When I tread the type of super-narrow-minded, hyper-rhetorical , blind, so-called patrioticism espoused by you and many others --- all I can do is just direct you to Brother Malik El Shabazz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiSiHRNQlQ…
Here (below) just are a FEW " facts only, not emotions."
1917: Thirteen black soldiers of the 24th U.S. Infantry Regiment
Memorial Day Remembrance: Lynching of Black Veterans After World War II
75 years later, lynching of black Army private at Fort Benning remains unsolved
Rochester Musician --- Both you and Eric are making things up. Tell us more (DETAILS) about the so-called "fake racism in this region fairly recently. " Stop it.
Carl Rupert Binger --- WHAT --- THIS BELOW???
Andreatta: Police videos offered unfiltered look
David Andreatta, @david_andreatta September 30, 2016
David Andreatta's story above is just plain weird, and smacks of rabid, hegemonic, paternalistic condescension (to say the least). However, he's right about his assertion that "the police footage wasn't useless" (not because of the weird, condescending reasons that he mentioned, but instead because it reaffirms a number of things that we already knew:
1) At least two so-called "peace" officers who were on the scene are more than likely--- no-good, low-down, dirty racists, i.e., the two who engaged in the following RECORDED conversation: "The girl went on her way, and the officer turned to a colleague and said, "Sorry your mom's an animal." "Pretty much," the colleague replied."
2) At least one of the so-called "peace" officers who was on the scene is a hard-core-racist fortune teller, and predictor of the future, i.e., the one who was RECORDED saying: "The saddest part about it is she's never going to know any different," his colleague replied. "Her mom's swearing at the lieutenant and sergeant," the officer said. "She thinks that's normal. She's watching her mom thinking this is the way I'm supposed to act. This is the way I'm supposed to be.And she's going to grow up in the same (expletive) doing the same exact (expletive) and be in the same exact situation," the colleague replied."
OF COURSE, IT NEVER OCCURRED TO HIM TO ASK OR THINK ABOUT WHAT CAN POSSIBLY BE DONE TO ENSURE THAT HIS PREDICTION DOESN'T COME TRUE. PERHAPS THAT'S BECAUSE IT IS THE OUTCOME THAT HE IS HOPING FOR, AND COUNTING ON.
So-called "enforcing the law"is one thing --- viciously brutalizing people, especially Black Women --- is quite another.
Woman in viral arrest video says she will sue RPD
BY AMY HUDAK WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH 2016
This is great news. Unless I'm mistake, attorney Charles Burkwit is the same attorney who is representing 17-year-old Rickey Bryant --- who was brutalized by RPD so-called "peace" officers on the night of the most recent, annual, Puerto Rican Festival: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/…
Also, I read here on Facebook that Mr. CLARENCE THOMPSON JR. (the man who recorded the Lentorya Parker incident on his cell phone), and who was also arrested at the scene, has lost his job (as a result of this); is due in court soon; cannot afford an attorney, but does not qualify to have a publi
c defender assigned to his case. I'm not sure if all of this is true or not, but if it is, perhaps attorney Burkwit would consider representing him as well. Is anyone in touch with Mr. Thompson??? http://rochester.indymedia.org/sites/defau…
"Joy DeGruy, a nationally-known speaker, educator, and author, came to Rochester this summer to help teachers in the city school district have a long-overdue conversation about institutional racism in the schools, she says.
She doesn't mince words. Abysmally low graduation rates, especially for black males, and a bureaucracy that lacks accountability and is extremely resistant to change make the Rochester school district one of the worst she's seen, she says. She asks why more parents and community leaders aren't demanding change.
"It's horrific what's going on in Rochester, horrific," DeGruy says.
What's happening in Rochester is victim-blaming aimed at black and Latino students and their parents, she says.
"'They're just dysfunctional. They're poor. They're incapable of learning. It's the parents' fault. They're violent,' and on and on," DeGruy says.
DeGruy is convinced that increasing the number of teachers of color in the nation's classrooms will not only counter some of these attitudes and experiences, but will result in better test scores for students of color and go a long way to close the achievement gap between white students and students of color. Everything else has been tried, she says, including creating a parallel public education system with non-union charter schools. But little has changed, she says.
"There's this feeling of futility in school districts like Rochester because what we won't look at is the systemic problem of institutional racism," DeGruy says. "These systems are deeply entrenched, but if the keys to the kingdom are so strongly protected, nothing is going to change."
Come Unity. We can change the World. Know that. We give thanks for you Dr. DeGruy for your work with us this week. #BetheHealing
This is a beautiful beginning. However, we MUST remain grounded in objective reality, and objective reality includes the fact that if this critically important effort is to be successful, it will necessarily require real, concrete, help, and support from the broader community, and particularly from the sectors whose children are most negatively impacted, and suffering the most (under old, old, ongoing, status-quo-conditions).
We need to be crystal clear as to the purpose and intent of this work. It is vital for us to clearly understand the old, old, entrenched, underlying, conditions, and realities that give rise to the need for the work, which can be summed up via a single quote:
"Race and racism is the elephant in the room. We don't look at the huge process that produced the problem. Instead, we look at the end result. Unless we believe that children in the Rochester City School District are inherently incapable, we have to change the way we look at the problem." __ Dr. Joy DeGruy (May 16, 2016)
Again, it is vital for us to understand that a calculated attack to undermine, and derail the work that Dr, DeGruy is doing with the RCSD --- has already begun. The attack was launched, as I predicted it would be, during her session at RCSD Central Office on May 17th --- when Adam Urbanski actually demonstrated the unmitigated gall, raw audacity, and intestinal fortitude to confront Dr. DeGruy, and to question the validity of her research, and the effectiveness of her Model (before even hearing details about the Model). He was so disrespectful that, after launching his unprincipled, racist, attack, he walked out of the meeting --- without giving Dr, DeGruy an opportunity to respond.
As we move forward, in my humble, but staunch, and informed view, Urbanski's recent, unacceptable, and insulting behavior toward Dr. DeGruy is clearly indicative of what we can expect from him, and the top leadership of the Rochester Teachers Association (RTA), in conjunction, and with support of the vast majority of RTA's white, rank and file membership --- relative to their old, old, calculated, obstruction regarding much needed fundamental change, and improvement within the RCSD, especially, and particularly as it relates to the 'forbidden fruit' issue of individual, institutional, and structural racism. Urbanski, and other top, RTA leaders, are working, as usual, to guarantee that deep, deep-seated, cognitive-dissonance-based, White Fragility (as defined by Dr. Robin D'Angelo --- see link below) on the part of MOST of RTA's overwhelmingly white teacher-majority (about 78%) is NOT interrupted. The overwhelming majority of them feel that they have a right NOT to receive mandatory, anti-racist education and development. They believe EVERYONE (students,, parents, families, the broader, Black and brown communities --- EVERYONE) --- EXCEPT THEM needs to change. The work that Dr. DeGruy is doing with the Rochester City School District (via her Relationship Model of Educational Intervention) absolutely, potentially represents a fundamental, game-changer, BUT I'M TELLING Y'ALL NOW --- IF THE BROADER COMMUNITY DOES NOT GET BEHIND THIS --- THEN LIKE SO MANY OTHER POTENTIAL GAME-CHANGERS IN THE PAST --- ADAM URBANSKI, AND THE RTA WILL ABSOLUTELY UNDERMINE, DERAIL, AND/OR CO-OPT THIS EFFORT, AND IT WILL GO NO WHERE.
It is critical for the community to understand the relevance, and importance of the latter points above, i.e., Urbanski is NOT operating in a bubble, or in isolation. Instead, he is doing exactly what is, and always has been expected, and supported by the vast majority of the teachers whom he represents. He is operating in conjunction with, and in accordance to the white majority's expectations, which is why he has remained so popular among them for so long.
We (as a community) are presented with a golden opportunity to finally break up the grossly imbalanced, and grossly disproportionate POWER that Adam Urbanski, and the white majority within the RTA has wielded in the RCSD (corruptly-so) for far too long.
It is my deepest hope, and desire that we (COLLECTIVELY) will finally UNITE and do something concrete, and measurable relative to advancing the objective, best interests of ALL RCSD students and families, i.e., whatever it takes to implement Dr. DeGruy's Relationship Model of Educational Intervention.
The Struggle Continues...
I'll put it as simply as I can, johhny. People such as yourself, who seem to be very shallow, and mired in simplistic thought regarding old, old, complex, historical, issues, and problems --- constantly attempt to create false dichotomies, such as the idea of so-called "dwelling on [our] grievances of the past or focusing on the future."
When it comes to historical issues, and problems that impact Black people --- folks like you, as well as (interestingly enough) many so-called educators, are constantly attempting to convince us to just completely forget about the past, and "move on." I always find it most interesting that folks like you would not dare tell certain groups, such as Jewish people for example --- that "Yesterday is gone."
You see johnny, it is NOT a SIMPLE MATTER of "dwelling on [our] grievances of the past." Instead, it is about the importance of STUDYING carefully, and thoroughly the objectively accurate, as opposed to distorted, often libelous, inaccurate, white-washed versions of historical records --- in order to gain clear, comprehensive knowledge, and understanding regarding the way overall socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and sociocultural conditions came to be as they are. You didn't think overall, current conditions were just natural, i.e., that they fell from the sky; grew from the ground, or rolled in from the sea --- did you??? Johnny, how did overall conditions come to be as they are??? Crystal-clarity regarding answers to the latter questions helps, and enables us to "focus [EFFECTIVELY, AND SUCCESSFULLY] on the future." Do you see how it all fits together johnny?
Since you like dwelling on dichotomies --- one that is much more likely than the false one that you presented is that either those of us who have been working for decades to build a deadly serious sociopolitical movement will be successful, OR YOU WILL EXPERIENCE THE FIRE NEXT TIME. With regard to the latter possibility --- let's hope not.
ETC... ETC...ETC... GO STUDY!!!
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