"When he’s shooting at Chris and Snoop, he shoots diagonally like a pawn moves to take pieces in chess. Then he gets shot by Odog who comes out of an alley and turns left, like a knight would move, where a pawn couldn’t protect himself. Bodie’s story began and ended with talking about chess, so the analogy in his final scene is no accident."
Alan Sepinwall of the old What’s Alan Watching blog has a book out called The Revolution Was Televised. To promote it, he answered questions on Deadspin yesterday.
Q: How would a sixth season of The Wire have gone?
A: David Simon talks about a sixth season in my book. The idea (which David Mills pitched between seasons 3 and 4) was to look at illegal immigration and tell the story of some undocumented workers who’ve come to Baltimore after most real work has already started to leave the city. Given that the fourth season renewal was iffy at best, Simon says he didn’t think the best idea would be to tell the head of HBO that he wanted to build a season around unknown Mexican actors.
That’s it. That’s the scene.
The best television scene ever
[starts watching a new show because the gifsets look cool and i want to reblog them]
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Genius! Because much of that critique of theirs is tied into classism (for which race cannot be separated from) and what is “appropriate” behavior and the myth that North = “liberal” = “intelligent” = “respectable” and South = “conservative” = “stupid” = “country/out of control.” Meanwhile White supremacy itself is sitting back and chilling and is like “I’m ubiquitous, bitch.”
This also makes me think about what James Baldwin wrote about this myth of a racism-free North. To whom? Who are the ones trying to make that declaration? Usually Whites. Unironically. As if they have any right whatsoever to claim where racism is or is not.
Although, some of the respectability politics is perpetrated by Black people in response to racism, White supremacy and anti-Blackness. Regularly Black people promote the North as more sophisticated when their own familial roots reveal The Great Migration or other migratory patterns to escape racism in the South, only to confront it again in the North/West. Regionalism helps remove Northern Whites from culpability from benefitting from and perpetuating White supremacy.(via gradientlair)
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Oh so many reasons.
1) it equates the anger of the oppressed to the hate of their oppressors.
2) it blames oppressed groups for their oppression. Bigotry doesn’t exist because people hate bigots. It exists because oppressed people oppose it. It exists because of bigots and because of privileged folks being complicit or tacitly condoning systems of oppression.
3) it’s fundamentally untrue. Hatred of oppression doesn’t lead to more hatred; it leads to progress.
4) it is used to attack any attempt by oppressed people to obtain liberation. Point out that something or someone is repulsively racist and all of a sudden you’re “breeding more hate”.
It’s a fundamental misrepresentation of reality that blames victims and excuses fucked up behavior.
The blood of Jesus runs red in the streets of Gaza and the church barely takes notice. In his book The Cross and The Lynching Tree, James Cone defines salvation as “a liberating event in the lives of all who are struggling for survival and dignity in a world bent on denying their humanity” (p. 151). For Christians we see this salvation illustrated most clearly in the person of Jesus and paradoxically in the scandal of the cross. It is on the cross that the Son of God becomes the Oppressed One, aligning himself not with the rich or the powerful, but the poor, the oppressed, the trampled upon. Tragically, the Jim Crow South never recognized the crucified body of Jesus in the lynched bodies of about 5,000 black men, women and children who were brutally beaten, burned, mutilated and hung from trees. And today we often fail to recognize the blood of Jesus in the shed blood of all who suffer unjustly.
The blood of Jesus runs red in Gaza where the targeting of civilian homes have left over 200 Palestinians dead, over 40 of them children. The latest victims were four children whose only crime was playing on the beach when an Israeli airstrike violently ended their lives.
The blood of Jesus runs red in Chicago where the combined forces of capitalism and racism have trapped many blacks in ghettos buried in poverty, violence and despair, while being ignored by the rest of society. Over 80 shootings took place over the course of Independence Day weekend alone. Let us not be deceived, ghettos are no Chicago phenomenon. They can be found all throughout the US. They are created by the rich and the powerful to keep the poor from access to resources and power.
The blood of Jesus runs red in Syria where the death toll continues to rise higher and higher though mainstream media no longer report the atrocities taking place there. We are over that I guess and on to other things.
Wherever innocent blood is shed the blood of Jesus flows, yet many of us who are his followers fail to recognize this fact. Many of us care more about the sufferings of fictional characters in shows like Orange Is The New Black than the very real suffering of victims in Gaza or the ghetto. The cross of Jesus ought to fuel us with a desire to put an end to any more crosses. The shed blood of Jesus ought to fuel us with an indomitable desire to stop the shedding of any more innocent blood. The horror of the cross ought to move us to place our very lives on the line in order to create a world where violence, oppression and unnecessary suffering are nothing but distant, distant memories.
Over 2,000 years have passed and yet the blood of Jesus, the blood of the persecuted, the blood of the trampled upon still flows. When will we take notice?
important. watch how you talk about the violence in chicago; understand where it really stems from. if you are blaming communities, get the fuck outta here.
BBC News - Israel starts ground offensive in Gaza
Detroit: Palestine solidarity demonstration, July 13, 2014.
"The demonstration in Detroit today drew links between the shut-off of water in the city and the denial of water resources to the people of Gaza and Palestine in general. The crowd of more than 1,000 marched up Woodward Ave. for a rally at the park located at the corner of Warren Ave. in Midtown."
Photo and report by Abayomi Azikiwe