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Re: “How Three Black Women Use Food as Tools for Resistance

Yaaas! Monifa, when is your next supper? I'd like to attend!

Posted by Sandia on 03/30/2018 at 8:59 AM

Re: “When Police Take Kids' Bikes

Next Door is the worst and is a breeding ground for passive aggressive racism. I watched this thread grow from one to three different threads. DURING THE TWO WEEK CHRISTMAS BREAK, Every day, some times several times a day, some residents would get online and post about some "scary" situation or encounter they had with these kids/teens riding scraper bikes. Honestly they were questionable and I didn't believe most of them. They called these kids terrorist, thugs, gangs, lawless and even suggested bad parenting and that they were on their way to a life of crime. They criminalized those bikers and then called on the police and city hall to do something. I watched it. They made themselves victims of kids riding scraper bikes and used the usual language..."I was scared for my safety" SLPD responded to appease them.

Lastly, every person I know, across cities and states report the same experience with Next Door...its posts and threads are tinged with racism, profiling, code words, code switches and it brings out the worst and just maybe, perhaps, you really don't want to know your neighbor.

Posted by Sandia on 03/30/2018 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Prop 19 Didn't Resonate With Minority Voters

I almost spit the fried rice out of my mouth reading the last paragraph.

While it might be worthy to visit race and prop., 8 & 19, you would have to first start with the basics and how social values and economics play in and stop overestimating how socially liberal black folks are.

I have said this over and over again. There is no benefit to black people to pass prop 19, even with the “pushers” of Prop. 19 proponents trying to sell us that the black arrest rate for pot crimes vs. whites will somehow go down, Dale Gieringer, from California NORML laid it out real well, “the fact is that blacks and Latinos are targeted for ALL crimes, and so marijuana just isn't different in that regard.” It is also insulting to think that that is the only thing we would care about. Most blacks know that even with passage nothing would have changed, in fact, crime would have gone up and there would be MORE nickel and dime street dealers trying to “come up” selling pot, hence, more violence in our streets and more arrests. And really access is not an issue either, today anyone could pay a yearly $150. fee to the thousands of prescribing doctors get a medical card and grow a nice personal decent amount – EVEN IF NOTHING IS MEDICALLY WRONG WITH YOU- (just look in the EBexpress ads you’ll find at least 50)

What Prop. 19 proponents FAILED to discuss was how specifically black communities were going to benefit economically. The pyramid scheme had already been worked out with the local and state government, the Big 4 grow houses, the permitting process, and the Pharma industry. Where and how were black and brown folks going to fit in?? Was it in the role of the $10.00 hr. hired security guards or the minimum wage pot-picking farmer?

One other thing to note is that those grow houses and lil weed shops was not going to be placed in the neighborhoods of the very same loud white people arguing and financing the legalization of pot. They did not have to worry about their neighborhoods becoming a militarization zone, or property values going down, because they are not going to accept that shyt in their own backyards.

Lastly, the biggest failure was not being up front about what the social impacts were. I am consumer of pot and, one of those blacks who voted NO when I got into the booth. I didn’t trust prop. 19, and knew deep down inside that “no good” could ever come out of legalizing “another “drug that might impact the overall wellness of my people and community- a community that already was in danger and fragmented with poverty, single parenting, failing schools and unsafe neighborhoods. Lest I mention, a community that never recovered from that nagging crack cocaine epidemic that decimated lives, families and neighborhoods forever, that pot is cool and sanctioned? really!??-

As for proponents of Prop 8, they missed the mark on a lot of *inconvenient truths" - but that is a different post.

Posted by Sandia on 11/13/2010 at 11:02 AM

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