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Some of my remarks titled "'The King is Dead': White Pathology and Its Consequences for the Black Freedom Movement" for #MLK2018 #ReclaimMLK
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A key premise that frames my remarks is that the US government is at war with its the Black citizens.
What most of you have learned in school as the transatlantic slave trade, Jim Crow, mass incarceration are phases of that war. The aim of the war is white supremacy. The police--local & fed (FBI, CIA, ICE or Immigration and Customs Enforcement) are instruments of white power.
For many of us, like me, who grew up in the ghettoes of America, the local police protect and serve white power and kill black and brown ppl. Indeed, Black "street gangs" like the Crips and Bloods in Los Angeles (my hood was Bloods) were a response to white violence.
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