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Sep

When the “Freedom Riders Came to town by Dr Reynaldo Anderson

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How did we get here? Dr Reynaldo Anderson breaks down Labor Day weekend 2014.

3 years ago going into Labor Day weekend, a group of black activists came to town to support the people in the Ferguson Movement that had popularizted the term “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” and introduced themselves as the new “Freedom Riders” on my campus Harris-Stowe State University. Someone had put them in contact with me as a reliable progressive/ radical scholar, Vice President of the faculty Union (NEA) at the time, and sympathetic to what the Ferguson Movement was evolving into, a potentially anti-systemic model that could inform other largely ostensibly Black Communities and enclaves across the country around the issue of police brutality and social inequality.
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Oct

Well, now we’re living the consequences. I am in no way absolving the establishment for the atmosphere and environment they created. They are at fault, holding our own accountable for their fuckery doesn’t diminish this liability. We have to look internally… at leaders who exploited our political naivety, at which/how movement folks are aligned with the establishment, law enforcement, party and nonprofits… their agendas may not not the same as ours… at who’s on the take, who’s meeting secretly, who’s saying one thing publicly and another thing privately… and most important, who’s exploiting our suffering for personal gain. The opposition doesn’t take you serious when they own/fund/control your leaders. That’s why they think it’s a game.

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Well, now we’re living the consequences.

I am in no way absolving the establishment for the atmosphere and environment they created. They are at fault, holding our own accountable for their fuckery doesn’t diminish this liability.

We have to look internally… at leaders who exploited our political naivety, at which/how movement folks are aligned with the establishment, law enforcement, party and nonprofits… their agendas may not not the same as ours… at who’s on the take, who’s meeting secretly, who’s saying one thing publicly and another thing privately… and most important, who’s exploiting our suffering for personal gain.

The opposition doesn’t take you serious when they own/fund/control your leaders.

That’s why they think it’s a game.

17

Oct

They keep us in reactionary and/or survival mode so we don’t have time to process or analyze… when that leads to chaos and unrest, they prop up black leader/leaders for the masses to follow. Different sects within the establishment prop up different black leaders. The black leaders then battle it out, taking each other out. Regardless of who wins, the white establishment power structure remains in tact. And black leaders left standing provide cover. THIS is what ‘democracy’ looks like. 🙄

  • By Hands Up Dont Shoot

They keep us in reactionary and/or survival mode so we don’t have time to process or analyze… when that leads to chaos and unrest, they prop up black leader/leaders for the masses to follow. Different sects within the establishment prop up different black leaders. The black leaders then battle it out, taking each other out.

Regardless of who wins, the white establishment power structure remains in tact. And black leaders left standing provide cover.

THIS is what ‘democracy’ looks like. 🙄

17

Oct

We are at an accelerated pace. People are bombarded with news, propaganda, misinformation and fear tactics 24/7/365. They react…. barely taking time to process, analyze or weigh the consequences of their reaction before moving on to ‘the next’… and repeating the cycle.

  • By Hands Up Dont Shoot
We are at an accelerated pace. People are bombarded with news, propaganda, misinformation and fear tactics 24/7/365. They react.... barely taking time to process, analyze or weigh the consequences of their reaction before moving on to 'the next'... and repeating the cycle.


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