[sixties-l] Fwd: POLICE DEATH SQUADS

From: radman (resist@best.com)
Date: 10/11/00

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    >Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 04:22:22 -0400
    >From: "Lorenzo Ervin" <komboa@hotmail.com>
    >Subject: (en) THE REST OF THE NEWS COLUMN
    >THE REST OF THE NEWS by Lorenzo Komboa Ervin
    >Police death squads in American cities are a sign of the times. Every year
    >in the USA anywhere about 800-1,000 persons are killed in police custody.
    >Like the nine people in Detroit this year, Amadou Diallo in NYC, Tiyesha
    >Miller in Riverside, California, and many others whose names we don't know,
    >they were undeniably slaughtered by the police. But these were no accidents,
    >idle acts of racism, or even isolated vigilante actions by crazed cops. No,
    >these death squads are carrying out *government policy* to rid the cities of
    >"undesirables". In that sense, they are little different than the death
    >squads in Latin America, who kill poor people and street kids in Brazil,
    >Leftists and labor leaders in Guatemala, or police goon squads in any
    >military dictatorship.
    >This killing is consistent government policy, and part of a policy to seize
    >control of and maintain the "peace" in the cities. This is all happening in
    >the face of serious urban decay, and inner city demolition. The government
    >of all major cities want to reclaim the inner cities for the rich and their
    >corporations, they want to move the poor out and they want to move their
    >white middle class workers in. It's already this way in most parts of
    >Europe, the suburbs are for the poor, while the more valuable inner city is
    >reserved for the rich.
    >Since the 1960's, the government has had various plans: urban renewal,
    >spatial deconcentration, and others designed to remove the poor, the Black
    >community (and the barrios of the urban SouthWest),  and cripple our ability
    >to resist in the inner cities like we did in Detroit and Watts during that
    >time. Mostly though this government scheme has failed, as it has been
    >resisted, and we have refused to be moved and held on to the urban
    >landscape.  But if you couple today's police terror, with the current
    >destruction of low income housing projects, the thefts of low income housing
    >tracts by government-financed and supported land speculators, the
    >destruction of rent control, and mass imprisonment of the poor, you begin to
    >get a picture that the military model of policing is designed to uphold a
    >new order of austerity and official criminality.
    >Then when we realize that it is the government which is  responsible for the
    >drug epidemic in our communities, we understand that we have an enemy which
    >is destabilizing our homeplace; this stuff is not just happening without
    >cause. These SWAT teams, Tactical police, and new drug paramilitary police
    >units are clearly being used for military repression in the inner city.
    >I don't believe in conspiracies, or more precisely the idea that somehow the
    >American government's latest crimes, whether police racial profiling or CIA
    >drug pushing, are somehow disconnected from their past treachery. No, they
    >are part and parcel of *one scheme* of historical oppression and economic
    >exploitation. Lynchings in one historical period, police murders in another.
    >How many Black, Brown and other poor people dying from police gunfire does
    >it take before we start understanding all this?
    >What bothers me is that I don't see very much of any kind of organizing
    >against it, whether so-called nonviolent demonstrations or the creation of
    >militias in the Black community. I am not advocating just taking the cops on
    >with gunplay, or some type of macho posturing, but rather taking it to the
    >people who are more ready than we might imagine to resist...by any means
    >necessary! We must teach them to stop these police murders with every means
    >at our disposal. We must make it impossible for the rich and their murderous
    >cops to rule over us and our communities, make ourselves ungovernable like
    >the Palestinian people have been doing for the last 15 years in the Occupied
    >Territories with their Intifada.
    >Like Bro. Malcolm X, I believe that we must bleed this government
    >economically with boycotts and with armed street resistance, but we cannot
    >sit idly by and do nothing. We must make sure that these 21st century
    >lynchers get a dose of their own medicine. I ain't "advocating violence",
    >I'm talking common sense for our survival. Hell, thousands of right-wing
    >White folks are organizing militias in the state of Michigan, in every one
    >of the 83 counties of this state counties. What are we thinking?
    >I know that the white government will put forward sellouts like Jesse
    >Jackson or Al Sharpton, "responsible Negro leaders", who tell us we can
    >depend on Attorney General Janet Reno and the Department of (In)Justice to
    >stop unlawful police murders, and that we should not "turn to violence."
    >Well, I believe that we must turn against these so-called "national Negro
    >leaders" as well as local traitors like the Uncle Tom preachers and corrupt
    >politicians like Archer in Detroit or "Uncle Bob" Jones in Kalamazoo who
    >tell us just to sit passively by, waiting on some puppet "citizen review
    >board" or the Negro Mayor to save us from these cops.
    >Ain't nobody saving us but ourselves, and our communities, which if properly
    >organized can stop police brutality. Police Death squads are a sign of the
    >times, but the times have to be changin!

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