November 19, 2007

Hip Hop Caucus Rally in DC, Nov 17th, 2007

The Hip Hop Caucus held a rally on Saturday at the Washington Monument, to raise awareness of an upsurge in hate crimes and police brutality against communities of color, and I brought the camcorder. I'd have posted the video earlier, but a seemingly endless string of technical difficulties prevented that.

The rally was held because, to put it one way, if what had happened to Megan Williams had happened to me, the whole country would know my name. Or in still other words, it was about all the things that mean that supporting robot overlords is a rational position for a Black person living in the United States to take.

Speakers, in order of their appearance, include three parents who lost their children to unprovoked police shootings, Michelle Battle, Rep. Albert Wynn, Hashim Nzinga, Malik Zulu Shabazz, Donna Payne and Rosa Clemente. The event had numerous other speakers whom I didn't get a chance to record or interview, and the known affiliations of the speakers are listed below.

Three parents from the Stolen Lives Project talk about the children that were taken from them by unprovoked police violence:

Dr. Michelle Battle of the National Congress of Black Women:

Rep. Albert Wynn (D-MD), encourages attendees to carry on the torch of the civil rights movement and closes with a chant of "power to the people."

Hashim Nzinga, chief of staff of the New Black Panther Party, on the need of Blacks to defend themselves:

Malik Zulu Shabazz, leader of the New Black Panther Party and Black Lawyers for justice, as well as Megan Williams' attorney. He speaks here about Ms. Williams' kidnapping, torture and rape in Virginia:

Shabazz responds to my question after his speech about the use of the word "faggot" to describe Black men who don't defend Black women. I had to ask, because it's what Pam Spaulding would have wanted:

Donna Payne of the National Black Justice Coalition, the US' only Black LGBT alliance, responds to Shabazz' use of the word "faggot" and discusses the Hip Hop Caucus rally at which she was also a featured speaker:

Rosa Clemente, executive director of the Hip Hop Caucus, talks about the reason for the event and what she'd like people to know about it if they were watching a report on a major news network like CNN:

Posted by natasha at November 19, 2007 07:39 AM | Law/Justice | Technorati links |

As a warm-up speaker for Khalid Abdul Muhammad at Howard University (February 1994):
Shabazz: Who is it that caught and killed Nat Turner?
Audience: Jews!
Shabazz: Who is that controls the Federal Reserve?
Audience: Jews! (faintly)
Shabazz: What? You're not scared, are you?
Audience: Jews! Jews!
Shabazz: Who is it that controls the media and Hollywood?
Audience: Jews! Jews!
Shabazz: Who is it that has our entertainers…and our athletes in a vise grip?
Audience: Jews!

Posted by: Michael Pugliese at November 19, 2007 10:18 AM

Thanks for adding some additional background.

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Posted by: ccoaler at November 19, 2007 05:41 PM

1. It's easy to point out that the NBPP is a kind of photographic negative of Stormfront; the signs are widespread. BUT where moderates falter in their leadership, an extremist group can be counted on to step in. This should be the real lesson drawn.

2. A bellicose, uniformed, boots-on-the-ground approach is all but useless in preventing crimes among acquaintances, though it can sometimes deter people from stealing cars in broad daylight. It's easy for the NBPP to talk this line, but I fail to see how their advocacy can lead to security. The offense was clearly not a case of the black man failing to "defend his woman" (and I leave the gender politics of that for future inspection).

In a case like what has happened, the only way to prevent crimes in future tense is to prosecute in present tense. The NBPP has no game there.

3. In December of 1989, as a college freshman, I lent some remedial algebra books to a young woman to take home over Christmas break.

I never saw them or her again, because over Christmas break she was kidnapped by strangers from her place of work, taken to an abandoned building, raped for a period of time, and murdered. Prosecution was swift and successful.

Local news carried it, and a number of second-tier acquaintances knew. So I don't know all the factors that lead to a victim's name being known by "the whole country". I think Ms. Williams is much better known than most, however.

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