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Alameda Park – Diego Rivera
The common thread running through these groups, to my mind, is this insane amount of butthurt privilege. You know, the straight white men who are absolutely, firmly certain that it’s their right, their due to have the bestest, highest paying gigs (qualifications and competency be damned), the hottest, most servile babes (dude charm not required) and worshipful treatment from the kid behind the counter at McDonald’s.
I wonder how many of these militant fucks might be diagnosed with antisocial personality, borderline personality or narcissistic personality disorders.
|The City Rises – Umberto Boccioni|
I read the news and I’m afraid. Who isn't? Sometimes it feels as though my barely bottled rage will explode. I understand the violence urge (rilly!) BUT, while a bit of the old riot action MIGHT release some of my fury, it sure as fuck ain’t gonna move the equality and justice ball down field.
And lookie-lookie, that's not just a glimmering hunch on my part – there are actual facts backing me up. Waddya know?
Big time political scientist Erica Chenoweth has studied and written about political violence and its alternatives a LOT. Her research is breathtaking.
"I collected data on all major nonviolent and violent campaigns for the overthrow of a government or a territorial liberation since 1900," she says -- hundreds of cases. "The data blew me away.”
“One thing I found is that an uprising becomes about 50 percent more likely to fail if it turns to violence.” (source)
|Flower Bomber – Banksy|
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,Given history and all the research, why are the “bright” beans of the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Brotherhood and Aryan Nations, the League of the South, National Alliance, Oath Keepers, Stormfront, etc. ad nauseum, menacingly armed clear up to their hate obsessed, crazy eyes?
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community
Oh right, it’s that crazy thing.
The Imperial Wizard of the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (nice, desperately tiny-dicked title, dude), Richard Preston just got busted for shooting at a group of counter protesters in Chalottesville.
Richard Preston, 52, was arrested after a video, filmed by the ACLU of Virginia, caught him firing a pistol at counterprotesters. In the video, Preston is seen drawing his pistol and shouting, “Hey, nigger,” then walking toward the crowd, lowering his gun toward the ground and firing before walking away. There were no reports of injuries from the gunshot. (source)Apparently Mister Preston doesn’t understand that most folks have zippy cell phones WITH video taking capability. Shooting off your fake penis in a crowd is, don’cha know, bound to get recorded. Anonymity – it ain’t what it used to be.
How many rage monsters will be caught on vid before we have peace?