Warren, Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. I appreciate it. Yesterday I bought the PBS documentary that Bryan Konefsky said the clip was from, but maybe Amy’s context makes it stronger. We’ll see.
Naturally, I agree with your assessment of the situation. But since words tell us what we think, I suggest a slight modification of terminology: the system isn’t “broken,” it’s performing exactly as it’s structured to perform (“structural racism”). You fix something that’s broken (that’s called reform); you overthrow something that’s structurally incapable of transformation (that’s called revolution). To say “broken” is collaboration in our oppression. I was co-editor of the underground newspaper, the Los Angeles Free Press, when Hampton was assassinated. We published numerous articles about COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program). Ever since the Snowden revelations and the NSA’s panoptic response, I’ve argued repeatedly that the NSA (aka, the predator state), has no choice: the digital condition means that, in the interest of social control, everyone is legitimately suspect. It’s COINTELPRO forever. That’s why I want the “I am a revolutionary” clip. > On Apr 12, 2016, at 11:35 PM, Warren Cockerham <warrencocker...@gmail.com> > wrote: > > Dear Gene, > > I remember seeing that like a week or so ago - and like Jeff, I thought of > Fred Hampton (assassinated by the Chicago Police by order of FBI's Cointelpro > on 12/4/69). Very little has changed. The clip in question was on Democracy > Now! on 3/31 during the headlines. A protester in Minneapolis was shouting "I > am a Revolutionary!" to a crowd of hundreds also protesting the idiotic and > now endemic decision to not charge the cops that murdered Jamar Clark > <http://www.reuters.com/article/us-minnesota-police-idUSKCN0WW1L9>. "... a > broken criminal justice system." Too broken. Broken enough to have another > BPP for Self Defense. I think that Fred would be proud of Black Lives > Matter... we need thousands of Fred Hamptons now. > > Amy Goodman covers this briefly during the headlines on 3/31 > (http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2016/3/31 > <http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2016/3/31>). The story begins at 5:12 and > the quote in question begins at 5:49. I remember Amy's interview with Keith > Ellison > <http://www.democracynow.org/2015/11/25/us_rep_keith_ellison_demands_transparent> > in the fall during the initial protests. Some stupid fucking cop pointed an > assault rifle at Ellison's son! <> And here in New York City this weekend, we > have the mayor and a presidential candidate making insensitive racial jokes > like it's no big deal... and I'm not talking about Donald Trump. I hope these > voters wake up and realize that these pigs are often not just gangs of cops > anymore they are often the kinds of cops called 'super predators'... no > conscience, no empathy... we can talk about why they ended up that way but > first, we have to bring them to heel. > > - Warren > > On Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 10:32 AM, Gene Youngblood <ato...@comcast.net > <mailto:ato...@comcast.net>> wrote: > Frameworkers, > I recently saw on Democracy Now (I think; the source really doesn’t matter) > an interstitial showing a protest demonstration with a call-and-response > where the speaker said “I am a revolutionary” over and over, and the crowd > repeated it with him over and over. I vaguely recall it was black and white, > but it may not be. And I don’t know if it was a recent event or not. > > I searched the phrase on You Tube but only found interviews in which it was > used by individuals. Does anyone know the clip I’m talking about? > _______________________________________________ > FrameWorks mailing list > FrameWorks@jonasmekasfilms.com <mailto:FrameWorks@jonasmekasfilms.com> > https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/frameworks > <https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/frameworks> > > _______________________________________________ > FrameWorks mailing list > FrameWorks@jonasmekasfilms.com > https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/frameworks
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