As the demand for “moral clarity” in journalism grows, at least among progressive journalists, I’m forced to reconsider my career as a censor, back when I was an editor at The Village Voice.
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Hey B, absolutely been hitting the streets. Here in Oakland the pigs and our pig-accomplice mayor are not fucking around. But it’s being led by kids and tutored by the elder generations (and I like adjusting to being an elder), we got such a tradition here.
Beto O’Rourke sent out an email to his supporters which included this video of his short address to the Texas Democratic Convention…
Many years ago Buckminster Fuller, one of the greatest thinkers, engineers, and observers of life in all its micro and macro forms, suggested that democracy could be expressed more efficiently if people were allowed to vote by phone.
Like most of y’all, my wife, Monica, is livid about the murder of?George Floyd?by a Minneapolis Police Officer.? Moreover, she is perplexed by my seeming lack of concern.? She can’t understand why I’m not as outwardly angry as everyone else as she walks around the house, givin’ me that scolding black woman side-eye.
Your editor passed on C. Leigh McInnes’ “Letter” to Charles Keil, who has long grasped imperatives of African American nationists. Keil responded with his own letter…
ICYMI, George Floyd’s brother Philonise and nephew Brendan…
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Five hundred forty seconds.
Time in which an athlete
Can run a mile and a half.
A couple can have rushed,
A teacher can teach about the stars.
A killer can keep his knee
On the neck of a man.
Mass uprisings are complicated ecosystems. This one especially, perhaps, because of how unbelievably complicated our world has become.
On the day that the fascist gangster in the White House declares anti-fascist activism as such a “terrorist organization,” I find myself wondering what words we will use to greet and know each other.
One bright spot–Trump’s tweet about his “vicious dogs and ominous weapons”–most protected man in the world and he’s scared–thinking of those gladiator movies where someone throws a spear at the Emperor–if only.
A Salt Lake City cop was filmed throwing an elderly bystander to the pavement in the first 50 seconds of the video posted below. It’s just one of many brutal acts that have been committed by cops under pressure from protesters in cities all over America. (I’m not claiming that pressure has been all good. I doubt the woman who blew up a police van in New York with a molotov cocktail is George Floyd’s sister under the skin.) What distinguishes this scene of brutality, though, is the nada response of one reporter who witnessed it.
The author of this piece wrote it before the killing of George Floyd. (See his postscript on that score below.) Osborne notes “recent real-world events take precedence over bitching about good or bad rappers.” Your editor takes Osborne’s point but his act of imagination isn’t out of time. His refusal to buy into ugly images of black men is, in its sweet way, a contribution to the struggle against real killer cops.?
MAGA-ites have leaned on Ben Carson’s bland invocations of color-blindness in the wake of George Floyd’s murder so it’s a good time to re-up on Brendan Williams’ lucid account of Carson’s deplorable record at the Department of Housing and Urban Development…