What’s in a picture?
First, the source of the screen capture:
McLaughlin, Eliott C. “Woman streams aftermath of officer-involved shooting.” CNN, July 8, 2016.
A simple caption might do: Diamond Reynolds meets the press on the police-involved killing of her boyfriend Philando Castile in the Falcon Heights community outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As Reynolds breaks into tears and is comforted by a pastor, another man comes forward wearing a “Day of Dignity” t-shirt that has come from an event sponsored by Islamic Relief USA (there are many Day of Dignity events annually).
BackChannels to this point has been “crayony” and superficial about “Moscow-Tehran” and “Syndicate Red Brown Green”, which one may infer from pictures at the intersection between the black nationalist movements and Palestinian Solidarity — raised fists and green flags — and it’s there in the latest attractive trope, “Ferguson-Gaza” — by way of examples online:
In Salon, August 22, 2014 (by Stanford University professor David Palumbo-Liu): “Ferguson and Gaza: The definitive study of how they are and are not similar”.
In the Middle East Eye: “Gaza and Ferguson: Can two struggles unite?” August 19, 2015.
“Ferguson-Gaza” — look it up 🙂 — loads up on the anti-Semitic New Old Now Old Far Out and Lost Left, of course, and the same is met (same search) by Jewish and other commentary questioning the comparison. Be that as it may, take this post as being about the motivation for hitching emotions to the readymade and head-nodding programs of the Far Left and potential Islamist Front, not that there’s anything in the least controversial about missionary sympathy from any religious quarter toward those to whom injustice has either been done or who perceive the same as being so.
Again, this post is about the motivation: the policeman looked white; the angel looked black.
That’s the way it looks and will probably be remembered as the way it looked.
If you have a Facebook account, I highly recommend Melissa Colorado’s footage of Diamond Reynolds’ say on the matter of the shooting of her boyfriend Philando Castile.
On the basis of surface events and visceral perception, those in politics and ambitious about picking up their legions know exactly how to exploit such misery to pick up their own numbers.
At its Facebook address, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, an old stalwart, has lost no time producing language and action certain to motivate “the masses”:
“Black Lives Matter Chicago, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and Trinity United Church of Christ calls upon all the various strands of the peoples movement to come out and join us in protest of the cold blooded, brutal murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We will rally Monday, July 11, 2016 in Federal Plaza (Dearborn and Adams) at 4:30pm and march in the streets.”
In relation to Dallas, never mind the political incitement present, so might be inferred, in the head of sniper Micah Johnson. How did such an idea as shooting police from a parking garage in Dallas get in there in the first place?
Take another glance up this page.
The processes of law in the United States will diminish some of the passion involved in the coming understanding of the shooting of Philando Castile by (Latino) policeman Jeronimo Yanez.
Regarding “Syndicate Red Brown Green”, a term of art on this blog, this piece may be essential for understanding how Far Left movements do, in fact, collide:
Isaacs, Anna. “How the Black Lives Matter and Palestinian Movements Converged.” Moment, March-April 2016.
Related: Black Solidarity with Palestine
The point should be clear and for now remain: the proper framework for Far Left politics in the United States (and perhaps elsewhere) remains the Soviet, the Cold War, and the aftermath — the political phantoms — that have flowed down with both over time. If one wants to drive back even further in cultural-political history, one may through the lens of greater Asian and Russian history and the barbarism and feudal conquests associated with both. What for interest appeals to BackChannels is the extreme narcissism in play in history and in present politics where powerful personalities have placed themselves beyond criticism and law and immune to the suffering of others, especially when they themselves capriciously impose that suffering on others with impunity.
National Review writer David French has also weighed in on Black Lives Matter. Here are two pieces, one dating back to December 2015 and another posted yesterday.
French, David. “America is Driving toward the Abyss, and It’s Time We Hit the Brakes.” National Review, July 8, 2016.
French, David. “The Numbers are In: Black Lives Matter is Wrong About Police.” National Review, December 29, 2015.
Related in the News
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/dallas-police-ambush/dallas-shooter-micah-xavier-johnson-was-army-veteran-n606101 – 7/9/2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dallas-police-chief-david-brown-has-lost-his-son-former-partner-and-brother-to-violence/2016/07/08/01419ea8-451c-11e6-8856-f26de2537a9d_story.html – 7/8/2016
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/07/09/lawyer-minnesota-cop-reacted-gun-not-race/86894752/ – 7/9/2016