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The Panthers & The Rebels: The TRUE Debate on Guns In America | BLACK CENTRAL™

The Black Panther Party had guns, yes. But they had guns due to the fact that brute force, sometimes lethal, was being used against Blacks of all walks of life. Men, women & children. But see the difference in the Black Panthers & the radical right wing nut jobs is that they had guns as a defense against those who WERE oppressing them. There was no made up, fairy-tale, fantasy land oppression that these racist, idiotic whites are drumming up. The oppression and brutality of Blacks WAS all so real. And the thing about it was that the U.S. government, President after blind eye President, turned said blind eye to the massacres, the beatings, the bombings, the lynchings, the senseless cold murders of those who dared raise their voices for equality, rights and a piece of the so-called American Dream; that America herself dangled in front of them and their ancestors like a carrot on a string in front of a horse.

The Black Panthers knew the importance of guns, the right to bear arms in a practical sense that allowed them the protection that the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies disallowed them to have. Was it their desire to have the government turn its collective backs on them while they were being beaten by police wielding nightsticks? Was it their desire to have the government stand by while Blacks from Jackson, Mississippi to Montgomery, Alabama to Oakland, California were viciously attacked by police dogs and hosed down their children? No. But in the sense of needing protection in a proactive stance to ensure that their lives were not taken, they created gun clubs, rifle clubs. Not to ride around in white neighborhoods looking for hooded Klansmen to murder, but just the opposite, to prevent these hooded Klansmen and double standard police officers from riding into their town aimlessly killing at will.

via The Panthers & The Rebels: The TRUE Debate on Guns In America | BLACK CENTRAL™.

 

Sundance 2013 Review: Ryan Coogler’s Lauded ‘Fruitvale’ | Shadow and Act

Fruitvale has become the darling of this year’s Sundance festival, and rightly so. The drama, chronicles the real-life murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009 was fatally shot in the back by an officer after being detained in the wake of an altercation that he was not involved with. The incident, captured by the camera phones of numerous onlookers at the Fruitvale BART train station in Oakland, prompted national outrage in what was not the first and would certainly not be the last senseless murder of a young black man at the hands of law enforcement.

via Sundance 2013 Review: Ryan Coogler’s Lauded ‘Fruitvale’ | Shadow and Act.

 

EX-BART POLICE OFFICER JOHANNES MEHSERLE ARRESTED CHARGED WITH MURDER OF OSCAR GRANT

EX-BART POLICE OFFICER JOHANNES MEHSERLE ARRESTED CHARGED WITH MURDER OF OSCAR GRANT

Johannes mehserle

Johannes Mehserle captured after escaping to Nevada.

 

 

The former transit police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man at a California train station went to Nevada with his family “to clear his mind” after receiving death threats, his lawyer said Wednesday.

The lawyer’s comments came after Johannes Mehserle was arrested on a fugitive warrant in Nevada.

Leads led investigators to Johannes Mehserle, 27, in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, on Tuesday, authorities said. He was contacted through his attorney and then surrendered.

 

Oscar Grant Verdict: Oakland Riots After Johannes Mehserle Convicted Of Involuntary Manslaughter (Original story 2010)

Oscar Grant Verdict: Oakland Riots After Johannes Mehserle Convicted Of Involuntary Manslaughter (Original story 2010)

The U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division will investigate a white former transit officer who was convicted in state court of killing an unarmed black man – a verdict that touched off angry protests and more than 80 arrests in Oakland.

In a move reminiscent of the Rodney King beating case in Los Angeles, the federal government said it intends to investigate Johannes Mehserle, who was found guilty Thursday in state court of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant.

 

An Interview with Ryan Coogler

What really happened to Oscar Grant?

Ryan Coogler, director of Fruitvale and winner of two 2012 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants, talks with SFFS about the filmmaking process. Fruitvale will have its world premiere at Sundance 2013.

“In 2010, a jury cleared Mehserle or all charges save for involuntary manslaughter and sentenced him to two years in prison, minus time served. He was released on parole last year.

Many in Oakland’s African American community believed the punishment was insufficient, and the initially peaceful protests that followed the verdict devolved into a riot during which 80 people were arrested.” ~’Fruitvale,’ Oscar Grant Movie, To Premiere At Sundance (PHOTOS), Huffington Post – San Francisco. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/23/fruitvale-oscar-grant_n_2356484.html