Tactical Protest

When Playtime is Over.

Tactical Protest

 

Welcome to when playtime is over, our goal is to stimulate thought and conversation, not to convert your perspective. Any persuasion is solely at your discretion and deliberation. For your consideration, we would like to offer Tactical Protest and as always for those who are easily offended emotions will not be needed so please before entering check your feelings at the door.

 Objective Campaign

The intent and purpose of protest are to demonstrate the objection, frustration, and dissatisfaction of circumstances that have been denied redress which can no longer persist without adjustment or change. Civilizations have been toppled over disregard for the people’s protest of conditions that will not be tolerated. Protest can be stifled but eventually, it resurfaces and overcomes the suppression of the people’s will. History always repeats itself in this regard and change prevails or extinction occurs. 

The effect and method of protest vary in its impact according to the extent of the outrage or protest and the ramification of its effect to force change. The passage of time has an influence on the efficiency of the protest methods used to reach a settlement of any such grievances. The more widespread the objection, the higher the expectations for change are, and the more likely a revolutionary demand emerges that requires radical adjustments to the system to be implemented according to the people’s will and acceptability. 

The method of the specific changes ultimate purpose and other expressions of frustration should not be confused or used to dilute it by the actions used to achieve that change. Radical responses have erupted during protests where force has been met with force. Peaceful protest has also been met with force. The circumstances under which protest is conducted must be focused and flexible to maximize its effectiveness while minimizing the harm to the protesters being suppressed by this force.

Harmful exposure to protestors should be minimized and is equally as important as the cause. Perhaps with the societal climate changing, a new political administration settling in, and the Covid virus still lurking it may be time to use more strategic, effective, and conciliatory tactics conducive to the desired change then the outcomes can be more attainable. This is not to suggest not to keep the pressure on or lessen the expectations but to just go about achieving objectives differently to more efficiently galvanize resources across a spectrum of solutions and support.

Any protest should consolidate active and passive support to not alienate resources or allies that can be an asset supporting change or at the very least not standing in opposition to it. The total Black population is roughly 48 million or 14.7 percent of the total U. S. population of 328 million leaving approximately 280 million people that are other than black. With 67 percent estimated at some point to support racial equality, it is clear that an additional 52.3 percent (171 million) would be helpful.

Taking it to the streets with bullhorns had its place in the past and may still contain a level of effectiveness. However, today a precise focus combined with efficient use of human resources applying technology can disseminate messaging and informational exchanges beyond physical opposition to gain more of an advantage. More modern tactics can resolve some major concerns and limit the negative impact to protesters, the alienation of allies, and the alternative actions or narratives levied against the protestors. Protest tactics, methods, and ideologies need to be updated; surgical precision not blunt force is needed. It is not the skill of the sword but the skill of the swordsman that directs the blows.

Destruction is an emotional response to frustration that is not equivalent to passion or progress. It undermines the success of legitimate efforts and squanders opportunities for meaningful effort, resolution, and progress. The objective is to facilitate focused disruption and change without random destruction or ill-fated confrontation. A tactical advantage has the purpose of engagement with a minimal footprint or target but maximum effect.

Inflicting disruption and affecting changes without being subject to retribution as well as resisting dispensing collateral damage to innocent parties not involved in the engagement is the goal. Specific tactics can define most responses by manipulative design thereby aligning the response with the purpose of the tactics while working to position the objective for success. Success can often be attainable without conflict when the opposition’s energy is converted or depleted to the benefit of the protest objective. You cannot lose when causing methodical attrition to the opposition unless by surrender.

Conflict is always an option but becomes exhausting and depleting when recklessly deployed as a default reaction. It should be the last resort even when conflict is the first chosen action. This is not a doctrine of non-violence but a perspective of principle to not become or commit the very oppression we are protesting against. It only justifies their response, fear, and treatment of us forming a perspective contrary to change while enforcing resistance. Resistance needs to be weakened and not fortified.

It serves no meaningful purpose to destroy or loot except to indiscriminately inflict pain upon someone who has not harmed us directly or who may be sympathetic to the objective of the protest. Protest awry presents the opportunity to express anger, emotions, or repressed personal vendettas by offering an outlet under the disguise and protection of collective outrage for the cause. The business of protest is not personal it is collective, the collective objective is primary and it will provide some resolution for many of the personal vendettas. 

Destruction for the therapeutic purpose of soothing angry feelings or emotional outburst are not practical or changing any reality is mostly futile without focused goals and achievement. Being under the influence of a mob mentality or raging emotions undermines the collective purpose of tactically maneuvering to accomplish our stated objectives and changes. Avoiding compromise by self-imposed distractions or succumbing to emotions is essential in executing a strategy for change. Our anger turned inward or against us is on us and counter-productive.

Emotional intoxication creates an impairment to clear thinking and promotes regrettable actions alienating allies and support for our cause. Regression into our deferred pain or support from emotional fervor prolongs our condition. As the past has consistently proven anger subsides with time and expression which makes it unsustainable and unreliable motivation to propel protest or change. 

Pent-up emotional frustrations must be controlled, transformed, and refocused for the sustainable strength and intensity of any protest. The mind must be engaged, not the emotions, for logical actions and sustainability of intent. The insanity of our same approach without results is evidence of itself that we have traveled this road many times before to find ourselves on the same road again. It is past due time to change approaches for perhaps a different result other than being angry, stubborn to self-examination, or prone to destructive behavior.  

Confrontation is the lowest level of persuasive negotiation or communication with the greater force usually dictating the terms and conditions over the lesser force. Overcoming a greater force or power does not involve direct altercation but a strategic and analytical negation of their advantage. Primitive expressions of anger acted out from past pain are counter-productive to future gains.  Anger disregards intellectual pursuit and persuasion surrendering to and conceding an inability to reason or debate our objective convincingly. Commitment finds a way to achievement by not succumbing to surrender or outburst when faced with obstacles but engages adaptation.  

The disciplined and foundational principals of our strategy has to remain firm in its conviction but also flexible in its focused execution to sustain the expansion of our influence and support the acceptance of our objective. The education and cultivation of our base require that they be informed of the objective as well as the method of achieving it. Their determination, resources, talents, and skills when efficiently deployed will effectively optimize their contribution to the collective objective. 

The methods used should be surgical and fluid in dissecting the obstacles to the objective’s realization. When the methods and techniques are organized and unified the impact can be certainly predictable and quantified. When we come to do serious business then keep it strictly business. Doing business that has tangible results with measurable outcomes has to be structured by expressed policies and concessions aligned with our agenda.

Appeal to one political party or ideology has historically failed, resulting in bouncing from one extreme to the other never achieving the wholesale changes sought. More realistically, it has led to being conquered by the division of our differences and subjective ambitions instead of unified by our commonality of interest and objective. This division has no viable focus, momentum, or process to make demands much less change.

The insanity of the same old protest tactics has yielded glacier changes considering the last 60 years of progress since the bullhorn and slogans that rhyme has formed the focal point of social justice protest. That is not to discredit the efforts and accomplishments of those who have gotten us to this frontier. It is to suggest that to fully benefit from these unprecedented times by embracing tactics conducive to current times and public consciousness, we can then avoid unnecessarily repeating the same futile cycle where destruction overshadows progress. Perceptions remains tainted (theirs and ours), assurances hollow, and equality still elusive. 

A multidimensional approach must be utilized attacking the systems and perpetrators of injustice as well as those who would align themselves to justify or conceal institutional and societal violations. Political and legislative recourse is the most pervasive and effective way to isolate and identify systemic injustices universally to punitively and economically persuade or penalize transgressions and transgressors alike.

It is imperative to use all those who would align themselves with our objective of equality and fairness to address both major political parties to propose, pledge, and produce programs, legislation, and penalties. The precise agreed upon procedural implementation and application should be transparent and obvious. Changes to existing structures in violation must be urgently undertaken and remedied. Given the opportunity to honor any assurances, visibly effective actions would be the only acceptable verification.

Our courtship must be accompanied by this bouquet as well as by any other suitors who would seek favor with us. Since beggars have never been choosers, for us to have a choice we must develop other options to empower our interest without others permission or compliance. Make it necessary and in their best interest to create a coalition with us essential to their own success demonstrated by their actions seeking and validating our trust.

Political and economic prowess is fundamental to being respected as a force to be reckoned with and afforded the same first-class citizenship considerations as any other group. A major cohesive political initiative is needed to consolidate a coalition of grievances to remedy historical and systematic discriminations. A redress inclusive of our grievances and interest as well as those who have been marginalized within the diversity of our ranks. 

While political influence and legislative reform are the most pervasive and effective methods, economic protest is the most immediate and convincing consideration to facilitate change. Mutual goals, shared results, cultural awareness, and systematic bias can all be altered by the bottom line. Maximum strength can be derived from the imposing of strategies that impact and weaken the financial interests of those in opposition. Let our spending do the heavy lifting against immovable obstacles and damaging objectives.  Money penetrates many adverse resolves.

Preparing, educating, and directing our base in our preferred way of resistance or persuasion is the most impactful initiative. Financial withdrawal puts us at no physical risk, allows us to remain lawfully blameless, and is an exercise in our spending discretion that can be heard without ever being seen but felt. It is called discretionary spending and it is our prerogative.

The tactical concentration of resources and the creative application of proven techniques reversed engineered which have been effectively used against us can be effective for use by us. Hostage negotiators seek to humanize hostages to captors by deflecting their ideology making them reluctant to do harm to the hostages. The most prevalent of which is self-identifying with the hostages and reflecting their similarities to elicit empathy from the captors. They must be made to see themselves in you or see the similarities of you in themselves.

Lima syndrome techniques can be used effectively towards those who are not hopelessly entrenched in their ideology and position to encourage sympathy for those whom they have wronged or are being wronged. Their injustice is their shame which they feel compelled to resolve along civilized impulses of compassion. The same technique can be used for reverse social engineering to reject superiority and to instill a more socially compassionate affinity for equality.

Conversion of the ideologies and perspectives of people must hold a greater enticement to change old thoughts rather than to adhere to them. First disproving those antiquated beliefs then embracing the voluntary integration to their identity a genuine acceptance of change. Their hurtful actions becoming vile, distasteful, and regrettable to themselves.

Protest not aligned with core beliefs results in resistance as a survival mechanism as if they were personally attacked. This personal attack is then internally adapted to reconcile those core beliefs to be justification for resistant thoughts and actions. Any require change has to be a self-revelation where an acceptance or realization transforms those actions and attitudes to a different set of core beliefs aligned with a new perspective.

The concept of addition by subtraction seems counter-intuitive, but much can be gained by what is taken away. It is far more difficult to remove a thought and replace it than it is to place it there in the beginning. In this regard, the supply chain must be disrupted or broken on both sides of the indoctrination of inferiority and superiority complexes. The spread of either must be affected by the prevention of the ratio of people who learn, are taught, display, or are made to feel either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repetition and reinforcement of these concepts lead to their prevalence and when reversed can lead to these concepts being rejected. Time and patience utilizing reverse-engineering of the propagation of these concepts where there then becomes an overwhelming presence of the desired one and the absence of the unwanted one leads to the extinction of the unwanted behavior. Like potty training of sorts, it instills a level of conditioning that is socially acceptable, compelling, and enduring. 

Aside from the many psychological and behavioral modification techniques available, procedural adjustments can be similarly effective on institutional and structural entities. The adjustments can be implemented when an understanding of their protocols, mandates, and operations are utilized. The entities are entirely comprised of people who operate those systems and are either governed by, restricted by, or compelled by some parameter of conduct or procedural mandate.

Intimate knowledge and understanding of these parameters can nullify, neutralize, restrain, or mobilize their resources. Conflict is short-sighted when the heavy lifting can be done by others for our purpose. For example, resources can be utilized for our protection or against us depending on how we maneuver their interpretation of our intent. Let their muscle be in support of our intent and against any known antagonist intent. Like the national guard for school desegregation in the sixties.

To lessen the possibility of conflict and be equally effective a massive crowd assembled in one place without a specific agenda for their collective assembly is not tactical or practical when our assembly results in their assembly as a stronger more fortified consolidated force. Peaceful assembly locations should be carefully chosen and agendas precisely directed and fully understood with contingency plans against conduct that clearly undermines our purpose. There have to be no tolerances for egos, flexing, insults, emotions, or agent provocateurs just our objectives and goals. 

Any conduct while assembled under our flag reveals whether you are with us or for yourself in which case this unwanted activity damages our purpose. Our protest must occupy the high ground morally, intellectually, and geographically to move separately but in coordination while converging collectively into a specific purpose and method to achieve that purpose. Disbursement into smaller crowds that spread resources and divide commands demonstrating clear peaceful intentions minimizes herd mentality on both sides and our communication can become more sustainable and direct.

If a breakdown should then occur it would be isolated to that one location and not into collective chaos as when there is one massive assembly. At peaceful assemblies, law enforcement has to be present in response to our presence as a paid captive audience so instead of yelling, insulting, or confronting them why not try to convert them or at least salvage the ones who may find themselves marginalized within their own ranks as well as sympathetic to our protest and objective. 

It is a marketing opportunity since they cannot leave and exposure to our ideology cannot be avoided. This time and opportunity can be used for them to hear or see our message and possibly promote it in places where we cannot. By the same measure, the key is not conflict but expense. The more they stand there the larger the expenditure becomes until it becomes too much on the city budget and city officials will want to negotiate a resolution because law enforcement will also complain and protest about their own conditions and attrition. It will then become a matter of wasted resources and weakened morale. 

Law enforcement, city officials, and city council can be required to meet with the public at any number of safe environments where we can put a name and face with a promise or proposed action. The police department is always open to receive complaints and must investigate them and give a disposition to the submitting complainants. Churches, schools, community centers, and government facilities can all be utilized for community events and meetings. If they can’t come to us then we can always peacefully assemble and go to them. Systems and resources are always susceptible to being overwhelmed.

Law enforcement reform starts with the hiring practices of who they put into the uniform, their interaction and familiarity with the culture of the community they serve, avoidance of bias deployment of selective enforcement throughout the community, a better system of internal and public accountability, and assurances that reflect departments and specialized units ratios align with the community demographics. Discretion encouraged where minor offenses are used to build goodwill and correction instead of revenue and criminal intent. 

Removing the overseer, occupying force, and adversarial culture and mentality of law enforcement to be above the people they serve is crucial to better policing. Changing the officer’s expectations within the department to be less numerically driven as the basis for the court system, jails, and general fund revenue. Additionally, training needs to be more directed at mental and psychological options for compliance, de-escalation, and control under fearful or stressful situations that simulate reality. Certainly, a different type of training and increased training is in order.

Engaging the political and legal process at the municipal, county, and state level to change the city charters, county enforcement, and state laws mandating more accountability and transparency removes many abuses. The other component to remove abuses is to remove those who obstruct or violate the intent or equal application of the law. City Charters can make the Police Chief accountable to the public and not the mayor.  The law is full of remedies that are not currently aligned with the will of the people.

The political structure of this country is established upon majority rule even if that majority is by one. The path forward seems clear to keep that which has served us well in the past, embrace that which is revealing itself to be effective moving forward, and discard that which has not produced the desired results. The use of technology, emails, social media, and the like that can be consolidated at the push of send is a powerful tool to disseminate protocols, actions, and objectives. Information is the new currency and shared education is the manner of transport to expose the iniquities of histories and the needed corrections now and in the future for advancement. 

The objective must be exalted above the method of objection, the message superseding the messenger, and the change sustained beyond the sacrifices made. All those concerned are welcome to be agents of change under a new directive that lessens harm to the integrity of our concerns. We must practice policy-driven professional protest, not random emotional exhibitions of extortion. Some of the methods and techniques available are time-sensitive and subject to subversion as there are forces actively attempting to legislate and criminalize certain actions to abolish or lessen their use and effectiveness making it more difficult to protest without retribution and retaliation.

These laws designed as countermeasures to suppress voting and protest have been announced or can be anticipated which development and implementation of effective alternative methods must be employed which are impervious to being undermined. Force is used for revolution which is not reasonable since our goal is change and not the overthrow of the government which an attempt was made on January 6, 2021 on the Capitol by anarchist hell-bent on suppression of our objectives and the incoming administration.

Force in the form of civil unrest and civil disobedience as it is termed has minimal effect being localized at best and a squander of human resources at worst. Using revolution employing force and confrontation, the tools of the butcher, generates casualties and opposition with the need to maintain coerced compliance. Evolution is the tools of the master akin to chess outmaneuvering the opposition manipulating their move by intellect and persuasion to anticipate their move and checkmate them with their contribution.

We are not equipped for revolution by force and should not be so inclined when the results produced moves us farther away from our goals. The times are ideally suited for evolution with the circumstances ripe with the proper strategic approach. The surgical attainment of our prime objectives should aspire to minimal exposure and maximum benefit, with that in mind adaptation and progression does not have to be glacier but in the context of history it will take some time and sustained effort.         

To survey the factual landscape and assess the most effective course of action the first thing we must do is control our emotions and remain reasonable about the sequence and scope of our goals. We can not succumb to the emotional compulsion to express our frustrations through destructive methods that yield only a release of anger but limited results. We must then logically analyze the playbook being used against us for vulnerabilities and deficiencies. Many have historically been the same but the support has waned significantly exaggerating the weaknesses exposing new paths to change. Just as their ideological numbers have weakened, ours have been strengthened forging overt empathy and allegiances towards justice for us.

Many voices other than our own cry out in unison with ours as well as a significant number of people who should not be alienated or excluded from their contribution to the objective. For example, there are those who have aged out of protest in the streets who have significant contribution that they could make if an avenue for their participation was available which remained within their capabilities. The same holds true for adolescents who can contribute in their own particular way or those who would need to remain anonymous for their own preservation but would love to contribute if provided a way.      

The racist or conservative value ideology has to be exposed for what it is and the lack of inclusion of some who support it not realizing that they are not included except for achieving a goal which will discard them. Their conservatism is rooted in the past which does not include alternative sexualities, gender roles not male dominated, inter-racial relationships, immigrants who visually do not look white, and the list goes on. These are the divisions and vulnerabilities which need to be exposed. The 2020 election and the strategy utilized by Stacey Abrams and many others are symbolic of the horizontal attack on a vertical establishment. The legs can be taken out to make the head fall.

The divide and conquer tactics which have been so effective against us and social intimidation used to sustain this status of superiority can now be used as never before to topple the system of discrimination cutting off its nutrients cultivating change for its own survival or wither isolated from the acceptability. The implosion of maintaining their discriminator ideology will collapse when starved. The pen being mightier than the sword and the briefcase more effective than muscle can use their momentum against their purposes when redirected for our purposes.     

The prototype is to build a horizontal coalition targeting as many local gatekeepers as possible from the school boards to city council from the infrastructure which govern them by vote, city charters, or other legislation which either changes their policy and functions or promote the compromise needed for our redress. The latest census report does not accurately reflect the shifting demographics of those by their designation whose interest would more closely align with our objectives for their benefit. The number of those who would oppose or actively resist have diminished when put into the context of racial and economic oppression which comparatively suppresses their prosperity as well.

The focus on the horizontal social foundation is where the legal and meat on the bones changes will be more pervasively and intensively affected at the grass root level producing new socio-economic norms not constricted by race, gender, or discrimination. It would be regrettable to not fully benefit from this unprecedented time of dimensional shift of ideologies, theirs and ours, to confront this plague of racism which has persisted for centuries because they long for the past struck in a time long gone and we refuse to update our strategy conducive to meaningful change.      

There was civil unrest under the previous administration as clashes of ideology and practice but that most certainly seems not to be the case with the Biden-Harris administration so why would the method of protest be the same for friend and foe. They deserve a chance to benefit us from the highest levels as they have pledged without being encumbered by behavior which undermines their efforts and strengthen the opposition. By demonstration of their actions and those appointed by them, they have demonstrated more willingness toward fairness then we have been recently accustomed to, so lets do our business while they do their business both unencumbered by the other but also in support and coordination towards a just objective.

We can use all the help we can get and can not afford to squander our allies or resources by our emotional behavior or lack of logical strategy. Many of these protest are in response to the lost of life of individuals whose family gets constantly bombarded with reminders of their lost. They deserve a closure and resolution reflective of the pain they endure and provide the progress that can be the only thing to minimize their lost and provide some degree of comfort.

So first and foremost lets not get too wrapped up in our anger to exacerbate their pain without honoring the progression needed as a result of THEIR lost. We must embrace their wellbeing and make sure they are provided for while we claim our actions are on their behalf without honoring their wishes or embracing their condition. Remember it is about their families as well as protest, collectively, not the us individually releasing anger. United we stand erect consolidated in purpose and with the integrity of our convictions to demonstrate that which we demand.

The teachings of Sun Tzu or the Five Rings present conceptual tactics of principle and the study of Hannibal from Carthage along with Shaka Zulu reveals helpful strategic maneuvering of resources and positioning. These learnings are military tactics which will prove effective when elevated and applied to peaceful thought processes guiding social movements whose ideology is adapted to reflect the logical application of their concepts not to create war but to create evolution and progression. They are designed to minimize conflict and self-inflicted collateral damage while ensuring success and subduing the opposition.                

The question is will we put an end to some of this nonsense or wait for others who have less incentive?

Thurston K. Atlas

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Diluted Justice and Pure Morality

When Playtime is Over.

Diluted Justice and Pure Morality

 

Welcome to when playtime is over, our goal is to stimulate thought and conversation, not to convert your perspective. Any persuasion is solely at your discretion and deliberation. For your consideration, we would like to offer Diluted Justice and Pure Morality and as always for those who are easily offended emotions will not be needed so please before entering check your feelings at the door.

Justice and Morality are as old as civilization and communal survival aiding in the coexistence of different norms. They often are confused with each other because both are sometimes present at the same time. They are really just both agreed upon social norms which provide the guidelines of society and govern the restrictions of its members. Justice aspires to punish wrongful acts and distribute fairness ethically. Morality is more concerned with good or bad and right or wrong in principle. The question then becomes who sets the standard and how binding is it for all to follow or submit to as being an arbitrarily accepted social standard.

They are really close in definition but not in practice, application, or agreement. Under some circumstances, it remains the same and in others has an entirely other interpretation based on who is observing or practicing it. It can be virtuous over here while prudish over there. The variations are endless and fluid but some are consistent within a range or scope of understanding and at times baffling. A duality of the same condition diluted is weakened in strength or lessened purity while pure is unadulterated or without dilution or contamination.   

Let’s get to the point without any emotional blinders or folks head jumping time over concepts that their mind or experiences refuse to give allowance for to understand that their adherence to the home team undermines the strength and clarity of their assertions and positions. It is more of a reflection of where your feet are at and the conditioned or adopted perspective that results from a liberal or conservative application of your reality to impose your reality upon others. Liberals generally live and let live while conservatives hold tight to adherence and dissemination of their perspectives upon others. It is many times a cognitive dissonance ignoring the discord between perspective and application.

In actuality neither can be an absolute truth but they both can be a more inclusive comprehensive display of the virtue and veracity of your perspective that separates yours from opposing ones but strangely enough align them on common ground. If we are outraged by attacks on the police then we should be equally outrage by attacks on civilians by the police. If we are outraged by the police killing black and brown then we have to be outraged by black and brown killing each other. The blade cuts both ways with integrity as the dividing denominator.

When your politician or political party has been in lockstep with racist or divisive rhetoric for the last four years and counting and you have fully or partially embraced that then you dilute your hypocritical view that someone else is supporting division by their words or actions. You cannot be silent when it is the home team and criticize the opposition for the same or similar things. You see this is where the justice becomes diluted and the morality less than pure. When you set the table and prepare the meal you lose credibility to complain and deny your transgressions while bemoaning others.

The caterpillar’s knowledge is defined by the confines of its cocoon unable to see beyond its perspective or limitations. The butterfly is transformed by its expansion from and shedding of its limited existence to a sphere of expanded consciousness and possibilities. The human perspective and experience are much the same in a micro or macrocosm of existence as you expand outward from your cocoon of a singular perspective towards a transformative multi-sensory one. It reflects the contemporary evolution of thought and perspective that is the adaptation of survival in a bigger cocoon or radius of understanding.

There is a distinct difference between compromise and being compromised, between concession and surrender. If justice and morality are set by a majority as a social norm then it would stand to reason the same dynamic should be used to change it in the adaption of a different standard. Look at domestic violence and the acceptability of it that traumatized generations of women and children which was once a social norm and by some even encouraged. Its acceptability has run its course and while it is still a reality it is condemned for the despicable act of self-hatred projected outwardly victimizing vulnerable targets masquerading your cowardly inadequacies and lack of self-control as dominance.

The same is true with these moral judgments and racial prejudices on who do not deserve the same considerations as you because in all your righteousness their culture is not yours. Most people’s fortune or misfortune is simply a matter of to whom and where they were born. It was not their choice who, when, where, what culture, what advantages, or what disadvantages they were born into. It was not your choice what education, principles, or demons your parents struggled with or suffered from. There are times when it is not even yours regarding yourself but even if born in the lowlands you can scale the peak.

It is a mix and match but there are plenty that we claim credit for that was pure luck of the draw, a sort of social genetics. So it is important to be careful about the judgments and values that we place on others because of our lack of gratitude for our blessings or despair for our challenges. The pandemic should have taught us all something about how our circumstances can change overnight through no fault of our own to find ourselves in a food line, business or career obliterated, or the shoes tight and the purse-string light. Comparisons are always dangerous and usually an exercise in subjective status in a derogatory manner.

It gets really real when the we become the them and these are the shoes we now walk in or we ride in the struggle buggy for the first time. It is all the same application to a different situation, when we judge by a certain measure then we must make sure we do not fall short of being judged by the same measure. So when your words condemn others make sure your actions don’t condemn yourself. It would only stand to reason that to protest for social justice, against systemic racism, and denounce racial inequality are absolute legit demands but we must also flip the coin and hold ourselves to a level of accountability that does not dilute the integrity of our demands or promote the impurity of others morality.

The dreaded talk that black and brown parents have with our children needs to expand beyond the usual topics to include not only their behavior but ours. We can only hope that white families have a dreaded talk with their children beyond the sphere of their cocoon or privilege. The same criteria that have been applied to Chauvin and many of the other cases of excessive use of force by police must be applied to the senseless excessive use of force by us against us in our communities which is equally terrifying and on a larger scale.

We cannot allow ourselves to be numb to the conditions in our midst that are claiming so many of our people, especially our young people. It reminds me of the saying that even if you have old tattered clothes they should still be clean clothes. If this is where we start and is all we got, then we have to make the best of it and it will bear crop in the harvest season with cultivation, patience, and time. The struggle is real out there but also within here. If we suffer the most, then we need to find solutions for our generational provisions and safety.  

We need change, theirs and ours by each taking their own transgressions out of the equation or conversation whoever you are. Let’s give them something else to talk about whoever they are. Peace, prosperity, and wisdom to the people that justice and morality will become less subjective to emotions and perspectives but aligned with unwavering integrity, progress, and resolve.

With that said let me ask a question, if the prevailing racial strife and circumstance had different parties inserted then would it change the perception or would the same hold true. If black, gang bangers, or opps were inserted instead of the police and the situations mentioned were ones playing out in the inner cities across too much of this country would that not be just as unacceptable and disgraceful. Maybe even more so because it would be us doing it to us. Injustice or murder should not change according to who and where it is done.

The expectations has to be condemnation even when committed by us if the anticipation is for accountability for the actions themselves because it should not be judge by who is doing it but that it is being done. Then it would stand to reason that our outrage has to be focused on the act as well as the perpetrator or at some point our validity and impact diminishes of demanding better. It is the parable of the goose and the gander; it should be the same with different players and with the same standard applied. Consider how many black lives would be saved if the two scenarios met in the middle and were lessened, but we control our communities.

17Protest is cool against the system but let’s play our position on the opposite end to display the love, patience, and change for ourselves that we demand from others and reframe from that which alibis police use of force and irregularities. It will not eliminate their behavior but it will lessen our contribution to it making it obvious and irrefutable to any misconduct. The change we seek without must be the change we are willing to make within giving no concession to inequality keeping our knees straight, our back unbent, our character intact, and our perseverance soaring in pursuit of our humanity and pure justice from a diluted morality.

We are not victims or survivors we are warriors in pursuit of our humanity armed with intellect and integrity that does not require anyone’s permission. The resolution resides in time and commitment now, so the following generations can shed the disparaging and condescending cloaks of racial biases and economic gloom. A strong ten-year commitment followed by another ten-year cultivation period will make tremendous permanent strides like the mighty oak which grows into its strength over time. The seeds are the children raised to know no other way, feel no other way, or accept no other way because inferiority can only be felt by you if it resides in you.     

Racism’s historical ramifications must be exposed, adjudicated, and conquered but being a resilient people it is not preventive of our ascension and perseverance. It can only be if we allow it to be, it is the victim mindset of despair and submission every time we must ask for permission. Just as we band together to protest against these evils let us also band together for ourselves to establish our humanity adhering to our own social norms which embrace each other, so if freedom is free then we are free to frame our destiny. Enforcing justice and morality in our communities creating social norms more in line with our integrity, desires, and prosperity can be done by us to better police ourselves.

Thurston K. Atlas

Creating A Buzz

We must handle our end of the table which we have control over. We control our spoon while we must cajole others into controlling theirs. That which is in our power we must grab holt of and correct while continuing to demand our humanity from others but let’s also demand of and demonstrate that ourselves. They are two different things but closely related and I believe interdependent upon each other. I believe the better we treat ourselves and each other then the more our internal communal dynamics will improve with or without external help.

      

 

    

 

Resisting Arrest Gone Wrong

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Resisting Arrest Gone Wrong

 

Welcome to when playtime is over, our goal is to stimulate thought and conversation, not to convert your perspective. Any persuasion is solely at your discretion and deliberation. For your consideration, we would like to offer Resisting Arrest Gone Wrong and as always for those who are easily offended emotions will not be needed so please before entering check your feelings at the door.

Let me state that this is not to bash the police and I support Police Officers and their safety when confronting dangerous and violent criminals who endanger lives. However, I will not honor these rogue policemen who act from being afraid or even worst being callous and reckless with their use of force. Fresh off of the Chauvin verdict there are those who would say do not resist arrest, simply comply with lawful or unlawful police commands, do not attempt to flee or escape, or force the police to use force against you to gain control. For them, we need to redefine resisting arrest and non-compliance that necessitate the use of force being used against someone.

There is the legitimate reality where force is needed to affect an arrest or prevent death or serious bodily harm. During these times it must be distinguished whether the arrestee is resistant or combative. The difference being resistant is not wanting to comply attempting to get away and combative is actively attacking the police person to inflict damage. Either way, the level of force must reflect the level of threat posed and the totality of the circumstances including the crime committed.

For example, let’s examine a real-life situation and determine for yourself from the police person’s perspective the degree of fear for their safety or how the combative noncompliance of the suspect contributed to the use of force against them. Afterward, you can determine for yourself if the suspect posed a sufficient danger and warranted the use of force being used against them. Keep in mind that there are laws as well as police policy and procedures that govern the use of force and noncompliance alone may not be the only criteria for force but there may be some mitigating circumstances to take into account.

This involves a suspect who the responding policeman believed was fleeing the crime scene after an attempted theft offense and being confronted by the store personnel. When the policeman confronted the thief, he was met with disregard for his command and an attempt to escape the scene. He immediately for his own safety and the protection of the public physically engaged the thief with physical force to subdue and prevent their escape. The policeman then believes he was met with a monumental struggle which clearly left him out of breath and presumably exhausted eventually needing backup to control the suspect.

Thank goodness backup arrived to lend assistance as the suspect appeared to be a handful for both police persons. There would have been a tremendous outcry from the public for another non-compliant criminal if deadly force would have been used. Once even handcuffed on the ground face down, subdued, and reasonably under control from the previous struggle the thief still was insistent on making it home. Due to the struggle, the suspect did suffer some injuries but deadly force was avoided displaying the police person’s restraint under difficult circumstances.

The history of the suspect was unknown at the time and I am still unaware of their criminal history if any or their propensity to assault police personnel. We cannot allow that, as the policeman to first encounter the suspect repeatedly advised the suspect that he was having none of it. He further went on to explain to the suspect why force was needed and the folly of not complying with his commands. The suspect still did not seem to grasp the gravity of the situation or comply.

To further clarify the danger the suspect posed, the suspect was a 73-year-old white lady for those who it may make a difference. She is approximately 4’ 10’ tall and eighty pounds suffering from dementia. Her name was reported by The Young Turks to be Karen Garner living in Loveland, Colorado. The video captioned “Cops assault elderly woman with dementia” can be seen on TYT and the incident occurred on June 26, 2020 and has come to light because of a federal lawsuit against the police for excessive force. It was captured on police body cam.

The merchandise attempted to be stolen from Walmart amounted to $13.88 which was recovered by Walmart personnel.  When confronted she produced a card to pay and had the ability along with the willingness to pay but was refused by store personnel and sent on her way. The police were still called for this scenario and caught her down the road walking where he confronted her ordering her to stop. She did stop repeatedly stating that she was going home and proceeded to do so. It was shortly after this point that the policeman physically engaged her wrangling her to the ground in rodeo fashion.

Before we go on to be clear let’s sum up the crime and the policeman’s recourse or authority to respond in the manner in which he did. The store refused payment and let her go. The store retrieved their merchandise which amounted to a petty theft. The store most likely and by all indications would decline to prosecute for the attempted theft. Folks this is Walmart we are talking about and an elderly lady with dementia. Furthermore, these stores might want to reconsider always calling the police on these very petty crimes which they most likely will not waste their time prosecuting. The claim was she pulled down an associate’s mask however all charges were dropped.

Think about if she should have even been arrested or given a citation not to even mention physically manhandled for such a petty crime. She suffered injuries to her shoulder (dislocated), arm (broken), and wrist (sprained) not to mention assorted bruises and cuts with blood drawn as a result of this forceful encounter. What was he arresting her for if Walmart had washed their hands? More importantly he never advised her she was under arrest which he must do, never tried to deescalate or reason with her, or impede her path. He just simply attacked her for daring to not heed to his command without regard for any prevailing circumstances except arrogant indignation for what he told her to do. It would appear her greatest crime was not obeying his orders notwithstanding her diminished mental capacity to understand him or her frail condition both mentally and physically.

The policewoman who responded as backup you would have thought was more compassionate or observant than him but she assisted him and mimicked his demeanor against the little old lady. The policewoman essentially was an accomplice in the assault of an elderly lady with a seemingly clear mental condition. Imagine the confusion and pain she must have experienced. It should be noted that oftentimes individuals with these disorders have a higher threshold for pain and thus do not exhibit pain as you would expect or the ability to communicate it. It is a huge difference between holding her or grabbing and twisting which can be seen to have occurred indicating intentional infliction of pain.

There were much better options available which no one can deny and the usual justifications I am sure will be offered and quite possibly accepted and supported. The normal protocol after the tussle, she should have been taken for medical evaluation and treatment after being finally advised that she was under arrest and then taken to jail. The jail personnel should have refused to accept her if she had any injuries. It was reported that the police persons stated that she was uninjured and she was booked into jail. She suffered from four to six hours before she was sent for medical evaluation and her injuries treated.

One would wonder if the situation would have been handled better if a supervisor was notified to respond on scene and made aware of the totality of the circumstances. A higher ranking official, a sergeant, did respond and reprimanded a brave civilian for interfering with police business. He joked and condoned the treatment of this elderly woman, did not order that she receive medical treatment, or display the judgment one would expect from a supervisor.

Furthermore, separate use of force documentation would have revealed the sergeant’s investigation into the justification for the use of force. The police department and the city dubious claim that they had no knowledge of the incident until the federal lawsuit was filed seems disingenuous. The footage was police bodycam and a request had to be made to receive it and then reviewed prior to release. The delay in filing the lawsuit may be directly attributed to a delay in receiving the incriminating video.

Nevertheless, think of all the resources and personnel; police, medical, booking officers, clerk’s office, prosecutor, and judge with some other incidental personnel sprinkled in who would have had some kind of dealings with this case. Now we can add federal investigators, attorneys, more judges, and most definitely lump sum tax-payers money again.

We can only imagine from a humanistic standpoint and concern for her health how she suffered and has been impacted. We can only wonder what fate the two police people and their supervisor have faced or if medals and a parade were in order for taking down such a danger to society. All three need to be fired, arrested, and charged with felony offenses. Desk duty and suspensions are not sufficient. Damn the cancel culture nonsense, they do not deserve a second chance to display such horrendous judgment again. The lack of compassion is stunning and the visual use of force unjustifiable.

This video turned my stomach but is an illustration of what is wrong with policing. She wasn’t black, young, thuggish, armed, a threat on her best day, or any of the other worn-out identifying cliche which are usually thrown out there for excuses. She is our mother or grandmother, that is who she is! This is in full display for all to see the arbitrary authoritative gutless resort to excessive force that was used against her. Imagine how anyone else would have fared, deadly force maybe? This cannot be blamed on training or lack of training it is directly attributable to the individuals’ involved detachment from the public they should serve while intoxicated with power and control. In case you were wondering all parties involved were white.

It is the arrogant authority deranged mentality that absolute control and obedience must be imposed. I would hope they have better patience and compassion with their family and loved ones who may not understand or comply with their every word. This is guerrilla and gorilla policing at its worst which can easily be mistaken for racism if a person of color would have been the victim. It is not always training, racism, or fear for life and limb that elicit these kinds of responses. It is a propensity for control and authority with no tolerance for anything other than immediate and total compliance under any circumstances. It is not even bad judgment but total disregard for self-restraint or policy and procedures.

This would appear to be an extreme isolated incident that could not repeat itself. By contrast, another equally fine set of police persons handled a suspected burglary in Port Allen near Baton Rouge Louisiana in exemplary fashion. They responded to a burglary in progress and caught the suspect red-handed calmly sitting in a chair on the porch when they arrived. The suspect seeming dangerous and highly suspicious attempted an explanation but to no avail, it was no fooling the keen senses of these police persons due to their training and experience.

The one policeman preemptively had his taser trained on the suspect who was slow to respond while offering a lame excuse. Luckily, force was averted and he was able to be handcuffed and placed in the zone car. No harm, no foul and all is well. The menacing suspect then began to yell for help of all things after stating that he did not need to be roughhoused. The policeman who had convinced the suspect earlier to surrender without incident or he would light him up with the taser then encouraged the suspect not to remain silent.

After the suspect continues to yell for help the policeman then did what he had advised the suspect he would do when his threats and intimidation had failed. He repeatedly tasered the suspect while the suspect was seated in the zone car and handcuffed. Further invest revealed that the suspect lived in the house and had misplaced his key and broke his window to gain entrance into his home as he had advised them while calmly seated on his porch. This was confirmed by the police persons who then decided that his yelling for help was disturbing the peace and warranted his arrest after having the hell tasered out of him. 

 

The man is Izell Richardson Jr. a 67-year-old man with a bad back and black for those who it may make a difference. He was cooperative and secured in the zone car when the policeman entered the rear of the zone car to taser him at close range. Charges were trumped up, no pun intended, on him and he was arrested and taken to jail. An Officer at the jail then called for medical attention for him to be taken to the hospital for treatment. He was not charged with any crime.

Port Allen can start ponying up his settlement as well. To be tasered for verbal disobedience not directed at the police or inciteful while secured and handcuffed in the zone car is not criteria for the use of force to this magnitude. Maybe it would have been better to just ignore him or listen to him explain. Mr. Richardson Jr who is black is the victim of the systemic police abuses which many complain about except racism probably was not the case since the brave policeman who assaulted him was black also. He was also representative of the fear for their lives and terror some civilians have in police encounters.

Now both of these incidents have striking similarities if you examine them closely and the symptoms are the same as the Chauvin case. The symptoms are the visual or noticeable manifestations of the illness, disease, or dysfunction. It is the indication of disease, not the disease. We have seen the indications whether we want to recognize them or not but to continue to ignore the symptoms allows the disease to progress and become terminal.

Claims of support and protection for the police are actually protection of the system. Improving the system to ensure it is healthy and at optimal operation should be the middle ground consensus for all concerned. Democrat or Republican, black or white, fund or defund, pro-law enforcement or otherwise must be able to come to a truce for opposing opinions to agree that some of this nonsense and hypocrisy can be dispensed with as distasteful to all concerned. Strong arm assault will not be tolerated.

Perhaps it is time for the police to protect and support the police by not committing these senseless acts of outrage that cause the collective condemnation of their profession. The above two scenarios clearly demonstrate the abuses and lack of oversight from the overseers to police themselves. So, let’s agree to universally police them on this type of nonsense to make it clear that this shit won’t be tolerated especially with our seniors.

At least we should be able to agree on that unless we were raised by wolves, hell even if we were raised by wolves. These are two separate cases of felonious assault on seniors without sufficient justification or cause while the police persons involve get a due process which they did not allow their senior victims. We cannot contest every aspect of a broken system unconditionally supporting obvious criminal assaults especially captured by the very police bodycam itself. Come on now, what could possibly be the delay in arrest and charges prima facie to the video evidence?

These actions forfeit their right to any consideration and if it is built into the system then it is time to change the system that gives allowances for this behavior. It is inconceivable that arrest and charges are not immediate upon discovery of felony assault on seniors without any police personnel charges preferred swiftly and harshly. It would be nice to extend this protection to everyone but at least we should be able to agree on how we are not about to let our seniors and children be treated in law enforcement encounters especially like these two non-threatening situations.

This lady and man had their Constitutional Rights violated in much the same fashion that we have seen many times before. Sadly, until rogue policing is strongly punished and denounced we will most likely continue to see it over and over again. Meanwhile, there are still those who unconditionally support the police in any misconduct or brutality they are jammed up committing displaying sympathy and support for the police. Most police do not even support this nonsense. News flash they are not the police when committing crimes and these blatantly unconscionable atrocities, they are criminals with criminal behavior carrying a badge.

If they are here to protect and serve, I would hate to meet those who are here to harm and violate. It is getting to be hard to tell the saints from the sinners. This is not to condemn all police or policing but even among the ranks, you have to admit that this is getting to be ridiculous and very damaging. Maybe someone should let these bad apples know they are wearing body cameras and should conduct themselves as such. The egregious must be expunged from your ranks. It amounts to their individual accountability versus your collective condemnation. Amputate the disease so the police body can survive.  

Respect to the women and men who do the job with honor and hopefully the tarnish from the ones who do not will remain with them as individuals for them to be held to task. The time has come to separate the wheat from the chaff, the good from the rotten. Policing is classified as a profession and profession indicates professionals and respectability.  The hiring process, authoritarian culture, and tolerance for impropriety must be addressed to prevent further erosion of respect and authority. Zero tolerance and if not the noose you tighten will be your own and as for Port Allen and Loveland, where is the love or discretion for the seniors?

33This cannot be tolerated so I would encourage everyone to see the videos and judge for yourself before it becomes a reality near or dear to you like your parents or children. On that we should be able to agree and we can dispute the rest, just not the seniors. A journey starts with the first step and incremental concessions are a good first step. Arrest and charges against the police are a better first step in cases like the above.

We know the consequences of resisting but what are the benefits of complying or non-combative behavior? A little finesse, patience, and persuasion could save an enormous amount of settlements. Police settlements are becoming the most undesirable way to riches. If the police refuse to accept better options then they encourage payments, skepticism, condemnation, mistrust, and oversight. Many cities are self-insured which comes out of the city budget or rainy day general funds while others are insured by insurance companies. When will the risk to insurance companies become so great that they refuse to accept the liability or indemnify themselves against misconduct and these large settlements? When will the public or police tire? At some point, the tarnish will be too much for the good Officers to bear, or at least not a laughing matter of pride.

Let me ask you a question to put this into context. I like to often reverse engineer situations as if it were a debate where the opposing viewpoints are assigned and not chosen for argument. Just to stack it up, flip it, and smooth it out so pin this twist of fate. The white police personnel encounters both scenarios where they either damage the black man breaking bones or taser the black man in the back of the zone car while he is handcuffed. Now flip it where the black police personnel encounter the white lady and do the exact same.  This should crystalize for opposing viewpoints the crux of the condemnation.

It sometimes is not racial except by context of the parties involved and the appearance of racism so close that you cannot tell the difference. It is sometimes a culture and psychology present among police which is developed out of a fear, separation, superiority, and survival indoctrination exaggerated and rampaging out of control which compels these actions as well as condone them. The culture and system are made of human beings which meld into a consolidation to comprise the system so the system can only be affected to the extent of the change in the personnel.

The system changes the personnel, the personnel changes the system, or one or the other needs to be replaced if not both. Abolishing the police is ridiculous, transformation is wise. It is amazing how a bunch of egg heads always knows what is best for everybody except themselves. Here are suggestions for a three-step tango to target the problems and changes needed. One, give a questionnaire to all police departments and court personnel surveying their raw anonymous opinions of their operations, procedures, applications, and suggestions for improvement.

Two, if the hiring practices cannot more evenly reflect the population served, they should at least be well versed in the population they protect and serve to humanize a sensitivity to them. As part of the police academy training it should be mandatory to visit rec centers, festivals, and various neighborhoods throughout the city to familiarize themselves with the people and the people the police.

Three, incentivize correction and not monetize punishment for the profit of police via court appearances, the city and courts via general fund revenue, and the prisons via slave labor. Everyone does not need to go to jail but statutory or discretionary punishment both has to be identical for everyone. For example, the right to bail is not a right if you cannot afford it so a tier of offenses that clearly outlines personal recognizance releases from jail and bailable offenses in addition to high or non-bail offenses.   

It would relieve over-crowding and the system’s accountability for the room, housing, and health of those in their custody. Perhaps even increase community service for a contribution to society instead of a drain. Desperate times call for desperate measures or at least a shift in ideology. Fear of exposure, fear of honesty, and projections of failure for deviation from the old system we already know either don’t work or is inefficient will seek to prevent changes. The money to pay for these and other changes can come from the money saved from settlements and repetitive expenditures for resources to maintain the old antiquated system.

So back to the duality of the reality. There can be no resistance where there is no opposition just as there can be no opposition where there is no resistance. There must be compromise and concessions from all sides and assurances to heed and abide by the fair determination of the criteria set forth. Anyone in violation would clearly be deemed out of pocket and subject to that tier of consequences and conditions without respect to color, wealth, or occupation. The adherence to a one-dimensional past developed for the singular benefit of what is becoming less of a majority supported by a two-dimensional arrogance to maintain and justify the historical nepotism of those benefits is withering under the three-dimensional microscope of contemporary demographics now demanding a four-dimensional futuristic solution to propel us forward.  

What has been can no longer be and if the changes needed are not met then what could be will never be, yesterday is gone. The world is changing and the old policies of oppression and authoritative domination of the people or suppression of their expression is generating one hundred percent dissent and dissatisfaction whatever your position or opposition. So we all have to give a lot to get a lot and that is something we all can no longer resist for things to go right.        

Thurston K. Atlas

Creating A Buzz    

 

 

George Floyd Part 2 of 3- Logical Reasoning

When Playtime is Over.

George Floyd Part 2 of 3– Logical Reasoning

Welcome to when playtime is over, our goal is to stimulate thought and conversation, not to convert your perspective. Any persuasion is solely at your discretion and deliberation. For your consideration, we would like to offer George Floyd Part 2 of 3Logical Reasoning and as always for those who are easily offended, emotions will not be needed so please before entering check your feelings at the door.

 

Facts & Questions

Sometimes you must go backwards to retrace and unravel an incident then proceed forward to a place of clarity. A review or reenactment from the end of the critical incident that claimed Mr. George Floyd’s life analyzed in retrospect will reveal the points that were incriminating to all parties involved based on the visual evidence and factual inference of the application of the law.

An examination from the end to the beginning of the encounter is a very distinct way to isolate the mental state of mind, the Mens rea, or intent so that it can be legally established. The criminality, the mea culpa or fault, can be best demonstrated by everyone’s actual actions or inactions at critical times according to legal standards. Were these actions justifiable based upon what was known at the time, what should have been known at the time, or what was being observed throughout that time? Was it within the law and police procedure or a violation? Does the action’s justification rise to the level of its application to the circumstances? Was it legally necessary and permissible? The answers all serve as actual testimony to the facts.

According to the law, inaction can also be an action when there was a duty to act. If there was inaction, was there a duty to act? What action should have been taken and how could that action have affected the outcome? As a fluid evolving situation, the timing and chronological sequence matter greatly to the incident’s legality and outcome. A diligent analysis of the timing and sequence will reveal crucial determinations of criminality and culpability. Our method will be to state the facts as we believe them to be true and then ask the pertinent questions raised. In Part 3 we will examine the answers by deductive reasoning of the legal application of the law and police departmental policy and procedures analyzing along with suggesting the obvious logical resolutions and interpretations.

Facts: Mr. Floyd while in handcuffs was surrounded by four policemen and physically restrained by at least three of them at different times during the incident. He was removed from the scene by responding EMTs on a stretcher presumably lifeless by all appearances. He was then transported to the hospital by the EMT unit.

Questions: Who radioed in for medical assistance and at what point during the incident? How many policemen involved spoke with radio regarding medical aid, the reason for the request for EMT, and if requests were made to step up their arrival due to Mr. Floyd’s physical decline? When stating Mr. Floyd’s condition was there any mention of Chauvin on his neck restricting his breathing? Was that due to an omission or a concealment? What was said during the radio transmission? What do the dispatcher recordings and separate notes reflect?

When was a supervisor notified and by whom, did any of the policemen involved make notifications to advise command? Were there recorded specialized channels that more sensitive information was communicated over? Did that happen, by whom, and at what time? If such secure channel communications took place were they recorded and reviewed as they most likely should have been pursued by discovery or duces tecum?

What were EMT’s dispatched communications? At what point did the EMTs determine that Mr. Floyd had no vital signs indicating death? Was it before transport, during transport, or at the hospital by medical personnel? What life-saving steps did the EMT’s take and how did Mr. Floyd respond?  Once at the hospital what life-saving steps were taken, for how long, and by who.

What was the information given by the EMTs, are their paperwork and interviews complete and consistent with this information, and when was Mr. Floyd’s actual pronouncement of death?

Were there real-time 911 calls from the public as the critical incident occurred and how many? What was the content of the policemen’s excited utterances as excited utterances by any party are generally admissible in court as evidence of knowledge or intent?

When was the location secured and treated as a crime scene with the Use of Deadly Force Team or Homicide Unit notified to respond on the scene? Was deadly force protocol initiated and maintained specifically the separation of policemen and prevention of collaboration of statements prior to interviews? Was witness identification and statements gathered?

Facts: The primary policeman at this point has later been identified as Chauvin, an 18-year veteran of the force and the senior officer on scene. Mr. Floyd was pinned to the ground by his neck by Chauvin’s left knee and left front shin area applied to the carotid nerve or artery area of the neck traversing the windpipe, trachea, and larynx.

The carotid artery is located on both sides of the neck. It does not matter which way Mr. Floyd’s head was turned it would still be exposed. The greater the torque or twist of the head the greater the vulnerability of this neck artery to causing unconsciousness or a fatal outcome. It restricts oxygen and blood flow simultaneously. This occurred for an estimated 8 minutes and 46 seconds of which approximately 2 minutes and 53 seconds Mr. Floyd was unresponsive presumably unconscious and probably deceased.

Despite public outcry, repeated warnings expressing concern from fellow officers, and Mr. Floyd’s very own plea Chauvin continued to apply pressure with his full body weight on Mr. Floyd’s neck. The force continuum scale governs police use of force and the justification for what type of force is permitted to be used. Code red is the highest level of threat and response category. Any neck restraint is classified as a code red on the force continuum scale which categorizes the severity of its use as deadly force.

With code red being the very highest threat level assessment, the resulting response can only be to preserve life or avoid serious bodily harm but not to gain compliance. Any neck restraint is considered deadly force whether used against a policeman or used by a policeman. Due to the deadly force used on Mr. Floyd which is understood to likely have caused or contributed to his death or inflicted serious physical harm upon him, the necessity or articulation for its use is a problematic violation from its initiation and certainly its continuation.   

It must be reiterated that he was handcuffed hands behind his back prone on the ground with four policemen surrounding him already searched and determined to be free of weapons. These circumstances do not support a code red response and neck restraint regardless of however it was applied. It is not and cannot be justified according to the force continuum scale. There is however no dispute that Mr. Floyd’s death was caused on the scene before EMT arrived with Chauvin’s neck restraint a factor. Without Chauvin’s knee as a factor, it would suggest that whatever other factors that contributed Mr. Floyd would have succumbed to them at that very moment anyway without Chauvin’s use of excessive force.  

It is the State which certifies the Police Academy and dictates the training criteria and curriculum which extensively covers the use of force. It is the City that swears in the cadets to become officers which have the ultimate legal liability and also covers the use of force extensively. The use of force technically can be shots fired down to as minor as placing someone in handcuffs without incident voluntarily and with their utmost cooperation.

The City gives the authority to arrest for misdemeanors and issue citations. The State gives the authority for deadly force and to arrest for felonies and that is why you go to County Court for State charges. Although the State gives you the authority to use deadly force, the City is responsible for that force and subsequent training once the police are sworn in. By all standards applied both state and city, force of any kind must be the minimal force necessary to effect an arrest and should be discontinued as resistance lessens or it is no longer necessary. But in this instance, it becomes clear it was not necessary to effect an arrest or gain compliance when Chauvin has in hand in his pocket and there was no need to even use his hands to control Mr. Floyd.

Questions: The question then becomes was the knee justified in the first place based on the criteria for its use? If at any point he had been a code red threat, what level of threat did he present once he was unresponsive and feared unconscious or deceased?

Once Chauvin’s knee was on his neck constituting deadly force at what point was Mr. Floyd, not a code red threat or actively resisting with the threat of death or serious bodily harm to anyone? Was there any discernable level of threat or fear of any kind with four officers present and Chauvin’s hands were in his pockets while his knee was on Mr. Floyd’s neck? Would the threat level seem under control and become suspect when policemen feel comfortable enough to turn their back and not be engage otherwise if any threat existed? Was Mr. Floyd’s given the opportunity to comply and were there verbal commands and instructions issued for compliance? Had compliance and control already effectively been achieved when basically three officers had only secondary participation? 

Were Mr. Floyd pleadings, not an opportunity to ease the use of deadly force, issue orders to comply, a clear indication of his willingness to comply, as well as their responsibility and duty to discontinue or cause to be discontinued the use of force absent his resistance or the necessity? Despite all the concerns about Mr. Floyd’s medical condition expressed before Mr. Floyd laid lifeless, what threat to four policemen’s life or limb was Floyd with his hands cuffed behind his back prone on the ground on his stomach? If we are to believe their concern for Mr. Floyd’s medical condition then wouldn’t their actions be even more baffling?

With Chauvin on his neck, when did Chauvin order him to comply, or more importantly what chance did Chauvin give him to comply? Even unresponsive with no pulse the use of deadly force was not altered to the level of Mr. Floyd’s lack of ability to resist or actual resistance nor was there any possibly life-saving officer intervention. 

Was a taser, pepper spray, verbal persuasion, or other compliance techniques or less-lethal option available? Why did Chauvin eventually take his knee off Mr. Floyd’s neck? Was it because Mr. Floyd was unresponsive or Chauvin had killed him? No, that is unlikely because that had already apparently happened minutes before and confirmed by no pulse being felt by another policeman. Was the EMT’s arrival the only thing that finally prompted him to remove himself off of Mr. Floyd’s neck?    

Aren’t illegal orders and criminal actions to be disobeyed and certainly not participated in or furthered in addition to expectations to be prevented? Isn’t it understood and enforced in any military or quasi-military organization including the police? Is it not your vow and commitment to uphold the law and not break it? The movie A Few Good Men is a prime example, you should have done something and had a duty to stop it but did not. If you had intervened could maybe even after Mr. Floyd was unresponsive, could he have been still alive or potentially revived?

Would Mr. Floyd more likely have survived if not for his encounter with Chauvin’s knee? If we cannot say yes for sure that Chauvin was the cause of Mr. Floyd’s death, then we cannot say no either for sure? Can it be denied that the fact is three officers had a duty to step in and stop it but they did nothing? Instead of intervening at various life-saving points, did they not aid and abet in the murder by either actively assisting or providing protection and crowd neutralization as a deterrent to citizen intervention?

Facts: Mr. Floyd, is stretched out prone on the ground handcuffed with hands behind his back face down after being placed there. Prior to being placed on the ground, Mr. Floyd was resistant to being placed in the squad car.

Questions: Were the duration and events which occurred while placed face down on the ground the best course of action or option available, or an indication of indifference to unnecessary use of force? 

Was standing him alongside the squad car or maintaining the position of him being partially in the squad car more preferable given his level of resistance?

What were all policemen’s roles in attempting to get him into the squad car and removing him placing him on the ground? Whose decision was it to place him prone and why if he was almost fully in the squad car?

At what point did they each participate in the chronological order of events and why? Was there a detectable amount of frustration or agitation from the policemen towards Mr. Floyd? 

Was the reasonableness and level of force used lawful and necessary? 

Facts: The foundation of the law is what was known or reasonably suspected at the time. It governs probable cause and reasonable suspicion from the Constitution and Bill of Rights down to municipal law enforcement and policemen conduct. The history of the policemen involved was not known at the time just as Mr. Floyd’s history presumably was not known at the time either. Their histories have no bearing on the consideration of the facts and motivations known at that time, not overriding the action which occurred then. The prevailing influence of histories is consistently demonstrating a propensity to act according to a previous pattern, a reluctance exhibited to refrain from an activity, or implied tendencies during an incident. Histories are indications of conduct consistency and by no means restrictive of any number of actions or responses both positive or negative demonstrated which are inconsistent with that history.   

Mr. Floyd’s criminal history reveals no prior consistency of code red behavior towards police personnel.  Also, after the fact consideration for the two rookie policemen’s lack of history bears no mitigating circumstances to avoid accountability but may be an indication of their experience but not their lack of knowledge regarding appropriate force. Histories are indicators but not always relevant implications that can be related to a current incident. It also has to be presumed that Chauvin’s alleged previous racial undertones must be considered equally as Mr. Floyd’s run-ins with the law if histories are to be a factor.

Questions: Why would Mr. Floyd’s history be unfavorable for him but the history of the four officers not be unfavorable for them if so revealed?  So are we to assume, the history of the two veteran policemen should be disregarded, the history of the two rookie policemen should be taken into consideration for clemency, but Mr. Floyd’s history held against him?

How could the unknown history at the time somehow indicate that Mr. Floyd needed to be treated as a code red level threat in this incident? If Mr. Floyd’s history were unknown at the time of the encounter, what bearing could it have on the incident? If he were a priest what bearing would that have on the incident at the time if unknown, none? How could the incident not be a judgment on the actions of the participants at the time, which would render histories after the fact as irrelevancies?

Facts: The policemen walked Mr. Floyd across the street without incident and he seemed to have some minor passive resistance but not actively aggressive behavior. He was handcuffed with minimal resistance and without incident or struggle. Mr. Floyd’s action upon being removed from the vehicle would not constitute resisting arrest or being combative because it did not meet the physical standard or required warnings to cease and desist or be placed under arrest for resisting.

It appeared he was confused and more verbally resistant attempting to have explained to him what was going on and turning to talk but definitely not combative.  Officers said that they noticed a concerning level of distress upon handcuffing Mr. Floyd.

Questions: Prior to being removed from the car was Mr. Floyd properly advised as to what the encounter was about? If at the point of handcuffing Mr. Floyd, he was showing signs of distress why was he even taken across the street at all? If Mr. Floyd was showing signs of distress why was he placed on the ground face down? If Mr. Floyd was showing signs of distress why did Chauvin place his knee on his neck further complicating his distress? What was observed and what conveyed physical signs and indications that were concerning? What, how, and when were the signs escalating indicating decline?  

If Mr. Floyd was showing signs of distress at what point was this radioed in and with four officers present what assistance was he given? Is it prudent or customary to further restrict someone’s breathing if distress is suspected? Was there a belief that Chauvin’s weight on Mr. Floyd’s neck was in any way assisting him and a benefit to his distress? Was the delay in requesting medical attention from the initial time of suspicion before he was brought across the street justified or the whole distress story a fabrication to cover the cause of his death?

What should have been the policemen’s response? Was there any reason for any delay in offering assistance, requesting EMT, or removing Chauvin off the neck of what you have stated was an obviously medically distressed person? If Mr. Floyd was showing signs of distress what distress signs were radio notified of to better inform the EMT dispatcher of the progression of his symptoms other than a grown man being on his neck?  Suppose if he were suspected of having a heart attack would you place him on his stomach with an over 200-pound man on his neck? Why was no aid rendered or attempted during his distress after he displayed no pulse? After displaying no pulse did the other officers feel it was a lawful and necessary use of force for Chauvin to remain on Mr. Floyd’s neck?

Facts: The policemen responded to a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill being passed at the store and received information that directed them to Mr. Floyd across the street. Almost immediately upon approach, the policeman escalates the situation by unnecessarily pulling his gun revealing his disposition that Mr. Floyd knew it was a counterfeit bill. His demeanor was to prevent an escape or assume a threat level fearful enough to pull his service weapon but why. You cannot just pull your gun on someone for a conversation. Was there a visible threat or what justified this approach?

Questions: Was the twenty-dollar bill marked and taken as evidence prior to approaching Mr. Floyd? Did they know the counterfeit protocol of notifying the Secret Service and recording the individual’s information to be forwarded in a report? Should they have known counterfeiting is a federal crime and is only arrestable by a federal agent or by prior federal authorization? Did they know that they lacked the authority to arrest him without providing he had knowledge that it was counterfeit? 

Subsequently, was the counterfeit money found to have Mr. Floyd’s DNA or prints on it confirming after his death that had indeed possessed the fake? Could they or did they know if Mr. Floyd had knowledge that it was counterfeit or how he obtained it? Aren’t the Secret Service only interested in printing operations and patterns, not random twenty-dollar bills in which they cannot prove knowledge or intent? With authority to investigate but not arrest why was any force at all used? Is it common knowledge that counterfeit money is in public circulation and could conceivably fall into the unsuspecting hand of any law-abiding citizen unbeknownst to them?   

Is there a point where the crime does not justify the force used or even handcuffing for a nonviolent cold stand or questioning? Can the actions leading to his death be justified compared to the nature of the crime, the public danger posed, or threats posed to policemen’s safety being endangered? Was Mr. Floyd’s race a factor in the handling of this incident? Were the other policemen in fear of Chauvin or his reputation? Would a conversation, patience, or verbal persuasion have been more suitable, and is it also taught as a tool for law enforcement?

Reverse engineering of the circumstance and events reveals the highest contrast in logical continuity between what actually happened and what is said to have happened. Many times when a fabrication is constructed it cannot stand the scrutiny of reverse analysis because it was constructed to make the pieces fit conceptually in a progression that only lends itself to conventional rationale. The contemplation of why would something be necessary if the previous assertion is true becomes an evident contradiction. If it were true it would be no need for the subsequent action.

For example, if they had truly thought Mr. Floyd was experiencing distress prior to his death why would Chauvin continue his behavior or they allow it. It stands more to reason that they had the need to conceal something and quickly falsified an implausible explain that contradicts their prior assertions, actions, and the chronological sequence of events. Their explanation leaves them exposed in too many areas lacking justification to be true and blatantly illuminates that if what they said were true then countermeasures would not have been necessary or otherwise their action would have been consistent with their initial assertion.

All indications are that their concern was for exposure from Chauvin’s reckless and willful misconduct which left them assessing what they were part and parcel of was improper. Mr. Floyd needing medical attention could only be exacerbated by the distress inflicted upon him by Chauvin and their inaction. Now that the illumination of contradictions has been identified by the questions raised then deductive conclusions of guilt can be examined and proven. Furthermore, did the punishment fit the crime or the tactics fit the situation? Keep in mind even self-defense only allows for the force that neutralizes a threat and not beyond the danger which is posed.      

 

Thurston K. Atlas

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George Floyd Part 1 of 3– Your Applied Judgment

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George Floyd Part 1 of 3– Your Applied Judgment

 

Welcome to when playtime is over, our goal is to stimulate thought and conversation, not to convert your perspective. Any persuasion is solely at your discretion and deliberation. For your consideration, we would like to offer George Floyd Part 1 of 3– Your Applied Judgment and as always for those who are easily offended, emotions will not be needed so please before entering check your feelings at the door.

 First I would like to say respect and blessings to the Floyd family for speaking on their loss.

Procedural Legalities for those who might not know.

Here in part 1, I will attempt to explain the legal aspects and implications of the case to provide a better understanding of the charges and trial considerations. Many assumptions from a civilian or layperson perspective deviate from the intricacies and nuances of the law. Consequently, to make a better determination requires that we first establish the pertinent laws, criteria, and instructions which will be needed to make an informed legal judgment. The distinctions of the law rely strictly on what can be proven while what appears to be obvious evidence of proof can often differ from the letter of the law

The first consideration is did you actually commit the crime and the primary element of proving you did commit the crime requires meeting the statutory legal standard for that crime. Then the mental state of mind and sanity are the next two main elements to be established.  The mental state of mind of knowingly is generally the most difficult mental state of mind to prove but usually carries the harshest penalty. The more serious the crime committed, the more precise the elements of the mental state of mind are to determine. This makes specific mental distinctions more difficult to prove.   

The law when is ascertaining an individual’s mental state of mind the law does not define when the origination of intent begins or the duration of that intent. The law only considers at what point a specific intent is detected and its effect that can be proven or demonstrated to substantiate that level of intent. In other words, not how long the intent existed before or during the commission of the crime, but just what intent can be proven before or during that contributed to the commission of that crime.

Proving intent is determined from the point it transitioned from obvious lawful actions to illegal or criminal actions. The intent is comprised of the observable actions and behavior individually or collectively exhibited, then applying the level of knowledge or should have known the outcome or risk of those actions and behavior. It is further judged by indifference or remorse for the outcome. The intent is the key element in determining which statute was broken and to what degree.

The elements of a crime by statute are the first consideration and the second is the degree relative to mental state of mind. The crime of murder is defined as the act of causing the death of another and has certain specifications and conditions including elements that refer to various states of mind and jail terms. Murder classifications by degree are first-degree involving premeditation with intent, second-degree intentional killing lacking any malicious intent, third-degree is with a depraved heart or mind disregarding human life, and lesser degrees involve manslaughter, etc. Third-degree murder is a charge only available in three states in the country Minnesota, Florida, and Pennsylvania being the three.

Third-degree murder is classified by the mental state of mind being considered to display depraved indifference but not intentional, first and second degree are considered intentional. The enhanced specification of the felony murder rule is when during the commission of another felony, for example, felony assault in the first degree. Assault is generally defined as a physical attack inflicting physical harm or causing the fear of harm or threatening harm. Pursuant to the felony murder rule an assault leading to death would be a first-degree felony assault. Elements of assault of a felonious nature should apply since the use of excessive or unnecessary force contributing to death is definitely a criminal act meeting the criteria. Assault can also be a lesser included crime or violation of the primary charge. 

The second criteria refer to Mens rea, defined as the guilty mind. Mens rea accounts for a person’s mental intentions to commit a crime, or knowledge that one’s actions or lack of action would cause a crime to be committed. The elements and intent of that specific statute determine which criminal charges are brought forward and although there may be a murder, the intent is what establishes what degree of murder. The levels of intent that establish degrees are purposefully, knowingly, recklessly, negligently, or as it applies to this case depravity.

Actus rea is the action taken to perform the criminal act or the physical action taken supporting the criminal act. The elements and intent derived from these criminal actions determine which and how many violations can be charged from the same actions or incident. Multiple charges can emerge from a single incident based upon how many statutes can be verified to have been violated along with the accompanying jurisdiction to prosecute the violations. When multiple persons are involved it must be ascertained each person’s role as either having not participated nor prevented, assisted in committing the offense, or being complicit in its commission.

Complicity is any part of the planning, execution, concealment, or escape designed to facilitate or participate in a crime. Any tools or methods used to further that crime can be viewed as evidence of complicity and/or a criminal tool. Complicity is the same degree crime as the crime being aided and abetted. The commission of the crime of complicity does not require direct physical involvement just furtherance of the crime. For example, if the charge or crime is first-degree murder then the complicity is to the same degree. If it is a misdemeanor then complicity is a misdemeanor of the same degree.

It should be noted that any firearm carried during the commission or furtherance of a crime is an automatic felony by statute even if that crime is a misdemeanor. Theft of a candy bar is a misdemeanor but a theft of a candy bar while armed is a robbery, constituting theft by use or implication of force. All four policemen were armed at the time of the critical incident making whatever violating actions automatic felonies.

Hate crimes are a separate set of considerations and probably unlikely in this instance to be able to be proven. Kidnapping is defined as removing someone from the place found without authority to do so or restrict their movements without consent or authority to do so. Kidnapping would apply in a very narrow sense if interpreted as any lawful custody ended when the criminality of excessive force began. Unlawful restriction of his movements without legal right to do so by virtue of the excessive physical force used negated any lawful authority. 

Detaining a suspect is different from the arrest of an individual. To detain someone a policeman must have the right to do so and it must be reasonable in duration and circumstances. At the point of Chauvin’s knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck, it is mandatory that he had been placed under arrest and informed of such but well beyond being detained. Adherence to state law, departmental policy and procedures, and observance of his Constitutional and Civil Rights require that prior to that degree of force being used that it must be necessary to have had placed him under arrest. If a pattern of tolerance exposing systemic violations of excessive use of force or violation of Civil Rights are found then a federal consent decree and oversight is pursued by the DOJ. DOJ inquiry is totally separate from any state charges.

The RICO Act is the DOJ federal statute regarding ongoing criminal enterprises involving murder, kidnapping, and other patterns of crime or corruption. It has been used against police personnel and police departments before when a widespread and systemic commission or tolerance of the use of excessive force and other crimes existed within a police department. Any law enforcement coordination, tolerance, or collaboration of crime or unlawful conduct is targeted. The RICO Act is specifically designed to prosecute organizations that operate as a cooperative pattern of criminal activity with centralized leadership.

The Department of Justice sanctions organizations with a Consent Decree to monitor and alter how departments operate. A Consent Decree is to prevent unlawful conduct and violations of Constitutional and Civil Rights. Violations of lawful procedural processes and prescribed sequences of actions become highlighted in situations like this to examine the legality of actions or any violations of rights specific to the proper execution of police duties and use of force.

One should also be aware that certain evidence which may be considered overwhelmingly prejudicial may not be allowed to be presented at trial avoiding the appearance of bias affecting a defendant’s due process to a fair trial. Rules of courtroom procedures will be determined by the presiding judge and presumed law to prevent improprieties or appeals. Motions to suppress evidence or testimony will certainly affect the perspective of those questioning the proceeding or desiring a certain outcome. After jury selection, the jury will be charged with their responsibilities and instruction followed by sequestered before opening arguments. As always a defendant has the right to not take the stand and testify on their own behalf without prejudice against their innocence.  

It is also important to keep in mind not to become too consumed by the charges but instead the totality of the sentence if found guilty. The number of counts with a finding of guilty can be substantial if ran consecutive as opposed to concurrent. Consecutive meaning one sentence of time after another while concurrent means the time of all sentences will be served simultaneously. For example, ten years on two counts consecutive is twenty years while ten years on two count concurrent is a ten-year sentence.

Part 2 will examine the logical questions raised by the facts known or should have been known at that time. Some of these questions are not as obvious but have a technical legal bearing on the legality of actions based on their justification and timing of enactment. It will also raise many of the obvious questions that come to mind. Was Mr. Floyd placed under arrest and at what point was he placed under arrest? Who placed him under or informed him that he was under arrest and for what reason? Was he otherwise being lawfully and reasonably detained? Was the search of his person lawful according to the chronological order of events or his arrest?

The above legal considerations and presumptions have been explained as a jury would impartially consider them to reach a verdict by applying the law to the circumstances.  The above-detailed explanation of the law is to expand the comprehension of the novice to clearly provide a relevant basis of understanding for an informed judgment. I am not a lawyer and the above is my general understanding and experience applied to this incident. With that said the above legal references may differ slightly in different jurisdictions but are basically as stated. With that as a foundation for those who are unfamiliar with the law, we can begin to scrutinize the actions taken by all parties.

Part 3 will explain the observations, deductive conclusions, and the application of the law as it relates to the encounter for the legal justification and culpability of each party. What is the police department’s protocol when dealing with counterfeit money of such a low denomination and quantity? Do they routinely arrest and do arrest records reflect the protocol of these routine arrests? What actions are to be taken when suspected medical distress is presumed? Should not force be discontinued when no longer necessary for an arrest? If excessive force was used to restrict the breathing and blood flow does that not constitute a contributory cause to affect Mr. Floyd’s death? We will also examine procedural and protocol stipulations resulting from abuses to consider how support for these policing abuses diminishes law enforcement credibility and incites more restrictive policy changes.

Furthermore, procedures and protocols must be followed and reasonably executed with factual accounts given. Contradictory accounts are signs of coverup and deceit. Falsifying tour of duty reports, deadly force reports, false and misleading statements made or given are crimes. All excited utterances during the incident point to the mental state of mind at the time or a need to conceal it but are usually admissible in court. We will attempt to clearly surmise the displayed mental state at the time of any observed actions or inactions with a duty to act. Some other influences and implications will be considered to contextualize the perceptions that explain the varying responses which attempt to condone Chauvin’s misconduct.

A brief cursory synopsis of the event as they chronologically occurred provides the basis on which any determination can be made by first establishing the assumptions under which we can evaluate the deadly incident. The facts and circumstances that I am aware of are as follows to clarify the foundation of my understanding in which I am applying my observations.  We understand that Mr. Floyd was alleged to have paid for items with a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill and the store requested a police response. Upon the police responding Mr. Floyd was located to be in the driver’s seat of his vehicle. He was removed from the vehicle, placed in cuffs, escorted to the sidewalk where he was seated.

Any acts of resistance from initial contact to being seated on the sidewalk had been de-escalated and Mr. Floyd was not combative verbally or physically. Mr. Floyd was escorted across the street without incident or struggle although minor resistance. The video view was then obscured by a squad car, he was assisted to the ground, and Chauvin was then observed to have his knee and shin across Mr. Floyd’s neck area when the view was regained.  The subsequent video did show Mr. Floyd objecting and resisting being placed in the squad car claiming claustrophobia.

While prone on the ground at times two other officers assisted in restraining Mr. Floyd’s mid-torso area and legs while Chauvin had already established his position on Mr. Floyd’s neck area. After several minutes of the sustained weight of approximately over two hundred pounds on his neck, Mr. Floyd not only showed no signs of resistance, but he also showed no signs of life. They were legally responsible for his safety while under their control, custody, or detention and had a legal obligation to discontinue any force when Mr. Floyd was no longer resistant or combative and it became no longer necessary.

It has been determined that Mr. Floyd is suspected to have succumbed to excited asphyxiation also known as excited delirium by compression of his neck and chest restricting his breathing. Elevated heart rate, excited breathing, prone position on the stomach with hands behind his back, excessive weight on his back, and definitely neck pressure are elements of this phenomenon well known to law enforcement with heart failure usually the cause of death. Breathing restriction is always the main trigger and can clearly be determined to have played a significant role in Mr. Floyd’s death. Every possible risk factor for this condition was present and the risk of this condition was suspected by other policemen and brought to Chauvin’s attention expressing concern.

This is just a brief inquiry into the facts known to the public with a detailed logical examination of them which is needed for the highest level of conviction for those whose actions deserve it. Now that it has been examined chronologically, we can form a logical theory of the policemen’s actions to better determine the justification, truthfulness, and intent disclosing their culpability as exhibited by their actions. To meticulously examine their actions Part 2 regarding facts and questions will reverse engineer the incident and assertions alleged unveiling glaring discrepancies, immoral judgments, and skeptical justifications.

Remember that inaction is an action also, it is duel accountability for what you have done and for what you have failed to do. Examining the reverse chronological sequence of the policemen’s actions should demonstrate their mental state of mind and when it transitioned to become criminal. We will also in full review demonstrate Mr. Floyd’s actions and mental state of mind until his death.

First and foremost Mr. Floyd, his toxicology, or his actions are not on trial and racism is not on trial. What is on trial is was the policemen’s conduct and actions specifically Chauvin’s within the realm of law and if that was a demonstration that we can condone as legitimate police procedures and conduct applied across the board against men, women, and juveniles. Was it acceptable to remain on someone’s neck for nearly nine minutes even after they demonstrated no pulse and the other policemen to allow it, as well as dismiss the contributory consequences to Mr. Floyd’s death by doing so? That is the only question the jury needs to answer. What we need to answer is what precedence does that set and what does that say about anyone who supports it and why?

 

Thurston K. Atlas

Creating A Buzz

Let me ask you a question, hypothetically speaking if Mr. Floyd was one hundred percent wrong on all accounts does that make Chauvin’s actions right or legal on all accounts?

Crimes Against Humanity The Extended Reality

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Crimes Against Humanity- The Extended Reality

 

Welcome to when playtime is over, our goal is to stimulate thought and conversation, not to convert your perspective. Any persuasion is solely at your discretion and deliberation. For your consideration, we would like to offer Crimes Against Humanity- The Extended Reality and as always for those who are easily offended emotions will not be needed so please before entering check your feelings at the door.

Hard but True, Raw but Real

Let’s get down to business removed from the political correctness and pretense of social graces to speak openly without regard for contrived moral consciousness, forced remorse, or unwilling accountability. Let‘s put everything on the table out in the open to analyze everything in terms of present and future projections regarding racism and discrimination. Strictly speaking, it is a culmination of psychological conditioning, economic exploitation, and opposed interest which stubbornly continues similar to an addiction to delusion. The delusional addiction is to an entitlement of preferential accommodations and self-image of superior character selfishly pursued at the expense of all others not in your identifying group. Blacks seemed suitable and were easily identified by their dark skin tone for exclusion.

Your subgroup is sustained by a subculture of suppression to appear above all groups of animals and humans at the self-proclaimed pinnacle of the biological chain. This was not accomplished by actually being that but by elevating your subgroup above all others by standing hoisted high upon your artificial privileged advantage appearing to loom above the rest. It is like the great Oz who was not the all-powerful as being portrayed but a sniveling insecure little round man hiding behind a curtain of vulnerability pretending to be invincible. This created great fear and respect as long as the curtain remained closed.

The curtain has been pulled back revealing the fear and inadequacies that lead to the need for and continuation of this façade.  Without this belief and confronted by reality the acceptance of no such advantage before God or man means the masquerade is up. This creates the stubborn need to refuse to relinquish that idea because it is the core of your being, your identity. It is shocking to your core and psychologically devastating to deny the foundation of your beliefs despite overwhelming evidence that it is not true. Further to admit your atrocities committed in order to cheat your way to the top is inconceivable to the psyche, so the ramifications are minimized.

That only leaves one alternative, that is to deny its benefits and do everything to keep it going otherwise the image is shattered and so are you. It then becomes a desperation of survival where racism and discrimination must continue. To remove them would be symbolically likened to removing your air, but literally, your air of superiority closely followed by its advantages. Furthermore, the diminishing of your future demographic advantage brought about by fewer babies born per family while ambitiously pursuing your wealth and careers, inter-racial relationships of all kinds, sexual alternatives to procreation, and the death of staunch racist ideological individuals over time lends itself to a bleak projection.

The continuation of this projection is not favorable to the white male dominancy of society. The white male historically had no consideration for anyone, including the white female, with one exception which was inclusion when and to the degree that you were needed to sustain their position. Now their reckless actions have had unintended results which have served to undermine the very purpose they sought to preserve. Now it is a crisis of survival thirty to fifty years down the road from now. Change has long been set in motion and change is coming. Adaptation to change has always been the key to survival and survival reliant upon cooperation within the species.

I am not under the illusion that racism is about to end anytime soon but will allow for the whimsical notion that the ideological DNA of some individuals bent on racism or their survival dependent on racism may abandon it. The glacier shift of the racist collective to be persuaded of the benefit for themselves in changing their unjust perspectives, the closer integration of racial identifiers and similarities, the demise of bigots, and discouragement by the punitive connotations attached are the mitigating factors for change.

There is no easy way to say it and no need to sugar coat it in the context of history if judged by the last hundred years and the next hundred years. A little over a hundred years ago in 1906, it was acceptable to daily put a black pigmy named Ota Benga in a cage with monkeys in the Bronx Zoo on display to visually convince the public of the animalistic nature and close proximity of blacks to animals. This surely contributed to his eventual suicide but definitely even more lasting was the effect it must have had on whites who witnessed it. The New York Times wrote in support of this barbarity as basically eugenics on the display of the missing link for perpetuating myths and stereotypes to be taken as fact.

There can be no misconception that there have always been decent compassionate whites who have denounced slavery, racism, and discrimination and as time moves on their numbers have increased to the present multi-race coalition in solidarity with blacks about the horrendous treatment endured and the necessity to end it and install equality. It is an advantage and privilege that they do not want or need at the immoral expense of other human beings. The key to committing these atrocities is to devalue, reduce, and dehumanize your victims to a deserving or irrelevant position unworthy of empathy or compassion. But the question then becomes who appointed you to make such a determination.

You see that is where religion and other forms of reinforcement and repetition are applied to believe and validate anything to defend and promote their belief no matter how sanctimonious and preposterous the justification may be. The elements of this twisted reality are a classic example of schizophrenic behavior, where their self-perceived contradiction to and diversion from reality morphs into a nightmarish fragmentation permitting unthinkable behavior and lack of willful remorse making it easy to repeat.  The extreme aggression, savage demeanor, and arrogant defense of the atrocities committed under the guise of conservative Christian values goes without saying that they would appear to be contrary to any actions a Christian not suffering from extreme mental illness would ever commit.

Compound that by its pervasive nature and it reveals a group brainwashing seemingly under demonic psychological indoctrination resulting in a mental slavery powerless to resist its destructive programming. A programmed compulsion of righteous evil and disregard for actions expecting no consequences. The portrayal of blacks as savage, dangerous, sexual predators, stupid, animalistic, and the list goes on and on serves to conceal the depravity of the accuser when their actions are compared against the accused. The racial slur “coon” has its origins in the practice of hunting and killing human beings for fun. How could the indiscriminate murder, enslavement, beatings, and rape of blacks not be more indicative of the savage provoking tendencies of whites claiming to be civilized? Now, who has really demonstrated the real savage and animalistic predator actions of a barbaric inclination if not whites?         

The transference of these ghastly behaviors which are identifiably one-sided against blacks serves as the propaganda-driven denial of the racist incubation reflected by whites without concealment. Just educate yourself on the extent and practices to better understand the journey and current condition of both sides. Rejection of the facts may be the only way to align yourself with the insanity and brutal reality blacks have faced at the hand of whites in this country. The dehumanizing realization of white atrocities is understandably frightening to whites wondering how can a people be treated so viciously and still stand for the flag, defend the country, and endure the bullshit.

Patriotism is the current code for allegiance to inequality and misplaced blame on others for actions and disappointments resulting from your own miscalculations. The exclusive claim to be the only guardians of patriotism has resulted in an erosion of its principles by the mangling of its meaning, application, and demonstration. Forced adherence to your manipulation of superiority into patriotism on anyone who does not look like you has had the effect of creating resistance to something which was never a point of contention, it has always been inequality.

The current fervor of voting rights are more aligned with voter suppression than voter fraud because the day has passed when you could regulate the outcome of the election as evidenced by the election of former President Obama. The will of the people’s vote cannot be calibrated to assure victory for you, so it must be suppressed against you. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 would not have been enacted if it were not needed in response to racism and voter suppression. Whites were in agreement that this was the case and countermeasures had to be implemented specifically to ensure that the target of these oppressions, blacks, had judicial protections for voting.

So, it would stand to fact and reason that neither the Civil War nor the Emancipation Proclamation abolished the slavery mentality. The ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1865 abolished slavery but it then transitioned into Jim Crow and blatant systemic prejudices. One hundred years after the Civil War ended the need for legislation was a recognition that racism, voter suppression, and discrimination were still the Jim Crow law of the land. It would then be counterintuitive that discrimination and oppression had continued beyond the Civil War but sadly very true it had.  

Affirmative action and similar actions would not have come about if these ongoing oppressions had ended when some claim, but many have continued on despite these remedies. It is an affront to decency to have the unmitigated gall to whimper about reverse discrimination and unfairness of opportunity allocations and access based solely on race designed to alleviate the disadvantages systematically imposed upon others by you.

To deny fairness to others by declaring your plight of unfairness and inequality is to either proclaim yourself stupid, irrational or a racist. I would like to think the best of you and given the benefit of the doubt assume that you are simply irrational. The overt discrimination and exclusion practiced has been solely based upon race but to bemoan your suffering by the inclusion of others while crying about opportunities you had readily denied others exceeds an elevated threshold of irrationality.

To be held liable is not discriminatory or discretionary but should be expected. Cancel culture cannot be used for absolution to ignore your culpability granting blanket immunity oblivious to your actions. It is deemed unfair by a cry of cancel culture regarding white’s accountability for their transgression when facing societal condemnation or discontinuation of patronage. Drawing the line and adopting unpleasant consequences by the withdrawal of voluntary support is not an obligation owed to the offender but a right of the offended.

White males in particular lack the credibility to complain when they have always been on the till with a place of improper privilege subsidized on the public draw with a hand in the cookie jar and thumb on the scale. They value freedom, prosperity, and fairness exclusively for themselves and are quick to complain when their expectation of preferential treatment is not met. It is ridiculous to insist that such monumental injustices be sweep under the rug while even the slightest rebuke of your privilege is exaggerated to an intolerable injustice. Stop it, they don’t make rugs or exaggerations that huge. This strategy to alienate yourselves from blame by denying your privilege and claiming victimization contradicts the historical substantiation of your actions.

The mentality and benefits are so great that some would masquerade themselves as part of the Confederate heritage. One is born in Canada of Cuban descent and named Rafael as Texas Ted to Americanize his image for easier assimilation into the good ole boy’s club. Could you imagine the difference in perception between Rafael Cruz and Ted? Another would claim his Confederate membership even though his lineage is German of the drumpf clan whose real fortune is that his grandfather was exiled from his native land for draft dodging returning back to America where he had fled.

Neither of these persons’ American lineage extends beyond their grandparents at best, nonetheless have claims of their Confederate heroes and heritage. But white skin, anglicized name changes, and cultural adaptation allowed them to assimilate and minimize if not avoid racial discrimination. This is the lure of white privilege while distancing themselves from their true heritage and diverting attention from themselves by ostracizing others and denouncing immigrants while their families are not too far removed from the immigration tree. What better to illustrate a reversed crab in the barrel mentality instead of franticly keeping them in they keep them out designating more assurance of privilege for themselves. A sort of all-in-the-family of preferential treatment requiring adaptation of Confederacy biases. White skin alone is the main inclusion factor with bias is a bonus.

MAGA is an adaptation of the make Germany great again philosophy used by Hitler in his rise to power and espousal of white privilege in a maniacal pursuit. Tell a big enough lie enough times very loudly over prolonged periods of time that the people will not only believe it but accept it as the truth was Hitler’s mantra. These same tactics are familiar tactics of American Republican politics and ideology today raising the question that if the nostalgic return to a MAGA time was possible then what time would that be. Would it be a time for lynching, coon hunting, forced labor, or any other litany of atrocities since there was never a time when they did not exist in America? What elements of slavery and discrimination would be preferable?

Are these the conservative Christian values we are to return to as demonstrated by history? Many lesser forms of these atrocities are already present, and the Republican party has been maligned with not only acceptance but the promotion of these aspirations by association with MAGA principles. If not a return to slavery certainly the continual furtherance of white privilege by the dehumanization and discrimination of blacks specifically and minorities in general, now to even include the poor. Let’s call it what it is, and you say what you mean. No further proof that America is off the rails realistically beyond redemption than half the elected officials refuse to denounce an insurrection or exclaim that it is wrong to murder a black man by choking him out in broad daylight placing your knee on his neck.

There is plenty more but what more do we need. Refusal to condemn and reject these actions actually condones them. The reason why they are acceptable is that it furthers your agenda. If a dog would have been choked out Republicans would have been outraged because it does not further their agenda and their estimation of the dog is above the dehumanization felt for blacks. Do you for one second think they care about unarmed blacks being killed and sprayed with bullets as long as it is understood that for example, whites storming the Capitol are not to be treated like the n-word. Only one shot fired but a black can be fired up multiple times in the back. No precautionary show of force or mass arrest but some would still ask what disparity?

Not condoning or requesting a violent response but simply highlighting the disparity that seemingly can only be based on race. What happened to the stance of when the looting starts, the shooting starts? On Capitol Hill, where an overwhelmingly almost exclusive mob of whites attempted to overthrow the government in the ultimate act of looting, there was less enforcement than if a Nike store was being looted. Furthermore, the outcry is deafening from those being held accountable, can you imagine their shock and indignation at being called to answer for the very attempt to overthrow the government.  What is this country coming to when whites are being arrested for being patriots to the Confederacy and blacks are expecting equality and redress?

The discrepancies of response and expectation change when it is blacks involved with the law unequally applied or by anyone even expecting it to be applied equally. How can one unarmed black be more of a fear-provoking threat and intolerance than a whole mob of insurrectionists?  The justification for Capitol Hill law enforcement restraint was praised while questionable articulation for use of deadly force against unarmed blacks is not condemned. Not advocating for less respect for white lives but equal respect for black lives. There has to be a comprehensive understanding, standard, and application of the law that does not give carte blanche for law enforcement misconduct and abuse of citizens.

Qualified immunity has to have clear objective parameters where protections are no longer enjoyed, and resources expended for disqualifying conduct. Law and order, crime and punishment, as well as wrongdoing and judgment must fall unabated on the actions committed and the person who committed them not the exemption of their guilt. The guilty deed is tethered to the guilty’s name if integrity is to be maintained otherwise it occasionally and eventually will lead to some feeling they are left with no choice but to resist detriment. When left with no choice, the choice then is made clear. While police are necessary, their actions cannot be above the law simply because they are essential and less likely to impact a white person adversely.

By the same indication, police interactions are negatively exaggerated, emotionally inflamed, and apprehensively predisposed reflecting reverberations from injustices and perceptions that influence citizen’s cooperation and politeness. The point is that a recalibration needs to occur on both sides, but the abuses of authority are not immune to the adjustments needed for the improvement of interactions. The submission to injustices brings about a greater dissatisfaction and resistance that escalates into a more hazardous condition for all concerned. Mutual respect deescalates conflict and promotes cooperation.

What encourages resistance, divisiveness, and danger is injustice, racism, and despair. The cause and effect is obvious and the dismay at the resulting outrage disingenuous, and of course based on if it is happening to you. A plea for solidarity healing society only becomes an objective when you are not the one making the concession, the balance of power has shifted away from you, or you stand to lose or lost something. It would have been better and more convincing had that been your mantra when you had the leadership influence. Now the tables have turned the plea for bipartisanship is uttered and the priority of moving forward together healing a fractured country at a fragile time is encouraged.

Renovations are always best when you are already working on improvements requiring one cleanup, suggesting that grievances be delayed for the good of the whole would somehow benefit us is contrary when your concern was and has been to benefit only yourself. So many times, in the past this conciliatory posture has only resulted in a delay, not improvement proving to be a sadistic prank time and time again. So, if this is truly a time of healing and bipartisan cooperation then the Republican leadership should try to cast at least one single bipartisan vote as a sign of their sincerity.

Extending the olive branch for once instead of demanding concessions to conform against conventional wisdom and our best interest. Adhering to your advantage of inequality assures that we all take the ride to the bottom as you have exhausted all of your deceitful persuasions. There is plenty of work to be done and time is squandered not resolving the issues that can and will no longer be silently suffered. The accumulated depletion of will and resources will not accomplish your objective since your preference is not the only consideration to be considered. Compromise and cooperation can not be adverse abstract principles, they are the way forward. You can not persist in taking pride in obstruction and destruction to exert a futile exercise of power.

History is undefeated and has proven that resistance to change and stubborn ill-fated indecision has led to obsolete power and existence. The arrogance of America will not let it recognize that there have been many demises of world power among nations based on the civil disorder and refusals to make changes. The societal collapse is often preceded by extreme economic instability and fluctuations, the infrastructure and labor deterioration, hunger and chaos, and then governmental collapse. Balance and equilibrium are universal laws and imbalance by its nature are unstable and prone to collapse. The imbalances of racism and oppression worldwide are now wobbling.  

Now the question is which will come first the change or the collapse? I do not believe it will be changed because of the opposition to it and the universal foundation of deceit it has taken to last this long. It is collapsing under its own weight of deceit and denial. If celestial gravitational collapses occur due to the contraction of its own weight or pull inward succumbing to disorder, then why is America exempt from collapsing from the contraction of its selfish stubbornness to adhere to the harmony or order of the universe or the will of God. No need to look to the sky since history and anthropology can confirm the earthly demise of civilizations that once had great power. The turmoil of the year 2020 was a premonition that cannot be survived repeatedly especially with the tailwinds still being felt. 

Progress and transformation in order to form a more perfect union not defined or restricted by the past is the way forward. Those who long for the past are afraid of the future. Uncertain of their prospects and secure with the status quo without regard for advancement but clinging to stagnation to prolong their significance. By nature, the young becomes the old and the old gives way to the new. This country was built on racism and the surpluses from black labor. Vast wealth and resources have been accumulated and shielded from blacks without question. Can there be any further denial of that? Should there be a recognition of that in words and redress? Damages can not be undone or life restored but mending can be pursued.

Since I have stated my pessimism or realism about significant change not being forthcoming let me just express what could or should happen. The first restorative action which will have the greatest impact is to cease and desist the nonsense, to just knock it off. Despite all the lives lost and mangled, the economic inflictions have had far more reaching implications than the murders. Personally more apologies, ineffective methods, or promises are not needed. The deaths caused and atrocities committed cannot be rescinded but the wealth benefits denied can be recuperated like stolen artifacts are returned. The government, businesses, and institutions should pursue more than conversational remedies since they received real monetary benefits, money would be a suitable substitute for words.

Financial is not the only form of payment and the government should not be the only payer but make no mistake slavery was about the benjamins, so the benjamins need to be paid. Services are the most likely form of payment that only require tendering the services, terms, or business you already provide such as free higher educational opportunities. Generations of descendants of slave owners have benefited greatly from what they established to pay it forward for their ancestors.

The primary distribution would be of opportunity, development, and investments but mainly just stop the bullshit for us to receive a fair shake. If no white person today has owned a single slave; they most certainly are recipients of racist privilege, enjoyed the restrictions levied, or were enriched by the bias practices so entrenched in American society.  It is not unfair to you that someone else would get a fair shot after your road has been paved by discrimination. Forty acres and a mule was the unfulfilled promise and elimination of discrimination still the dilemma but economic viability and sustainable resources are the reparations now required.

The Civil War basically set the parameters for economic profit-sharing the way the American Revolution did, only domestically this time. The north received a more equitable distribution of the profits along with a more sensible voluntary method of extracting the surplus of exploitative profits from black labor based on black’s lack of options and suppressed conditions. The south received the ability to continue operating as usual with the adaptation of the new method of extraction, supposedly voluntary labor with slightly lower profit margins. They both received plausible deniability. The dehumanizing treatment was pretty much the same and freed blacks still worked on the plantation scratching out a living at master’s behest only now the new and improved way of debauchery was called Jim Crow.

The Industrial Revolution begging in 1860 is what greatly influenced the end of legal slavery and the most likely cause of its abolition because it transitioned from sole dependence on human labor to machine labor. It created new models of efficiency and manufacturing making the old slave model obsolete but it did not eliminate the need for a permanent underclass to manage the machines. It lessened the method of physical labor required and increased the productivity for greater profits more evenly distributed among the north and south. The master-slave relationship became the boss-to-worker relationship model still practiced today as the basis of the economy with many of the same philosophical principles regarding labor.  

The master to slave mentality and dichotomy persists today for whites to become indignant at the very suggestion that discrimination exists or the audacity to expect relief. There is a diametrically opposed residual effect of this mentality that has dissipated over time but still exists. A polar opposite of a shared personality disorder, racist whites psychopathic character traits devoid of compassion or remorse and black’s submissive need for permission and conciliation. The refusal of whites and the request of black regarding reparation displays both mentalities. If they are delusional then we are imaginary or is that the other way around, it is hard to tell.

Centuries of bigoted behavior still leaves us in the position of requesting what an overwhelming number of whites refuse to give or recognize. The context of slavery and the psychological realities created a subculture of survival for blacks which in essence has manifested into our saving grace and sustaining resiliency. The missing piece has been cohesion securing an identifiable targeted objective with a solitary concentration. Targeted penetration into isolated and sustainable components using relentless incremental campaigns of focus building scope and momentum. So, if reparations are forthcoming then beautiful but until then we must forge ahead from a position of fortitude, focus, and resolve to realize that a shift in the paradigm of our perspective is the most efficient and assured way of securing equality.

Previously suffering from an extreme deficient, we now have sufficient agency to pay ourselves first. Meaning no permission is needed from others for assurances of equality but that as always, we must renew our efforts from where we are now with what we have to build alliances and coalitions for prosperity and equality starting with us. We have enough, we have plenty but the division of our resources and purpose cannot be counterproductive or diverted, discipline is needed. Certainly not separatism, we have paid too much but inclusion on our terms to equally wet our beak.

Repeated requests always transforms into pleading which is always distasteful under any circumstances and rarely effective since it grants the power to refuse as well as to grant the request. Far from being downtrodden or self-pitying, we should be encouraged at how far we have come, what we have had to overcome, and what final frontiers of racism we are near to conquering. You never had the right to dominion over us so now we do not need to seek your permission for our salvation, reparations are for your salvation. Again, the most valuable gesture would be to knock it off but either way we have made tremendous gains to close the gap notwithstanding the tremendous gap that still remains.

Rest assured your children will not face the retribution of your actions but will have to adjust to the extinction of your privilege. Your survival as a race will not be endangered as you claim to fear but your greatest fear of elimination of your advantage will be realized. The privilege or displeasure of white America will be no longer the paramount concern on which society operates. Your substantial resistance should be more productively directed toward rectifying the problem not denial and concealment for the continuation of your comfort. The hypocrisy of denouncing bullying, being too strong for bullying does not extend beyond being too weak for racism perhaps the greatest form of bullying. Your racist fragile psyche and mind are dependent on the intimidation of racism. The poisoning of a weak mind believing that white skin somehow makes you divine.    

Deprived of privilege your means of survival will not be like the constant struggle for survival from the lowest socio-economic status of society like ours has been. It will not be sabotaged by the systemic injustices you have consistently heaped upon us. The crux of many issues in the black community has been influenced by slavery and Jim Crow which will not be anything you will have to contend with as contributing influences of dysfunction in your communities only as a haunting nightmare of your actions. Black is not only a race but has been a condition, a condition that has had an extreme toll. Your levy for the crimes against black humanity and atrocities committed over centuries has a tariff which should be paid in this realm but if not  maybe the one after this with your soul.   

Deflection or denial of these conditions cannot be independent of issues confronting the black community since close examination will likely reveal a correlation to slavery, discrimination, or the psychological trauma caused by them. Not to mention the generational poverty caused and endorsed. The repeated insistence to deflect onto other problems in the black community does not absolve you of your infractions or justify our exclusion from equal treatment under the law or equivalent opportunities.

A three-dimensional understanding of a four-dimensional problem leaves you one dimension short of a resolution. The Confederate heritage and the American legacy are synonymous with each other from the inception of this country and the founding father’s vision. If the founding fathers were as wise and great as they are portrayed then why was slavery allowed to be woven into the fabric of America’s DNA? It was intentional and may be the reason why many whites think they need to take the country back for white exclusivity in accordance with its purpose.

The founding father’s guidance and influence is still the overriding authority today of adherence suggesting their vision has transcended nearly four-hundred and fifty years of governance but not the detrimental effects of slavery. The constant square peg in a round hole predicament of stretching the interpretation of their intent on matters they could not have envisioned essentially expresses the intent of the current interpreter. The emphasis is then on the current interpreter to subjectively convey their own understanding and guessing the original intent or interpretation. Clarity of interpretation then is the paramount objective or selective choice of a subjective interpreter but still conjecture.

The confusion and misconceptions of understandings and allowances of iniquities have traversed, deviated, and wandered over time as well as the subjective translations of intent and purpose, but the one constant has been economic exploitation by the manner of racism. The founding father’s in their infinite wisdom must have calculated the compounded effects and centrifugal implications of racism and surely the need to one day have to address the restitutions accrued and satisfaction required relative to reparations. They surely had the foresight to envision that it would become one of the perils of the country surviving just as the American Revolution had. They would have also known that the refusal to remedy the offenses could only be enforced by a domestic threat from those seeking to maintain their advantage attacking anyone or anything that supported the change, even the government. The last time it was called the Civil War and this time it is called Trumpism, MAGA, Patriotism, and Republican complicity.

If my words, tone, and honesty are harsh then the reality has been more harsh and bitter to experience for us over a prolonged period of centuries. Feeble attempts to misrepresent, reduce, or quantify our damages expose the unwillingness to understand, preventing a resolution. You must first understand then accept the problem thru the spectrum of the casualties caused before you can rectify them. Racist ideology and white’s resistance to being held accountable leaves me unconvinced that significant change or national reparations are on the horizon but collapse is impending. The combination of racism and economics fueling the downfall as symptoms of the illness. The disease is self-righteous arrogance not capable of change exposing a self-destructive premise.  

If repeated reminders of discrimination and disregard for resolution are any indication that racist compulsion leaves bigots powerless to resist and hopelessly cursed destined to be like the scorpion’s sting, being in their nature to sting even if it destroys them as well. There can be no real remorse without redress and consequences to express and satisfy the wounded but the truth is that there can be no healing without remedy. While some are hoping and wishing, I am well beyond the age of believing Santa Claus is real or if real reparations or healing will be achieved any time soon.

 

P.S. Be sure to wear your seat belt, we are expecting some stubborn turbulence ahead.

Thurston K. Atlas

Creating A Buzz

The Black Trilogy-Crimes Against Humanity Part 3

When Playtime is Over.

The Black Trilogy- Crimes Against Humanity Part 3 

 

Welcome to when playtime is over, our goal is to stimulate thought and conversation, not to convert your perspective. Any persuasion is solely at your discretion and deliberation. For your consideration we would like to offer The Black Trilogy- Crimes Against Humanity Part 3 and as always for those who are easily offended emotions will not be needed so please before entering check your feelings at the door.

REPARATIONS and RESOLUTIONS.

The solution is plain and simple in concept although admittingly complex and comprehensive in its application as well as solemn and unwavering in commitment. The commitment requires significant and meaningful change that will include the areas of grievances and infringements where substantial damages and exploitation have been identified. These can be self-identifying and voluntary admissions or exposed and involuntarily sanctions. The remedies should reflect the capacity and benefits of their participation.

War crime tribunals pursue individuals many decades past their crimes having been identified. Once their transgressions are exposed, their identity becomes known, their location secured, and their participation verified their pursuit is relentless. No matter how small or how much time has passed, whether they are remorseful or not they are subject to the penalty of law for their actions. Countries, businesses, and institutions have the same moral and ethical societal obligations to refrain from crimes against humanity or also become subject to redress and accountability.  

In accordance with God’s law and by virtue of moral righteousness, if not by man’s written law this should be rectified since we have always known the what, the who, the excuses, the locality, and the refusal of being held accountable. Man’s law and history’s alterations have always sought to indemnify these iniquities, to manipulate reality, and to contort societal structures protecting the guilty or claiming their immunity. Unadulterated chronicles of history have always spewed forth the guilty whose deeds were so openly practiced that a resolution would seem uncontested. Unbiased enforcement of the law does not require the guilty to consent or be remorseful, only to have committed the act.

The resolution should include the national and international companies and entities exclusively funding initiatives for Blacks and their communities because others have been funded at the exclusion of Blacks, so they have already essentially received theirs. These profiteers of slavery should be compelled to mea culpa and commit to assurances that their vile narrative as citizens of the world be amended to reflect that the sins and fruits of those sins be acknowledged by redeeming actions to offset the destructive effects of their exploitation of Black people.

Let history then be the future measure to judge the actions and manner that these atrocities were corrected and a commitment to redress demonstrated. Avoidance of racist elements and the resulting harmful repercussions have been ignored allowing the accumulation of and exacerbation for a resolution. Since access to wealth and equal opportunity were what was denied, then fairness demands that it is now what must be provided. Let us not be naïve about what will or should be done but the sincere objective understood in its undertaking. The details and implementation of the means to accomplish this are complex but the need for a determined commitment is clear.  

Imagine if the United States of America is a house, the citizens are the occupants of that house, the leadership the parents in a cooperative and committed relationship dedicated to keeping the family dynamic strong while working to overcome difficult times. Staying together not only for the benefit of the occupants but because what has been built is larger than the individual parts or any selfish interest fracturing the good of the whole.

A house divided cannot stand as conditions worsen and the foundation begins to crack. One party cannot seek to minimize the problem because it is most slanted toward their benefit and convenience without consideration for the consequences, sufferings, or contributions that have greatly contributed to the success of the household. If the other party being marginalized daring to cry out that they have a problem, then WE should have a problem and a conciliatory resolution needs to prevail.

In the house of America regarding the context of recriminations for racial discrimination, the establishment of a Declaration of Resolution must be incorporated into the societal structures to begin to rectify slavery and Jim Crow. Only then can renovations begin to repair America’s inescapable history as proud purveyors of crimes against Black humanity on a national and global scale. The guilty parties were interchangeable, the occurrences countless, and the despicable actions beneficially incorporated; so, must it be with the impact of the resolution.

Any Declaration of Resolution must comprehensively consider the following points that are principle-based and not relegated to a person, occurrence, or movement but an unwavering commitment. It must be implemented in a context that is devoid of grandiose individual acclaim but sculptured in collective indebtedness not to be accusatory but factual, where everything must be on the table for examination. Anoint and elevate the necessity above all else creating a force and not a target. The insanity of using failed divisible methods must yield to effective consolidated sustainability resistant to sabotage and subjugation tactics.

To skim the surface of grievances that historically touches all levels of government and society, I have taken the liberty to offer these considerations with what has been my humble observation. It can be amended or supplemented to whatever the agreed-upon or negotiated redress is in the form of authentic actualized measures that resonate as vociferously as the indignations, exploitations, and atrocities have.

Government and legislative processes

Government and legislative processes compelling meaningful policy changes and enforcement, focused statutory enactments, legislative imperatives to ensure proper implementation, established legal precedence and procedures inclusive of authentic fairness, actual unbiased application of representation, and accessibility in equal diligence to reflect Black inclusion, protection, prosperity, and participation across the governmental spectrum.

Educational content and teaching

Educational content and teaching need to be corrected regarding historical inaccuracies and perspectives to remove the racial superiority indoctrinations, exaggerated accomplishments, eugenics referenced and brainwashing propaganda, religious misrepresentations, heritage distortions, sinister intent of material concealments, racist rationalization persuasions, and delusional impressions of condescension.

Black history and African heritage should be portrayed in its true reality, accuracy, and glory. Education should reflect the unadulterated truth comprehensively conveyed without propaganda purposes. It has to inform and depict an accurate illustration of knowledge and history. Access to this knowledge should be available and disseminated at any location inaccuracies have been dispensed. Dispelling deceptions where an inquisitive mind exists to pursue it without undue influence but with an open mind to accept, reject, correct, or improve it through individual exploration. My personal approach to knowledge is to know it without the need to accept it or believe in it but only to have knowledge and understanding of it.

But debatably one of the biggest detriments to blacks has been our lack of exposure to various financial, economic, stock market, insurance, annuities, retirement fund management, as well as general monetary instruments and principles that can be used to our advantage which have been used to our disadvantage. This lack of knowledge, emphasis, and exposure has historically prevented our compounded accumulation of wealth by a determined bias of fiscal design. When finally allowed to read they could not also let us be allowed to count, money that is. 

Law enforcement and criminal court

Law enforcement and the criminal court are beyond repair as it is currently constituted but that is not to say it is not needed. What is needed is an operational modernization, an ideological upgrade, with many procedural techniques, policies, and tactics revamped to not so readily lead to force that is deadly or otherwise, and empathy for the situations and circumstances that those they encounter come from or are relegated to. The police should also understand and familiarize themselves with the people they police through prior community exposure and interaction as part of academy training.

Transparency and accountability need to be based on admitting improprieties, abuses, and damages when they occur and are obvious. The justifications and constraints used for actions, intent, fairness, and respect for the public should be the parameters that law enforcement must abide by not blanket qualified immunity for misconduct or violations. Any consumer warranty or protection is voided after a disqualifying action or violation, so should it also be with qualified immunity. This standard should not be circumvented, subjective, arbitrary, or ambiguous.

Adjustments and changes to the expectations of policing and navigating within them as well as the reasonable execution thereof are now required more than ever. Police immunity from their actions has come and gone. Reasonable conduct is demanded, and transparent recognition of misconduct presumed where accountability is the paramount responsibility of police duties concerning the public. It must also be with themselves to maintain respectability and integrity of enforcement.

Blacks caught up in the criminal justice system are there for many reasons. Definitely for some of our ill-advised decisions. Other reasons can often be based on limited choices and options that are frequently the result of economic desperation reflecting discrimination and lack of viable options. This is sometimes not only a reflection of bias but of the economic status and hopelessness that was created by purposeful default, making it seldom by choice but more by condition. At times it is the best choice out of several bad choices that seems like a good idea at the time.    

When the only seemingly readily accessible choice is a bad choice when chosen by us but a similar bad choice or absent a choice unavailable to us when chosen by someone else, the judgment cannot be different. Not to justify poor decisions but to simply better understand their possible origins in thought and deed. How and where law enforcement resources are directed has a substantial impact on who is arrested and for what crimes. Lack of opportunity and despair often dictates the propensity for committing crime. At the basis of many crimes regardless of race are economic ramifications and the lack of opportunities to avoid them.

It is part of a cultural conditioning and reinforcement considering the accessibility of alternatives but just as we expect others to be liable for their decisions, we must be liable for ours. Impartiality of the equal application of the law must also be applied. Sentencing for crimes and assured due process of law should be statically no harsher or restrictive where race can be a discernable factor. The demographic percentages of arrest and incarceration for blacks sounds very few alarms but yields plenty of devious justifications and dubious convictions. The bail bond system aids in the process as a caste system more reflective of economic status than crime.

The bail bond system is a subtle system of prolonged incarceration and guilty plea-provoking motivations devoid of consideration of actual guilt but often produces plea bargain inspirations for a guilty verdict. Lack of bail has been known to soften the resolve regardless of guilt. Cash bail needs to be abolished as the antiquated racist system it has been and the currently constituted and application because it is a straight-up inclination to penalize someone based on economics instead of the crime committed.

What does the money to pay a bond have to do with your crime, your guilt, your return to court, propensity to commit another crime, or willingness to intimidate a witness? How much money you have does not determine these things, but other considerations should including victim impact, criminal past, and ability to deter further actions. The law has proven to be only as good as someone’s willingness to respect and abide by it, not money for bond.  The bond is intended as a surety note meaning a financial instrument of assurance, not of guilt or a return to court, but money because it does not assure either of the other two.

Property ownership and housing

Property ownership and housing conditions, geographic housing choices, and neighborhood investment and development often leave Black people in a stagnant spiral of declining or horizontal growth which reiterates generational poverty and despair. Never venturing outside the familiar confines physically or economically of the circumstance we have come to know. Sure, there will be those who escape this purposeful fate but there is a vast number who cannot stray too far away from its grip. Property ownership and property valuations have long been a primary method of wealth accumulation and the effective denial of such by discrimination. Housing is also manipulated for redlining, gentrification, and gerrymandering purposes affecting government services, bias-influenced redevelopment, and suppressive political or electoral representation.

Property tax, abatements, and other government allotments impact everything from the standard of education and schools to the services received. Lack of enforcement of housing codes, higher insurance rates, usuary interest rates, and many other fees and hidden barriers further absorb resources to impair black wealth. The social, financial, and political withholdings further the imbalance of resources that can be used for our own prosperity as opposed to those secretly siphoning from us.   

Banking and lending practices

Banking and lending practices further discrimination encouraging loan and credit denial, predatory lending practices, the lack of fundamental capital investment, property ownership barriers, obstacles to entrepreneurship, transference of wealth impediments, lack of wealth-generating opportunities, restrictive scalability in positions of equity, and limited avenues to stock market participation which have not been customarily expected realities or aspirations of the Black experience or fiscal options.

Given the number of banks, insurance companies, and other organizations including Wall Street who profited from human trafficking in the slave trade there should be no shortage of remunerations and expertise to alleviate and change these prevailing negative financial elements of the Black experience. Being very familiar with balance sheets, accrued liabilities, accounts payable, venture capital contingencies, maturity dates, and the like there should be no hesitancy to the existence of the obligation even if reluctant to the terms.   

 

Food

The nutritional value of food is the foundation of good health especially in young children and older adults. The affordability and availability of that food are the two primary factors in making a choice on what to eat or feed our family. Convenience is also a major consideration, but convenience can be overcome by discipline and availability of better options.

Cultural preferences shaped by generations of lack of availability of affordable choices led to a lack of options, concern, or awareness as to what we are essentially consuming and the effect on our digestive system and organs igniting a ticking time bomb. The quality, freshness, and mislabeling along with the chemicals and ingredients further the damage the wrong foods create.  The healthcare implications, illnesses, and associated diseases which heavily stricken the black community can substantially be attributed to our dietary choices. Our dietary choices are directly associated with our economic condition and proximity to better choices.

Fast foods, low-quality foods, and sugary drinks are our main dietary health risks and usually the cheaper the food the unhealthier it is to consume. Food deserts and lack of fresh vegetables and grains are dietary considerations that affect our health as much as income inequality. It is the combination and culmination of several things. Food co-ops and farmer markets are things blacks must undertake and support denouncing the unhealthy choices synonymous with illness. Once supplied it is then incumbent upon us to make a concerted cultural shift to embrace a healthier diet.

Consider this, would you let your child sit and eat 12 teaspoons of sugar, not to mention the calories equivalent to a bottle of Pepsi? A 12-ounce Coke has 10 teaspoons. Sugar is the prime addictive and destructive offender hidden in drinks. It is not only the food choices but the drinks choices as well. Nutritional education is a must to offset the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries’ dependence on black suffering, much like the criminal justice system’s reliance on the black arrest.

On the food chain supply side, Black farmers are not prioritized on the same level as other farmers and capital for equipment and innovation is harder to secure or more difficult to get approved for. This is a method to coerce them into unfavorable financial conditions and land forfeitures. The discrimination against the black farmer makes farming unsustainable for them and their production less profitable while subsidizing the white farmer’s success. Elimination of food deserts and affordable quality food must be made available to the Black community.

Healthcare and medical conditions

Healthcare and medical conditions usually correlate with the quality of care, the timeliness of care, the coverage of care, the cost of care, and the continuation of care. These have all proven to be problematic for blacks in particular impacting our quality of life. The only way to secure these objectives for those unemployed or underemployed is to take a vow of poverty and remain under the threshold to qualify for assistance. To maintain healthcare, you then must remain unproductive.

Discrimination in the medical field has created disparities in routine preventive services, seniors’ medications, senior care, proper nutrition, mortality rates, childbirth and prenatal care, mental health, substance addictions, as well as our cautious skepticism which has afflicted our underserved for generations. The lack of access or apathy to symptoms results in many of the conditions that plague our community to date.

The lack of engagement by the medical community is also a result of the callousness and negligence that has been insidiously infused in the Black community through patterns and practices that have created mistrust, discouragement, disinformation, disregard, and lack of engagement. Comparatively quality options, proximity to medical facilities, and integrity of medical personnel would foster less cynicism regarding discrimination.

Reparations and methods of payment

Reparations and methods of payment by the profiteers should include but not be limited to money, products, services, internships, trust funds, endowments, foundations, equity, credit, ownership, grants, management, and employment opportunity. These should be clearly defined and verifiable as well as not easily susceptible to theft, corruption, manipulation, overvaluation, or discontinuation. It should be prioritized for at least three generations of duration with sustained and confirmed diligence. It should also be enforced by law and penalty if breached. Whatever the business or specialty of the purveyor should be the very least consideration that they can offer since we are sure that they at least possess that service so cash is not the only option.

The government is not totally responsible for reparations since this a nation of people and businesses that fully or partially participated in or benefited directly or indirectly in the atrocities by commission, complicity, or silence. They too should also pitch in for the solution since they were party to the problem. The cry for reparations would have ended many years ago before the issue became so convoluted if racism had discontinued. Damn denouncing an act that has continued despite hundreds of years of broken promises and systematic abuses and discriminations. So, the biggest most valuable reparation is the discontinuation of the oppression of black prosperity since by now it should be obvious that the days of breaking our spirit are forever over. Despite the tyranny and murder rained down on us we have proven to be resilient.

Slavery, superiority, and discrimination originally were a matter of economics, make no mistake about it. Now, it is a matter of mental illness driven by delusional groupthink by everyone knowing it was nonsense including you but you still need others to believe it to preserve your privilege. The terror of your white privilege no longer comforting you has led to this irrational masquerading claiming an unfairness to you and pseudo bravado afraid of a world without a rigged advantage to bolster your fallacy. It was justified by manipulated and deceitful nonsense and you have enriched yourself enormously with the many advantages of this fallacy.

There are many proclamations that are made against reparations but the one that can not be made is that you did not commit the atrocities. That you didn’t do it. That it was not done. So next time an unarmed black man is murdered by law enforcement or they decide to rest for 8:46 seconds on his neck murdering him, condemn the shit, and consider that as a down payment on reparations that only cost you your voice and having a soul.  

Acknowledgment

The lack of acknowledgment for our contributions of our service across this country causes patriotism to be used to imply whites were the only ones who defended or contributed to America’s preeminence. Our contributions to invention, law, business, education, sports, science, entertainment, social and humanitarian efforts, literature, heritage, and politics need to be accredited properly to us without the whitewash of thievery or misappropriation. Recovery, forgiveness, and grace all begin with admission and confession. There can be no prospects of redemption with persistent denial, excuses, and minimalizations.

Warring countries have been rebuilt, populations compensated, and even the treasonous rebellious Confederate rebuilt and welcomed back into the union. The leadership of the Republication party coddled an insurrection with overt racial overtones on the Capitol threatening democracy. None of these transgressions have been a part of the Black experience or nor have black people received this substantial generosity of consideration.

European immigrants were recruited and given land, resources, and encouragement to own slaves to assimilate with white America to help to maintain a disproportionate ratio of the population of whites to blacks. White skin tone rather than origination took precedence over dark skin. Today to assimilate having white skin you can just call yourself Ted instead of Raphael or abandon your German heritage and grandfather’s name of drumpf claiming the confederate heritage as your own despite your immigrant roots. Immigrants of a white skin tone from anywhere or of white European descent can stand at a distance and be considered white and sometimes even closer if they do not speak.

But no matter how distant within eyesight, a Black person can stand and not be considered anything other than Black on sight. You see, the dark skin tone is the sole determinant. All of this is still true today for European descendants who can brag about how they came to this country and got assimilated to being white and benefited from masquerading as such. Immigration of any darker complexion people is considered undesirable while white immigrants are favorable to maintain and restock the white majority. That majority is waning along with their privileged white utopia.

The advantage and privilege whites have enjoyed for so long now require that they pass the sugar. The taste of honey has been hoarded for too long and requires an equitable allocation of concessions and redress to be conceded. The implementation of equality and the resulting rise in the Black quality of life will vicariously benefit all races and all elements of society, including the Black one this time. These gestures have been done before for immigrants, other countries, and other races so it is not unreasonable that the race that has suffered the most should now enjoy the same consideration and expectation not to be subject to malicious intent simply because of a darker hue of complexion.

And for those who would cry far left-wing ideology, socialism, and socio-economic welfare I would submit that reparations is the most far right-winged proposal imagined as demonstrated by your willingness to bail out the one percent, Wall Street, big banks, and big business for the overall good of the country and health of the economy as being too big to fail.  Never know when you will need us again, and America you will. It would seem wise and prudent that Blacks and equality are also TOO BIG TO FAIL too!  The actions are the same even if it is referenced by a different label or perspective, so you see we are all united in our need for this action if not in our beliefs. Consider it services rendered or a down payment deposit.

God bless America and the wisdom for America to change for its own salvation, preservation, and prosperity equally. In honor of the Christian cloak of deceit that you have hidden under for so long, the nation’s tolerance for inequality, and the conditioning of the black race to beg for deliverance where it is expected to forgive you for you surely deny what you have done.

So, let us pray.

Forgive them father for they have sinned, but they have not repented or atoned for their sins instead they have practiced and concealed these abominations cloaked in your name to not only discredit you but to discredit themselves justifying their brutality and moral deprivation in your holy name by committing the greatest of sin against a segment of your people over centuries corrupting all that which should be held holy according to your word.

They do not seek your judgment for surely you are not pleased, and condemnation can only follow. Their salvation has been leveraged for gold, silver, sugar, and cotton with no regard for humanity and even less regard for your holiness or the one you sent who surely cannot pay for these sins when they have been denied without repentance but practiced in every corner of the globe and particularly in Britain and America since before the inception of the United States.

They have worshipped this idolatrous slavery obsession and the false prophets above you and the very humanity that they still refuse to recognize also as your creation. They have borne false witness and even committed murder in your name. The above-stated crimes against humanity for earthly riches have blinded them to your glory and caused them to pervert your word masquerading as a true believer forsaking your honor without remorse of their deeds.

They have neither been meek, merciful, pure of heart, or peacemakers, they have forsaken justice, they are devoid of integrity, they have offered exploitation to the downtrodden, and they have in spirit and in action broken every covenant of yours.  They cannot offer their tarnished soul for redemption but for eternal condemnation for freely choosing and committing these atrocities.  By your word you condemn them and their actions and words, they condemn themselves!

The soil is drenched with blood, horror, and abomination from these purgatory fixations, steadfast commissions, and continued denial. We can only pray they repent acknowledging their transgressions and denouncing the evil they imposed through the oppression of our Black ancestry. For their horrendous crimes against humanity and religion, I fear saying three Hail Mary’s and two Our Fathers is not sufficient for these trespasses. Confession, repentance, and reparations for damages would be a sign to humanity and God of their sincerity for salvation by not only word but by deed.

And of course, to no longer practice or tolerate these repulsive transgressions ever again towards anyone as they have no justification. It might just be the difference between salvation, survival, or being judged harshly stricken by your wrath. It might be said to practice what God’s word preaches not the hypocrisy of scribes nor Pharisees worshipping the coin, politics, or a defeated President! Time to submit to a reckoning and atonement, for Christ’s sake and for America, we can only pray.

P.S. This is not an indictment of religion just how it has been and continues to be used to accomplish and justify evil intentions by self-proclaimed conservative patriotic evangelical God-fearing racists. This is also not in any way to suggest that this is a blanket accusation against all of white America regarding slave trade involvement or racism, just for what, when, and who it applies. I think we can all agree if the shoe fits, it can only be your shoe Cinderella.

Thurston K. Atlas

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The Black Trilogy-Crimes Against Humanity Part 2

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The Black Trilogy- Crimes Against Humanity Part 2 

 

Welcome to when playtime is over, our goal is to stimulate thought and conversation, not to convert your perspective. Any persuasion is solely at your discretion and deliberation. For your consideration we would like to offer The Black Trilogy- Crimes Against Humanity Part 2 and as always for those who are easily offended emotions will not be needed so please before entering check your feelings at the door.

 Naming Names

These culprits can be recognized by name, face, deed, nationality, or government as history speaks loudly regarding their identification. Everything has an origin or beginning, just as there cannot be a lie unless there is a liar to tell it. The lie starts with the telling of it not the conception of it, the conception reveals the intent. It is always the act, which is damaging, but the thought gives breath and motivation to the deceitful act. The deceit and causes of racism can generally be attributed to religion, deceit, greed, and insecurity manifested in slavery, discrimination, and fear.   

These crimes against humanity were introduced into America by Britain as a model of an aristocratic utopia for white Anglo-Saxon protestants of etiquette. Primarily envisioned by Britain and King James, the same sponsor of the King James Version of the holy bible, aided by European countries and monarchs to enrich themselves. Greed and wealth-building were the overwhelming factors. Murder, kidnap, and brutality were the methods. Exploitation, remorse, or humanity were not even an afterthought.

These conditions and aspirations set forth a calamity that is still prevalent four- hundreds plus years later. The names and intent associated cannot be separated from history nor the resulting atrocities which are interwoven with religion in general and Christianity in particular. Christianity was used as the moral justification and mitigating reason for self-pardoning their animalistic sensibilities for committing such diabolical acts of butchery. Just as their deceit, greed, and disgrace knew no limits nor did their depravity.  

Googling any King James bible verses about slavery and ponder how the bible has been systematically used to justify slavery sanctioned as the word of God. Scriptures interpreted and manipulated specifically to promote white superiority for whites to be worshipped as God-like to designate servants and heathens beneath them. Whiteness alone was interpreted to be the apex of the human species ordained to exploit and dismiss the black race primarily as being servants beneath animals.  The deception is that Noah cursed Canaan, who was black, to be a servant because Canaan’s father; Ham, who was also black, saw Noah’s drunken nakedness, had knowledge of Noah’s wife, or sexually violated Noah as Noah slept.

Logically speaking, if the cursed Canaan was black, then his father Ham was also black and so were Ham’s brothers being the pure seed of Noah which would have made Noah black. Hypothetical analysis of the story implies Ham being of pure seed of Noah was black and Ham’s brothers also being the pure seed of Noah were more likely made white to elevate their status and justify Ham’s lineage through Canaan as black slaves condemned to servitude. The racial disparity and distinctions between pure seeds does not accommodate separate races among Noah’s pure sons but instead bolsters the deceptive entitlements for slavery.

Conversely, if Ham were black then why did his color differ from Noah’s lineage of the same seed which was supposedly white, would they also have to be black too or Ham’s white color conveniently manipulated to justify black servitude. Noah displayed no such power until the day he curses the generations of Ham, because Noah got liquored up and was seen naked. It leaves a lot for the knowledgeable faithful to gullibly assume especially if Ham’s grave sin changed Ham’s skin color. If Ham had been white then, Canaan’s skin tone would have to be changed as well because he was already born.

 It is highly speculative since God curses and Jesus does not exclude from his blessings and salvation, then presumably even Canaan’s descendants should have received deliverance by Jesus after Noah’s curse. Are we to believe that Noah was elevated to God-like status to curse generations and after the fact his curse above Jesus’ salvation and teachings? Were slave masters then explicitly elevated to Christ-like status to be worshipped and obeyed as if they were God or just below Christ? Was this blasphemy run amok to further justify slavery yet adhere to Christian principles which allowed such savage atrocities?

Jesus is attributed as preaching to love thy neighbor as thyself, but evidently, the enslavement and oppression of other humans are not included in that concept among some so-called Christians even to this day. Maybe that was why it was essential to spread Christianity throughout the world to “lost sheep” to effectively enslave their minds so completely that even now the efforts and contamination persist beyond logical reasoning. The lie has become the doctrine and the doctrine has been embraced without analytical rationale.

Seems the further fulfillment of King James’ desire to elevate himself above Jesus has been sinisterly realized by sleight of hand interpretation to create unwitting followers of King James’ doctrine, not God’s.  King James sought immortality by having his version worshipped as the guidance to be practiced as religious law circumventing God and Jesus. Later a secondary utilization was most certainly creating a pure-blooded utopia for British colonization by exploiting an obedient black slave labor force controlled by religion to cultivate the land manufacturing crops and harvesting the resources in America.

 The psychological sorcery of an omnipresent invisible deity that demands absolute obedience and enduring suffering from us had to be superimposed over their motive for their justification and our submission. No wonder Christianity was essential to slavery at every turn to psychologically oppress Blacks and to arrogantly embolden white supremacists with their obligatory conjured up validation. Even the Catholic Church sanctioned, acquiesced, and participated in slavery to aid in their wealth accumulation. Only in 1965 did they declare it a dishonor to God and took a firm and sincere posture against slavery denouncing it.

History’s monumental deceit is that taxation without representation started the American Revolution, but unfavorable business terms were the reason when the British wanted a bigger cut of what they had bankrolled. The slave labor Britain sold at cost had no future cost accrued other than room and board. In addition, they commonly committed wanton abuses of the worst kind acquiring this slave labor which was more or less disposable and pure profit. The American Revolution was fought over profits from slavery, and not for taxation but the contract default arising from obligations regarding slavery, an armed renegotiation of sorts. It was essential for a higher return on investments on the seed money and resources which were provided. Commodity trading is a fair analogy for their business transactions as we will later learn.

History reveals at some point, twelve total sitting U.S. Presidents have owned slaves which is twenty-six percent of the total presidents throughout history.  Four of the first five. Sixty-six percent of the first eighteen Presidents spanning over approximately 70 years until 1859 owned slaves. Also, sixty-six percent or eight of the first twelve Presidents owned slaves while in office, despairingly including no less than the two biggest offenders that beacon of Democracy first President George Washington (317) and third President Thomas Jefferson (600+). That is the accurate reflection of the beginnings of the United States government and its perspective on slavery. Zachery Taylor was the last sitting President to own slaves while in the White House.  

Slave ownership concluded with President Grant prior to him holding office, but racial prejudices, abuses, and indifferences have undeniably continued with documented instances, utterances, and interpretations that more recently have included Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and Trump. The guarded thoughts and motivations revealed privately in select company can only be imagined but the public detrimental ramifications to blacks through legislative and monetary policy is a reality. It has always been the American way with discriminatory tolerances in the oval office and within every level of government and law enforcement.

 The history of the Supreme Court reflects Black representation and consideration poorly within America’s history. There have been seventeen Chief Justices and one hundred and four Associate Justices since 1789 and that is a total of one hundred and twenty-one Justices, but only two have been Black Justices. Most notably the beloved and renowned civil rights icon, The Honorable Thurgood Marshall in 1967 was the first black Justice, so that is only two in roughly a two hundred- and thirty-one-year span. Supreme Court decisions have historically been against black interest, sanctioned disparities, and have upheld racist practices.

George Wallace in 1963 challenged the federal government as Governor of Alabama protesting the desegregation of education. Student busing in the ’60s and ’70s became necessary and was met with staunch resistance against an opportunity for an equal education for the black population. The Iran Contra scandal was President Reagan and Oliver North’s ruse to illegally fund the overthrow of Manuel Noriega by racially and demographically designating cocaine infiltration in the Black community igniting the crack cocaine epidemic and eradicating decades of Black gains while initiating the criminality of Black crack cocaine addiction. When one form of racism or discrimination subsides or is no longer acceptable then another more covert and more effective method replaces it along with the ensuing justification.

Some forms of racism were transformed while others continued simmering beneath the collective consciousness in hopes of rising again once agitated to the surface. It was most recently disguised as a political movement of conservative values echoing Confederate ideology and stolen electoral representation of all things. The Confederacy dogma has persisted despite their defeat and treason against the United States. The civil war ended by the defeat of the Confederacy in 1865 only to linger as a southern legacy and their appalling heritage openly honored without much condemnation representative of a lingering tolerance and insult to Blacks directly and to the United States indirectly. Their flag was even taken along for an overthrow of the Capitol as a symbol of a foreign government takeover bogusly masquerading as patriotism. 

Where else can a loser be allowed to fly their banner and display monuments? The Confederate flag is a direct dissent against the Union’s victory and an embrace of a racist past symbolizing racism more than any other symbol in America. Unlike other wars, the Confederate flag represents only slavery, the only southern dispute of the war. The bigotry so deeply rooted and accepted that it has penetrated the military and government in name, action, and celebration. It took a full one hundred years for the 1965 Voting Rights Act to ensure and protect Black participation in politics and government while that defeated flag has not seen one day of prohibition.  

The Union’s protest of slavery was mostly due to the unfair economic practices and advantages created by slave labor that disproportionately enriched the southern states, although the Union also eagerly participated indirectly and profited from southern slavery. Remember that Grant was probably the most renowned general against the Confederacy and had slaves during the war but prior to his White House tenure as President.

After President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which he was assassinated for because of opposition, Andrew Johnson became President and refused to honor Gen. Sherman Field Order 15 pledging reparations in the form of forty acres and a mule for freed slaves in 1865.  Former slaves fought to ensure the Union’s victory, but the contribution was not compensated as promised and defaulted on assuring continued discrimination and generational poverty.

However, the 1862 Homestead Act gave free land for settlement, but that free land was given to immigrants as had been the practice as a starter kit for slave owners along with free slaves.  Native Americans received reparations, as well as Japanese for being held in internment camps, even countries that have been at war with the United States have received reparations, but not Blacks. There is no more a compelling reason or justification for blacks to receive compensation instead of the continued discrimination, systematic denial of humanity, and outright murder thru excessive use of force against Black men, women, and children.

After the Civil War, the Union most certainly equally promoted Jim Crow along with the confederacy south with America once again united by their racism. Confederate ideology marches on with racism at the helm because what else could there be disgracefully masquerading as southern pride.  The Confederate intent and persistence of racism have remained strong and just as recently as 2020 has been explicitly displayed to expose the enormous and robust support for its prominence with proud proclamations of its pervasive ignorance. 

Britain, France, Portugal, Dutch, and Spain along with America were some of the more prominent countries that participated and benefited greatly from slavery without any meaningful acknowledgment or compensation to blacks around the world. The Royal Family has even accumulated substantial wealth and tradition from the slave trade via their royal bloodline and the British empire. Maintaining the Royal family façade at its core is an ode to racism and superiority claims.  

Lord of London, Bank of London Barclays with trillions in assets, JP Morgan Chase, New York Life, Dupont, AIG, Aetna, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Bank of America, Brooks Brothers, Domino Sugar, New York Stock Exchange, Oxford, Dartmouth, Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Rutgers, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Tiffany Co, Wachovia, Norfolk Southern, New York Life, Rothchild, Providence Bank, CSX, and many other companies, entities, or lineages from then still stand today enriched by their slave trade involvement.

It is likely and safe to assume that most entities with a long history were a benefactor of slavery. The Stock Market and Wall Street were heavily involved in the slave trade. Wall Street and the NYSE were established for the express purpose of slave trading operating lawfully by decree since December 14th of 1711 as the official slave vending site in New York sparking the building and expansion of the city. Most port cities were heavily dependent on slavery even in the north.  

The United States has indemnified itself from the jurisdiction of the International Tribunal and the International Criminal Court regarding its past of crimes against humanity as it relates to Blacks, slavery, and atrocities committed on American soil against Black captives. Any atrocities committed on American soil by law are beyond international jurisdiction and condemnation escaping liability. The United Nation General Assembly condemned Apartheid in Africa but the atrocities against Blacks in America has been largely ignored, insincere, and certain changes generally ineffectual.

 If taxation without representation was the reason for America’s revolt; can we not consider murder, forced slave labor without compensation, and systemic racism as a legitimate provocation for black protest? The unforeseen ramifications of the proliferation of slavery, political suppression, and racial discrimination throughout America have had the unintentional consequence of creating the seminal resistance that has prevailed from Blacks enraged by its atrocities to demand accountability for those atrocities.

Whites have not endured, nowhere near, comparatively the degree of suffering in which they have dispensed but are quick to bemoan and cry ouch when their privilege is diminished, or an election is not of their preference. Racism is a form of mental illness and discrimination is a form of cheating. Psychological journals officially classify racism as a mental disorder arising from insecurity and low self-esteem. Notwithstanding the need to cheat, cheating can be defined as a deliberate fraudulent subversion of fairness and morality by alterations of probabilities to gain success.  The realization then has to become an admission that without an unfair advantage their humanity is tremendously self-devalued bringing into question their level of perseverance and achievement without fraudulent concessions. Your advantage is keeping others at an exploited disadvantage.

White America never foresaw a day when the imbalance of their influence would diminish to the point where they would have to address their advantages and abuses in accordance with the scrutinizing consciousness of history and fairness. The crimes levied against Black humanity have been obvious and the perpetrating groups of benefactors have been identified but yet no liability has been meaningfully accepted or imposed for damages caused. Legally retribution is customary for damages suffered. Words are not as sufficient as actions and empty promises have been much more enduring than actual commitment.  

This conservative ideology wants to force acceptance of their deeds and their beliefs upon everyone as in the past and dismiss opposing views while declaring a clear conscience free from damages or redress.  The past would insinuate a present discontinuation. The conservative values façade long used to camouflage the absolute certainty of the atrocities committed and the participating parties leaves no doubt other than, what will be the remedy. The forcing of their racist principles and propensities upon others is in stark contrast to even God granting humanity freedom of choice of belief. This should now leave no choice but to force some redemptive principles upon yourself towards an equitable resolution by ideology, government, business, and institutional structure.  

CONFESSING FEAR.

The fear of a level playing field seems greater than the fear of repudiation of racism or historical condemnation for the carnages of your atrocities. The distress of reckoning with your historical malfeasance, which were so completely and appallingly applied, is deeply rooted in your reluctance for retribution and your forfeiture of advantage. It is difficult to visualize amends when contemplating that maybe with equality your advantage will evaporate or paranoia of the future when the demographics change. The fear is “it ain’t no fun unless you are holding the gun”.  

You fear a syndrome like the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon where you dread a non-white-dominated America may become just like you but towards you. When you firmly held the stick, you beat the “hell” out of minorities, specifically Black people, but now you imagine yourself slowly losing your grip begging for leniency and dismissal of grievances if the oppressed should ever hold the stick. It is an anxiety produced over the consequences, repercussions, and accountability for your nightmare of exploitation, cruelty, and oppression of the Black race.

Consumed fully by the draining burden and deception needed to maintain by any means necessary the portrayal of a sham supremacy that never existed, that was manufactured, and is increasingly ineffective. The fear even extends to a refusal to acknowledge the nightmarish realization that you could have ever espoused such evil that it nauseates your very consciousness igniting your furious denials despite your history’s revulsive accuracy. Denial of the truth does not diminish the truth and perhaps you are what your record says you are, at least history says so.

Fearing looking into the mirror and reconciling your past with your current refusal to acknowledge the advantages you received and the damages it has caused only aggravates the problem and delays the solution. The time has come to settle the four-hundred-year-old accrued debt and recognize that the benefits of the advantages unjustly created for yourself must be justly shared and available to all. The change must be a diametrical shift from the absolved systemic discrimination, deliberate persecution, and calculated economic disadvantages committed against Blacks to specifically including Blacks recommendations for the remedy and promotion of prosperity for the damages of our prolonged racial exploitation.

 If you do something outstanding you want recognition and a parade so if your deed is not so great, then why would that not be allowed to be acknowledged and exposed as well. Imagine if a competing team electronically stole signals, took PEDs (performance enhancement drugs), blatantly had the rules or officiation rigged to their advantage, or any number of other methods used to cheat and influence victory or glorify themselves at your team’s detriment then surely those gains would be resented, deemed illegitimate, and in need of adjustment to ensure a level playing field. That is what everyone should be equally allotted, a level playing field where a standard measurement is applied equally for self-actualizing opportunities and accomplishments without exemption.

 You cannot be fearful when your actions have caused your fear, it is called cause and effect or intentional. If you were not bellyaching when you committed the act, then do not bellyache when you are exposed, and the sanctions become due. You enjoyed the meal, now pay the bill. Reparations have to be recognized as a deserved remedy for combat services rendered, harm done, injustices practiced, and thefts committed.

Blacks have experienced them all without fair and equal compensation. It is morally reprehensible that these crimes against Black humanity continue to persist, are minimized, and dismissed. The time has come to soothe the outcry from the rampages and ravishes that sully all that America claims to stand for and promote around the world but does not practice on American soil claiming immunity, ignorance, or statute of limitations. Crimes against humanity have no statute of limitations or immunity.

 To categorize an action, then examine the action devoid of name or race, and if it is disgraceful and inexcusable, label it as such and assign the culprit to be held accountable and prescribe a remedy to be enforced. When it is time to put a name on it, name names and add up the deeds.  Grades, credit rating, criminal record, career stats and rankings, designations, and accomplishments a few widely accepted measurements of you being what your past record says you have been. They represent accepted systems of acknowledgment and accountability as do reparations.

If you had not committed your action, then there would not have been a reaction created. To make your fear more palatable than your atrocities in this case, fear should not be a state of anxiety but an acronym and a pledge to black people of Freedom, Equality, Atonement, and Reparations.  Then redress for damages by the offending parties should be made forthcoming without complaint or compromise.

 

Thurston K. Atlas

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Black Trilogy- Crimes Against Humanity Part 1

When Playtime is Over.

The Black Trilogy- Crimes Against Humanity Part 1 

 

Welcome to when playtime is over, our goal is to stimulate thought and conversation, not to convert your perspective. Any persuasion is solely at your discretion and deliberation. For your consideration we would like to offer The Black Trilogy- Crimes Against Humanity Part 1 and as always for those who are easily offended, emotions will not be needed so please before entering check your feelings at the door.

 Absolute Certainty

According to Google, crimes against humanity are defined as acts that are purposefully and systematically committed against an individual civilian or an identifiable part of a civilian population. These crimes are specified as extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortion, and other sexual violence, in addition to persecution on political, religious, racial, and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons, and the inhumane act of knowingly inflicting any of these atrocities.

If such crimes are first to be proven, then let us not use the highest burden of proof used in a criminal trial which is beyond a reasonable doubt, but even beyond that where an absolute certainty can be applied without any doubt. History bears witness to the overwhelming evidence that has been left littered throughout time for over four hundred fifty years just in America. There is no doubt about the elements of these savagely immoral crimes, their vicious intent, or their subsequently devastating impact. The identity of these perpetrators and their oppressed victims are clear with the damages being astronomical.

The implementation, commission, and racist repercussions can be factually demonstrated and traced back to even the highest levels of society and government as being common practice. These actions and pervasive practices have attempted to be disguised and minimized by history and history itself altered to conceal and protect the guilty, but the evidence remains obvious and cannot be justified, denied, nor defied.

These crimes were widespread in national and global magnitude. They were arbitrarily executed in a deliberate and methodical manner enforced by brutally ruthless acts of violence and murder with America having an insatiable appetite and thirst for slavery along with Britain. Is it not pompous and sarcastic that these two countries would hold themselves up to being above reproach and being of the highest character, etiquette, and civility but savagely were the major vendors of slave atrocities? Even beyond the grasps of slavery, America exterminated prosperous and aspiring groups of blacks and their opportunities ensuring generational poverty and educational inadequacies. Murder, lynching, intimidation, and miseducation as well as systemic discriminations sanctioned by law served this purpose well.

Public hangings were the stuff picnics were made of and “coon” hunting was a favorite pastime where black men were chased by dogs and killed for sport comparable to whites casually hunting raccoons. These were twisted forms of entertainment and fun for racist whites. Public whippings and “buck breaking” were leisurely deterrents to discourage defiance and extinguish hope. Blacks were to be kept in their place of despair despite white’s claims of Christianity or any hint of humanity.

The forced exclusion from protections and opportunities effectively eliminated blacks from the possibility of prosperity. The prosperity created was solely for the economic exploitation of blacks to contribute to white’s societal benefit and wealth accumulation. Acts of murder, genocide, massacre, and summary executions were indiscriminately and brutally applied to reinforce white superiority and maximize black compliance thereby ensuring a free labor force that could literally be worked to death for the slave owner’s benefit. Working conditions or worker’s rights were not a consideration and complaints ill-advised.

This enslavement, exclusion, and exploitation of life and liberty were at the sole discretion of the slave master by law.  Psychological conditioning along with physical restraints were mainly what achieved and maintained this position of dominance. Escape seemed futile and routinely as a reminder public torture was used to deter other slaves from any hope of escape other than by death. The slaves’ imprisonment and hopelessness were compounded by geographical captivity considering where would they run, in which direction, and how far would they get trying to escape before their dark skin tone alone would raise suspicion and capture.

Still today escape is elusive from the summary judgments, disproportionate imprisonments, discriminatory housing, economic suppression and poverty, and roadside executions which are still an incredibly sad reality for blacks. The more modern tools are employed through the criminal justice system being discriminatory and unequally applied, the bail bond system economically and socially prejudiced; healthcare, rehab, and diversion programs biased; jail sentencing abnormal, and by routine roadside executions of blacks by law enforcement with a predisposition to resort to deadly force and racial profiling.

Now the abuse and indifference for black life is demonstrated, vindicated, and institutionalized with this more modern twist perfectly suitable for denial with claims of progressive changes which seek plausible deniability, ethnic adjudication, and cultural immunity. Given the extent of its intrinsic foundation, persistent continuation, and frequent manifestation are we to be cajoled or duped into believing racism is no longer practiced. The harsh reality of selective enforcement of laws and dis-qualifying stipulations against blacks are systematically designed to reject blacks at every facet of society.  

Limited access and opportunity regulates the number of Blacks who can enjoy that which is taken for granted by others as their entitlement and normal progression of wealth accumulation. The lingering subtleties of psychological damage, intentional miseducation, and racial recriminations are constant obstacles to be overcome. A black person is unqualified while a white person is a candidate for training or internship. A black person is a drug addict by choice while a white person has a disease addicted by medical predisposition. A black person commits a crime while a white person makes a mistake for the same offense. A black person must be locked away to protect society when a white person is a prime candidate for rehabilitation and second chances or given the benefit of the doubt.

Perception is reality and the historical reality has been that there is no act too horrendous against a black person when committed by a white person. Rape, forced pregnancy, and what amounts to gorilla pimping has been historically used to defile the black woman and justified by her supposedly insatiable appetite and animalistic desire for sex. Sexual crimes against black women by white slave owners were just the way business was done notwithstanding the degenerate slave master’s predatory nature. It was justified because she was just property and the virtuous white woman above exposure to such despicable predatory sexual desires.

It would be inconceivable that the bond between mother and child would be so casually severed by the sale and forced separation of families except for considering the lack of humanity of the perpetrators. Without regard to the pain either suffered, the black human property had no feelings or bond which needed to be considered. The detachment from the family unit by black males was reinforced by the forcible transfer of children, siblings, and spouses without a moment’s notice. The emasculation of the black male was preferred, blacks were by legal decree a commodity to be sold or dealt with without regard except for their value as free labor and breeding.

No race of people in America has been treated as gruesomely for as long as the black race. No race has had a society built upon their backs in such a manner as the black race without significant participation in the benefits. No race has had the law of the land orchestrated against their existence and humanity as brutally and blatantly as the black race has. The suffering has been long and harsh with the effects still fully observable today in every aspect of society.

The hateful and righteous indoctrination of discrimination has been such an insidious force in the DNA of America that those who have benefited the most and practiced it vigorously fail to recognize or acknowledge the advantages provided them as a result of slavery and racism. They further refuse to accept the generational impairment and destruction it continues to have on black lives in addition to providing their own white privilege.

No other race of people who have been the victims of such extreme oppression are expected to exhibit Stockholm Syndrome to the doctrines, symbols, and traditions of their oppressors after supposedly being freed from them. The beloved American Flag, the Star-Spangled Banner, and the very moral blueprint known as the United States Constitution are things that blacks fought and died for but were expressly excluded from the benefits and protections of. The lunacy of honoring the blunt force instruments and ideologies immorally used to historically bludgeon the black race is only exceeded by the outrage of those reluctant to understand black’s refusal to continue to do so.

After the American Revolution with the establishment of the United States, the British flag held no expectation of allegiance or authority America was bound to honor. After the Nazi Regime fell there was no expectation of forgiveness and allegiance to the Third Reich by the Jewish population who were so barbarically tortured and killed. Appropriately there is no time or distance which is too great for the accountability of Nazi war criminals for their crimes against humanity which rightfully cannot go unpunished.  America has expressed no limit to the outrages committed in other countries while America remains oblivious to America’s deeds where blacks are concerned. However, after the carnage Blacks have endured at the hands of America there is still an expectation that we should honor these instruments of oppression without reservation equally as the white benefactors and our oppressors would.

Their history, as well as the Confederate Flag, opposes the very humanity and freedom of the black race but in this day and time, blacks are expected to honor or tolerate these as if they had applied to us in a beneficial manner. None less than the United States Constitution quantified a black person by LAW as three-fifths of a human being. It has continued with the theory of eugenics and in most of our lifetime expressed where a black man was deemed not even smart enough to quarterback a football team or suitable for a college education.

The founding principles of equality, freedom, and opportunity were never meant to include or apply to Black people. Nor was the U.S. Constitution, Pledge of Allegiance, Protection under the Law, Economic Prosperity, or Social Respectability to be afforded Black people, but our allegiance to and defense of them are required, expected, and has been proven. Our life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have yet to be delivered unabated by racism and brutality.

Love it or leave it is the cliché, but the love for us is not equivalent to the love required from us. The forced elimination of our roots and culture makes leaving problematic especially when we contributed so much. Blacks were here before the influx of European immigrants and contributed more to its wealth than those who would send us back to where we come from while denouncing their own return to their origins. Those who would claim these entitlements lack the sweat equity or seniority in this country compared to Blacks. Blacks were forced to this land, but whites chose this land for the vast wealth and opportunities that Blacks directly or indirectly provided.

White ownership of everything imaginable and their way of life has been subsidized by their exploitation of Blacks and others in a twisted demented form of highjacked affirmative action minus the required discrimination experience. Still the extent, benefits, and longevity of white privilege has not proven to be sufficient. With that massive of a privileged subsidy, they still have the audacity to expect those oppressed not to seek equitable treatment and opportunities not to mention an end to systemic racism. The fruits and benefits from racism are comparable to the grandest of larcenies of receiving stolen property for which the owner should be reimbursed in equal value of what was taken, or the stolen goods returned.

The actions of these murderous thieves have been historically identified for the record but not yet held accountable by legal or financial decree. From the introduction of Blacks to this land; there has been political persecution, dismissive human rights, omission from the voting system, restrictions in the governing elements of society, wealth suppression, as well as derogatory stereotypical perceptions and misrepresentations. Injustices are still prevalent today with obstacles in the voting, wealth, and governing processes.

The moral corruption of white privilege combined with the fundamental obsession with greed has created a moral justification anointed by religion and granted from God. This alleged religious zeal along with conservative values are used as vindication for their disguised greed which greatly contributed to their clear conscious allowing some of the most heinous crimes committed against humanity anywhere and at any time. The resulting righteous morality stands in opposition to the self-proclaimed white virtue of God-fearing worshippers instead exposing their money worshipping and blood-thirsty tendencies cloaked in religion.  

Religious assimilation and indoctrinations have been intentionally used as a psychological tool to placate and control Blacks. It is a forced adaptation and embrace of perspectives that serve to contort our minds with obedience, hope, and tolerance. We are left seeking a salvation that has eluded us but enriched and emboldened the white expectations of privilege and superiority. These religious inclinations and symbolisms have perpetuated white supremacy and black inferiority due to the written and visual perversions and manipulations of their presentation and acceptance. These influences have been thoroughly effective by contaminating the hearts, minds, and justifications of those who have committed racial oppression and have been victims of this oppression.

The world’s wealth-generating commodity has been Black slave labor on a global scale whereby many countries’ and organizations’ wealth can be attributed to black suffering. The damage from legally sanctioned racial discrimination and suppression of education along with the lack of quality of that education can never be understated, exaggerated, or casually dismissed. Remember it was illegal for blacks to learn to read which maintained the uneducated heathen narrative and the black disadvantage. Mutilation, murder, and brutality have now been replaced by a subtle structured depravity reflected in the lack of fair economic considerations, lack of educational integrity, law enforcement use of excessive force, prejudicial incarceration rates and durations, discriminatory housing, usurious bank loans, higher insurance rates, unconscionable unemployment rates, health care inadequacies, minimal black business investments or empowerment, and generational poverty.

The above-documented history and methods of crimes against the humanity of Blacks can no longer be justified, ignored, denied, or minimized. Those whites, assimilating immigrants who self-identify as white, and even Blacks must now educate themselves on the crimes, thefts, robberies, appropriations, seizures, and deceptions to ask themselves with an honest and comprehensive examination of the facts what conclusions can be drawn and what reflection does that have on the treatment of blacks in America.

If you cannot envision it from a black perspective then what would you or your identifying subgroup think, do, or tolerate without protest or resistance if this were your history in America. Some from other nationalities that have come here have also assumed the white supremacy discriminatory perspective of white America to assimilate and subjugate their own cultures while compounding the racial problem for blacks. Is this the proud history of America to make America great again that is now espoused by some or some other period of time that did not include the racism which has always been present? The future can not be found in the past and with a past like America’s what manner of person would want to return to it where only white males were of any consequence and savagery abound.

Imagine yourself, white America, yielding to such nonsense without protest or call for change. After all, the founding fathers never experienced this kind of vicious oppression but were certainly purveyors of it. Unjust treatment and coerced economics are why there was a revolt called the American Revolution which led to the founding of this country or in other words America reneging on payment terms to Britain, not taxation without representation. By principle, the government of America was charged with ensuring these atrocities were not permitted but instead institutionalized them for monetary gain and black human detriment. They were not alone in promoting these atrocities being accompanied by most long-tenured businesses and institutions in this country. They too are responsible for the ravages and should be financially brought to account for the resolution of their actions and participation.   

The Bill of Rights regarding the protection of individual liberties did not extend to Blacks and most certainly not fairly when it did, specifically Amendment IV to be secure in person and place, Amendment V due process of law, and Amendment VIII freedom from cruel and unusual punishment. The United Nations under its basic principles and guidelines on claims to a remedy, which include five categories, has sanctioned the right to reparations for victims from the offending party. The crimes against humanity perpetrated against blacks necessitate compensatory and punitive damages acknowledging as the restitution a restorative material obligation of redress. Reparations insinuate a more jovial oversite of payments owed but should include judicial, societal, and institutional adjustments to the abuses and violations. Either way, it would seem that redress and compensation are well overdue and of that, we can be absolutely certain.

Disclaimer: This not to claim that simply being white specifically makes accusations of participation in slavery or racism but to generally state that whites were the predominant identity and benefactors of those who did participate and oppress in America by demographic distinction. It is not a comprehensive indictment just an overwhelming observation of historical fact, not all but many since there have always been white allies as well. Many did participate but all benefited by skin tone association as an extension of white privilege.

  

Thurston K. Atlas

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