[NetBehaviour] We have a choice...

Gill Davies gill.davies at gmail.com
Sun May 31 13:39:16 CEST 2020

These are both brilliant, Ruth.  Thanks for sharing.  Cornel West
completely nails it.

It's really shocking to see the level of police violence on the streets of
the US. It's not new, but mobile phones and social media have made it more

I'm hearing news of a 'Black Lives Matter' demo (maintaining social
distancing) in George Square in Glasgow next Sunday 7 June.

On Sun, 31 May 2020 at 12:01, 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
> https://twitter.com/erikstrobl/status/1266552025740906496
> "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.
> https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/1266650761754222592
> "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.
> Respect!
> Ruth
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