A 21-year-old black man records his encounter with police on his mobile phone during his arrest the day after the London riots begin. The recording captures his exchange with two officers after he is handcuffed and put in the back of a police van
The police officer says: “The problem with you is you will always be a nigger”
The police officer has been identified as “PC Alex MacFarlane”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission referred the case to the Crown Prosecution Service on the basis that three officers, including MacFarlane, may have committed criminal offences.
The CPS initially decided no charges should be brought against any of the police officers. However on Thursday, the service said it would review the file after lawyers for the man threatened to challenge the decision in a high court judicial review. MacFarlane has been suspended.
Estelle du Boulay, director of the Newham Monitoring Project, said: “Sadly, the shocking treatment of this young man at the hands of police officers – both the physical brutality he describes and the racial abuse he claims he suffered – are by no means unusual; it compares to other reports we have received. What makes this case different is the victim had the foresight and courage to turn on a recording device on his mobile phone.”
Number 993 Britain’s post-racial fantasy laid bare. Big up this dude’s foresight in recording Babylon dem…
In just over a year I will soon to have created or reblogged 1000 posts, an average of 3 per day give or take. Actually it’s been far more erratic than that. After an admirable start - full of dedication, thoughtfulness and multiple posts per day - I slipped into Tumblr Fatigue and left my page for *gasp* days, even weeks at a time. I now have reached a happy medium and enjoy posting new things as I like without feeling like I have to and without letting Tumblr rule my life…
Big respect to anyone who has liked or followed me in the last year. And big respect to the 367 (at time of writing) blogs I follow. You all continue to surprise, entertain, amuse, inspire, delight, frustrate and occasionally even depress me in equal measure.
I am a Diaspora Redman and I have chosen to make my Tumblr all about “Africa and the Diaspora, Orisha religion, Black Identity, AfroFuturism, Drumming, Music, Art…” etc. Most of those I follow seem to be the same.
The sense of African Renaissance and movement I feel from seeing all the posts from POC bloggers is just amazing. We are not alone! And we are Global! Aren’t you all inspired by this? Fuckyeahus!
Forward on to Zion Jah people!
…now I have to plan a particularly edifying series of posts culminating in A Post Of Great Wonder And Awesomeness for number 1000. Wish me luck.
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”—Noam Chomsky (via cultureofresistance)
“In a nation with the racial history of the United States I am baffled by the idea that non-racism would be the presumption and that it is racial bias which must be proved beyond reasonable doubt.”—Melissa Harris-Perry, The Epistemology of Race Talk (via mswyrr)
“…Chief Lee’s statement that Zimmerman was not arrested for lack of evidence sufficient to challenge his claim that he had not acted in self-defense (“We don’t have anything to dispute his claim of self-defense”) appears to imply that, absent such evidence, a white or otherwise non-black man…claiming self-defense after killing a black man is simply to be taken at his word. It is hard to resist the thought that race matters here, for who believes that, had an adult African American male killed a white teenager under similar circumstances, the police would have taken him at his word and so declined to arrest him?”—Robert Gooding-Williams, the Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, from the Opinion Pages of the New York Times (via thesmithian)
There is growing outrage in Uganda over a viral internet film viewed by more than 32 million people in four days that suggests Africa’s longest-running conflict is still raging in the country’s north.
The 30-minute video, Kony2012, was produced by three American videographers campaigning for greater efforts to capture Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
But Kony and his diminishing troops, many of them kidnapped child soldiers, fled northern Uganda six years ago and are now spread across the jungles of neighbouring countries.
“What that video says is totally wrong, and it can cause us more problems than help us,” said Dr Beatrice Mpora, director of Kairos, a community health organisation in Gulu, a town that was once the centre of the rebels’ activities.
“There has not been a single soul from the LRA here since 2006. Now we have peace, people are back in their homes, they are planting their fields, they are starting their businesses. That is what people should help us with.”