Black People : Is Ferguson tipping point for black Americans?

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I've noted in a couple threads that there seems to be something 'different' about the uprising in Ferguson, that unlike most uprisings in the 21st century, this one is sustained (in most, cops kill a black man, folk riot, loot, it's over). This article suggests that the riot "may" be turning into a Movement:

“When does a moment become a movement?” asked Fredrick Harris in WashingtonPost.com. That’s the question facing black Americans in the wake of the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Now that the protests have faded, the St. Louis suburb could enter history as merely “the scene of just another tragic slaying” or as a pivot point—the birthplace of a national movement to change how police departments treat young black and brown men. But for real reform to occur, activists must channel the widespread anger unleashed by this tragic event to form local, regional, and national organizations devoted to fighting racial profiling, police misconduct, stand-your-ground laws, and the militarization of the police.
For many of us, Brown’s death was a tipping point, said Bob Herbert in Prospect.org. We’re sick and tired not only of police shooting young black men but also of “the myriad hateful ways” we’re discriminated against by the criminal justice system and the police. We’ve also had enough of the “humiliating, debilitating racist encounters, large and small, that nearly all black people face at one time or another.”
This is particularly interesting:

“I feel confident stating that neither Brown nor Wilson is an angel—because no one is,” said Touré in WashingtonPost.com. But in nearly every case of this kind, young black men are “thuggified” for wearing their hats sideways, smoking marijuana, or other mild rebellions that white teens can engage in without being gunned down by cops. Brown’s death was a reminder that black lives don’t matter in America, said Sally Kohn in TheDailyBeast.com. FBI statistics show that “nearly two times a week, every week,” a black person is killed by a white officer. This is why 80 percent of black people say the shooting of Brown “raises important issues about race.” Sadly, only 37 percent of whites see it that way. “What the hell is black America supposed to do to get white America’s attention?”
This opinion will warm the cockels of James and Kemestry's hearts (lol) :

Vote, for starters, said DeWayne Wickham in USAToday.com. Protesters complained that Ferguson is 67 percent black, yet only three of Ferguson’s police officers are black, while its mayor and police chief are white. But the blame for that imbalance lies mostly with “black indifference.” In the 2013 local election, just 6 percent of blacks in Ferguson turned out. If black people want more control over the police and local governments, they have to do more than protest when a teen is shot—they have to get out to the polls in every election. “The change they want won’t be given to them.”
http://theweek.com/article/ppArticle/684/27705
 

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I've noted in a couple threads that there seems to be something 'different' about the uprising in Ferguson, that unlike most uprisings in the 21st century, this one is sustained (in most, cops kill a black man, folk riot, loot, it's over). This article suggests that the riot "may" be turning into a Movement:





This is particularly interesting:


This opinion will warm the cockels of James and Kemestry's hearts (lol) :
What is your opinion on all of this?
 

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What is your opinion on all of this?
Moment or Movement, it can go either way. Like I said, that the protests in Ferguson are being sustained, strikes me as different from other white cop/black male murders in recent years.

the St. Louis suburb could enter history as merely “the scene of just another tragic slaying” or as a pivot point—the birthplace of a national movement to change how police departments treat young black and brown men.
Because it's ALL ABOUT cops killing young black men (as opposed to "boycotting" non-black businesses :huh: ) I can't muster up much hope for substantive change. Cops killing off young black men is only an outcome of the Powers that Be DIRECTIVES to keep the black community in check, a colony of white America. It is their JOB to be an occupying force in our communities, not... NEVER to serve and protect our people. Which goes to this:

We’re sick and tired not only of police shooting young black men but also of “the myriad hateful ways” we’re discriminated against by the criminal justice system and the police. We’ve also had enough of the “humiliating, debilitating racist encounters, large and small, that nearly all black people face at one time or another.”
Which goes to this:

FBI statistics show that “nearly two times a week, every week,” a black person is killed by a white officer. This is why 80 percent of black people say the shooting of Brown “raises important issues about race.”
In short, I am not hopeful that anything much will come out this latest killing; that Michael Brown WON'T go down in history as simply a footnote in a savaged people's history. :10500:

But then, I'm sure that's what most black people thought with the maiming, mutilation and murder of Emmit Till.... whom Rosa Parks says she was thinking about a couple years later when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on the bus.

Time will tell. If the people of Ferguson can keep up their outrage at Michael Brown's murder until the trial.... and like Zimmerman, the cop is found "not guilty" (he has a defense fund that according to James, is over $300,000.... and counting), there is a possibility that rioting will re-erupt.... in which TPTB, no fools they, will throw a couple jobs and a few dollars at Ferguson to cool emotions and prevent grassroots leadership from developing. If they succeed, it will keep Michael Brown's murder confined to Ferguson, rather than cast light on the U.S.-wide problem of white cops killing young black males that it is.

If black people don't fall for the ole okey-dokey (white money and the white women TPTB will flood into Ferguson), any movement that comes out of it will not be about the Civil Rights of black Americans.... it will be a HUMAN Rights Movement. JMO
 

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I think I agree on all points. I do hope that boycotting non-black businesses comes from the this movement. We need to take back everything we put into this society starting with our money.
 

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How does boycotting local convenience stores address the issue of cop-killings of young, black men? :huh:
 

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How does boycotting local convenience stores address the issue of cop-killings of young, black men? :huh:
Cops killing young Black men is the tip of YTs evil. This movement will demand complete change. Fair wages, fair opportunity, unfair incarnation, racial profiling the list goes on laws that unfairly affect us. The list goes on and on.
 
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