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Black Youths at Princeton Pulled Over by Police, What Happened Next May Amaze You – The Root

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Several members of the Black Youth Project 100 were allegedly profiled and pulled over by a black police officer, and what happened next may amaze you.

Posted: March 18 2014 2:00 AM

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Exchanges between black youths and the police don’t always have to end in violence.

What began as an unfortunate incident of alleged police profiling in Princeton, N.J., ended with a public-forum discussion with the officer who did the profiling.

According to one member of the Black Youth Project 100, or BYP100, a youth-centered black activist group, the police pulled over a car carrying members who were leaving a gathering on Princeton University’s campus on Saturday, March 8. The black officer cited a broken taillight, but upon investigation the vehicle was found to be intact.

The unidentified officer let the group go after asking them where they were headed and saying that he would “beat them there,” Fresco Steez, one of the members present at the incident, told The Root. It was when the members arrived at the Nassau Hotel and actually saw the officer pulled up there waiting for them that the discussion was triggered.

The group approached him, questioning the motive for his actions. The officer insisted that he wasn’t trying to criminalize the black youths and said that his feelings were hurt at the accusation. But then the officer offered the young people free parking as an apology, which got a conversation started.

The video below shows about half a dozen young black people huddled around the police car, talking to the black officer about why his actions had hurt them.

“You guys have a responsibility to protect and serve,” 24-year-old Devin Darrington-Ward can be heard telling the officer. “As black youth we don’t feel like we get that level of protection; we don’t get that benefit of the doubt … like regular white students running around Princeton campus [do].”

At the end of the video, the same young man can be seen thanking the officer for his time and taking the initiative to talk to them about the incident.

“It’s a healthy dialogue,” Steez said in the video. “This is the healthiest dialogue between just a public police and young black people that I’ve ever seen. And that’s transformative justice right there in the flesh.”

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misidentified the BYP100 members attending the gathering at Princeton as Princeton students. 

Black Youths at Princeton Pulled Over by Police, Then This Happened – The Root.

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Beating Black Children = A SLAVE TRADITION = Racism/White Supremacy | Racism Is White Supremacy

Tonight, I happened to view a scene from an old Bette Davis movie, “The Little Foxes” and thought it spoke VOLUMES about the way black slaves were TRAINED to view AND treat black children — AND especially WHO we learned this behavior from.

Even among many black adults today there is a tendency to condemn and demean black children and struggling black youth for being born under impossibly bleak conditions.

pioneers_of_tv_miniseriesFor example, a slave mother might beat her child in front of the slave-owner as a way of warding off a greater punishment. If a slave child was seen as “rebellious,” his or her parent might attempt to “break their spirit” so the slave-owner wouldn’t feel the need to.Some historians believe that black slaves often PUBLICLY showed contempt for black children in order to appease their white slave-owners — AND as a way to protect their children from more vicious beatings–or worse–at the hands of the whites.

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African female slave nursing white master’s baby

While slaves and (so-called) freed blacks were unable and forbidden to properly care for their own children, they had to show deference and compassion toward the (white) children of their Victimizers.

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And we have all seen that “mean black mother” who curses and beats her children in public — and woe be the brave soul that dares to chastise or even suggest there might be a better way to communicate with her children. More than likely, that abusive black mother was abused herself as a child.

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Are black people just “mean” — OR are we are a  severely TRAUMATIZED PEOPLE who are still practicing the same SLAVE TRADITIONS that were FORCED on us during 400 YEARS of chattel slavery?

To give some food for thought, I thought it would be constructive to include two book excerpts — one from ‘Black Rage’ and the second excerpt is from my book, ‘Black Love Is A Revolutionary Act’

The future of our black children hangs in the balance of what we do–as black adults. It’s crucial that we examine the emotions that drive our thoughts, speech and actions towards black children so they won’t pass along our destructive SLAVE TRADITIONS to the next generation.

(First Excerpt from Black Rage, by William H. Grier, M.D. and Price M. Cobbs)

Beating in child-rearing has its psychological roots in slavery

“The parent tells of a child both beloved and beaten, of a child taught to look for pain from even those who cherish him most, of a child who has come to feel that beatings are right and proper for him, and of a child whose view of the world, however gently it persuades him to act toward others, decrees for him that he is to be driven by the infliction of pain.

Pity that child.

Beating in child-rearing actually has its psychological roots in slavery and even yet black parents will feel that, just as they have suffered beatings as children, so it is right that their children be so treated. This kind of physical subjugation of the weak forges early in the mind of the child a link with the past and, as he learns the details of history, with slavery per se.”

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(2nd Excerpt from ‘Black Love Is A Revolutionary Act’)

What Are “Slave Traditions?”

A “tradition” is a set of behaviors and beliefs that are passed from one generation to the next. Traditions provide the tools to civilize (or uncivilize) a group of people, and establish order (or disorder). The best traditions promote prosperity (economic survival), and build strong families (genetic survival). All human societies — whether “primitive” or “advanced” — are bound by TRADITIONS.

All human beings — if given free choice — will establish the kind of traditions that benefit their group. However, when a group’s natural traditions are destroyed and new traditions are created by their enemies, the predictable end result is disorder and chaos.

After African slaves were forced to abandon their original (civilizing) traditions, they had to adapt to the unnatural, barbaric traditions of the slave-owners that were DESIGNED to keep them ENSLAVED.

Blacks Mistreating Other Blacks Is A Slave Tradition

When slaves were tortured and killed for trying to protect each other, it is easy to understand why some blacks still feel it is UNNATURAL to trust, protect, OR cooperate with other blacks. It’s a SLAVE TRADITION.

When black authority on the plantation represented slaves brutalizing other slaves (doing the slave-owner’s dirty work), it is easy to understand why so many blacks still distrust “black authority” and are still fearful of “white authority.” It’s a SLAVE TRADITION.

When slaves were forced to witness the suffering of their loved ones and were helpless to stop it — which is still happening to blacks in the 21st century — it is easy to understand why some blacks today have become NUMB towards the suffering of other blacks. It’s a SLAVE TRADITION.

Avoiding Emotional Intimacy Is A Slave Tradition

When the parents of slave children were unable to protect their children from predatory slave-owners, it is easy to understand why so many black parents today still feel they cannot protect their children from street or law enforcement predators. It’s a SLAVE TRADITION.

When black males and females were forbidden to love each other, and lived with the daily terror that their loved ones could be sold to another plantation and never seen again, it is easy to understand why some blacks are still afraid of loving each other too much AND why it’s so easy to “love” someone white because we have no real emotional or spiritual attachment to them. It’s a SLAVE TRADITION.

Beating And Whipping Our Black Children Is A Slave Tradition

Black mothers (and fathers) beating and cursing their children in public is a common sight in many black communities. Slave mothers used to beat and curse their children in front of the slave-owner to prove their children needed no further punishment. Why do so many black parents today STILL feel it is in their children’s best interests to abuse them? It’s a SLAVE TRADITION.

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Three things to keep in mind while viewing this video:

1. This movie was set in the year 1900, THIRTY-FIVE YEARS after black people were supposedly emancipated from slavery yet it’s obvious we were still FUNCTIONING as slaves.

2. The movie came from the imaginations of those early (white supremacist) Hollywood filmmakers who CLEARLY understood how blacks were TRAINED to deal with our black children.

3. The black adults are portrayed (by the filmmakers) as being more concerned about the welfare of whites, especially white females, than they were about other black people, especially black children.

The fear and confusion shown by the blacks in that kitchen as to whether to feed those hungry black children or send them away while the whites in that house dined like royalty — illustrates the dilemma we faced back then — and still face today:

Do we treat OTHER black people  humanely and put their welfare first — OR do we risk the wrath of racist man and racist woman?

Here’s the video clip from ‘The Little Foxes’  (the part I’m referring to starts around in 05:52 on the video’s timeline)

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The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research conclusions, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice immediately. We’ll use these sessions to refine our use of words as weapons to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We’ll review news reports from the past seven days and encourage non-white listeners exchange views constructively. We’ll be abstaining from the 8th area of people activity, but that should leave ample time for other aspects of White Terrorism. It’s been reported that a White man killed more then 20 people in a Connecticut elementary school on Friday morning. As Racism is War, Gus will be devoting little time – ZERO TEARS – to any of the White folks who got shot.

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Episode Notes: Dr. Kamau Kambon returns to The Context of White Supremacy. Dr. Kambon will discuss the idea that being unfocused is a form of death. He asserts that for a black female or black male to fail to be on Their Assignment, can only result in self-destruction. He states succinctly: Black people are addicted to sweets; and White people have made Death sweet.

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Activist teacher alleges police brutality during Calif. Occupy protest – UPI.com

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 9 (UPI) — An activist California college teacher filed a federal lawsuit, alleging Oakland police roughed him up during an Occupy protest, court records show.

In his civil rights suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Robert Ovetz, 35, of Woodacre alleges he was thrown to the ground and hit twice with a baton by police during a Jan. 28 Occupy protest, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

A police statement alleged Ovetz had a bicycle he lifted up as if ready to throw it at officers and later waved his arms and hands in officers’ faces.

His arrest was recorded on video and posted on YouTube. The Chronicle said the video shows Ovetz was not resisting physically or verbally when city police officer Ercivan Martin struck him on the abdomen and back with a baton.

Ovetz was held for three days on suspicion of felony assault on a police officer, among other alleged crimes.

Alameda County prosecutors dismissed the case June 22.

Ovetz’s lawsuit, which names Martin, police Chief Howard Jordan, two other officers and the city of Oakland as defendants, says Ovetz did not resist, and that he was the victim of excessive force, false arrest, and assault and battery.

Matthew Siroka, Ovetz’s lawyer, said Ovetz, who has taught sociology and other subjects at Canada College in Redwood City and College of Marin in Kentfield, was at the protest to gather research for a book on why protest movements have become violent.

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