Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Life within a Terrorist Nation

“I Believe In The Fire Of Love And The Sweat Of Truth” 
― Assata Shakur

        Friends, have you heard about Robert Doggart? The Signal Mountain resident who planned and almost implemented a terrorist attack on a small town in the U.S, and received only a slap on the wrist?

    "This man plotted to mercilessly kill us, kill our children, and blow up our mosque and our school. We have sound reason to believe he has already visited our other locations around the U.S. All would agree, if a Muslim did this, the perpetrator would be immediately identified as a terrorist then prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” 
Muhammad Matthew Gardner representing Muslims of America (NY Daily News) 

    Doggart paid a measly $30,000 bond and was given pre-trial release ("go home, relax, plot-uhm-  I mean, think about what you've done..."), and a $250,000 fine . To put that in perspective, a Baltimore protester who turned himself in received a $500,000 fine... The FBI knew Doggart was planning the attack, not only by tapping his phone, but by reading his facebook!

“Our small group will soon be faced with the fight of our lives. We will offer those lives as collateral to prove our commitment to our God,” Doggart wrote in a post on Facebook, “We shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties upon the enemies of our Nation and World Peace.” (IBT Media)

In Amerikkka, Black people are criminalized for protesting state violence against their communities, and at the same time, rich old white men (with failed political careers) get away with minimal punishment for plotting the mass murder of an entire community of Black Muslim people. Why does he get this sugar coated punishment? White supremacy and colonialism! His actions are not demonized, instead they are swept under the rug. Oh, and please remember, this is not just some bad apple case, or some freak incident (okay, maybe he is freaky). This is simply what it's like living within a terrorist nation. This is a shining example of the racist colonial mindset which is alive and thriving unless we act.

Members of Islamberg were outraged at the lenient deal given Doggart for his planned "terrorist act," the Muslims of America group said in a statement.

  Why do you want to kill these people ol' Doggy? Is it ignorance? Fear? Hatred? What impurity could possibly drive one to such insanity. Or perhaps more importantly, how is it that people don't see this as a blatant example of the absurdity and corruptness of the United Snakes judicial system. 

       What really surprises me is that by mentioning the absurdity and corruptness of our white supremacist nation...I'm radical...radical? For calling out the blatant abuse of power which favors Anglo/Aryan people? For claiming that the justice system is rotten to the core and is designed to protect police, even when they murder people in cold blood? For wanting the liberation of Black poeple? How is that not instead considered rational, and all around the "right thing to do". If that's not right, then I don't want to be right. I'll stay as Left as possible ;)

       White people, especially other radical rational whites folks living in the South, please do something, or at the very least, say something about the madness all around you. White silence is violence; complacent folks have taken the side of the oppressor. Humble yourselves, please, not so that you can solely bring about liberation (save the white savior business complex; its actually not helpful), but so that you can assist in RAISING THE COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS. When addressing a social issue, you might try seeking leadership from people who are directly impacted by the issue, make sure it's not some white dude making a career out of the oppression of others *cough* Tim Wise, *cough* (He sure ain't the only one...I love em, but c'mon...self serving sketchiness)

   The Islamaphonia propaganda that influenced the Christian terrorist Doggart is no different than the racist, colonial ,elitist propaganda that the cops of the United Snakes receive in their training. There is little difference, in my opinion, between Hitler's Germany and modern day Amerikkka. We see police murdering civilians with impunity and peaceful protesters being beaten and tear gassed  in multiple cities across the U.S, and old, white, ex-politicians getting away with plotting genocide. May there be an awareness of this madness, may we cease to support corrupt systems of oppression like our law enforcement and politicians, and may we begin to imagine alternatives for realizing safety and happiness. I wouldn't doubt that  if Doggart's fate had been determined by a civilian oversight board, the sentence would be much different.

Lettuce ride the wave of change into liberation

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