[NetBehaviour] current story
maxnmherman at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 2 19:26:12 CEST 2020
I agree it is concerning when BLM calls for peaceful protest, and people not from the African American community condemn calls for peace as reactionary racism.
Obviously everything is complex and convoluted, but perhaps examples can be illuminating.
On Sunday here, a large tanker semi truck drove into a crowd of about 3,000 protesters on the interstate highway. He was there accidentally, honked his horn and stopped, and no one was hit. Of course it looked to be a massive vehicle attack, so the protesters used force to get the driver out of the truck. Reportedly he was punched twice in the face, suffering a broken nose.
Of course I was reminded of the terrible attack on Reginald Denny during the Rodney King riots. Images like that can harm reconciliation and progress greatly; in other words, I'm not sure if the Denny attack was helpful.
However this did not happen on Sunday. The protestors immediately shouted "don't hurt him! We're not like them! This is a peaceful movement!" The driver was immediately turned over to police with minor injuries and held in custody pending investigation.
It turned out that he was only on the highway because the closure was moved up from 8 pm to 5 pm on short notice. The driver was already on the highway when it was closed.
I would recommend people look at this footage -- how a tiny butterfly's wing can change so much. The heroism of so many avoiding a tragedy which would have been unnecessary, counterproductive, and arguably damaging to the movement.
Am I being reactionary and racist for being glad no one was killed? I don't think I am. I don't understand why supporting the movement requires not calling for nonviolent means. Is it only violence against persons that can be objected to, never destruction of property, and if so why? Burning all the building in a neighborhood hurts the neighborhood's people in a meaningful sense.
Everyone is going to make their own choices obviously, but I just don't understand the outright rejection of nonviolent protest and of advocating for it.
If one argues that peaceful protest is forbidden, how much of the destruction is enough, does it apply to property only or include life, and who decides? If one person calls for X amount of destruction and another a lesser amount, is the latter a reactionary? If the justifiable amount of destruction is not infinite, what criteria are valid for limiting its scope?
Amid the sinister asymmetric operations we know to be afoot this question is even more relevant. A young relative has asked me why pallets of bricks are being delivered to the city's poorest neighborhoods.
A final example is Mandela, apartheid, and the philosophy of truth and reconciliation. Is it wrong to praise Mandela just because injustice still exists? What about the avoidance of reprisals in Rwanda?
With respect to all in terrifying times,
From: Paul Hertz <ignotus at gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 11:37 AM
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Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] current story
As Steve Bannon, strategist and first Chief of Staff for #fakepresident stated openly, the goal is to damage government to such an extent that it can be taken over.
There is evidence for organized criminal gangs and right wing provocateurs doing much of the looting. There are some comfortable white kids channeling rebellion, too, and self-styled proponents of direct action. There is also outrage and desperation. All these bring about the current violence.
And then there are the leaders of BLM calling again and again for peaceful demonstrations.
On Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 10:26 AM Max Herman via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org<mailto:netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>> wrote:
That sounds terrifying Alan. At least here, it seemed to subside almost as suddenly as it started so I'm hoping that can happen there too. A LOT of good people have been out helping each other during the day here.
Your comparison to video game is apt, and I can hardly believe there are video games where this kind of mayhem is the game.
To be honest, listening to "The Beautiful" song helped me the most when it was worst here. It's eerie and unaccustomed but for me was very fear-dispelling and gave me hope. I imagined other people listening to it and having their fear dispelled too, which I suppose is why I circulated it in such a panic. Maybe we all have some type of art that can help us in that way. I'm reminded of the Bodhisattva Guanyin from the museum here, photocopy on my fridge, Guanyin meaning "he who observes the sounds of the world -- including cries for help."
From: Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com<mailto:sondheim at panix.com>>
Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 2:15 AM
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Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] current story
Not hopeful here at all, lots of explosions, cars driving out of the area
at high speed, people carrying loot in front of our place - all started
around 11, we think our street's been hit bad but we can't go out and look
tonight, too dangerous - we had to call the cops at one point as people
were trying to break into the bars below us. It's toxic.
This definitely isn't protest, not at this hour, these people. This is a
video game. Sirens still going on at 3:15, screeching tires, people
running, carrying stuff.
On Tue, 2 Jun 2020, Max Herman wrote:
> Stay safe Alan. I truly believe this is not protest, nor anything to do with
> justice for George Floyd.
> There's footage now of a young white Chicago man handing out explosive
> devices to people in my neighborhood last week telling them to throw them at
> the police station. He livestreamed himself doing it if you can imagine.
> Be hopeful too. The national guard being here has stopped the insanity at
> night, not by any use of force but just by having some level of civil
> authority present. They have behaved professionally. The curfew has helped
> too, allowing police to find the violent instigators and get fire trucks to
> the fires. The real protests are thriving during the day, with wonderful
> grace. People are helping each other, connecting, and healing, distributing
> food, cleaning up, and grieving.
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> of Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com<mailto:sondheim at panix.com>>
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> Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] current story
> It's our turn now, riots and fire downtown central Providence, a few
> blocks from here. We knew about it ahead of time. There were warnings.
> Looting in a relatively poor city. We can hear explosions going off, what
> sounded like fireworks and gunfire. I can't think straight. I want to get
> the hell out of this country. This is way beyond protest, this is
> ultraviolence here. Louder explosions now.
> The warnings were four or five hours ago. So people were coming in to
> cause trouble. Earlier there were white motorcycle gangs around.
> Apologies, can't think straight.
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