Listening to songs I liked most four years ago, two memories strongly resurfaced.
1. Two friends and I had tickets to see The Thermals, a band we already liked nostalgically in 2010, but we agreed that before going we should all get high. I can’t remember what we did, I suspect just smoke weed, but maybe Adderall, and we were running pretty late for the show. By the time we made it the one block to the venue one of my friends was like, “Well, I’m high!” And I was like “Yeah I’m high too.” And then we left our third friend there.
2. When I started my job our HR coordinator quit and my boss invited me to a happy hour for her last day. I’m principally against socializing with coworkers but I felt on the spot and agreed. I ended up drinking way too much and the ex-HR girl got the impression I was pretty fun and invited me to meet up with some of her friends and I agreed, again uncharacteristically. It was just one friend, a guy she was pursuing, and I spent one drink texting the lyrics to “Hard in the Paint” to a friend and then Irish exited.
the news coming out of ferguson rn shouldn’t tell you there are “good cops”. a good cop would be standing on every platform they have shouting for at the very least charges to be brought against every cop in ferguson. that’s not happening, though, is it? no. what they are interested in is “marching with” the protesters. making them feel they’re “heard”. pacifying the situation.
what the news coming out of ferguson should tell you - that the protesters immediately marched with those cops anyway in the name of no more violence, that the so-called “riots” immediately ceased at the first sign of official support for their grief, however minimal the effort was - is that the people of ferguson are not the perpetrators of violence in this situation, and they never were, and they do not want to be.
the protesters - they want peace. the cops don’t want peace to come out of this situation. they want control. always, always remember that there is a difference.
imagine a police force accountable to the community, though - you won’t be imagining an american one.
RE: the last two reblogs, I was initially kind of put off by Pitchfork announcing they were going to canonize the decade so far (not even half way through, come on guys) and then these AMAZING playlists just fell in my lap as a response and I’ve 180-ed my opinion. I’m excited to see what Pitchfork comes up with and doubly excited for everyone to reveal their alternate histories. I’ll post mine later tonight.
i haven’t had much to say about what’s been going on in Ferguson but I will say this much.
I know some of y’all are invested in the work that Anonymous does but please tread lightly.
Anonymous has declared today a “National Day of Rage” at the same time the National Moment of Silence vigils organized by black and brown folks all over the country are supposed to be going on.
There are people on twitter saying that the co-option of the NMOS vigils has gotten so bad that graphics are being stolen in order to advertise for the National Day of Rage
I’m actually planning on attending the NMOS vigil in downtown Chicago. but I’d be lying if i said i didn’t have reservations. I don’t have reservations about the vigil itself, but about the possibility that it can be co-opted at any time by white anarchists following the lead of Anonymous all for it to turn into a shit show.
Suffice to say I’m sick of black and brown folks getting together to collectively organize spaces to mourn and heal together all for white leftists to co-opt them itching to live out some deeply romanticized understanding of how the intersections of violence, oppression, and resistance occur.
The same thing almost happened to me last year at the Trayvon Martin rally last Ramadan where members of the Bob Avakian and ISO were arguing with police about how much space the march could take up on the sidewalk and the streets
these same white leftists who treat getting into skirmishes with the police as badges of honor in the struggle.
who have no concern for the PoCs across generations (especially the elderly), the parents with very young children, the young black and brown youths already targeted by police on a daily basis will be affected by their actions.
who don’t realize that when they start shit with the police for the sake of it its not them who the police will be cracking down on in that moment or going forward. its US! its the people who wanted to gather peacefully and mourn together who will bear the brunt of police brutality in that moment and from then on
If you want to use your white privilege as an activist, leftist, however you identify yourself
Starting shit with the police at a peaceful vigil organized by black and brown folks is not the way to go about it. that’s not being a good actively anti-racist person. its actually showing how much you don’t get it and how much this is all a game to you.
Do not fuck this up!
People have worked really hard in such a short amount of time to be pull this together and it would be a crying shame for unflexed white supremacy to once again rear its ugly head and fuck things up
People need this space
If you really feel the need to rage then go to a punk or metal show. Save it for the next time the Klan comes to town.
If you’re so anti-racist with your rage use it to face off with your white supremacist brethren somewhere else