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Ki said...

RE: /excerpt: TFP front page article:

"Outside in the church parking lot Thursday night, Amanda Gilbert sat with her car running. She was nervous and said she didn't understand why her boyfriend was inside with police. He had been released from prison a year ago, has a full-time job in Ringgold, Ga., and was going to school. He was turning his life around, she said. But his probation officer said he had to be here."

"She asked if she could go inside. No, she was told. Then she saw Paul Green, executive director of Hope for the Inner City, a local Christian organization, whom she has known most of her life."

"Why now?" she asked. "He's been doing good on his own for so long."

The above is disturbing. As if they just gathered up a bunch of names without a care for people who've already made strides in turning their lives around for the better. Now the want to set them back by possibly holding them responsible for any future crimes in the city they have no connections with? The individual mentioned above should have been held as an example of someone who strived to turn his life around even before the initiative got under way. Instead he was made to feel threatened that he could be held liable for a crime someone else might commit?

re: "Just pray," she said he told her."

The above is one of the sadder problems of the black community. They believe the answer to every thing, every issue is to "just pray about it." Staying on the knees too long with your heads bowed without taking time to look at the world around you doesn't solve the problem.

Other aspects of this initiative that hasn't been addressed are the thug cops that remain? How long does anyone think it will take before they go back to their old habits of lighting fires and creating volatile situations they expect to turn violent at some point? You can address the crimes and criminals, but unless you address that criminal element within the ranks the initiative is only a temporary solution.

March 22, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.
Ki said...

It is neither apathy or fear, jesse. It's self-preservation, the first law of nature. From those on both side who do harm. Even the ones pretending to be the good guys.

The issue can't be addressed and solution csn't be found without openly discussing the roles race, racism, plans to gentrify targeted areas have played in all that's morphed into what has unfold locally, but pretty much all across the nation in poor communities. Remember the brigade crowd's solution and chants once were to, "Round'em all up and dump'em at the state line?" "Round'em all up and place'emm inside barbed wire fencing?" Where is that crowd hiding now? Are they in hiding? Or have they just changed strategy with the end goal still intact?

Everyone, on all sides, need to come clean. Only then can Chattanooga, and even America, move forward. As long as the truth remain dormant, covered up or in hiding, all this is mere pretense of addressing and solving anything.

Here's a group that seems to know how to face and slay the dragons head on.

The manufacturing of gangs to justify ushering in gentrification which in part morphed into the problems and issues many cities and towns are having to face today could be seen manifesting itself as far back as the 1980s. Perhaps even earlier on some levels. I can recall when the word gang and gentrification began to be tossed around simutaneously in the community I live. Suddenly fake gang grafitti started cropping up everywhere. The news media, police, community leaders were all over it. While at the same time ignoring the KKK grafitti many residence had had to tolerate for years because no one was interested. It dawned on some of us, something wicked was taking place even way back then.

from alt org:

“Community organizing has that history of ignoring things that are thought to be divisive or thought to wage differences in the base of people that we’re organizing,” said Bree Carlson, NPA’s structural racism program director. “So organizers tend to look for what is the common denominator and focus on that and try to minimize anything that could make their base break apart. So that has been pretty race-adverse — which is not to say that community organizing leaders don’t care about racism. It’s just harder to organize around something where people are going to feel wildly different about it. But the fact is, no matter how much that seems like a good idea in the short-term, it’s always going to haunt you in the long-term.”

http://www.alternet.org/activism/national-peoples-action-works-address-structural-racism?akid=11581.226703.NLPg2O&rd=1&src=newsletter967882&t=19

March 9, 2014 at 8:55 p.m.
Ki said...

zableedofisterix said: black men don't take fatherhood seriously.

The absent black father who abandoned his child or children is a myth. There's a profound difference between abandonment and forceful removal through mass incarceration and other means. If the president and others involved aren't willing to address the situation from all angles, then no amount of money will solve the issue and this same old bridge will have to be crossed again and again.

A Texas father, black male, was allegedly jailed accused of trying to spend too much time with his child outside of scheduled visitation days.

March 3, 2014 at 1:13 p.m.
Ki said...

This effort, combined with recently announced looks by departments of Justice and Education into ways of stemming disparities in drug sentencing and school discipline all make up concrete beginnings toward action.

Closer to home, Chattanooga also has the beginning of real action -- rather than just more decades of hot air and police "saturation" arrest roundups.

The city, some months ago, made reading a priority in 17 youth and family development centers (formerly recreation centers) and has begun a 48-week mentorship initiative called the Chattanooga Ambassador Program for 25 young men and 25 young women. In coming weeks, the Chattanooga violence reduction initiative is also set to crank up, offering services and support to young people willing to turn away from crime

The above sounds good and looks good on paper, but I fear most involved still just don't GET IT!

You can throw all the money you want at the situation and the outcome will be either the same or worse when you just don't get it.

These feel good initiatives only help those on the giving end to go home at night, sleep well and feel good about themselves.

March 1, 2014 at 10:04 a.m.
Ki said...

This Bill was purposely so vaguely written that it would have included most anyone; fat people, short people, black people, hispanic people. A Baptist store owner could legally discriminate against a Methodis, Methodist against at Protestant. The bill was a pitiful joke. Meant to use gays as a springboard, then if the bill was signed into law it would likely have become broader.

No one's fooled that historically discrimination doesn't still take place on some leve. It's just not in your face and openly like it was in the 1960s and part of the 1970s. Last year a corporate manager for a well known nationaly restaurant chain was sent down from St. Louis to inspect and update training at one of their locally owned restaurants. Some of the workers is said to have invited him (African-American) out to a well known club before his return to St. Louis. The workers were white. When they got to the club, the workers were shocked that he was refused entry. He was dressed well in shirt, tie, vest an slacks. The door security's excuse for turning him away was because he didn't have on a suit-jacket or something that kind. The workers who invited him sai they'd never hear of such a policy at this business. But of course they were all white. So they would have had no problem getting in anyway. Well to make a long story short. It seems this establishment has an unwritten policy where they allow only so many blacks in on any given night. If anyone complained and called it discrimination, it wouldn't look like that on the surface. All they'd have to do is pull a few black Joe's who got in on that night and they'd say "I had no problem getting in. So this can't be true." What they would not immediately realize is they were within that range of numbers that woul have been allowed in. If they' been one number over, they wouldn't have gotten in either. Tricky, isn't it? Devlish and devious, right? An embarassment that this still takes place in 21ST century raceblind America? You betcha!

March 1, 2014 at 9:54 a.m.
Ki said...

Is America Supporting Return of Neo-Nazism In Unkraine?

Does the U.S. even bother to check who their friends or foe are before jumping into other countries fights?

salon/excerpt:

"As the Euromaidan protests in the Ukrainian capitol of Kiev culminated this week, displays of open fascism and neo-Nazi extremism became too glaring to ignore. Since demonstrators filled the downtown square to battle Ukrainian riot police and demand the ouster of the corruption-stained, pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich, it has been filled with far-right streetfighting men pledging to defend their country’s ethnic purity."

"White supremacist banners and Confederate flags were draped inside Kiev’s occupied City Hall, and demonstrators have hoisted Nazi SS and white power symbols over a toppled memorial to V.I. Lenin. After Yanukovich fled his palatial estate by helicopter, EuroMaidan protesters destroyed a memorial to Ukrainians who died battling German occupation during World War II. Sieg heil salutes and the Nazi Wolfsangel symbol have become an increasingly common site in Maidan Square, and neo-Nazi forces have established “autonomous zones” in and around Kiev."

http://www.salon.com/2014/02/25/is_the_us_backing_neo_nazis_in_ukraine_partner/

February 25, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.
Ki said...

Just pretend it's Russia, China, Venezuela, or one of any many countries the U.S. considers the enemy, conserfertory, then you can be proud of Sister Rice and the others for standing up to their government. You'd also suggest they're offered asylum. nation of hypocrites

February 23, 2014 at 12:57 p.m.
Ki said...

soakya said... even if it is bizarre where's the sympathy from the so called sympathetic progressive. those that rejoice in someone's death

The death is no joke. It's a sad tragedy and an embarrassment for the civilized world.

February 21, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.
Ki said...

If it will result in the need for fewer traffic cops on the road, where citizen to cop encounters have turned volatile and even deadly, most often for the citizen, I might just come to appreciate the idea of traffic cameras. Plus, cute little suzy won't be able to flutter her eyelashes and offer her phone number and drunken or stoned cop kids and spouses speeding down the road won't be able to get out of their traffic fines. They'll have t pony up and pay their fines just like the rest of measely citizens.

February 21, 2014 at 5:40 p.m.
Ki said...

coojb said: "When an unlawful person threatens your life with a gun, you had better pray a lawful person is close by to save your life "

However the above is rarely the case. What is usually taking place now is the lawful person with the gun is the one who ends up shooting, maiming and even killing innocent citizens; children included. Some of those children have been the victims of their "lawful" parents and other family members.

February 21, 2014 at 5:34 p.m.
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