Posted by: r.m. | August 11, 2014

Racism and Murder: Black or Brown, African-American or Palestinian

It is another day in the United States.  Another headline of yet another innocent, unarmed, black man killed by the police.  The news has become scarily familiar.

Michael Brown was on his way to his grandmother’s house in the city of Ferguson when he was gunned down at about 2:15 p.m., police and relatives said.

What prompted the Ferguson officer to open fire wasn’t immediately clear.

Multiple witnesses told KMOV that Brown was unarmed and had his hands up in the air when he was cut down.

The officer “shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said witness Dorian Johnson. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”


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Another unarmed black man shot by the police in the United States.

Another investigation promised by the police.

And there will be yet another unarmed black man shot by the police in the United States.


I remember the words of Robin D. G. Kelley in his latest,  brilliant – article ‘When the Smoke Clears in Gaza

“To fight for a truly democratic, nonracist, humane, sustainable, economically viable, safe and secure world for the people of Palestine/Israel is merely to demand what we have been struggling to achieve in this country for decades. As long as the lives of Salem Khaleel Shamaly and Eric Garner and countless others can be snuffed out by the state or vigilantes for merely being rendered a criminal threat, then none of us are really free.”


I remember the words of Brittney Cooper who recently wrote  in Salon Magazine, ‘I was wrong about Gaza

“To be black in America, even when you are rich, is to live in constant awareness that you have little protection against violence, either from desperate people in your own neighborhoods or from police who see you as a body to protect themselves from rather than a citizen worthy of protection.”

Sounds like being a Palestinian under Israeli weapons or in the face of Israeli occupying forces

Just as we oppose racism against Palestinians, we oppose racism against all peoples.

It is racism against Palestinians that allows the murders of  more than 1900 Palestinians – including 430 children – and the siege and occupation and segregation imposed on Palestinians, a racism that allows Zionists and all who support Zionism to try to create justifications for such murders

It is racism that allows the media to determine whose deaths are ‘newsworthy’ and whose deaths can be ignored.

Racism that allows the militarization of the border between Texas and Mexico, where more Mexicans have been killed at that wall than Germans at the Berlin Wall — and the militarization is ongoing…

I remember the words of Ella Baker:

Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a White mother’s son—we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.

Until the killing of any man, any son …




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