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Been reading the comments flowing in and glad to see support for the rights of people to be protected from police violence vs the rights of Commerce to do as it pleases without protest, disruption or inconvenience of any kind.
As per George Lakoff's theory, society is broken into two factions. Those who want equality, an egalitarian society, and those who like authoritarianism. The egalitarians love freedom, equality, openness and sharing. The other loves order, control, and the certainty of uninterrupted business as usual by whoever is in power of authority... usually themselves.
I am glad to a part of those seeking equality and justice for all. We will continue to speak out and disrupt the status quo non-violently while the Praetorian Guard of the 1% tries to crush us with distortions, lies, trickery, confusion and gibberish meant to keep themselves as overlord. Like tRUMP has done. Bon apptit America!
To the Lord of the Flies children who want to ignore every logical argument for why people protest against an oppressive system design to benefit privileged people... If you don't want protest then work towards creating a governing system that provides for the social needs of humanity rather than the expediency of commerce. As an example...
"Until and unless you are willing to accept responsibility for these actions,..."
... like the Giants World Series win and the massive smashy smashy and burning buses and vandalism that ensued...
"you will lack the credibility necessary to take your comments seriously....."
No, the real children here are the people in this society who believe property, in this case windows, commercial building facades, dumpsters, newstands and police vehicles, are more important and sacrosanct than human beings, the lives of real persons. They have not evolved into adults who care more about the social needs of humanity than the unfettered engines of commerce. They ignore the violence perpetrated by racism, classism, wealth inequality and the police hired to protect commerce and the property interests of the 1%. And they ignore simple facts clearly presented and assert back mean selfish opinions.
Clearly Brooks states: "At nearly every protest, the police attacked protesters with tear gas, concussion grenades, and rubber bullets." This my dear friends is VIOLENCE. Deadly force of harm aimed at human beings. By Police.
"And some independent protesters engaged in property destruction." Property destruction is vandalism and vandalism is not physical harm to a human being. And yes she clearly says that "independent" protesters do what they are going to do. ADTP or any organized group does not exist as a police force of other people. That is the job of the police and they need to do their jobs without harming or provoking human beings.
I have personally seen at demonstrations in downtown Oakland where OPD literally moved aside from being in front of storefronts to seemingly allow people to break windows or spray graffiti. All they had to do to stop this was to line up in front of the buildings and just stand there, as they sometimes do. OPD is never seriously injured (except a cut or paint splattered) while protesters hit, end up in the hospital. It's as if OPD wants there to be vandalism and they provoke it with unprovoked (I can't tell you how many times I have seen this happen) weaponry use. Or back off and let stuff happen. Makes for good headlines against all protest and makes good propaganda fodder for the entitled 1% who own our society.
And again, MLK makes the clear point commenters here want to ignore because it is the heart of the issue and embarrasses their selfish position:
"These conditions [protested] are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention ... a riot is the language of the unheard."
Downtown Sacramento looks like a depression era ghost town, KJ rigged up taxpayers to fork up a quarter billion dollars for a privately owned basketball team and the rednecks are crawling out of the woodwork to praise a beating from the crook that took the City of Sacramento to the poorhouse? The 1% just sit back and howl at you fools and wait for you to come and kiss their feet while they beat you senseless. Get a clue.
What all the cities need to do is to municipalize their teams to city or fan ownership and tie the team to the city physically. Let any city that can field a team and compete. The NFL is a subsidized corporate monopoly that is an anathema to democracy and manipulates the game and the fans as if we were nothing but serfs to be profiteered. Reform the game to minimize violence and physical maiming. Green Bay is a perfect example and the fact that municipalization has been banned by the NFL, except done deal Green Bay, speaks volumes.
I was interested in Nextdoor.com when first introduced to Dogtown Oakland. But within weeks comments appeared from the newly arriving gentrifiers about suspicious street people... this is West Oakland for gawd sakes and people walk on the street... and... OPD Officer XXX showed up wagging his tail around. Holy crap. Is it possible to have a civilian only communication forum in this country? Why must OPD and BPD and government or NGO or gawd knows what "organization" infiltrate and manipulate the self organization of the public commons by the public?
"Yes the system sucks, bay area housing prices are obscene, banks are greedy and not to be trusted, but it's all we have..."
Just as i said, we are captives to adolescent tyrants that invented money to be a pyramid scheme for the 1%. We can't come up with a better, more equitable system? Why is that? Is it possible that those with money, who somehow manage to acquire tens of times more than others even though they are not 10x smarter or have 10x more hours of work every day than ordinary working class, use that money to buy lots of homes and lots of politicians and lots of lawyers to extract even more money from common working class folks? Your response is self serving postmodern gibberish that is really wearing thin. People are becoming aware that the invention of money invented debt, which institutionalizes class structure, that enforces capitalism's, Profitalism's, pyramid scheme. Yes, a better social contract is possible if people like yourself decide to actually start creating it along others rather than acting as a Mr. Smith, Blue Pill Cop enforcing the oppressive tyrannical system of the 1%. They sell you a cure to a disease they create and you have swallowed it whole, bro.
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