Here in Pittsburgh, just this past Saturday a right-wing gun nut opened fire and smoked three pigs. You probably heard about it. And you might not agree with the way I am laying it down. But this is my piece, and I write what I like.
When the cops smoke one of us, we’re all supposed to think it’s all copasetic, like a brain freeze from a smoothie. That ain’t wassup. The pigs have gotten away with far too much murder and violence over the past for black folk to ever be all groovy ‘n stuff with ‘em, especially with so many of them flowing into town for funerals. Nope. Just ain’t feeling this media build up for three pigs.
Whenever who gets ready to post their little comments defending the cops, whatever you have to say, however you have to say it, your feelings and defensive lil jibes, I heard it all before so many times sounds like it’s coming out of a can. Network and cable outlets speak for you, and so we are fighting to find our own voice, being boxed out and shut down by Imperialism.
So back in the Nineties, the pigs smoked a brother named Jackson in the Armstrong Tunnels. The tunnel is a twisting, narrow tube that is difficult to turn around in on a bicycle. Bro Jackson drove a Thunderbird or a Toronado, some kinda scruggle buggy. Anyway, the cop who killed him had shot the brother several times in the back of the head; cover story (alibi) was Brother Jackson had sped across the Tenth Street Bridge on three flat tires, entered the tube at a high rate of speed, spun his car around, rammed the pigs, spun it around again, and got his cap peeled before he could wreak anymore havoc. Cops – 1, The Ghetto – 0.
In Uniontown, fifty miles or so outside of the ‘Burgh, two state police shot an unarmed, joy-riding 12-year-old in the back, murdering him. Some cracker at my work stated that the kid shouldn’t have been running. I wonder what kind of kid doesn’t run when they get into mischief? Anyway, a half-baked prosecution effort resulted in the pigs’ exoneration. One of the pigs, the trigger man, just recently got convicted for murdering his girlfriend‘s hubby. Homocide, life in the street, and not the Hollywood version.
Here is something from a leaflet, turned into a thread, distributed in July 2002:
Recently, a nine-year-old African (American) boy in McKees Rocks fell under a vicious attack by a racist local law enforcement team. In a story which made national headlines, it so happened that in response to racist conditioning instilled by its trainer, a police dog broke away from a scuffle between the police handler and a white suspect and charged half a block down the street to violently assault young Brandon Livingston as he played at his family home.
Police train dogs in methods of police work and therefore treat them as police. This dog and the police handler have a record of intimidating and attacking people in Black neighborhoods and homes. The handler unleashed his dog in a residential area; typical police conditioning made this animal vicious, unpredictable and prone to unprovoked attack against passive individuals and even harmless children.
Not long following this unprovoked assault on a child, local police began racist, Nazi-style hate attacks against Boro Councilwoman Wanda Dixon for her strong stand in defense of her community and constituents. Uniformed racist police officers have verbally attacked Ms. Dixon through a steady stream of terroristic threats, official oppression, and ethnic intimidation, and have generally behaved like thugs to contain this brave Black woman and democratically elected official.
Like it or not, black folks in this country live under a Police State. The police State is not merely the police themselves but the systems of laws, courts and prisons that criminalize social activity and political dissent. The Patriot Act, the Omnibus Crime Law and the Homeland Securities Act form components of Police State repression. We must fight against that because the Police State oppresses colonized working people and gives privilege to others. This Police State becomes more necessary as the State increasingly merges with international finance, a turn in society which indicates a major step towards creating fascism.
In the Bay Area, the pigs ran up in KPFA to beat and brutalize a pregnant Nadra Foster last August, at the radio station’s provocation. KPFA/Pacifica produces “Democracy Now”.
Then, police attacked demonstrators who protested the summary execution-style murder of Oscar Grant on a BART platform in full view of dozens of witnesses. It required a rebellion to force authorities to merely arrest the police trigger man in the incident, altho his colleagues accessorized the crime by confiscating video evidence from phones and other devices owned by observant passers-by: POLICE STATE.
SF Bayview reporter and street rights advocate JR Valrey was arrested and charged with arson. The same thing happened to Young Chairman Fred Hampton 16 years ago in Chicago, where he received an 18-year sentence for a crime that did not exist, during the nationwide Rodney King Rebellions. Now JR is being attacked in the East Bay Express by an armchair reporter who smeared JR as an agent provocateur. Hell, our whole movement may be agents provocateur, if we apply Benjamin Taylor’s pedestrian idiot logic. Which makes the pigs, who gun down 12-year-olds and youths like Oscar Grant, heroes.
The routine exoneration of pigs for heinous murders and brutality against our community, alongside the media demonization of activists and organizers like JR Valrey, polarizes society and sets the stage for wholesale slaughter. Genocide is built on conditions which have been arising in this country. So, our people rise up because we will never wait for and rely upon courtroom justice alone. Keep rising up. Get organized. Revolution comes from REVOLTS, and not from that old worn out circular logic of Imperialism.