Black Self-Defense is Important, But Ideology is Paramount
Yafeuh Balogon, a leader of the Dallas-based Huey P. Newton Gun Club, which advocates armed Black self-defense, said the club was inspired by the “founding of the Black Panther Party, more than half a century ago. When armed white supremacists tried to stage a show of force in the Black section of Dallas in 2016, “we were able to drive them out,” However, “ideology is more important than the weapons,” said Balogon.
Catch the “‘F’ the Police” Train
On January 31 activists plan to confront New York City cops in protests over high transit fares and police brutality, under the banner “F.T.P,” according to Shannon Jones, of Bronxites for NYPD Accountability. The initials stand for “’F’ the Police, Feed the People, ‘F’ the Politicians , and ‘F’ the Prisons,” said Jones.
Roots of Imperial Policing
The US became deeply involved in global counterinsurgency after World War Two, said Stuart Schrader, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University and author of “Badges Without Borders: Howe Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing.” In the Sixties, Washington “replicated domestically what the United States was already doing oversees in the guise of preventing communist revolution.,” said Schrader.
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