The talk about amending Special Order 40 pisses me off.
This has nothing to do with gangs. This has to do with one thing, race and class, well that’s two, but you know what I’m saying.
LA has always had a major gang problem. It just sickens me the right wing has gotten their teeth into the grief of this family and are using them as tools to pass some stupid racist bs agenda.
I’m not exactly sure how people actually continually fall for the gang rape trick.
What is the gang rape trick? After America got embarrassed about killing Native Americans, lynching black people, excluding Asians, and subjugating women for just being who they are biologically, they needed another way to justify crappy unjust treatment, because why be fair when being an asshole is so entertaining.
So what they decided was to get laws passed that are under the guise of anti-gang, but in actuality they are laws that rape the civil rights of people of color, who the cops can just lie and say are gang members.
If you’re a young person of color how do you convince someone you’re not a gang member?
It’s like a woman who has a short skirt on and goes to a bar and then she gets raped, everyone always says she deserved it. How dare someone walk around with a vagina looking sexy? And how dare young men of color go around being dark and stuff? What did they think would happen?
Sexy women and young men of color should stay home and watch TV forever.
The irony about gangs in LA is that the people who are the most active in passing laws in regards to gangs almost never, ever are even impacted by gangs.
But they do really hate people of color.
But I digress.
I wanted to take a little bit of time to call out Earl Ofari Hutchinson. I find him disturbing for lots of reasons:
1. He does lots of Fox New appearances.
2. He seems to be happy to be the “we need a minority, who is available” which means he ends up talking and writing about things he knows nothing about.
3. He wrote this odd piece in the LA Times supporting breaking Special Order 40 and some how justify it by saying it would be simple justice for the black community.
I don’t like tokens. I don’t like tokens of appreciation. I don’t like token minorities. I don’t like tokens talking about how people who look like him want tokens from the LAPD.
I want lots of things from the LAPD and harassing brown people is not on that list.
I hate it when racist white people employ the services of desperate minorities (and writers are already desperate, desperate ‘please accept me’ minority writers, they can be downright dangerous) to push an agenda, so that the racist white people can say, “Oh my god, we’re not racist. Look at this Uncle Tom we got on our team. Oh and by the way can you not say racist white people, because that hurts my little feelings.”
The gang problem in LA stems from the no jobs problem in LA. There are no jobs in Los Angeles. There isn’t a way to support yourself in LA. There are no middle income jobs in LA. There are no working class quality jobs in Los Angeles.
I say that in many different ways, because I don’t think people really get the situation Los Angeles is in right now. And for blacks, chicanos, and the people who didn’t get to LA by plane, the situation is dire.
When there are no jobs youth violence escalates.
It amazes me that this is a debate, as if amending Special Order 40 to give the police more authority to take away a person’s civil rights is going to some how help the gang problem.
This kind of thing is exactly why LA has a major gang problem.
Lack of the same opportunities and lack of rights equals no way to support yourself financially which leads to crime. And I completely understand why a young person of color would go into crime. There aren’t that many choices. What should they do starve? Become homeless? If I run out of money and I’m hungry I’m not going to be homeless. I will turn to a life of crime. I’m practicing my cat burglar skills right now.
We live in a community that doesn’t care, so why should the youth of America care.
Why would a person of color advocate having another person of color getting more harassed by the police. We know damn well that the LAPD isn’t going to be fair with the use of the amendment to Special Order 40.
Has the LAPD ever worked with the Chicano or African-American communities in Los Angeles? Other than working on us going to jail?
They can’t even come if someone gets shot and beaten next door.
Maybe Earl should write an editorial about these topics, instead of always being up the LAPD’s butt:
“How the LAPD will let you die if you fit the wrong description?”
Or how about this
“The American born black gang member. Killing black people in LA since the 1930s and getting away with it.”
Or how about this
“Not my problem. The elites response to racism and classism in America.”
Those are the discussions that need to be had. This debate on the legal status of a gang member is a token conversation. A conversation designed to take away civil rights, to divide the human community, and to make it seem like a racist vile cause can’t possibly be racist or vile, because there is some crack pot theory that minorities can’t be racist.
by Browne Molyneux