"Know Your Enemies, from Your Friends"
"In sum, the LAWS MOST NECESSARY IN THIS ERA, are
not those guaranteeing the sanctity of property
(as in 18th century England) but those guaranteeing
THE SANCTITY OF POLICE AUTONOMY and IMPUNITY.
Just as the sanctification of property needed the
total commodification of a society required a harsh-
ness toward theft by the power structure, so as a CULTURAL SANCTITY FOR POLICE IMPUNITY is required
to render the JUDICIAL MACHINE SACROSANCT. It is a
sanctity ALSO TO GIVE POWER OVER LIFE, and to GENERALIZE KILLING..."
(The Need to Abolish the Prison System: an ethical
indictment, pp. 70-71)
"To kill a POLICE tears at the very FABRIC of OUR SOCIETY."
The above remarks were made by one Patrick Lynch, the NYPD's President of the Parlimentary's of Police Benevolence Association. The remarks were made soon after Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot and killed two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, on December 20, 2014. By his own words, what actually motivated Brinsley to target these "Peace" Officers, is the fact that police -- Law Enforcement--across the United States routinely BRUTALIZE and MURDER so-called "African-American" (i.e, New Afrikans) or Black folks and people of color generally, with systematic impunity.
Yes, as a direct and definite result of repressive policies aimed ever towards TARGETING, RACIAL-PROFILING, STOPPING-AND-FRISKING and ARRESTING for THE NEW JIM CROW, i.e., OUR CONTAINMENT AND CONTROL. The fact is, even as, of course, Brinsley's act was immediately portrayed as being related to a [page break] purported "mental illness" (i.e., insanity) and demonized by his "history of criminality," there are many in the ghetto-hells and barrios of Amerika, who've, for legitimate reasons, have grown extremely FED UP with and FEEL EVER SMOTHERED BY the GASTOPO-LIKE approach of Soldier-Cops.
When Patrick Lynch refers to "OUR FABRIC," quite naturally he isn't by far coming from the perspective of Black folks and people of color generally, since our understanding and experience that "our fabric" of the Amerikan society, is one which is totally different than the Patrick Lynch's of the Police-World. He's referring to WHITE FOLKS' history as regards this society, i.e., Anglo-Saxons, and later that of Irish, Jews, Polish, Germans, Italians and groups from across Western, Eastern, Northern and Southern Europe. Some of these ethnic white groups, a few of which were only "made" White after the Anglo-Saxon ruling class realized their value as far as creating a "buffer" between them and PEOPLE OF COLOR, fighting their wars of colonial domination, etc., had in fact been targets of systematic oppression and acute exploitation until a decision was made to "DIVIDE & CONQUER."
The Anglo-Saxon rulers recognized, as a vital matter of strategy, it was necessary to "switch gears" and to instead of treating these ethnic-groups migrating from Europe like "niggers," it was made more sense to effectively incorporate them into the SYSTEM_DESIGN so as to ensure the basis for SOLIDARITY AMONGST THEM and PEOPLE OF COLOR WAS/IS NOT BUILT, THEREBY A POLITICAL FORCE TO BE DIRECTED AGAINST THEM< COULD BE AVOIDED OR PRECLUDED BY PLAYIN THE 'RACE' CARD. This is how, even as Black, Brown and native folks were obviously "Amerikan's" long before the arrival of those immigrating from Europe, these groups came to dominate Law Enforcement in States like New York, New Jersey, New England and wherever else they are rooted as a force of racist repression in this country.
That's truly the "very fabric," which folks like Patrick Lynch, "Irish?," have in mind or purposely neglects to even mention when they speak of "our society." Being a typical "pig," he exists on "Fantasy Island," since he's obviously detached from and certainly doesn't have any interest in OUR REALITY = OUR LIVED TRUTH. At the same time he made this deeply delusional remark, ever designed to decide their White-base, the "real" Amerikans, and those of hue whom are essentially their compliant "carbon-copies," Patrick Lynch was crying about what tool place as far as when two NYPD Officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were gun-down by Ismaaiyl Brinsley. Again, by Brinsley's own words, his motivation for targeting the Officers was based on him being [page break] "FED-UP" with Police across this nation, of pure reactionaries, summarily executing and brutally mistreating Black and Latinx people and nothing being done to correct their program of repression.
The same motivation is true as to WHY Micah Johnson and others decided not to continue tolerating Police abuse and blatant acts of MURDER. This is the TRUTH, no matter how those of the "BADGE," and as ever their Black and Brown token cohorts, shall ever negatively portray their actions, actions in which they did NOT suddenly develop a "taste for violence" towards Law Enforcement, as I am sure, they, too, desired to live happy and had families they would prefer to still be here to help care for, just as that of the two Officers whom were the unfortunate victims of the repressive-racist policies and practices of the SYSTEM-DESIGN, i.e., White Male Ruling Class Supremacy.
So, although there will of course be those whom immediately react by calling the Brinsely's and Micah Johnson's of the oppressed classes and nations "monsters," "unstable," "cowards," "thugs," reality shall always deliver a totally different verdict since it is NEVER a "crime" to resist repression.
"Targeting Police Officers, is an affront to civilized society."
-Ex-President, Barack Obama
So, too, is KILLING INNOCENT WOMEN, MEN and CHILDREN-BABIES, yet former President Obama, had absolutely no qualms about having MISSLES FIRED and BOMBS DROPPED in countries like that of Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, etc. It's ever "double-talk," when it comes to POLITICAL PIMPS. This "very fabric of our society," is the same one which has Police, State Troopers, SHeriffs, DEA, ATF, FBI, CIA, PRISON GUARDS, etc., etc.,brutalize, frame, write false reports, cover-up, commit perjury, murder, especially and particularly people of color, and yes, eeven poor and working-class of that "color," white, whom, in the main and becasue of a twisted sense of "race loyalty," tend to support Law Enforcement, just as many whites are currently doing with reggards to their backward opposition to the"Black Lives Matter" movement, which has intensified in 2020.
Yes, this same brutal and murderous repression is directed at especially and particularly people of color--e.g., New Afrikans/Black, Puerto Ricans, Mexican-Amerikan/Mexican migrants, Native Amerikans, etc.--in the State and Federal Prisons, since nothing much has really changed from the racist and brutal practices during the time of 1971 Attica Massacre, when Blacks were literally target for murder in Soledad, San Quentin, Old Folsom and throughout the United States for daring to care for and sacrifice for their oppressed communities.
Repressive and racist measures such as the above actually gets at the core problem as far as the fundamentally distinct understanding and hence reaction as that of folks like Patrick Lynch and those yelling "Blue Lives Matter!"
WHEN HASN'T BLUE LIVES OR THAT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT GENERALLY, ACTUALLY NOT MATTERED?
Our reality, which folks like Lynch deny or simply really are indifferent towards, is a reality to where our communities are under constant "Soldier-Cop" OCCUPATION via people ALIEN to our communities and whom don't value and nor respect our lives, to include those Black and Brown Law Enforcement Officials across the board who've been absorbed by the white male supremacist cultures which preceded their employment in these agencies, You see, when the oppressed and exploited, all around the world, become resolved not to put up with the brutal practices of the power structures' frontlines "GOONS," they are inevitably and as a matter of standard procedure to be defined in quite pejorative ways, so as to make it appear that their acts of resistance aren't justifiable, since every system of domination has a "natural" tendency, ever in defense of their power and material-interests, to "point the blame" at those who are "crazy" enough to stand against systemic repression.
What, if in fact, folks like Brinsley, were actually suffering from "mental problems," could it thus be concluded that perhaps his or their "mental problems" are symptomatic of the daily oppressive conditions and repressive practices in which they (US) are subjected? Can racism and constant economic problems --e.g., poverty, unemployment, low-paying jobs, lack of healthcare, etc.-- cause people to "LOSE IT!"?
I mean, doesn't those whom are under constant conditions of racist and colonial oppression and socio-economic deprivation tend to become "traumatized," and hense suffer high levels of stress and depression due to surviving in a damn society which does not value their humanity? Yes, one can certainly ever expect to be "demonized" for daring to take a principled, and indeed obligatory, stand in defense of one's people, just as happens right here in the Prison Racist- Slave Industrial Complex." Hell, those Black or New Afrikan prisoners taking a POLITICAL STAND against racist-colonial oppression have even been laughably defined and classified as "Black Racist Hate Groups" or "Black Extremist Groups," as if our surviving under a White Supremacist and thoroughly Capitalist exploitative system isn't rooted in and motivated by "extremist" practices. Yes, to struggle against racism and exploitation, indeed that of colonial oppression, is perceived as and thus treated as "hatred." No, one cannot "hate" and take an "extreme" approach towards one's merciless oppressors.
"WE CAN'T BREATHE!"
To those of Law Enforcement whom are of "Pig-Mentality," as defined, aptly so, by the Black Panther Party of Dr. Huey P. Newton and others, that's just the point: THEY DON'T CARE IF WE BREATHE OR NOT! And no, "Black Lives Don't Matter" and never have mattered in this country. This is the real reason they throw, in their superiority and arrogant complex, back in our faces "ALL LIVES MATTER," since they're of the belief that "THEIR LIVES MATTER MORE!"
They're not hardly ignorant, most, of the reality in which consumes Black and people of color generally, no, they are simply only concerned about their own interests, just as were/are those in White dominated countries like that of South Afrika, Israel, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Colombia, etc., i.e., "self-preservation" reigns supreme and they dare not "rock the boat," since to do so, would does put their livelihoods in jeapordy. That's the real reason "name-of-the-game," that they are CONSCIOUSLY playing. Those whom do or are prepared to challenge the status quo, are "NIGGER-LOVERS" or "RADICAL COMMUNISTS"/"REDS," as is the definite thinking of White ex-Cuban nationals sitting comfortably in Miami, Florida along with other RIGHT-WING folks from South and Central Amerika, whom were righteously THROWN OUT OF POWER in countries such as Cuba, etc., where they exploited the MASSES for their wealth.
Yes, it's most clear just whose side folks like those who supported the brutal regimes, DICTATORSHIPS, of Batista and Somoza, were/are own. They don't care for and never have cared for the downtrodden of these once neo-colonized nations, no more than Marcos, Baby Doc, Mobutu, etc. cared for the oppressed and exploited of their neo-colonized nations since all that mattered, was that "THEY," receive a share of the stolen "loot". History is very clear on such factual matters, inspite of the "spin" pimps like Mark Rubio and Ted Cruz, inevitably shall put on things regarding their allegedly favoring "freedom" and "democracy" in countries such as Cuba, etc.
"DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!"
Although one could easily anticipate that Brinsley and Micah Johnson, just will be the case with regards to Lorenzzo Johnson, who is accused of shooting two Police Officers in Louisville, Missouri, upon the announcement that no one will be charged for the MURDER of Breonna Taylor, would be summarily disregarded, defiled and dismissed as being merely "criminally-motivated" or social deviants, doesn't mean that such declarations are true. Ya'll do know, that those whom resist oppression and institutional domination are ALWAYS referred to and categorized as being "criminals," "thugz," "terrorists," "mad-men," "savages," "barbarians," etc., just as we Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, the Mau Mau, Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Winnie Mandela, Assata Shakur, etc., etc.?
What's extremely important, is that WE DON'T FALL FOR THE GAME OF DECEPTION THAT THE OPPRESSORS WILL SURELY PLAY IN THEIR CAMPAIGNS TO CHARACTER ASSASSINATE PEOPLE WHOM STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE AND BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. Also, simply because those whom operate-own corporations, financial-banking agencies, the Pentagon-Military, Justice Department, Courts, Governments, Intelligence Agencies, Law Enforcement, Dept. of Corrections, etc., etc weren't or aren't charged for CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, obviously doesn't mean that they're not involved in the COMMISSION OF CRIMES. To the oppressed and exploited, particularly and especially of the "Third-World," and indeed those of the ghetto-hells and barrios of the United States, the REAL SOCIAL DEVIANTS are those who set this damn rotten and highly PREDATORIAL system-design up and maintain it at the great cost of the INNOCENT, whom suffer and die due to constant wars of domination and theft, from Iraq, Panama, Libya to Yemen and Afghanistan.
I wonder, is it really a case of suffering from "insanity," for a Black or Brown person to realize that someone has to take a stand and show deep concern for their people whom are under constant racist and sadistic attack, i.e., economically, socially, politically as well as physically? I'd define this, as a clear-cut case of those people whom are quite "sane," more sane than those whom are too cowardly not to take a principled and fearless stand against oppressive treatment. According to COWARDS like the Rev. Al Sharpton and William Brooks, of the NAACP, Brinsley's act was motivated by, what did he say: "The 'insanity,' of a lone-gunman." Yet, what do we really expect from those whom benefit from the status quo, operating based on a neo-colonial complex and program of subordination?
They have their "own interests" to protect and serve and we are never worth them putting their material-wealth and nor positions of status-privilege on the line.
"Money on prisons or put too many people in jail. It is that the current SYSTEM thrives on POVERTY, UNEMPLOYMENT, NATIONAL OPPRESSION, RACISM, MILITARISM, and STARK INEQUALITY--CRIMES THEMSELVES--WHILE IMPRISONING THE VICTIMS OF THESE PHENOMENA..."
(Shackled and Chained, p. 129)
"We admit, what is a hard truth, and that is, RACIAL BIAS is EPIDEMIC in Law Enforcement across the nation."
(Former Chief of the FBI, 2/12/2015)
"... Tragically, the RISE OF THOUSANDS OF HIGHLY PLACED BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS since that time--primarily in the DEMOCRATIC PARTY--has coincided with the decline of mass-movement organizing and the RISE OF MASS INCARCERATION. These POLITICIANS sept into office promising change, BUT HAVE INSTEAD BECOME RELIABLE CUSTODIANS OF THE SYSTEM. The BLACK POLITICAL CLASS 'has no fundamental political differences with the STATUS QUO in the Unites States insofaras it does not directly impede their ability to freely participate in the Nation's governing and business institutions.' Mass movements [underlined text begins] made their careers possible, expanded their political horizons, and created the impetus for REFORM [underlined text ends]. But when these movements receded, so did the pressure for [underlined text begins] REAL CHANGE [underlined text ends]."
(The New Jim Crow)
Could it be possible, that the very reason our mass movements "receded," is directly related to their "impetus" being undermined and purposely misdirected down those "safer channels," channels which best-served to secure and promote the financial-material interests of those Blacks who today are the "reliable custodians of the system," i.e., the collaborative TOOLS of the White Supremacist and Capitalist ruling class?
"... Alexander writes that 'BLACK ACTIVISTS' were 'wittingly or unwittingly COMPLICIT in the emergence of a PENAL SYSTEM UNPRECEDENTED IN WORLD HISTORY.' With SHARPTON and JACKSON it was VERY WITTINGLY, as THEY BOTH SPENT YEARS CHAMPIONING THE 'WAR ON DRUGS.' ..."
Recall what I emphasized earlier with regards to how in actual fact at the core motive of "The New Jim Crow," is the utilization of PEOPLE OF COLOR as convenient covers towards advancing and securing the White Male Ruling Class's material and power interests? Yes, many of Black and Brown hue merely feign as though they're for helping to improve our plight, but in truth, they are happy and quite "RELIABLE CUSTODIANS OF THE SYSTEM," i.e., dutiful repressive elements of the PRE-EXISTING SYSTEM-DESIGN rotted in those principles and agendas-programs which are geared towards sustaining and securing the White Power Structure, or pay the consequences for not doing so.
Also, WHY is it "a hard truth" to admit that "racial bias is epidemic in Law Enforcement," even as I'd rather say, correctly, that it IS White Male Supremacy, which is actually "epidemic," not just in Law Enforcement, but in fact, as a TOTAL SYSTEM-DESIGN. To limit the problem to mere "racial bias," exonerates the INSTITUTIONAL-BASES of our oppression by defining "racism" as somehow being related to ideas and sentiments in this or that person's head, which does not get at the deeper reality: IT IS AMERIKA, THAT IS THE REAL ISSUE. That's the "hard truth" to admit, just as most white people will dare not to. In any case, why would Al Sharpton and William Brooks play the "demonization game" with our oppressors and refer to Brinsley as being motivated by "insanity?"
To my way of seeing our reality, even if it were TRUE that he was actually "insane," that doesn't hardly mean, then, that his taking a principled stand at DEFENDING OUR PEOPLE-COMMUNITIES, was also "insane." I mean, why aren't these types of "demonization" terms thrown around and aimed at those who are supposedly "Sworn to Protect & Serve" us, but rather, SERVE A SYSTEM-DESIGN ROOTED IN OUR DOMINATION AND OPPRESSION, EVER SINCE OUR FORCED ARRIVAL TO THIS DAMN STOLEN LAND?
"As models of SOCIAL CONTROL and NATIONAL OPPRESSION, SLAVERY and JIM CROW were DESIGNED AROUND BLACK PEOPLE ACTUALLY LABORING. Mass incarceration, by contrast is a POLITICAL and STATE RESPONSE to the MASSES OF PEOPLE THROWN OUT OF THE PRODUCTIVE PROCESS ALTOGETHER."
(Shackled and Chained, p.46)
Indeed, all human life is valuable so I don't hardly with the death and nor targeting of Police Officers. Neither do I believe that all Law Enforcement Officials in our communities are there to "Search & Destroy." In truth, there are those whom endeavor to "do good" or are purely motivated as concerned citizens. However, that's exactly the crux of the matter: IF PEACE OFFICERS ARE TRULY CONCERNED ABOUT POVERTY-STRICKEN GHETTO-HELLS AND BARRIOS, RESERVATIONS AS WELL, WHICH ARE EVER ENDEMIC OF UNEMPLOYMENT, A WAR ON DRUGS VIA CIA-CONTRAS, HOMEFORECLOSURES, AUSTERITY MEASURES WHICH SLASH ESSENTIAL SOCIAL PROGRAMS, ETC., THEY'D IDENTIFY THE WHITE RACIST SYSTEM OF OPPRESSION AND CAPITALIST EXPLOITATION, IN WHICH THEY BENEFIT FROM, AS THE ULTIMATE CULPRIT AND HELP TO ARREST AND IMPRISON THE RULING CLASS OF GANGSTERS AND MURDEROUS THUGZ.
"HANDS UP DON'T SHOOT!"
But of course, I dream. No, this is by far not the actual function of "Peace Officers," since in their "line of duty" the truth is, they serve to UPHOLD and ENFORCE the very SYSTEM that is "at the heart of the problem." Those whom are "just doin' their job" as the "SHIELDS" or "BADGES" of the SYSTEM, work within the context of established socio-political and economic (i.e., CLASS) parameters ever geared towards promoting and pursuing the WEALTH and POWER priorities of the TOP DAWGS, whose LAWS prevail over our subordinate lives, PERIOD!
"PRIVATE PROPERTY OVER HUMANITY IS THEIR ONLY TRUE RULE OF LAW"
No, "Peace Officers" don't hardly perform an "apolitical" or "neutral" --i.e., "INNOCENT"--role as in fact the SYSTEM-SCHEME - its procedural DICTATES rooted in a strategy for SOCIAL CONTROL; is structured so as to COMMAND of Law Enforcement, Judicial Officials, Intelligence Agencies, Military Personnel, Prison Staff or the entire array of STATE FUNCTIONARIES, to MAINTAIN and SECURE ORDER, as defined and demanded via their "SUPERIORS." Okay, let's grant that perhaps the vast majority of "Peace Officers" genuinely don't realize THEIR ACTUAL ROLE or FUNCTION and/or WHAT THEIR OATH OF LAW TRULY ENTAILS DUE TO SOCIALIZATION, MANIPULATION AND POLITICAL IGNORANCE.
However, in terms of comparative analysis I'd think it logical to query whether or not those whom functioned as the OVERSEERS of the SYSTEMS of SLAVOCRACY, JIM CROW, APARTHEID and COLONIALISM, had an idea of the actual and ultimate role that they were playing towards "Protecting and Serving" or enforcing SYSTEMS which were/are OBVIOUSLY rooted in and motivated by exploitative oppression and domination? To believe that they were BLIND of their being the TOOLS of the ruling class against the PEOPLE, is to believe in "Santa Claus" and the "Fairy God-Mother."
"The problem is not just that the government spends too much money on prisons or puts too many people in jail. It is that the current SYSTEM thrives on POVERTY, UNEMPLOYMENT, NATIONAL OPPRESSION, RACISM, MILITARISM and STARK INEQUALITY..."
To be continued...
Joe L. (A'Jene) Valentine,
Centinela State Prison
P.O. Box 921 (A3-224)
Imperial, CA 92251
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