The Teddy Bear Code is "protest" actually in cooperation with and submission to white supremacy/racism. [MORE]. Singing, lighting candles, posting up teddy bears and issuing resolutions do not fight the power of racism/white supremacy. In photo St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson speaks with Anthony Lamar Smith's parents after the Board of Aldermen approved a resolution honoring his memory. [MORE]
Last Friday, a white St. Louis police officer named Jason Stockley was acquitted by a racist suspect judge of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, after a high-speed chase.
Just before he shot him, Mr. Stockley, who is white, told his partner he was “going to kill” him. In his decision in the bench trial, Judge Timothy Wilson of the St. Louis Circuit justified Mr. Stockley’s remark by writing that [white] people “say all kinds of things in the heat of the moment” [with a Black person]
Prosecutors had also suggested that Mr. Stockley planted a gun in Mr. Smith’s car after the chase ended, because the weapon contained his fingerprints and his DNA, not Mr. Smith’s. But Judge Wilson, who has nearly 30 years of experience, expressed doubts about this, noting that “an urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly.” [MORE] Who needs facts when you can project nonsense from your mind into reality? That is what racists have the unequal power to do in a system of vast unequal power based on skin color.
We already know the Republicans are the White Party. The GOP is a racial identity party. "It is designed to appeal to white people as white people... not as union-members or as unemployed people or as home-owners... as white people. It is a crude racial-identity party and the numbers bear that out. It is an almost exclusively white party. Many white people vote Democratic (39%), but the Republican party is pretty close to all white. A fact that is soft-pedaled in out national dialog because it makes the modern Republican party sound like a racist institution, which it is." [MORE] In fact, Republicans now depend on the white votary for fully 90 percent of their votes in presidential elections, while the Democratic Party wins 60 to 70 percent of the Asian and Hispanic vote and 90 to 95 percent of the black vote. [MORE]
But Non-whites, especially Black folks should witness that all the players in the St. Louis area were and are all Democrats. To name a few [at the time of Smith's murder],
Governor Jay Nixon [the current Governor is Republican is Eric Greitens], U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, State Attorney General Chris Koster, St. Louis Mayors Francis Slay and Lyda Krewson (who took office April 18, 2017) and Prosecutor Robert McCulloch are all dems.
The Democratic Party has dominated St. Louis city politics for decades. The city has not had a Republican mayor since 1949 and the last time a Republican was elected to another citywide office was in the 1970s. As of 2015, all 28 of the city's Aldermen are Democrats.
Judge Wilson, who is a circuit court judge for the 22nd Circuit Court serving St. Louis, was appointed to the bench by racist republican Governor John Ashcroft. Nevertheless, he has been retained to the court by the mostly democrat St. Louis votary in elections in 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2014.
These folks plus a Black President and Attorney General [at the time of the murder] have not and did not equate to Black power. The above mentioned folks and the so-called "power" of the vote did not help Black people solve its problem of racism/white supremacy, which is the cause of police brutality, the unequal administration of "justice" and so many other things plaguing non-white communities.
Amos Wilson explains, 'politicians and the media strive strenuously to convince the Black votary that every conceivable problem which confronts it can be resolved through voting heavily for Black and friendly White politicians. The establishment is ever quick to remind the Black electorate of the historical struggles necessary to achieve their right to vote. It indicts the community for any perceived electoral apathy and seeks to evoke guilt feelings in those who do not participate in the electoral process — making such ritualistic participation emblematic of democracy and first-class citizenship.
This is of special interest when it is realized that very few, if any, of the major political, economic and social goals achieved by Black America, including the Voting Rights Act, were accomplished through Black voting prowess. The ballot box has been a relatively impotent weapon in the achievement of major victories by the Black community. Suddenly vigorous protest and direct-action legal suits and extralegal processes such as boycotts, sit-ins, and the like, which were used so effectively by the community to achieve its sociopolitical ends and to fight injustice and oppression, have fallen far behind the election of Black and friendly White politicians to achieve the same ends. Politicians who in no way are interested in developing a program for the economic emancipation and empowerment of the Black community, and who are not committed to neutralizing White supremacy.' [MORE]
It is time to do something else about our powerless reality and begin asking questions such as how can we get some power to solve our problems? How can we neutralize this awesome white power? How do we stop white people from practicing racism? What kind of consciousness is needed for the task?