It took Darren Wilson 30 seconds to pump 6 shots into Michael Brown. It should not take any longer than that to indict him. Yet still the process drags out.
This is “letting the system work.” Which really means letting them wear you down, tire you out, slander Mike Brown over and over again, and put bullshit stories into the air to confuse people. There are more than enough witnesses to indict this pig. All they’re really saying is that they don’t count because they’re Black.
If the process had been reversed—if Michael Brown had somehow been able to shoot Darren Wilson 6 times, Michael Brown would never have survived. And if somehow he had survived, he’d be in jail with no bail. So if “this is how the system works,” then it works one way for the pigs and another for the people.
And don’t tell us that “there’s a different standard for police.” Yes, we know that all too well—the standard is that they can commit these crimes with impunity, without being punished. In the new society, after the revolution, the people’s security forces would sooner risk their own lives than kill somebody from the masses. THAT should be the standard.
If this is how the system works, and it is, then that’s one more reason why we need a revolution to get rid of this system! Because a system that works to enable the police to go on killing Black and Latino people with impunity, along with all its other great crimes, must be gotten rid of.
People in Ferguson have repeatedly stood up and righteously rebelled. They have refused to back down in the face of dogs, tear gas, guns, and tanks. At a time when the powers counterattack through absolutely irrelevant slanders against Michael Brown and honeyed words from Ron Johnson, this struggle must not die down.
Two guidelines on going forward:
1) If people do not rebel against such oppression and repression, they can only expect things to get worse and their lives to become more unbearable. When people in positions of power tell you not to protest and rebel, they are part of the problem, not the solution.
2) Any action should be evaluated by what it contributes to the righteous rebellion against injustice. That is the standard. Telling people to stop rebelling does not contribute to ending such outrages and injustices, it undermines the fight against them.
18-year-old Michael Brown was walking down a street with a friend when he was fatally shot multiple times by a cop. Photo: Justice for Michael Brown Facebook page.
There is one issue, and one issue alone, regarding the murder of Michael Brown: once again, some racist pig has taken the life of an unarmed Black youth—in this case, trying to surrender. Don’t let them fucking change the subject!
This other shit they’re running about some unrelated incident is nothing but demonization, nothing but brainwash. This is nothing but a strategy to derail the righteous, long-overdue and much much needed fight, of many people in many different ways, from Ferguson to the whole world, against this horrific injustice and the whole larger agenda it’s part of.
If you want to know about, and work toward, a different world—and if you want to stand up and fight back against what's being done to people—this is where you go. You go to this Party, you take up this Party's newspaper [and revcom.us], you get into this Party's leader and what he's bringing forward.
Bob Avakian BAsics 3:34
A Call to Act Against the Killing of Michael Brown
GET OUT IN THE STREETS—in the downtowns and barrios and ghettoes across the country—to make it known that people are standing with and acting in unity with the people who have stood up in Ferguson, Missouri to protest the police killing of Michael Brown.
Editor’s note: Attorney General Eric Holder has been deployed to Ferguson, MO to try to dampen the courageous uprising against the police murder of Michael Brown. Both in relation to that, but because it reveals essential truth behind illusions about the Federal Government’s role in relation to the oppression of Black people, we are sharing the following excerpt from Birds Cannot Give Birth to Crocodiles, But Humanity Can Soar Beyond the Horizon by Bob Avakian.
From an online comment thread in the Washington Post, August 13:
Heavily armed, white protesters force authorities into retreat at Cliven Bundy Ranch despite allegations of the theft of over $1 million in fees from use of federal land. The police and FBI do nothing.
Unarmed, black protesters are gassed, shot, and beaten by authorities in their own backyards as they peacefully rally to expose a crime committed by a police officer witnessed by many. The police bring armored cars, helicopters, attack dogs, and riot weapons to use against the citizens.
SHUT UP YOU BOOTLICKERS
These bootlickers and backstabbers of the oppressed—and of those standing with the oppressed—join with the reactionary forces of the system in attacking the masses who refuse to passively accept brutal and murderous oppression and repression, and attack those who stand with them in standing up. Not only do they do this, but let’s be clear: THESE BOOTLICKERS, ET. AL., HAVE NO SOLUTION, NO ANSWER TO THE BRUTALITY, MURDER AND ALL-AROUND OPPRESSION THAT IS CONTINUALLY BROUGHT DOWN ON THE MASSES OF PEOPLE. ALL THEIR RAGGEDY SHIT OF "PLAYING NICE" "BEING RESPECTABLE" AND BEGGING FOR MERCY CAN NEVER LEAD TO ANYTHING POSITIVE FOR THE MASSES OF PEOPLE. HOW MANY TIMES IN THE FACE OF THESE MURDEROUS OUTRAGES, AND HOW LONG, HAVE THEY RUN OUT THIS RAGGEDY SHIT, AND WHAT HAS IT DONE TO PUT AN END TO THE ENDLESS ABUSES?! THEIR SHIT IS TRULY PLAYED OUT, AND THEY NEED TO BEG FORGIVENESS OF THE MASSES, STAND WITH THEM IN STANDING UP—OR SHUT UP AND GET OUT OF THE WAY.
What do you say about someone who not only attacks people who are standing up, who not only goes on TV to run slanders against the revolutionaries who are standing with those people, but who goes so far as to physically assault one of the revolutionaries (only of course when he has the backing of the armed pigs!)? And all while posing, and being promoted as, the “champion” of the people.
“Bootlicker” hardly captures the shame and low-life character of such a person. Better to call him “Supreme Bootlicker.”
Such a title goes to Antonio French, an alderman from the city of St. Louis. After getting arrested early in the protests—and getting notice and “credibility” for it—he became one of the “go-to spokespeople” for the media. Yesterday, after police carried out yet another killing, this time in St. Louis, this bootlicker actually claimed credit for keeping things calm. First off, why the hell is THAT—keeping people under the boot of the system—something to claim credit for? Then he made out like this shows what you can do when you have Black people in the power structure. Does this fool really want to claim that life is good, or even getting better, for the masses of Black people in St. Louis? No, in fact, life is getting worse, with police repression serving to defend a system of high unemployment and no decent jobs, horrible education, bad health care, evictions and homelessness, and all the rest that is life for the Black masses in 2014 America.
Antonio French, do the people a favor. SHUT THE FUCK UP!!
On CNN—LZ Granderson says he’s tired of the murder of unarmed Black men. But then says:
“I hate black looters at peaceful rallies the way I hate the KKK.”
“Number one, it’s very important that the community down in Ferguson identify the people who were involved with looting and make sure those people were apprehended and arrested.”
You beg the vicious oppressors to stop killing Black people. But when those who this system considers less-than-human rise up and demand to be treated as human beings, you say they are as bad as the murderous white-supremacist KKK lynch mobs.
And you direct your real venom at those courageous people who refuse to beg the oppressor for mercy and insist on standing up strong when the oppressor is brutalizing and killing people.
That is the definition of a bootlicker.
So SHUT UP YOU BOOTLICKERS.
On August 19, St. Louis police shot and killed Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old Black man, just a few miles from where Michael Brown was gunned down by Ferguson police. We will have more on this soon. Watch this video, which shows that this was yet another cold-blooded murder by the police.
Editor’s note: Tyisha Miller was a 19-year-old African-American woman shot dead by Riverside, California police in 1998. Miller had been passed out in her car, resulting from a seizure, when police claimed that she suddenly awoke and had a gun; they fired 23 times at her, hitting her at least 12 times, and murdering her. Bob Avakian addressed this.
If you can’t handle this situation differently than this, then get the fuck out of the way. Not only out of the way of this situation, but get off the earth. Get out of the way of the masses of people. Because, you know, we could have handled this situation any number of ways that would have resulted in a much better outcome. And frankly, if we had state power and we were faced with a similar situation, we would sooner have one of our own people’s police killed than go wantonly murder one of the masses. That’s what you’re supposed to do if you’re actually trying to be a servant of the people. You go there and you put your own life on the line, rather than just wantonly murder one of the people. Fuck all this “serve and protect” bullshit! If they were there to serve and protect, they would have found any way but the way they did it to handle this scene. They could have and would have found a solution that was much better than this. This is the way the proletariat, when it’s been in power has handled—and would again handle—this kind of thing, valuing the lives of the masses of people. As opposed to the bourgeoisie in power, where the role of their police is to terrorize the masses, including wantonly murdering them, murdering them without provocation, without necessity, because exactly the more arbitrary the terror is, the more broadly it affects the masses. And that’s one of the reasons why they like to engage in, and have as one of their main functions to engage in, wanton and arbitrary terror against the masses of people.
The killing of Michael Brown and 2.4 million people in prison make clear that there is a whole generation of Black and Latino youth who have been marked and treated as a “generation of suspects” to be murdered and jailed. This is not an issue for Black people alone but for all who care about justice; it is not a random tragedy.
Carl Dix from the RCP, USA and Stop Mass Incarceration Network live from Ferguson; Michael McPherson, Veterans for Peace; and Shahid Buttar, Executive Director, Bill of Rights Defense Committee on Building Bridges on WBAI Listen
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