PressTV: Beyond Ferguson: Time for a Black intifada? . . . what do you think? ~J

Protests turn violent in the aftermath of the decision by a Ferguson grand jury not to indict white police officer who killed black teenager Michael Brown.Protests turn violent in the aftermath of the decision by a Ferguson grand jury not to indict white police officer who killed black teenager Michael Brown.

Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:13AM GMT

By Yuram Abdullah Weiler

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“Those who make peaceful change impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
—John F. Kennedy

The shooting of the unarmed young Black American, Michael Brown, in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb of Ferguson by white police officer Darren Wilson triggered widespread protests against what appears to have become a commonplace event in the United States. Yet the failure by a grand jury to indict the shooter  not only has highlighted the grotesque parody of due process of law in America, but also has revived the question of whether justice for African Americans can even be possible from within the existing US legal and political systems.

The United States of America is a country founded on racism; slavery was protected by the constitution. “The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight,” states Article 1 Section 9.   The United States is also land of irony and contradiction, the most poignant example of which is its abysmal human rights record in the treatment of Blacks, most of whom were brought to the country against their will as slaves but nevertheless continued to live, work, fight and die for their rights as human beings.

When Thomas Jefferson wrote the electrifying words of the US Declaration of Independence in 1776, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” he certainly did not intend them to apply to Blacks for he himself was a slave owner, as were eleven other US presidents. The first president, George Washington, owned over 200, and the last president to own slaves was Ulysses S. Grant,  a former general during the American Civil War on the Union side, which allegedly was fighting to rid the country of the scourge of slavery.

Ironically, the first martyr in the American Revolution was an escaped slave from Massachusetts named Crispus Attucks, who rallied the weak-willed colonists to fight against British regulars in what later became known as the Boston massacre.  The gallantry of the Black soldiers at the Battle of Bunker Hill so alarmed George Washington and his fellow white racist officers, that they forbade further enlistment of Blacks into their ranks for fear that the British army might do the same.  But when the deposed royal governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore, offered Black slaves freedom if they would fight on the British side, Washington reversed his position.

It is impossible to fathom the anger and frustration of Blacks in the US without looking into the history of their valiant struggle to gain freedom and rights as equals.  In 1860, just before the outbreak of the Civil War, there were nearly 4 million enslaved Blacks laboring under abominable conditions that should have been an affront to any human being.  In addition to enduring the institutionalized indignities of the dawn-to-dusk forced labor, brutal discipline and squalid living conditions, Black families were routinely destroyed at the whims of their white masters who separated daughters from mothers and sons from fathers when sold like cattle at slave auctions.  Black children were wrenched from childhood and forced into the fields at age six or seven; by ten they were tasked with the labor of an adult.  In short, Blacks in America were denied their inalienable human rights and suffered every imaginable indignity.

While US school children are taught that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, in truth he manipulated the slavery issue for political advantage.  That he was a racist is clear from his initial meetings in 1862 with Black leaders, whom he informed in no uncertain terms that it was their duty to leave America.  Proposing the establishment of a Black colony on land in Central America, under white leadership of course, Lincoln said, “You and we are different races.  We have between us a broader difference than exists between almost any two other races. … It is better for us both … to be separated.”  As late as April 1865, just before the end of the war, Lincoln was still considering mass deportation of “freed” Blacks, but finally gave up on the idea due to the inadequacy of available means of transport.

The much lauded Emancipation Proclamation signed by Lincoln on January 1, 1863 only freed slaves in those Confederate states that were still in rebellion and not yet occupied by Union troops; the document actually served to continue the enslavement of over 500,000, far more than it ever freed.  Whether intended by Lincoln or not, some 100,000 of the Blacks freed by the proclamation joined the Union army to fight against the Confederacy and its institutionalized slavery, but  even as Union soldiers, the Blacks were insulted with monthly pay of seven dollars, barely more than half the thirteen dollars paid monthly to the white Union troops.

After the Civil War, the US Congress passed three constitutional amendments that were intended to establish the rights of the newly created Black citizens and punish the rebellious Confederates: the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, the Fourteenth established a modicum of civil rights and the Fifteenth prohibited denial of voting rights on account of race.  While giving the appearance of progress, in practice the amendments served as legal cover for white racist legislators, who reinforced segregation and discrimination against Blacks under the so-called Jim Crow laws.

For its part, the US Supreme Court rejected every opportunity to rule against the legalized disenfranchisement of Blacks.  In a famous case in 1896, Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of an 1890 Louisiana law that required railway companies to provide “equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races.”  In delivering the majority opinion, Justice Henry Billings Brown wrote regarding the law, “That it does not conflict with the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, is too clear for argument.”

In another case, Berea College v. Kentucky in 1908, the Supreme Court ruled that a 1904 Kentucky law prohibiting a person or corporation from holding racially mixed classes was not unconstitutional.  Moreover, Justice David Josiah Brewer in the majority opinion, with Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes concurring, wrote that “when a state court decides a case upon two grounds, one federal and the other nonfederal, this Court will not disturb the judgment if the nonfederal ground, fairly construed, sustains the decision.”  This effectively condoned bigoted state laws, as Justice John Marshall Harlan pointed out in his dissent, since “a state may make it a crime for white and colored persons to frequent the same marketplaces at the same time.”

By 1906, Black resistance groups had formed due to the intolerable conditions, which were rapidly becoming enshrined in the US with the Jim Crow laws.  One resistance group formed by activist scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, the Niagara militants, demanded an end to segregation and discrimination.  “We want the laws enforced against rich as well as poor; against capitalists as well as laborers; against white as well as Black,” they insisted, demanding also enforcement of the previously mentioned constitutional amendments.  Their reasonable demands, which stand unfulfilled to this day, were met by angry white mobs that carried out massacres in Atlanta, Georgia and Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace.

With homeland hysteria running rampant among white Americans while Black Americans fought overseas under French command, race riots broke out in East St. Louis, not far from Ferguson where Michael Brown was slain.  On July 2, 1917, white racists angered by the employment of Blacks, killed up to two hundred people and drove six thousand from their homes.  Lynchings and other sadistic acts of barbarism against Blacks became all too common.  By the end of World War One, contrary to President Wilson’s eloquent rhetoric, not only was America not safe for democracy, it was downright lethal for Blacks demanding their rights.

By the time of the Great Depression, conditions for Blacks had deteriorated even further: one third of Blacks were unemployed, two thirds of the Blacks in Atlanta were on relief and ten cents an hour was the going labor rate for Black men.  Not surprisingly, Black separatist movements, such as Oscar C. Brown’s 49th State movement and Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam, began to grow as did the idea of not finding a solution to the dilemma within the white American political structure.  Even scholars like W.E.B. Du Bois began considering the idea of Black separation as the antidote for the unending racial oppression by whites.

As another world war pressured the US government to ban discrimination in the armaments industry, once again white mobs rioted in several cities in 1943.  When World War Two ended without significant social progress, Blacks took their case to the newly formed United Nations in 1947.  While the move pushed President Truman to name a civil rights committee, no tangible improvement in the lives of African Americans resulted.  However in 1954 when the Supreme Court ruled “separate but equal” education was unconstitutional in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, hopes rose that conditions might improve for Blacks in America.

Throughout the following decade, great leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Medgar Evers, Ralph Abernathy and Stokely Carmichael inspired Blacks to join in dissent against American apartheid policies that defied change.  Protesting segregation in restaurants, schools and public transit systems by sit-ins, demonstrators risked attack by white racists and police armed with tear gas, clubs, whips and cattle prods.  Many, including Dr. King, Malcom X and Medgar Evers, were killed, but their efforts culminated in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed certain discriminatory practices in voting registration, public accommodations, public schools and employment.  This marked the first time since the Civil War that the US Congress passed a major law to protect minority rights, but not before West Virginia Senator and former Ku Klux Klan member Robert Byrd spoke for 14 hours straight, the final speech in a 75-day filibuster by racist senators who were determined to block its passage. 

Some 50 years have passed since US President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, yet circumstances for Blacks have only worsened due to the deeply embedded racism as seen by the acquittal of Darren Wilson, the slayer of Michael Brown.  By most any measure—financial, unemployment, education, housing, social or medical—Blacks in the US are worse off today than they were in the 1960s.

As a consequence of the repeated killings of Blacks, as has again occurred in Ferguson, white Americans have made the path for peaceful change impossible, thus making violent revolution inevitable.  Blacks have few options against the US apartheid regime but the paths of popular and armed resistance, as taken by their Palestinian brothers and sisters against the Israeli entity. To go beyond Ferguson, it is time for a Black intifada.


Yuram Abdullah Weiler is a freelance writer and political critic who has written dozens of articles on the Middle East and US policy. A former engineer with a background in mathematics and a convert to Islam, he currently writes perspectives on Islam, social justice, economics and politics from the viewpoint of an American convert to Shia Islam, focusing on the deleterious role played by the US in the Middle East and elsewhere. A dissenting voice from the “Belly of the Beast”, he lives with his wife in Denver, Colorado.
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25 Responses to PressTV: Beyond Ferguson: Time for a Black intifada? . . . what do you think? ~J

  1. james says:

    I think that police are taught that dead man tell no tales,

  2. Andrew says:

    This is another guy I have followed for some time on the internet. He has some great sources for breaking down the fake news networks. This includes some of the alternative news networks. He says that this whole thing is fake just like Sandy Hook.

    • Jean says:

      These videos are amazing! Far more important than the run-of-the-mill news today! I’m publishing this and I thank you 😉 Hugs, ~Jean

      • Andrew says:

        No problem! Red Pill Revolution seems like a good source for news. He even shows that the Ebola thing is made up news. He has some great videos. I am glad to help.


        • Jean says:

          I published the ebola one, too . . . I like that he is taking to them . . . standing up to them in no uncertain terms. We all need to do this – in our own way 🙂 Thanks and hugs, ~Jean

        • Will Munny says:

          You gotta see this one he did on Sandy Hook. It is classic! Only 15 mins and I LOL every time at the O’Donnell segment beginning around 8:43….

    • Jean says:

      This is a WOWOWOWOW video, and I thank you and have it prepared to post . . . 🙂 This morning I’ve realized we, the 99%, are making more news than the MSM! 🙂 Hugs, ~Jean

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  4. Rose Day says:

    If the preceding comments are any indication, racism is as divisive today as during the ratification
    of the US Constitution and I would suggest a viewing of the of the movie, “1776”…specifically the
    rendition of ‘Molasses to Rum to Slaves’ which effectively portrays the role that financial interests
    played in trumping principle.

    Fast forward to today’s world and that same trumping of principle is playing out in over-load as
    over and over, the general public is hood-winked by controlling power structures, primarily, special-interest groups, ‘selected’ officials and mainstream media.

    Ferguson, MO is a classic example. Word on the street in the St Louis area suggests that much of the looting and burning was the work of outside agitators and not residents. (This is ‘unofficial’ naturally, as not even alternative media has provided any real investigation of the claim.)

    So…an incident has been created, much reporting is sensational at best and a once peaceful
    community is shattered…notice a pattern? The question becomes…Who benefits financially
    from this destruction of the fabric of a community?

    It is time for a turnaround that features viable and cooperative alternatives to the present dis-
    heartening and stagnating division.

    • Jean says:

      Hear! Hear! Hear! Thank you, Rose! Who benefits, indeed!!! Hugs, ~Jean

    • Will Munny says:

      “Word on the street in the St Louis area suggests that much of the looting and burning was the work of outside agitators and not residents.”

      Exactly. I have been down the rabbit hole long enough to spot a psyop when I see one and this has obviously been one from the start. All it takes is a check of the mainstream media headlines a couple times a day and MSM has been inflaming this situation from the beginning.
      Agitators were brought in on buses. This was probably part of the reason they waited and waited and waited to make the announcement when it was dark. This was a manufactured, then manipulated event and the author of this “piece” is doing his part to fan the flames, knowingly or unknowingly.

      Again, the conclusion that “white Americans have made the path for peaceful change impossible” is repugnant, false and either purposely inflammatory, deflective or just plain ignorant. Blaming a race for the actions of a few is the definition of racist.

      Who benefits? I don’t know. I do know the “Israeli entity” owns and programs the media also trains and programs the cops, and that whoever manipulated this event got exactly what they wanted.

  5. Shahidah says:

    We have tried peace, to co-exist, to assimilate and imitate yet that is not good enough. America told us to be more like our white counterparts. We go to college, wear suits, pressed our natural hair, movex to the burbs bur America doesn’t see that black person. A black president sits in the Oval office and we collectively as black people feel proud and protective of him while white Americans call him the N word not about politics. I for one AM tired of trying to make peace with people who cant look at my sons without thinking they are animals. I hope black people have had enough of trying to perduade and beg the white population to respect us. Im tired.

    • Jean says:

      Yes, I think I understand . . . and if we don’t learn from all of you, our fellow Americans who are black, then I think we will learn a bitter lesson at the hands of those who would rule us . . white and black. . . all of us 🙂 without regard to color . . . We are not different from one another, and the sooner we realize this the better off all of us will be 🙂 Hugs, ~Jean

      • Shahidah says:

        Its been extremely hurtful. Hurt that cant even be expressed in words. So deep

        • Jean says:

          When I lived on Capitol Hill in D. C. I had many black friends there, and I was taken into their homes and into their lives. I considered it a privilege when I returned there later to be able to live with my best friend, a black women, for nine weeks. As an outsider, I feel like it was a gift to me to understand your people in the way that I do . . . and to love them . . . They never made me feel like I was different from them . . . that was a real gift to me. And . . . yes, I saw their hurts close up . . . it was difficult for me . . . but it also helped me to break down the barriers that were built unconsciously in me over a lifetime . . . I’m so grateful to have these people as friends.. . . Hugs, ~Jean

  6. Kevin says:

    I wonder if this author is informed on the specific details regarding the shooting of Michael Brown. My understanding if the evidence is that Officer Wilson was justified in using deadly force as an act if self defense. While I think it is obvious that there are serious problems regarding race deeply institutionalized in American culture, I do not believe it is rational or appropriate to use the death of Michael Brown to promote violent, racially motivated action.

    • Jean says:

      Kevin, there was a video online and I watched the shooting. I can’t imagine that he was justified. . . I understand that the author of this article is saying that blacks have been treated so badly for so long – they may have reached the point where they have nothing else to lose. I think this is the place where white Americans may also have to arrive,because so many of us so have bought the line and seem to believe we are privileged – and that this won’t happen to us. Not so!!! Hugs, ~Jean

      I just went and check my records, and here is the link to the video, which I will add is now no longer available ? ? ?

      Here it is on CNN, different from what I posted . . .

      • Kevin says:

        Well Jean, I certainly agree that there are many white Americans who do believe they are privileged and who accept institutionalized racism, however, I do not believe that these people hold either the cause or the solution to the race related problems in America – In fact I would suggest that it is black Americans who can bring peace and healing to these problems

        When I look at the Michael Brown Case without regard to race, free of the narratives of both mainstream AND alternative media, I have little difficulty understanding this situation. Just prior to his death, Brown committed a flagrant act of shoplifting from a convenience store, then physically assaulted and intimidated the owner, who then called 911, which led to his encounter with Officer Wilson. Here is video,

        Now, I don’t pretend to know what happened, but the witness statements along with the forensic evidence, as presented by the county Prosecutor, seem to support Officer Wilson’s statement that Brown assaulted him, tried to take his gun, and then after running, “charged” him again. Without looking at the race of either Brown or Wilson, it seems obvious that Brown’s own actions put him in danger. In fact, it’s astounding that a person would act so recklessly. However, instead of this being the conversation, this incident has unnecessarily been turned into an issue of race. We choose to accept these narratives, and by doing so we feed into them. Even if Darren Wilson is a racist person, Michael Brown’s actions implicate themselves, and thus Wilson’s self defense becomes a matter of legality, free of color.

        Now, to be clear, I find this event to be a tragedy, especially because it was so unnecessary. And I fully understand that underneath the narrative of racism lies a deep wound, yet unhealed. Years ago, I would’ve accepted the racially charged narratives and would’ve applauded this type of article. Now, my skills of discernment coupled with my spiritual learning tell me that this article illustrates the type of divisive thinking that creates problems, not solves them. In fact, I’m appalled by the suggestion that violent action is necessary, as well as the assertion that peaceful change is impossible. How can this narrative survive? For the first time in history, the United States has a black President, millions of people turn on their TV’s to see Lebron James play every night, and entertainers like Beyonce, Jay Z and Rihanna are celebrated and adored. How can anyone say black lives don’t matter?

        I suggest that the true Intifada that is necessary is for black Americans to “shake off” the ideas and assumptions that white people look at them as inferior, while, concurrently, white Americans “shake off” the feelings of guilt and responsibility for a situation far beyond their control. We have learned so much about the tactics of Divide and Conquer that have been used against us, Weiner’s article, as well as the greater narrative surrounding Ferguson is just another example. Michael Brown committed a crime and made a major error in judgement by threatening the life of a police officer, why can’t we accept that fact?

  7. Will Munny says:

    What garbage. I’m surprised to find this contrived, convoluted gibberish on this site.

    One of the not-so-subtle goals of the Jewish divide-and-conquer agenda is a race war in the U.S., which the mass media blatantly and constantly attempts to provoke. That a Jew (Weiler) in Muslim’s clothing would attempt to fan those same flames by equating history’s ugly moments with modern-day psyops is no surprise.

    “By most any measure—financial, unemployment, education, housing, social or medical—Blacks in the US are worse off today than they were in the 1960s.”

    Whites are worse off today than they were in the 1960s, as well, a plight often overlooked by self-hating “intellectuals” and/or those who would perpetuate division.

    “Some 50 years have passed since US President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, yet circumstances for Blacks have only worsened due to the deeply embedded racism as seen by the acquittal of Darren Wilson, the slayer of Michael Brown.”

    The author of this garbage leaps forward 50 years, ignoring all strides forward made within that time frame and other extenuating circumstances of the present, to conflate slavery and actions during the Civil Rights Movement with the actions of a single grand jury, a strong-armed robber/street thug and a trigger-happy cop.

    “As a consequence of the repeated killings of Blacks, as has again occurred in Ferguson, white Americans have made the path for peaceful change impossible, thus making violent revolution inevitable.”

    Again, cherry-picking to make his anti-whitey point. Weiler make his sweeping conclusion that trigger-happy cops = all white Americans, therefore a violent revolution is “inevitable.” Making sweeping statements such as this are at least as racist as what he is allegedly protesting.

    • Di,Cerrillos,NM,USA says:

      I agree. We Americans are worse off, all of us, some more than others. Friendship with another HU-man is a matter of personal choice. I have had many friends of race and nationality. USA is a great place to meet immigrants and I consider myself lucky to have learned from them. I am an immigrant from Australia.
      I moved to NM and have had some unpleasant experiences from Hispanics. I believe that we have all been enslaved and some can see it, some are willing to be enslaved. I can only speak for myself, I follow the Golden Rule. I choose love to be my guiding light. I choose a personal relationship with my Creator and angel guides.
      It will make me heartsick to see the American Experiment/Dream go down in flames.
      Will Munny was not reeled in by this author, who converted to Islam. That is my first reason to doubt his sanity. His point of view reinforced it.

      • Di,Cerrillos,NM,USA says:

        That is unclear. I doubt the author’s sanity not Will’s, I agree with Will. Minor fumble, forgive me?

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