UPDATE: TFTP originally reported that this interview took place in Baton Rouge. That was incorrect. While it took place at the same time as the protests in Baton Rouge, the interview happened in Atlanta, Georgia. We apologize for the inaccuracy.
"They don't want us unified" Crips, Bloods look through the divisive tactics of the state and pose a REAL solution to the problem of a racist system.
Atlanta, GA -- As factions across the country, from the mainstream to the grassroots, attempt to use the recent tragedies to breed divide, an unlikely and inspiring union has emerged. Late Sunday night, during protests in Baton Rouge, Bloods and Crips came forward with a powerful message in Atlanta -- black, white, all colors are uniting to fight injustice.
Speaking with 11 Alive news, two individuals dressed in red and blue, claiming membership with the rival Bloods and Crips gangs, said they are unified to keep the peace.
"Crips, Bloods...but you're putting that aside right now?" asks the reporter.
"Because, black lives....all lives actually. We're making a statement. We're making a point. All this racism, targeting people, individuals, is not cool," says the man with the blue bandana over his face.
The paradigm-shattering notion of saying all lives matter is likely going to stir controversy. However, hearing it from people who are supposed to be divided is awe inspiring.
"We are all unified as one," says the female. "We are all moving as one, and it's so beautiful to see my people, and so many other people and different races coming together and making a stance...saying, 'you know what? We're tired. We're tired of it.'"
The establishment needs a populace divided. When people are isolated and categorized into their various labels by society -- they are far easier to control.
Stoking constant fear and hatred for our fellow human is a function of maintaining the status quo. When people begin to look past skin color, they can see the underlying problem of the system.
Let there be no doubt about it, the system of law enforcement in America preys on the poor and minorities. All the statistics show it, and politicians and police officers honest enough to see it hold no punches when pointing it out.
However, only dwelling on that fact, without understanding the weapons the system uses to do this, is futile.
The majority of police work does not involve rescuing damsels in distress or foiling hostage situations. No, the modern day police officer is designed to extract revenue from the population through a series of immoral laws designed for that exact purpose.
Using the war on drugs as a facade to 'protect' society, the US government has laid waste to countless lives -- including the police officers who enforce it. And, the majority of the time, minorities receive the bulk of the blow.
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As former Congressman Ron Paul pointed out:
[Black peope] are tried and imprisoned disproportionately. They suffer the consequence of the death penalty disproportionately. Rich white people don't get the death penalty very often. And most of these are victimless crimes. Sometimes people can use drugs and get arrested three times and never committed a violent act and they can go to prison for life. I think there's discrimination in the system, but you have to address the drug war. I would say the judicial system is probably one of the worst places where prejudice and discrimination still exists in this country.
In fact, the State’s drug war came to fruition specifically to criminalize hippies, seen as the radical left, and the black population — and by extension since, every non-caucasian group, as well as anyone opposing government.
“You want to know what this was really all about?”asked John Daniel Ehrlichman, President Nixon’s counsel and domestic policy chief, of Dan Baum for a 1994 article in Harper’s Magazine. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and black people with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
As minorities get entered into the system for being prosecuted at higher rates for the same low-level drug offenses, they become unemployable. This unemployability creates a hostile environment in which a person must try to survive -- without breaking the law again. This cycle of making people unemployable, thus increasing the likelihood of future arrests, is called recidivism.
Yes, black lives matter, but screaming this slogan in the street without striking at the root of suffering will accomplish very little.
"So, let's move, let's do something, let's change. Today is the change. Now is the change. You are the change," says the inspiring young woman. And, that change lies in ending the system of oppression -- not by asking for equal punishment for all -- but through ending the ability of the state to prosecute any lives for possessing arbitrary substances.
"So what are you going to do about it?" she asks. That is the real question.
Are people going to continue dividing themselves into groups so the state can maintain its control? Or, will people get past skin color and bring and end to this broken system?
"What will you do to change the world? We united. So, put your businesses aside, put your hate aside, put your pain aside and let's move together."
When ending the interview, the young lady hits the nail on the head. The death blow to the racist system lies not in divide, but in the coming together of free people -- united against oppression.
"Unification is something they do not want to see. They don't want to see us unified."
Now, the rest is up to you. Will you heed this profound statement from two people who are supposed to hate each other looking through their differences to fight for peace? Or, will you continue to play into the divisive tactics of the state? The choice is yours.