searches conducted that year may have been carried out illegally."
"Now.......has turned to deaths in custody. .......at a conference part-organised by Black Mental Health, she announced a number of measures she claimed would tackle the problem. Specifically, she promised to create more alternatives to police custody for those with mental health difficulties, and more transparency in the use of restraint and tasering.A number of explanations are possible. The most obvious is the quest for the “black vote.” At the ....... annual conference..........famously lambasted her party for having an appeal and popular base that was “too narrow.
'You know what some people call us,”
 she said, “The Nasty Party.” If they wanted to get reelected, she argued, they would have to “diversify” their support base – and with ........ current wafer-thin majority, this remains as true as ever. With almost two thirds of African-[american] seeing the police as systematic liars, taking on the police could be a smart electoral move - especially taking them on in the areas in which police racism most visibly manifests itself: stop and search, and deaths in custody."
"Malcolm X said it clearly when he said, “You can’t understand what’s going on in Mississippi if you don’t understand what’s going on in the Congo.” What he meant is that the lynchings and discrimination being experienced by African Americans were part and parcel of the US and Western Europe’s ongoing war against African liberation, and third world liberation as a whole; part of the colonizers’ permanent aggression against Africa, Asia and Latin America. He always fought for black and minority communities in North America to see themselves as part of this worldwide struggle, and to identify with the homelands in their struggle against such oppression. It was for this reason that he was seen as such a threat by the authorities, and for this reason that the Black Panther Party, who continued to put this thinking into practice after this death, were identified by the FBI as the number one threat to US national security. The presence of black and Asian people .....and its extensions has always been seen as a threat......" 
Yet their treatment as a so-called fifth column, and the violence towards them this entails, has the effect of reinforcing their skepticism and hostility toward the state, and deepening their sympathies towards the anti-imperialist movements and states abroad. Racist state violence, then, creates a self-fulfilling prophecy: the state’s permanent suspicion about the loyalty of its black .......population creates a very real basis for disloyalty;  by treating them as “prone to rebellion,” it prompts them to rebel.

"Yet just as violence and oppression is being ramped up abroad, so too at home. The combined reality of permanent mass unemployment and a benefits system unable to provide basic subsistence is leading to a growing underclass potentially drawn to revolt, and likely to be drawn into frequent contact with the police. The state’s response has been mass surveillance and, increasingly, mass incarceration.

The public have been led to accept this increasing intrusion of the state into their lives on the grounds of Islamophobic “anti-terrorist” propaganda and hate stories about “feral youth.” Yet police racism and police violence continue to be major fault lines in relations between police and a large section of the public, a major obstacle to the acquiescence of the black community in accepting this massively increased role for the police and security services....To co-opt black and Asian people into accepting the structural violence of mass poverty and incarceration requires a limitation on the arbitrary meting out of individual violence and persecution by racist officers. Remember that, against a backdrop of the massive use of racist stop and search, widespread unemployment and benefits cuts, it took the execution ..........to actually trigger a riot."
"..........is attempting to improve police relations with the black community for a very simple reason: to buy their acquiescence in her war against the poor at home and abroad. 
Nevertheless, even as we recognize this, and without any illusions, we must use this moment to push for an end to police impunity: to insist on an end to all the institutional practices that allow the police to escape accountability and to demand murdering officers are prosecuted. Genuine community control is the only way to ensure this happens..."