Friday, April 25, 2008

Obama, the Sean Bell Verdict: White Supremacist Overkill

Obama, the Sean Bell Verdict: White Supremacist Overkill

“Three detectives were found not guilty Friday morning on all charges in the shooting death of Sean Bell, who died in a hail of 50 police bullets outside a club in Jamaica, Queens. Justice Arthur J. Cooperman, who delivered the verdict, said many of the prosecution’s witnesses, including Mr. Bell’s friends and the two wounded victims, were simply not believable. “At times, the testimony of those witnesses just didn’t make sense,” he said. His verdict prompted several supporters of Mr. Bell to storm out of the courtroom, and screams could be heard in the hallway moments later. The three detectives — Gescard F. Isnora, Michael Oliver and Marc Cooper — were escorted out of a side doorway. Outside, a crowd gathered behind police barricades, occasionally shouting, amid a veritable sea of police officers.” 3 Detectives Acquitted in Bell Shooting By MICHAEL WILSON Published: April 26, 2008 http://www.nytimes.com/

This has been a rough week for us psychologically. On Tuesday the Clinton’s pulled off their mugging of Barack Obama in the Pennsylvania primary in broad daylight using obviously racist overtones and Orwellian illogic to paint Obama as an unpatriotic, un-AmeriKKKan elitist. Today a New York Judge named Arthur J Cooperman ruled the three New York City detectives who shot and killed Sean Bell, an unarmed innocent Black man, were not guilty of all charges saying the prosecution failed to prove their case. Once again police walk after shooting an unarmed Blackman, this time fifty times!
Why are we surprised at this? Black life has always been deemed “less than” in AmeriKKKa, which is exactly the message the Clintons have been openly saying and implying about Barack Obama as a candidate. While I have no delusions Barack Obama will effectuate any meaningful changes in AmeriKKKa core values or policies if he’s elected president, nevertheless is has been quite educational watching the Clinton faction (with help from Karl Rove and his pals) of the plutocratic puppets work their white magic on the masses. The Clinton campaign successfully demonized Obama and in the words of one of their supporters “punked him” with the willing assistance of the mainstream media. The race for the Democratic nomination has gotten progressively uglier as the Clintons fell behind in delegates and popular vote count. In utter desperation the Clintons and the corporate media resorted to playing the tried and true “race card”. They first attempted to link Obama to Minister Farrakhan, but that failed. Next they dragged out videos of Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s sermons, took snippets of his speeches out of context, played them over and over and tied them to Obama. Their strategy was to paint Obama as un-AmeriKKKan, suggesting both Wright and by extension Obama were at least conspiracy believing kooks and at worst unpatriotic terrorist sympathizers. Working in collusion with the corporate media (the last “debate” between Obama and Clinton is a classic example) they bum rushed Obama, effectively tarred and feathered him in the media undermining his carefully crafted nonthreatening “Good Negro” image.
Usually a news cycle around a controversial issue lasts about two weeks at most unless the corporate media wants to do a psychological-operation (mind game) on the masses. If it is part of a psy- op propaganda campaign, it is prolonged and becomes a protracted melodramatic circus played out in the mass media. The Clintons and the media have been dragging the Wright thing out for months using a “Chinese water torture method” the steady media drip about Wright’s bigotry and Obama’s unpreparedness. This is not just a Clinton thing, the Republicans are in on it too. Karl Rove and other Republican strategists, have joined the fray ganging up on Obama in a tag team approach. Rove the Doctor of spin and master of deceit for the Bu$h propaganda machine wrote an Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal’s this Thursday’s edition where he implied Obama wasn’t tough enough and questioned if Obama was ready for what Rove called “Prime Time”. What these folks are saying not so subtlety is Obama, a half-Black man, is not “good enough”, not strong enough not one of them enough to lead white folks or be in charge of the Euro-AmeriKKKan financial neo-colonial empire.
What Judge Cooperman said by his decision today is, Black life isn’t worth spittle even when it is snuffed out by non-white police officers. In 2008 are we still surprised and shocked by a verdict like this? We would not be if we fully comprehended the reality human beings are creatures of habit. Our individual behavioral patterns and proclivities are called habits, the long term repetitive patterns of our family members and neighbors are called folkways, the habits of the larger society are called mores, customs, traditions and culture. The history and culture of AmeriKKKa is one of unrepentant violence towards people of color, virulent racism and state sanctioned oppression. This state sanctioned oppression was succinctly articulated in 1856 by Roger Taney the US Supreme Court Justice who in his infamous opinion in the Dred Scott case wrote “a black man has no rights (obviously not even the right to life) a white person is bound to respect.” This long held belief and value is the obvious thrust behind the Clinton’s campaign strategy against Barack Obama and the underlying attitude behind Judge Cooperman’s verdict today.
Our esteemed ancestor Dr Bobby Wright the brilliant psychiatrist who helped us fathom the depths of white pathology in his classic work The Psychopathic Racial Personality said, “This presentation is based upon a very simple premise; namely, that in their relationship with the Black race, Europeans (Whites) are psychopaths and their behavior reflects an underlying biologically transmitted proclivity with roots deep in their evolutionary history. The psychopath is an individual who is constantly in conflict with other persons and groups. He is unable to experience guilt, is completely selfish and callous and has a total disregard for the rights of others. This premise is supported by overwhelming scientific evidence ... One of he best methods tha can be used to measure the psychopathic traits of the White race is by observing and analyzing their universal overt behaviors and attitudes toward Blacks.” The Psychopathic Racial Personality and Other Essays Third World Press page 2.
We are witnessing first hand, in real time the very examples Dr Wright articulated in his essay. We’re observing the painful dynamics in the relationship between whites and Blacks in AmeriKKKa as exemplified by the treatment of Barack Obama and adding insult to injury the verdict in the Sean Bell killing. I could add: the Bu$h administration’s callous treatment of the Blacks in New Orleans, the rising prison industrial complex, deliberate high unemployment and other relevant socio-economic indicators but by now you get my drift. The question is, given this clear indication how the white power structure really feels about us, what are we going to do to strengthen, protect and save ourselves?

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