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Support the Somerville 5!
28 Sep 2005
Support the Somerville 5!
Drop the Racist Charges!
Community Speak Out
Against Racial Profiling & Police Brutality!
Tues. Oct 4 - 6:30 pm
Somerville Public Library - 79 Highland Ave.
Support the Somerville 5!
Drop the Racist Charges!
Community Speak Out
Against Racial Profiling & Police Brutality!
Tues. Oct 4 - 6:30 pm
Somerville Public Library - 79 Highland Ave.

Jobs, Housing, Healthcare & Reparations For the People of the Delta - Not Racism & War!

Education is a Right! Stop Police Brutality!

Military Recruiters OUT of the Schools!

If you have ever been racially profiled by the police, come to this meeting! If you have been unjustly suspended from high school, join us and fight back!
See also:
http://www.iacboston.org/

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Re: Support the Somerville 5!
28 Sep 2005
What if I've been racially profiled by 5 inner-city youth who attacked me in the hopes of stealing "the honkie's" bike and/or wallet?
Re: Support the Somerville 5!
28 Sep 2005
what if i'm a stupid racist troll?
Re: Support the Somerville 5!
28 Sep 2005
Well then what those kids did was wrong, just like what the police did was wrong. Nothing more to it than that. Racism's wrong no matter who it comes from.
Re: Support the Somerville 5!
29 Sep 2005
I'm no racist. I was just pointing out that profiling works in both directions. We in the "progressive" community have a habit of assuming that just because someone isn't a white male, it means that whatever they do is right.
Re: Support the Somerville 5!
29 Sep 2005
Cracker???,

What they did might not have been pleasant or an adequate form of resistance or even right, but what those kids did isn't reinforced by any kind of systemic racism against white people. Quite the contrary. We need to t make a distinction between what random KIDS do to you and what COPS do to people (of color) on a daily basis.
Re: Support the Somerville 5!
29 Sep 2005
I agree 'cracker'. It seems to me that the liberal/"progressive" attitude on racism is based more on their own guilt complex than on any actual thought.

Commandante 0: Living as the only white person in predominantely black and latino neighborhood, there defenitely is institutionalized racism. You're right that racism doesn't exist in a vacuum, it requires power which presumes control. But whether that is the state/police apparatus or a hostile social group/gang makes little difference - both use a (local and relative) monopoly of violence to enforce their xenophobia.
To Cracker
29 Sep 2005
if you were attacked in the inner city, the progressive /liberal reply would be, being that you are white, you didn't belong in THAT NEIGHBOR. Hippocrits.
Re: Support the Somerville 5!
29 Sep 2005
Don't confuse yourself and think I meant to imply that somehow conservatives (who are really the same as liberals except with inferiority complexes) have better race politics. As far as I'm concerned your all racists fucks.
Re: Support the Somerville 5!
30 Sep 2005
Fuck you Craig, you white person.
Re: Support the Somerville 5!
30 Sep 2005
Has anyone bothered to check the criminal records of the "Somerville 5?" Verrrrry interesting.
Background Article on the Somerville 5
30 Sep 2005
Quit all the usless insults. Here is a background article you should read.

Somerville 5 Case Spotlights Racist Oppression
By Phebe Eckfeldt
Somerville, Mass.

The Somerville 5 are young Black men ranging from 15 to 18 years old. These students at Somerville High School went out on the night of April 20, 2005, to enjoy a carnival in Medford, Mass. But the night turned into one of horror that changed their lives forever. They reported that they were beaten, arrested and psychologically traumatized by Medford police and then charged with assaulting the cops.

Medford police claim the youths were harassing customers in a store. But the clerk on duty that night has stated that there was no disturbance. Other witnesses agree.

Like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, the case of the Somerville 5 illustrates in a vivid and horrifying way that Black people-and Latin@, Asian, Native and Arab people-are an oppressed and super-exploited nation colonized within the boundaries of the U.S. These starkly expose the institutional racism and inequalities built into capitalism-who lives and who dies, who is expendable and who is not.

Racist profiling and police brutality, which Black people face on a daily basis, are weapons of the state machinery wielded to keep Black people and other people of color repressed, intimidated, in fear and always in the midst of a potential frame-up.

Somerville 5 supporters argue that the unprovoked police attack on the five youth is now being covered up by police, the courts, the Middlesex district attorney, local media and education officials who have criminalized and marginalized the young men.

All five were immediately suspended from school indefinitely, no longer allowed to attend classes, go to school functions, see their peers or participate in sports programs.

The Committee to Defend the Somerville 5 was formed shortly after their arrests to support the youth. The committee includes African American Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, the Rev. William Dickerson from the Greater Love Tabernacle Church, members of the NAACP, Nation of Islam, Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, Women's Fightback Network and the International Action Center.

The committee has put pressure on the previous superintendent of schools to reinstate the five students. The group has picketed, met with school officials, held media conferences, written letters of support and carried out a phone/fax campaign in which hundreds of people have contacted the superintendent to demand reinstatement.

Despite this, the previous superintendent, and now newly appointed Superintendent Anthony Pierantozzi, have refused to reinstate three of the students: Calvin Belfon, Isiah Anderson and Marquis Anderson.

The committee's work has so far won reinstatement of two of the five students-Cassius Belfon and Earl Guerra-after their charges were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors.

In a letter supporting reinstatement of the Somerville 5, the ACLU wrote to Pierantozzi, "The criminal charges did not grow out of an incident involving other students, and the incident did not take place on or near the school and did not involve a school event. Š Moreover, in considering the effect on the school, it would be unfair to disregard both the substantial support which these students have received from their peers and from their teachers at the high school and their unblemished records of conduct."
Playing games with spicy rhetoric
01 Oct 2005
"Racist profiling and police brutality, which Black people face on a daily basis, are weapons of the state machinery wielded to keep Black people and other people of color repressed, intimidated, in fear and always in the midst of a potential frame-up."

Lets replace a few words and have some laffs:

Obnoxious noise and ganglike stupidity, which White people face on a daily basis, are weapons of the underclass machinery wielded to keep White people and other people of no color repressed, intimidated, in fear and always in the midst of a potential rape or robbery.
Re: Support the Somerville 5!
01 Oct 2005
Let's do that again with different words:

Books and learning, which Black people face on a daily basis, are weapons of the school machinery wielded to keep Black people and other people of color repressed, intimidated, in fear and always in the midst of a potential examination.
oooh OOOhh Again!
01 Oct 2005
Drugs and alcohol, which Black people consume on a daily basis, are weapons of the zionist machinery wielded to keep Black people and other people of color high, insane, in paranoia and always in the midst of a potential arrest.

Hey I think Louis Farrakhan said that before....
Just plain weird
01 Oct 2005
Nazis and Bean Dip, which Black people emulate on a daily basis, are products of the Disney Store wielded to keep Black people and other donkeys of color regurgitated, tittilated, in furs and always in the midst of a potential wedgie.
Do the maf, yo.
01 Oct 2005
A and B, which bP face on {T1, T2,T3....}, are f(x) of sM -----> (bP,Communists)

QED,

I.A.C.
OR
01 Oct 2005
For {T1,T2,T3...}
bP(A,B)
f(X) sM = (A,B)

.: (bP,Communists)
hmmmmm
01 Oct 2005
I am really not convinced by the logic of IAC as expressed in this equation. It is neither true nor valid. Also, the formal mathematics are a tad bit sketchy.