Violence Erupts in Baltimore After Suspected White Supremacists Provoke Peaceful Protesters

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Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday in the largest Freddie Gray rally yet, and after hours of peaceful demonstrations, pockets of protesters smashed out police car windows and storefronts after they were provoked by suspected white supremacist sports spectators who were in the area for a baseball game.

Racial tensions  are already high over the death of an innocent,unarmed Black man named Freddie Gray. Gray died April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. Authorities have not explained how or when Gray’s spine was injured. Police have said Gray should have received medical attention at the spot where he was arrested before he was put inside a police transport van handcuffed and without a seat belt, a violation of the department’s policy.

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Historian Uncovers the Dark Colonial Roots of Humanitarianism

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During building of the Congo-Océan Railway, men working in forced labor as porters carried supplies over difficult terrain. Stanford historian JP Daughton says that what was intended as a project to lift people out of poverty cost the lives of tens of thousands of indigenous laborers and dislocated communities. Archives nationales d’outre mer

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Modern humanitarian endeavors are generally perceived of as works by good-willed people, selflessly striving to improve the lives of the less fortunate.

We have little reason to think that these individuals might be motivated by the same hubris that led 19th-century Europe to establish empires across the world.

Stanford historian JP Daughton wants to change that.

An associate professor of modern European history, Daughton’s research interests span imperialism and the history of humanitarianism. His latest work traces the roots of modern humanitarianism to a set of colonial development projects in the early 20th century.

Most histories of humanitarianism jump from international efforts to end slavery in the early 19th century to post-World War II humanitarian and refugee efforts. But Daughton says this approach misses a key point: Defenders of empire in the 19th and 20th centuries regularly saw imperialism as a fundamentally humanitarian enterprise. Continue reading

[Video] Hartford, CT Teen Defends Himself Against Police Officer Who Attacked Him

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For a brief moment, the tables turned.

A police officer snatches at a teenager at a Burger King and winds up nearly getting choked out.  In the video, the teenager in the altercation can be heard repeatedly saying “whats wrong with you man?!” basically telling the officer to act right and he will be set free. Unlike the police, the teenager showed mercy by allowing the police officer to get up. The police officer, however, showed his true self and used the teenagers mercy as a weapon against him- peppers praying him and his friends, attacking him with a baton and arresting him for assault when all he did was defend himself from an illegal arrest.

The debate happening in the background amongst the youth is an important one. Someone can be heard asserting that the teenager was wrong for defending himself. That argument is quickly shutdown by others exclaiming that the officer deserved it for attacking the teenager unprovoked. Early on in the video the youth can be heard detesting the police harassment as constant and unwarranted.

In this instance elders could learn from the youth.

[Livestream/ Schedule] Sixth Annual Islamophobia Conference at UC Berkeley

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The UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP)PresentThe 6th Annual Conference: The State of the Islamophobia Studies Field
April 23-25, 2015
**Schedule of Panels**
Day 1: Thursday April 23rd 2015
370 Dwinelle Hall
*** 8:45am – 9am: Welcome & Conference Opening Hatem Bazian, Director, IRDPUC Berkeley and Co-Founder of Zaytuna College
– 9am 10:45am:  National and Global Political Discourses, Interfaith and Islamophobia
Chair: Som Pourfarzaneh, Associate Director, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
1: Munir Jiwa, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Founding Director, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley“Frames and Scripts of Islamophobia”
2: Muneeza Rizvi, Ph.D. student, Department of Social Anthropology, University of California, Davis“Tracing Islamophobia in Marxist Feminism: Political-Religion, Sexual Difference, and Reproduction in Occupied Palestine”
3: May Kosba, M.A. candidate in Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley“Politics of Terror: Islamophobia in Post-revolution Egyptian Media”
4: Yassir Morsi, A Post-doc at the University of South Australia, International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding“The Hollow Subject of Islamophobia

The Five Greatest Slave Rebellions In US History

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One of the most pernicious allegations made against the African-American people was that our slave ancestors were either exceptionally “docile” or “content and loyal,” thus explaining their purported failure to rebel extensively

So, did African-American slaves rebel? Of course they did. These are considered the five greatest slave rebellions in the United States.

1. Stono Rebellion, 1739. The Stono Rebellion was the largest slave revolt ever staged in the 13 colonies. On Sunday, Sept. 9, 1739, a day free of labor, about 20 slaves under the leadership of a man named Jemmy provided whites with a painful lesson on the African desire for liberty. Many members of the group were seasoned soldiers, either from the Yamasee War or from their experience in their homes in Angola, where they were captured and sold, and had been trained in the use of weapons.

They gathered at the Stono River and raided a warehouse-like store, Hutchenson’s, executing the white owners and placing their victims’ heads on the store’s front steps for all to see. They moved on to other houses in the area, killing the occupants and burning the structures, marching through the colony toward St. Augustine, Fla., where under Spanish law, they would be free.

As the march proceeded, not all slaves joined the insurrection; in fact, some hung back and actually helped hide their masters. But many were drawn to it, and the insurrectionists soon numbered about 100. They paraded down King’s Highway, according to sources, carrying banners and shouting, “Liberty!” — lukango in their native Kikongo, a word that would have expressed the English ideals embodied in liberty and, perhaps, salvation.

The slaves fought off the English for more than a week before the colonists rallied and killed most of the rebels, although some very likely reached Fort Mose. Even after Colonial forces crushed the Stono uprising, outbreaks occurred, including the very next year, when South Carolina executed at least 50 additional rebel slaves. Continue reading

Judge Won’t Dismiss Police Killing Case, Possible Cover Up Involving City Leaders and Law Enforcement

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A federal judge refused to dismiss all claims that police and a deputy district attorney conspired to kill a man in a sting operation, and routinely use a “tool” to cover up police misconduct.

Charles Burns died on May 10, 2013 in a hail of gunfire after surrendering to law enforcement officers, his parents John and Tammy Burns said in a February 2014 lawsuit against 22 officials and officers, the cities of Concord and Antioch and Contra Costa County.

The 59-page lawsuit paints a chaotic and bloody scene in which Burns was the passenger in a car driven by co-plaintiff Bobby Lawrence. As the two returned from Wal-Mart, where Burns had bought a Mother’s Day card, several unmarked police cars rammed to a stop.

Lawrence said he was hauled out of the car, assaulted and illegally detained for a prolonged period of time.

Burns got out of the car and “jogged approximately 20 feet” before stopping and surrendering to police, three of them lining up “in firing squad fashion” and “unload[ing] their weapons,” even after Burns’ body lay lifeless on the ground “in a pool of his own blood,” according to the 30-page complaint.

His parents say a Concord Police Department dog was then released to attack their motionless son. The dog’s handler retrieved the dog and then stood over him, firing two more rounds into his body. Continue reading

[Audio] Officer Michael Slager Could Not Stop Laughing After Murdering Walter Scott

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The Guardian newspaper has obtained a police recording of North Charleston police officer Michael Slager laughing after shooting Walter Scott dead and allegedly planting a taser gun on him last Saturday.

In the audio, Slager laughs while describing his “adrenaline pumping” immediately after the shooting Walter Scott at least five times in the back as the victim tried to flee. The tape captures a senior police officer running Slager through department protocols for a police shooting, which the officer also appears to find humorous. According to the Guardian transcript, the Senior Officer says:

“Probably once they get you there, we’ll take you home. Take your crap off, take your vest off, kind of relax for two or three.”

“It’ll be real quick,”

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