Saturday, March 07, 2015

the machinery of galactus


theatlantic |  It must noted that the rhetoric "personal responsibility" enjoys not just currency among the white officials of Ferguson, but among many black people ("black-on-black crime!") who believe that white supremacy is a force with which one can negotiate. But white supremacyas evidenced in Fergusonis not ultimately interested in how responsible you are, nor how respectable you look. White supremacy is neither a misunderstanding nor a failure of manners. White supremacy is the machinery of Galactus which allows for the potential devouring of everything you own. White supremacy is the technology, patented in this enlightened era, to ensure that what is yours inevitably becomes mine.

This technology has proven highly effective throughout American history. In 1860 it meant the transformation of black bodies into more wealth than all the productive capacity of this country combined. In the 1930s it meant the erection of our modern middle class. In Ferguson, it meant funding nearly a quarter of the municipal budget:
The City has not yet made public the actual revenue collected that year, although budget documents forecasted lower revenue than 10 was budgeted. Nonetheless, for fiscal year 2015, the City’s budget anticipates fine and fee revenues to account for $3.09 million of a projected $13.26 million in general fund revenues...

In a February 2011 report requested by the City Council at a Financial Planning Session and drafted by Ferguson’s Finance Director with contributions from Chief Jackson, the Finance Director reported on “efforts to increase efficiencies and maximize collection” by the municipal court. The report included an extensive comparison of Ferguson’s fines to those of surrounding municipalities and noted with approval that Ferguson’s fines are “at or near the top of the list....” While the report stated that this recommendation was because of a “large volume of non-compliance,” the recommendation was in fact emphasized as one of several ways that the code enforcement system had been honed to produce more revenue.
The men and women behind this policy did not approach their effort to "produce more revenue" somberly, but lustily. As the fruits of plunder increased, Ferguson officials congratulated and backslapped each other:
In one March 2012 email, the Captain of the Patrol Division reported directly to the City Manager that court collections in February 2012 reached $235,000, and that this was the first month collections ever exceeded $200,000. The Captain noted that “[t]he [court clerk] girls have been swamped all day with a line of people paying off fines today. Since 9:30 this morning there hasn’t been less than 5 people waiting in line and for the last three hours 10 to 15 people at all times.” The City Manager enthusiastically reported the Captain’s email to the City Council and congratulated both police department and court staff on their “great work.”
It is a wonder they did not hand out bonuses. Perhaps they did. The bonus of being white in Ferguson meant nigh-immunity from plunder. The bane of being black in Ferguson meant nigh-inevitable subjugation under plunder. Plunder is neither abstract nor theoretical. Plunder injures, maims, and destroys. Indeed the very same people who were calling on protestors to remain nonviolent were, every hour, partner to brutality committed under the color of law:
We spoke with one African-American man who, in August 2014, had an argument in his apartment to which FPD officers responded, and was immediately pulled out of the apartment by force. After telling the officer, “you don’t have a reason to lock me up,” he claims the officer responded: “N*****, I can find something to lock you up on.” When the man responded, “good luck with that,” the officer slammed his face into the wall, and after the man fell to the floor, the officer said, “don’t pass out motherf****r because I’m not carrying you to my car.”
The residents of Ferguson do not have a police problem. They have a gang problem. That the gang operates under legal sanction makes no difference. It is a gang nonetheless, and there is no other word to describe an armed band of collection agents.

12 comments:

BigDonOne said...

You can't take chances with folks who have "arguments in their apartments to which police respond..."

Domestic violence calls are among the riskiest for police ---> http://www.cbs8.com/story/15312200/domestic-violence-calls-especially-dangerous-for-cops

CNu said...

What does that have to do with the subject of this post?

BigDonOne said...

@CNu -- [Re: second to last paragraph of original post] it goes to why folks, with genetic tendencies toward violence, tend to get their asses kicked by the cops.

CNu said...

So..., if I understand you correctly, your id is responding on your ego's behalf and implicating itself by dent of your obsessive interests as the subject of this post? i.e., you recognize yourself as either a part of, a supporter of, or a beneficiary of the parasitic machinery of galactus sucking life and viability out of the mentholated americanized negroes to whom the Hon.Bro.Constructive Feedback often addresses himself?

rohan said...

Sounds like your little deranged pet Dawn is saying that violent extremism is the only logical and valid response to paramilitarized parasitism. Isn't that one of his persistent themes anyway?

BigDonOne said...

BD thinks y'all oughta go watch a few dozen episodes of COPs and First_48 to get up to speed in Real World degeneracy....

Constructive_Feedback said...

Brother CNu:

"I'ma let you finish but....................."

So your friend Ta-Nehisi Coates says "Ferguson has a GANG PROBLEM".

My question to you is to ask: "Do you think that Mr Coates would ever be INTELLECTUALLY CONGRUENT and charge that a Black Street Gang in Chicago, Detroit or Oakland can be an OPPRESSIVE FORCE equal to that of the OFFICIAL POLICE DEPARTMENT when they gun down Negroes in cold blood - without giving them an opportunity to reply to their commands?"

makheru bradley said...

"I came up in the era of Self-Destruction. I wrote a book largely about violence in black communities. The majority of my public experiences today are about addressing violence in black communities. I can not tell you how scared black parents are for their kids, and whatever modest success of my book experienced, most of it hinged on the great worry that black mothers feel for their sons. There is a kind of sincere black person who really would like to see even more outrage about violence in black communities. I don't think outrage will do it at this point, but I respect the sincere feeling. And then there are pundits who write more than they read, and talk more than they listen, and prefer an easy creationism to a Google search." -- Coates
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/04/why-dont-black-people-protest-black-on-black-violence/255329/

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/08/black-people-are-not-ignoring-black-on-black-crime/378629/

https://storify.com/BaxDashingrod/ta-nehisi-coates-because-black-on-black-crime

CNu said...

a "people" is only respected to the extent that its gangsters are productive and effective. These are low-level, ignorant, street soldati, are not gangsters, and, they're not doing the American people's gangster business productively or effectively. In fact, they're a corrosive influence precipitating anti-American extremism.

Loyal and faithful soldati are required in order for the gang to operate productively and effectively.

BHO is the foremost American Gangster of all time. In fact, he is the quintessential and exemplary American Gangster. Everything else is remedial conversation....,

BigDonOne said...

"...the era of Self-Destruction..."...is alive and well.

One of BD's favorites---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxyYP_bS_6s

rohan said...

lol, Dawn, is darquekyss you secret online nom de blacque?

Constructive_Feedback said...

MB:

From the following passages you appear to be disarmed, believing that this "Intellectually Corrupt Negro" has effectively confronted the machinations that produce "Street Piracy"

[quote]
1) The majority of my public experiences today are about addressing violence in black communities.
2) I don't think outrage will do it at this point, but I respect the sincere feeling. And then there are pundits who write more than they read, and talk more than they listen, and prefer an easy creationism to a Google search.

[quote]

MB:
I can take words of my young frat brothers whose FaceBook messages that I read intently, adopting both "Trayvon/Ferguson/ICan'tBreath" and "Obama's MyBrother'sKeeper" as a catch basin for their "Third Generation Civil Rights Latch Key Kid" struggle motion.

When I see Ta-Nehisi Coats, "The Root", "The Grio", "Ebony", "Essence" and MSNBC riding on the same trail of "Scooby Snacks", having found their raison d'etre in the "Obama Era", beyond their presence in the virtual fort that guards the "Obama White House" as the "Embassy Of The Black Community" in Washington DC. (You know it was "built by SLAVES", right?)

You give a "Complete" to this man who told us a few weeks ago that FERGUSON has its legacy in JIM CROW and that any "mal-acting Negro" on the streets of Ferguson was "MADE THIS WAY" by "American Racism".

This was a follow up to his "Chicago Reparations" piece in "The Atlantic" which got him booked on various Progressive outlets. Again, we were told that the once pristine bungalows seen in "A Raisin In The Sun" became today's KILLING FIELDS FOR NEGROES - because RACIST housing policies sculpted the color composition of Chicago and other cities like it.


Pleasure me, MB Tell me ONE TIME that Ta-Nehisi Coates has EVER told the "Americanized Negro" that the over-insertation of his HIS CONSCIOUSNESS into POLITICS poses a risk that leaves him vulnerable to accepting "CONFIDENCE MAN NARRATIVES" which INFERIORIZE the ability of Black people to erect a system of COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE INSTITUTIONS through which the "criminal element" (which he said was made that way by the theft of Black culture) would be made into WELL BALANCED MEN - are able to disarm the Black community from seeing its endemic responsibility to be the stewards of these young men?

With a man so intent on explaining away any and all culpability (akin to what Tim Wise does) - can you detail for us what Ta-Nehisi Coats have EVER TOLD THE NEGRO "WHAT HE MUST DO / STOP DOING in order to ATTAIN OUTCOMES, that are more in line with the jar of "Social Justice Unicorn Piss" that he is typically selling our people as their salvation?