[NetBehaviour] We have a choice...

Michael Szpakowski m at michaelszpakowski.org
Sun May 31 13:26:02 CEST 2020

Cheers Ruth . Same fight, against authorities who do not give a damn about ordinary people - the shocking death toll of BAME people in this country with its *world-beating* death toll is a testament to the deep rooted persistence of the virus of racism here as well. Compare and contrast Cummings swanning off to Durham &Barnard Castle with the tasering, in front of his child , of Desmond Ziggy Mombeyarara and the renewed vigour of stop and search directed at people of colour in London under lockdown . #GeorgeFloydWasMurdered #BlackLivesMatter #NoJusticeNoPeace #NoReturnUnsafe #SolidarityWithTheNEU

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On Sunday, May 31, 2020, 11:57 am, Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

2 powerful short videos circulating yesterday in response to the uprisings against the death of George Floyd.
----------------1. Cornel West 5 minute interview on CNN yesterday

"It is a lynching at the highest level, and I thank God that people are out on the streets.

The system cannot reform itself. The "black faces in high places" approach doesn't work. These people become too accommodated to the capitalist economy, the militarised nation state, the market driven culture tied with celebrity, status, power, all that superficial stuff that means so much to so many fellow citizens.

Meanwhile we have a Neofascist president who doesn't care and a Neoliberal democratic party with no solutions...

The masses of black people the precious poor and working class people, they are the ones that are left out and they feel so thoroughly powerless, helpless, hopeless, then you get rebellion.

We have choice between non violent revolution, the democratic sharing of power, of wealth, resources, and respect, if we don't get that kind of sharing we are going to get more explosions."
------------2. Young activist speaking on the death of George Floyd.

"Arrest the cops, charge the cops, charge the all the cops...in every city across America where our people are being murdered."

Thanks for the exchange Max and Michael.Max stay safe!
Michael I have been very struck by the power of your recent protests locally re the government's shocking handling of Covid-19 - it's obvious that their resonance comes from the political solidarity that you have been building through regular protests against racism in your hometown.
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