There are those like Louis Head, the stepfather of Mike Brown--the 18-year-old murdered in the street by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson cop--who said after the Attorney General reading of the defense of the cop killing a black teenager, said, Burn the MF down! Burn the bitch down!. Well, I find such outrage by Louis Head more understandable than trying to reason with the irrationality of racist institutions and politicians.
Of course, there are those who have a stake in those status quo institutions and policies. That is, they have benefited to some extent. I was a teenager in Baltimore in 1968 and I had seen the heavy hand of racism and white supremacy. And so I was quite proud to see other black teenagers, like those in Newark, Detroit, and Watts, on a rampage in the streets, rambling from street to street, block to block--burning and a looting from one group of Jewish stores to the next.
I didn't have any problems with Jews so much, or their stores. I only had cursory relationships with such shop owners. My concerns were with those who had no stake in the system and the institutions and were unlikely to have any stake. Their attacks were not shooting people (like that in Taratino or Godfather movies) or like that of George Bush, dropping bombs on families.
I read sometime ago a statement by Reverend Bascom of Baltimore and Homer Favor of Morgan State, two middle-class blacks who had a stake in the system. It was a marginal stake. But a stake nevertheless. Agnew blamed such persons as Favor and Bascom for losing control of the "Natives," the "Niggers." Agnew saw that as their primary job, that is, to keep a finger in the dike. Well those kinds of Negroes tired of that Responsibility without the "Right Reforms" in place.
(See the excerpt below.) Well, we have a similar situation with regard to Ferguson, untrained/uneducated minds, that is where there are some Negroes saying what the Powers That Be want them to say. That the blacks are burning THEIR communities. But that's what they're protesting: it's the white folks community and the white folks are treating them as criminals, as a financial source for their jobs.
Loving you madly, Rudy
Rudolph Lewis, Editor
ChickenBones: A Journal
Homer Favor and Rev. Marion Bascom
Interviewed by Fraser Smith of WYPR
Smith: Did you ever think the Civil Disturbance had the opposite effect that it might have had? That it that it might have sent people into sort of a retrenchment and a reaction against civil rights?
Favor: I sure some people said they’re looking for anything right now. They look for things to support that which is wrong. So a kid kills a kid out here on the corner here tonight and I find that abhorrent. So does Marion; he has to bury him. But I can’t curse those kids because they were put on that corner by public policy. There daddies worked at Sparrows Point, Martin Marietta, Armco Steel, Crown Cork and Seal. Where are those jobs now? And we’re over there exploiting people making beautiful clothes for us to wear, working round the clock, kids can’t go to school and we’re exploiting labor there and we’re exploiting labor here. So we tell those kids to go to work, doing what: flipping hamburgers. Two jobs no benefits. Go to the military be what you can be. You get your guts blown out.
And so now when they stand on the corner, if they are on my corner and you sitting here overtaking my corner. I say if you kill them, I’m going to kill you. Bam! Bam! All this is related to drugs. The jails are full of youngsters related to drugs. They give our youngsters… You have to have a hundred times white cocaine in order to get the amount of time you get for that much crack cocaine. That’s racist it’s classist, it’s absurd, it’s in humane. But that’s what there doing. I know it the media knows it but we’ve corrupted the media. When I saw Ted Koppel and the rest of them riding around on the trucks saying they were imbedded. They were talking about figurative. When I say literally they were imbedded.