Seventeen-year-old gunned down by police in Lonoke County, Arkansas

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    • #431905
      Ohio Barbarian
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      (WSWS) Protesters gathered outside the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office last Wednesday in Lonoke, Arkansas, consisting of friends and family of 17-year-old Hunter Brittain, who was gunned down by police during a traffic stop early that morning.

      According to members of Brittain’s family, he was working on his truck at around 3 am local time, trying to repair it so that he could make it to his job at Hundley Construction by 6 am. Scott Hundley, owner of Hundley Construction, said Brittain had worked for him on and off over the past few years.

      Brittain was dealing with vehicle problems but kept in frequent contact with Hundley regarding the issue. Hundley said he spoke with Hunter at about 7 pm the night before his death. “I was checking with him on his truck,” Hundley said. “[He was] sending me pictures of his truck at the shop. He says he’s been working on this truck but he’s trying to make it.”

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      This tragedy has gone unreported in the New York Times, the principal media voice of the Democratic Party, Jacobin magazine, which is linked to the Democratic Socialists of America, and Liberation News, the online newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Deaths of white people as a result of police violence, such as Brittain, are largely swept under the rug because they cut across the racialist narrative promoted by the Democratic Party and the pseudo-left.

      Full story here.

      It’s all good. Redneck in Arkansas got shot for reaching into the back of a pickup bed to get something to keep the truck from rolling backward because the transmission wouldn’t go into park Black Lives Matter will be nowhere to be found, and that is why they will fail. 

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #431909
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      In order to be justice.  Neutrality in terms of socioeconomic status, race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc.

      When we favor one group over another, whatever the groups may be and however benevolent our intent – we are guilty of a lesser racism.  Or whateverism as the case may be.

      That is my two cents.  Economic justice, social, racial, whatever it may be… must apply to all or it is not justice.

      As long as we focus so hard on the differences, it is harder to see what we have in common.

      Here is one example.  Kids getting gunned down.  Did that boy have white male privilege?  Will the media ignore it because he was white?  Regardless, he is just as dead.

      I think the only solution is for society as a whole to come down hard on those who do this.  Life time prison sentence with no possibility of parole for cops who murder people.  Self defense is not murder – but this was.  A reaction out of fear and ultimately… cowardice.

    • #431919
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      to do all the work.

      • #431922
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        But if they want to succeed, they need a more universalist approach. Focusing on police violence against blacks or other minorities only will just racialize and marginalize the issue, which is exactly what the slogan “Black Lives Matter” is designed to do–to fail.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #431927
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      @roody

      Do you really think that black lives matter activists are the only ones trying?  The only ones working on this?

      Perhaps if we acknowledge that there are rights that are simply human rights we will focus less on who has what and why and what they may deserve.

      The movement as it applies to neoliberal elites is a smoke screen.  Poverty, discrimination, hunger, oppression and so on…. these things are bad for everyone.  Either justice and human rights apply to everyone – or they mean nothing.

      It is time to stop debating our differences in socioeconomic terms.  It is time to take the issues and the suffering that we have in common and do something about them.

      None of these groups exclusive to race or socioeconomic status in general can do that.  They can’t – because they alienate everyone who is not them.  I have seen this in every type of “ism” one can name.

      It may be that if we apply the golden rule, if we work to lift everyone up as opposed to a group or groups in particular…

      It may be then, that our issues with regards to our differences will seem much more petty.   An injustice is an imjustice.  That is entirely the point.

    • #431941
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      and black lives matter.

      • #431945
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        But the slogans of Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police are doomed to fail. They’re supposed to divide people and to ultimately fail. That’s why the corporate media adopted them in the first place, instead of more practical ones like Stop Police Murder and Cut Funding for Police Murder or something.

        Of course, the kneejerk liberal reaction is to call me and others who point this out racists, which promotes further division and hampers the effort to get our police to act like police should and not Israeli occupation forces.

        If BLM reached out to these people in Arkansas, who are demonstrating and protesting, it would advance their cause. But they don’t care, because the victim was white. It is a self-defeating attitude.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #431948
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      BLM is adopting what they believe is a reasonable position, that only black lives matter, and all black people injured or killed by the police are innocent victims. Why does this appear reasonable? Because the police have adopted the opposite position, that only blue lives matter, that all black people are suspects, that black lives do not matter. I think we can see that this standoff will not end well. I’m not sure why it is a BLM responsibility to break the stalemate, or that it would even work if only one side took action, but maybe that’s the way it has to be. Police unions are certainly not interested in doing anything positive.

      • #431952
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        I see no stalemate. I see a few cops finally getting convicted and prison time, but no fundamental changes to policing on any national scale. Police murder continues unabated. And there will be no fundamental change unless there is a broad-based movement for necessary change, which BLM is most definitely not, again, by design.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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        • #431959
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          I think what you described is a standoff, maybe not a stalemate, since neither side is prevented from acting. It is a stalemate in the sense that no progress can be expected until one side does something constructive. So we are not prevented from keeping on with the status quo.

    • #431962
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      But there are tons of these, and they never do. In fact they go to great lengths to ignore this aspect of police brutality. Why? The entire narrative is based on the absurd assumption that George Floyd, Michael Brown, etc., would definitely be alive if they were white. That’s demonstrably false (there are plenty of incidents, equal in their brutality, where the victim was white) and they know it, but it’s insisted on despite its inaccuracy.

      Historically, it has the been the ruling class who has benefited from treating race as a zero sum game. It’s interesting to see how well they’ve trained the seals to treat it as such, to feel that if they give any sympathy to the dead white guy that they’ve somehow taken it from the dead black guy. Idiots. As an observer, the most fascinating thing has been how this has led to shitlibs showing a callous indifference to the police killing white people.

      • #431971
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        If a celebrity got murdered, we’d never hear the end of it.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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