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"Let my building burn. Justice needs to be served."
Ruhel Islam spoke these words to a friend upon learning that his restaurant, Gandhi Mahal, had caught fire on the second night of the Minneapolis uprising which occurred in response to the police murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Islam’s daughter shared his words the next morning on a Facebook post that continued, “Gandhi Mahal may have felt the flames last night, but our firey [sic]drive to help protect and stand with our community will never die! Peace be with everyone.”
That post is one of the many moving statements of solidarity to come from small business owners whose property and livelihoods have been impacted by the displays of resistance that have spread across the US in recent weeks. These declarations represent a shift away from a pair of narratives about political protest that have long been considered accepted wisdom: namely, that property destruction delegitimizes whatever cause protesters are fighting for and that property destruction is a form of violence. Neither is true, but both have retained their rhetorical power because they help maintain what Ward Churchill, author of Pacifism as Pathology, has called “the politics of the comfort zone.” This form of social engagement that idealizes orderly protest, uses the language of “nonviolence” to create a landscape where the only protest tactics permissible are symbolic. It’s a seductive point of view, since it lets protesters position themselves as progressive while incurring no risk to their own personal security. Unfortunately, it also limits the ability of social movements to mount any true opposition to the power of the state.
That is the fundamental flaw in the logic of “peacefulness” at all costs, and the response to our current moment of uprising suggests that the politics of the comfort zone is beginning to lose its hold in the public imagination.
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“They had no reason to believe I wasn’t crazy,” says Turchin, a 63-year-old researcher who teaches cultural evolution at the University of Connecticut. Some were skeptical, Turchin says, because “people did not understand that I was making scientific predictions, not prophecies.”#2020 #civil #unrest #protest #UniversityofConnecticut #research #science #culture #evolution #history #cycle #wages #wealth #inequality #economics #politics #government #money #violence #curfew #police #racism
Okay, this one is going into @Stock Picking Discussion but I don't think it's obvious as to why, so I will explain.
During the course of the show, they have a very wise discussion of the possible reasons so many #WhitePeople joined #BlackPeople in the #BlackLivesMatter protests. It's all sound reasoning. It's not what my point it though, but the details they discuss will be worth memorizing for your future.
Social Unrest is one of the most #powerful #indicators of how the real #economy is doing and also how well the current #Politics, #Laws & #Regulations are serving the people the #government is supposed to represent. It takes a lot for people to get off their asses and #protest in #hostile #environments. That's a big indicator of a shit economy and/or shit politics. So the #financial #news may tell you one thing, but the #social #unrest tells you the truth. The #Stock #Market has a generally repeating set of patterns after presidential elections, and I urge you to try doing some charting with the S&P500 to see what things look like and segregate your results by the type of leaders running and who won. They tell a story you should know.
What they discuss in the podcast will add to your personal set of market predictors. Leading indicators like this are valuable.
Why Now, White People?
Why Now, White People? : Code Switch
As ridiculous as that might sound, there is some sketchy business going on at some of these protests. Mysterious, all-black-clad white window smashers with umbrellas in Minneapolis. Mysterious, all-black-clad white women tagging businesses with Black Lives Matter and being run off by an actual black woman protestor for their trouble in another city. Mysterious pallets of bricks, allegedly showing up on city streets. Is it Antifa? Is it white supremacists? Is it the police? Whoever is behind these curious actions, the issue of agent provocateurs is real and is an ever-present challenge for organizations, movements, and protests.https://therealnews.com/stories/provocateurs-outside-agents-still-a-threat-to-movements
PM says George Floyd protests have been ’hijacked by extremists intent on violence’
Boris Johnson has said removing statues of controversial figures is “to lie about our history”, as he argued that national protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US had been taken over by extremists.
In a lengthy Twitter thread in response to to the boarding up of the Cenotaph in Whitehall and Winston Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square, the prime minister expressed anger at the targeting of monuments.
Scaffolding was erected around the Churchill statue, the Cenotaph, and statues of George Washington and King James II on Trafalgar Square late on Thursday evening on the order of the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, amid concerns they could be targeted by protesters and become a focal point for unrest.
Black Lives Matters organisers have called off a planned protest in Hyde Park on Saturday, warning that “many hate groups” from the far right were threatening the safety of those planning to attend.
Johnson claimed the Black Lives Matters protests “have been sadly hijacked by extremists intent on violence”, and he called attacks on police last weekend “intolerable” and “abhorrent”.
He said: “We all understand the legitimate feelings of outrage at what happened in Minnesota and the legitimate desire to protest against discrimination. Whatever progress this country has made in fighting racism – and it has been huge – we all recognise that there is much more work to do.”
But on the campaigns to remove statues and other monuments honouring slave-owners and imperialist figures following the toppling of a statue of Edward Colston in Bristol on Sunday, Johnson made it clear he opposed such moves.
“We cannot now try to edit or censor our past,” he said. “We cannot pretend to have a different history. The statues in our cities and towns were put up by previous generations. They had different perspectives, different understandings of right and wrong. But those statues teach us about our past, with all its faults. To tear them down would be to lie about our history, and impoverish the education of generations to come.”
Johnson said it was “absurd and shameful” that Churchill’s statue had to be protected, calling it “a permanent reminder of his achievement in saving this country – and the whole of Europe – from a fascist and racist tyranny.”
The prime minister, who has written a biography of Churchill, added: “Yes, he sometimes expressed opinions that were and are unacceptable to us today, but he was a hero, and he fully deserves his memorial.”
Questioned about Johnson’s comments, his spokesman was ambiguous as to whether he believed no statues should be removed under any circumstances.
Asked if this was the case, the spokesman said: “I think the PM’s tweets speak for themselves,” and referred the media to the tweet saying removing statues would be to “lie about history”.
But then asked whether statues could be removed by local consent, the spokesman said: “As he said earlier this week, there are democratic processes for this sort of thing, and that’s what should be followed.”
The spokesman also made plain that while Johnson had referred to Churchill’s “unacceptable” opinions, the PM had no plans to apologise for his own previous racially charged comments, such as describing veiled Muslim women as “letterboxes” and “bankrobbers”, and writing about African people’s “watermelon smiles”.
Asked if Johnson would apologise, the spokesman said: “These issues were all addressed during the election campaign last year.” Asked if the prime minister still believed it was correct to “speak frankly” in such ways, the spokesman said: “Yes”.
A Paris police officer quoted by Le Parisien news on Friday said "this government is spineless - all you need is 20,000 hotheads in the street and the government abandons the police".MORE: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53022073
Angry police across France have thrown their handcuffs on the ground as they feel "insulted" by claims that they tolerate brutality and racism.
Protesting police also drove in convoy down the Champs-Élysées in central Paris on Friday, sounding their horns.
They rejected any parallels with the Minneapolis police officers whose fatal arrest of George Floyd sparked a wave of anti-racism protests worldwide.
And they are furious with a government ban on the police "chokehold".
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced the ban on Monday, after French protesters took to the streets alleging that police in France exhibited racism towards ethnic minorities, in the same way that US police have been accused of using brutality towards black suspects.
Mr Castaner held talks with police unions on Thursday and they are continuing, as the government seeks to cool an intense racism debate that has re-ignited tensions in some communities. (...)
Police handcuff protests took place on Thursday in Paris, Lille, Rennes, Bordeaux, Toulouse and other cities and continued on Friday morning, with a row of officers discarding their handcuffs at Orly airport near Paris.
Defending the police use of chokeholds, Xavier Leveau of the police union told the AFP news agency that "head restraint is very important during handcuffing". He insisted it was nothing like the method used in the death of George Floyd.
"We're not going to hold him down for eight minutes, we're going to hold him down just for the handcuffing... we don't have a substitute technique. So how do we do it today?"
He went on: "We are angry at the announcements that are made, where we suspect the police of everything and nothing, whereas in our country the police really reflect the image of its population.
"People think that the police are racist, whereas in our country we have people of all ethnic groups, and we all work well together."
Des agents se sont rassemblés dans plusieurs villes jeudi, jetant leurs menottes à terre en guise de protestation contre les déclarations du ministre de l'Intérieur.
"Les flics de France ne considèrent plus Christophe Castaner comme le supposé premier flic de France. Il nous a lâchés lundi, nous a jetés en pâture lundi. À lui de regravir l'Everest de la confiance", a tonné jeudi Yves Lefebvre, secrétaire général d'Unité SGP Police-FO, qui a appelé ses collègues "à ne plus interpeller, à ne plus intervenir".
Entre les policiers et Christophe Castaner, le divorce est sur le point d'être prononcé. Ce dernier a pris la parole au sujet des accusations de racisme dans la police et de violences policières, ravivées en France par la mort de George Floyd le 25 mai dernier aux États-Unis, un Afro-Américain asphyxié au cours d'une interpellation par un policier blanc. Une manifestation s'est tenue le 2 juin devant le tribunal judiciaire de Paris à l'appel du comité Adama Traoré, du nom de ce jeune homme mort en juillet 2016 après son interpellation par des gendarmes. 20.000 personnes se sont réunies. Une mobilisation massive, qui a notamment provoqué la conférence de presse du ministre de l'Intérieur.
"Tolérance zéro" contre le racisme
Ce dernier a indiqué, après la publication de plusieurs enquêtes de presse faisant état de propos racistes tenus par des policiers dans des discussions privées ou sur les réseaux sociaux, qu'une "tolérance zéro" serait appliquée pour le racisme au sein des forces de l'ordre, et que la suspension serait "systématiquement envisagée pour chaque soupçon avéré".
Des déclarations qui ont mis le feu aux poudres. Si bien que le locataire de Beauvau a commencé à recevoir jeudi les syndicats de police au ministère pour tenter d'éteindre l'incendie. À cette heure, le mécontentement des forces de l'ordre semble loin d'être apaisé. Jeudi en fin de journée, dans plusieurs villes françaises comme Lille, Nice, Marseille ou encore Toulouse, des fonctionnaires en uniforme ont jeté leurs menottes à terre en guise de protestation.
"Je vois dans ces images la marque et le témoignage d'amertume, de tristesse, de lassitude. De lassitude parce que depuis des jours et surtout des semaines, nous, policiers, nous avons le sentiment d'être victimes d'amalgames, de raccourcis, de confusion", a déploré jeudi soir sur BFMTV le porte-parole de la Police nationale Michel Lavaud.
Des policiers "jetés à la vindicte publique"
Pour nombre de policiers, la prise de position de Christophe Castaner a mis en exergue un manque de confiance de leur hiérarchie, voire une sorte de désaveu. "Lorsqu'on remet en cause les techniques d'intervention alors que nous travaillons proprement, on ne peut pas l'accepter", a asséné jeudi sur BFMTV Bruno Bartocetti, secrétaire national zone Sud d'Unité SGP Police-FO. Christophe Castaner avait également annoncé lundi l'abandon de la technique d'interpellation controversée dite de "l'étranglement". Selon nos informations toutefois, Christophe Castaner envisagerait de revenir sur cette interdiction.
"Le gouvernement français a une très grosse responsabilité, et au plus haut sommet de l'État, ces policiers jetés à la vindicte publique, c'est tout simplement anormal après ce que nous venons de vivre tant sur le plan du terrorisme ou autre", a grondé le délégué général du syndicat Alliance Police nationale Daniel Chomette, jeudi soir sur BFMTV.
Les rencontres entre syndicats et "premier flic de France" doivent se poursuivre ce vendredi. À notre antenne ce vendredi, le secrétaire général d'Alliance Fabien Vanhemelryck a promis "une action très forte symboliquement parlant" dans la matinée, ménageant un "effet de surprise".
Ses prises de parole sont rares. Face à l'émotion suscitée par la mort de George Floyd et les nombreux débats liés à l'«anti-racisme», Marion Maréchal, qui a déjà annoncé qu'elle ne serait pas candidate en 2022, a jugé bon de sortir du silence. Dans une vidéo postée sur son compte Facebook, l'ancienne députée du Front national (devenu Rassemblement national, NDLR) a affirmé qu'elle n'avait «pas à s'excuser en tant que blanche, en tant que Française».MORE: https://www.lefigaro.fr/politique/adama-traore-marion-marechal-denonce-la-betise-du-gouvernement-qui-cede-a-la-loi-de-l-emotion-20200611
«Vous voyez à quoi on est réduit en devant se positionner de la sorte, a-t-elle regretté. Je n'ai pas à m'excuser parce que je n'ai pas colonisé. Je n'ai colonisé personne. Je n'ai mis personne en esclavage de la même manière que tous ces groupes politiques et tous ces militants politiques eux-mêmes n'ont jamais été colonisés ou mis en esclavage».
«Je n'ai pas à m'excuser pour la mort d'un Afro-Américain aux États-Unis. Je n'ai pas à m'excuser pour la mort d'un délinquant, Adama Traoré, une mort accidentelle qui a eu lieu à la suite d'une interpellation qui n'est pas liée, c'est important de le rappeler, à sa couleur de peau mais aux crimes qu'il aurait commis», a encore voulu souligner la nièce de Marine Le Pen.
L'ancienne députée réplique ainsi aux «groupes militants, de gauche, dits antiracistes, indigénistes, black lives matter», qui demandent, selon elle, «de nous mettre à genoux mais en plus de salir la mémoire de nos ancêtres, de cracher sur notre histoire, de purger notre héritage, d'abattre nos statues».
Marion Maréchal pointe la responsabilité du gouvernement qu'elle accuse d'avoir cédé à «la loi de l'émotion du groupe, du vil calcul politicien et de la bêtise». Des reproches qui font notamment référence aux propos de Christophe Castaner. Le ministre de l'Intérieur a rappelé mardi que les manifestations restaient interdites en raison de la crise sanitaire, mais qu'il n'y aurait «pas de sanction» pour ceux qui souhaitent y participer. «Je crois que l'émotion mondiale, qui est une émotion saine sur ce sujet, dépasse au fond les règles juridiques qui s'appliquent», avait-il même affirmé
Jun 10, 2020MORE: https://variety.com/2020/digital/uncategorized/gone-with-the-wind-amazon-best-seller-hbo-max-1234630577/
By Todd Sprangler
“Gone With the Wind” zipped to the top of Amazon’s best-sellers sales chart for TV and movies, a day after WarnerMedia’s HBO Max pulled the movie for “racist depictions.”
Amazon bases its rankings on sales data. The site currently offers the 70th anniversary two-disc DVD edition of “Gone With the Wind” starting at $29.55, while Amazon Video offers the movie as a digital HD rental at $3.99 and for purchase at $9.99. (...)
Oscar-winning film “Gone With the Wind” was removed Tuesday from the HBO Max streaming service temporarily. WarnerMedia said it plans to return to the movie to the library, along with a discussion about the historical context for the 1939 movie and a “denouncement” of the movie’s racist stereotypes.
“’Gone With The Wind’ is a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society,” an HBO Max spokesperson told Variety. “These racist depictions were wrong then and are wrong today, and we felt that to keep this title up without an explanation and a denouncement of those depictions would be irresponsible.”
“Gone With the Wind” stars Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Hattie McDaniel and Olivia de Havilland. The film, adapted from the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, is described on Amazon.com’s website as “a classic epic of the American South,” set during the Civil War and the Reconstruction era.
The movie, produced by David O. Selznick, won eight competitive Oscars including best picture, best actress for Leigh, best director for Victor Fleming and best supporting actress for McDaniel, who was the first Black person to ever win an Academy Award. The American Film Institute ranks “Gone With the Wind” as the No. 4 best American movie of all time, after “Citizen Kane,” “Casablanca,” and “The Godfather.”
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June 10, 2020
“Gone with the Wind” was pulled from HBO Max while the long-running TV show “Cops” was outright canceled, a sign that entertainment companies are re-examining the content they offer in the wake of nationwide protests for racial justice and against police brutality.
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“The casual cruelty demonstrated by Buffalo police officers tonight is gut-wrenching and unacceptable,” said John Curr, the Buffalo chapter director for the New York Civil Liberties Union.This is what a violent and angry mob looks like. With every sickening incident, the real nature of policing becomes apparent. Indefensible.
Trudeau was met with both jeers and cheers. One protester yelled “Why haven’t you done anything, Justin?” Another protester handed him a T-shirt that said “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace.” Trudeau held the shirt during the protest but did not put it on.