White Rage, the Hunger Games, and the Lack of Justice for Eric Garner

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Today, like too many days, I am angry. Today a grand jury voted not to bring criminal charges against the white officer who killed Eric Garner, father of six, with a chokehold. The killing is on video, which many people hoped would mean an indictment and, eventually, a conviction. Not so. Today, America tells us once again that the value it places in black life is nil, insubstantial, nonexistent.

The protests have already begun in New York, and I’m thinking about anger, rage. I’m thinking about things that burn. When the grand jury in St. Louis County announced that it would not be indicting Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson burned. Over the weekend, I saw the latest Hunger Games film—Mockingjay—and in it, the Capitol executes unarmed civilians, their deaths broadcasted for millions of eyes. I couldn’t stop thinking about Eric Garner, Tamir Rice: the killing of unarmed people, one a man and one a child, their murders recorded and spreading like wildfire on the Internet. Like in Hunger Games, the people have taken to the streets to protest these killings, demanding change, demanding that the system in which laws benefit some and murder others be overthrown. It’s been written about extensively, this parallel between the Hunger Games and this America that not only sets Darren Wilson free but awards him almost $1 million for…what? In Hunger Games, we stand behind Katniss as she takes on a system bent on her—literal—destruction: she is our champion as she fires an explosive arrow at a plane that targets women and children. In Mockingjay, the film crew following her gets the perfect shot when Katniss witnesses the destruction of one of the weaker districts, shouting into the camera, “This is what they [the Capitol] do!” She gestures at the fire that has engulfed the victims of the district. “And we must fight back!”

There have been accusations that police in St. Louis have set fires in Ferguson, an assertion which some media outlets have claimed to debunk but that protestors on the ground insist are true. Thinking of things that burn, one can’t help but remember the MOVE bombing of 1985 in Philadelphia, in which police dropped bombs on a black liberation group’s commune and then, when the commune was engulfed in flames, “let the fire burn.” In Ferguson, it has been clear since day one that the police and National Guard have been the aggressors in the rising tension since Mike Brown’s death. One can’t sit in the theater with Mockingjay shining in one’s eyes—the Capitol’s troops with their intimidating tanks; their masks; their weapons—and not think of Ferguson. The malicious Peacekeepers keep peace in name only: the audience sees their suppression of revolution and we hate them for it: no one in their right mind would sit in the theater and think to themselves, “You know, maybe if the districts stopped being so angry. Maybe if the districts worked a little harder. Maybe if Katniss had a father, this wouldn’t be happening to her and her people.”

It’s interesting: in Mockingjay, Peeta withers away before our eyes in Capitol captivity, his eyes sunken and his skin chalky. Prisoner to President Snow, he gives a few interviews to the Capitol media in which he says things that make the rebels in the districts curse his name: “Killing is not the answer! Stop and think of what all this violence could mean!” He begs Katniss and the districts to “show restraint,” and when they bomb the Capitol’s dams, Peeta roundly condemns the act of violence.

In the audience, you are aghast. In the audience, you can’t believe that Peeta would call for “restraint” in the face of a system that grows rich off the districts’ blood. In the audience, you know that Peeta must be brainwashed, trying to protect Katniss, something, because clearly you’re on the side of the districts, clearly you’re on the side of the people fighting against tyranny and murder. In the audience, you are filled with rage for the unfairness of it all.

Roughly 64% of Hunger Games moviegoers are white. I would venture to conclude that this means that those white people side with Katniss, with Peeta, with the districts, with the people who are gunned down by government agents and whipped at the post, and see no justice. Yet 32% of white people look at the protests in Ferguson and say that the police response to those events is “about right.” 35% of white people don’t have an opinion at all.

What is it about the Hunger Games that stirs white people’s empathy? Surely it is Katniss and her lovers’ whiteness. After all, Katniss and the districts’ plight have a lot in common with that of black Americans, past and present. Economic marginalization, forced labor, public shootings with no legal recourse, whipping at the post, and even lynching. In the theater, I sat, disturbed, as Katniss sang a song about “the hanging tree.”

“Are you, are you

Coming to the tree

Where they strung up a man they say murdered three”

In these words, I can’t help but hear the accusations leveled against the black lives taken in America to justify their killing. At one point, for a black American to be lynched, the only “crime” they had to commit was being black. Now, in “post-racial” America, there exists a kind of shroud of language around the reason for these deaths. For John Crawford and Tamir Rice, it is shouted that they carried BB guns (despite living in Ohio, an open-carry state). For Eric Garner, it is screamed that he was selling cigarettes. Mike Brown, they say, punched Darren Wilson, although photographs of Wilson’s “injuries” seem to illustrate only rosacea. “They say he murdered three,” sings Katniss, and we in the audience don’t need to ask to know who “they” is: “they” is the system, the Capitol, the President himself. And we don’t need to know if the man being strung up is guilty or innocent: we are on his side, because we know the Capitol is guilty, guiltier, guilty as sin.

At times it seems that the Hunger Games script was written after Ferguson. President Snow sits in his office at the Capitol and consults with his PR people about what they should call the districts that have begun to rebel. He doesn’t want to call them rebels, he says. It gives them too much weight. “Criminals?” his assistant suggests, and in the audience you cringe, you sneer because you know Katniss is no criminal; you know how unfair and twisted it is. “Radicals,” they finally decide. Radicals. And you shake your head, because you know it’s bullshit propaganda.

In St. Louis, Missouri, the same meeting was held. In media offices all over the country, the same meeting was held. Jeff Roorda, spokesman and business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, chose the word “thugs.” All over America, the word “thug” is chosen just as carefully, just as specifically as President Snow chose “radicals.” Are you cringing? Are you hearing the word and knowing you are hearing spin, strategy, propaganda?

One of the recurring themes in Hunger Games—in the films and in the books—is the role media plays in the subjugation of the district; the way crimes—the murder of humans—are recorded and used as entertainment. We look at that world—the world of Panem, a United States not united but torn apart by class wars and violence—and believe it an impossible distortion of our society. Yet Eric Garner’s murder, Tamir Rice’s murder, John Crawford’s murder, were all caught on camera, broadcasted on television and on the Internet—and they mean nothing. They don’t serve as entertainment, no, but these videos, captured for what we all hoped would be evidence in punishing the killers responsible, serve no purpose. Even with video, no indictment for Eric Garner’s killer. Even with video, no indictment for John Crawford’s murder. These videos exist only as an endlessly looping reminder of what America reinforces every day: in this system, black lives do not matter.

The Hunger Games shows us a world in which police are out of control and the government is hell-bent on keeping people poor and afraid; a world in which the masses, tired of being abused and killed on TV, rise up and demand change, by any means necessary. In Mockingjay, Katniss Everdeen looks in the camera and raises her voice, “You can torture or bomb us, blast our district to the grounds. But do you see that? Fire is catching…If we burn, you burn with us!”

I want the white people in the theater cheering for Katniss to look at the countless black lives that have been taken by police in America—one every 28 hours— without justice, and say the same. I want the fire to catch. It is our responsibility. The wrongs that we weep for in Panem, the imagined wrongs that are inflicted on imagined white people, are happening to black Americans around you right at this moment. I want the fire to catch. Look at the damage, the irreconcilable violence, that the police in America wreak on black lives and say, “This is what they do. And we must fight back.”

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215 thoughts on “White Rage, the Hunger Games, and the Lack of Justice for Eric Garner

  1. Very enthusiastic and emotional!

  2. xxemilyrunawayxx says:

    This was very well written, excellent work!

  3. mirrorgirl says:

    I am disappointed too. In Norway, there was a mass murdering that killed over 100 innocent youths, and there was no doubt of the guilt. The killer was convicted, and I am glad. But what I found impressive, was how the parents and people around managed to turn hatred and rage into something good. We had meetings all over norway, lying down roses in every city. We tried to show compassion in every way, and managed to show that we don`t let people like that destroy everything we have built up. I am proud of my country, and hope America will be better and a country to be proud of in the future, too.

  4. CheesyJ says:

    Fantastic post! An invigorating read. Great job. Continue to spread the word people.

  5. evsetia says:

    I remember RED HEAT the movie in 1990’s, when Schwarzenegger talk to Abdul Elijah in jail. ELijah said that United States was built with BLACK EXPLOITATION. And until now the justice looks still lame. U.S is plural country, nothing more important, all people are equally important there. United States is the super power, but have to prove with fix its inside problem.

    Thank You for your post

  6. kennethandrebrownsr says:

    Reblogged this on kennethandrebrownsr.

  7. allthenamesaretakensothisisreallyreallylong says:

    Readers and movie-goers are attached to The Hunger Games characters, because they perceive them as whole human beings. Those characters, fictional as they may be, are worthy of empathy. Where as most white folks that tut tut the riots fail to perceive rioters and protestors as whole human beings. Hence the disconnect in the responses to what are logically similar situations.

    • Except while human beings wouldn’t just destroy any random business or kill innocent people and burn stores with no discretion. If those thugs are “whole humans,” I’m afraid for today’s kids. Wanna know something about Baltimore? Led than 16% of black kids have both parents. That means a whopping 84% have one or both parents gone. That should tell everyone the state of affairs.

      One final thought…You wanna what’s so ducked up about “black lives matter?” Black lives only matter, it would seem, when a white guy or cop kills a black person. Yet a majority (over 80%) of blacks who die are killed by blacks while no one blinks twice (Chicago and Detroit are great examples of this) or that more whites are killed by blacks each day that blacks by whites. Yet who knows about this? Not anyone who listens to the media or what our govt says.

      Thank you, and have a fantastical day.

      • tabbyrenelle says:

        Hi death is a new adventure… I wasn’t going to bother commenting here any longer but then I read your comment and it inspired me to correct your facts… if you’ll take the time to listen and watch this short lecture you’ll find a much more accurate telling of what and why and how things are.
        “Riots” happen after sports events… I was there in Chicago when Michael Jordan got his three-peat and the whole city went “nuts”. It was a destruction of property thing by all different people and not just black people. It was sports mania. These people were supposedly happy about the win.
        But what’s going down in Ferguson and Baltimore and practically everywhere it seems is rebellion and not riots. There’s a difference when reacting from traumatic experiences… Not that you’re going to listen to me. Maybe you already have your mind made up… but here ya go if you want a great opportunity to acquire empathy.

      • allthenamesaretakensothisisreallyreallylong says:

        Your comment echoes one of the most upsetting things about this situation. That most people interpret this as a zero sum game. Don’t we all win when law and order is upheld, and young men of a certain race aren’t at risk of being shot to death over minor infractions?

        I don’t dispute that looting is bad. I also don’t dispute the disintegration of the family unit, although poor white families are hot on the tails of poor black families in this regard. I don’t dispute that black on black crime is a huge problem; a problem that black civil leaders have and will continue to work on.

        Regardless, I fundamentally say that as citizens we are entitled to fair and equal treatment under the law no matter our family history or who perpetrates homicides against those of our own race. If the system fails black men, it fundamentally fails us all. Dividing ourselves into us and them is a fiction. There is only us.

        Finally, a word about my personal history, as it’s relevant to this topic. I have lived in poor predominantly minority neighborhoods in Cincinnati for the last 20 years. I witnessed the riots in Cincinnati in 2001. The riots devastated my favorite neighborhood. Nearly none of the businesses there survived.

        But there was context, context that wasn’t captured by the media. Cincinnati police were on a bender that year, continuing a trends from the preceding few years. Fifteen black men died in CPD custody in the decade prior; four deaths took place just 4 months before the riots. CPD had recently cornered, shot, and killed a mentally ill black man. His dangerous weapon was a brick. He was shot eight times.

        For months prior to the riots, the city was simmering. There were regular protests demanding a change in CPD practices. So, when a police officer shot an unarmed teenager with only outstanding traffic violations on his record, the simmer boiled over. For days after the shooting, crowds turned up to City Hall demanding justice.

        The city did not respond. They continued their city council meetings on seemingly insignificant matters like transportation policy. People were begging for the system to work for them. They were straining to engage in the proper displays of civil disagreement. They were ignored. Finally, violence erupted.

        That’s how the riots happened here. It’s not mutually exclusive for me to say that my heart broke for the business owners and the rioters alike. Because it did.

        I doubt we have the full story on Ferguson. I doubt we have the full story on Baltimore. I know because the country didn’t get the full story on Cincinnati. It’s through these lenses that I see those cities. I see those cities with gaping wounds, and I know that justifications around family dynamics and black on black crime won’t heal.

        Cincinnati started to heal when we stopped thinking in terms of us and them. Cincinnati started to heal when real conversations happened between police and those that they serve and protect. We are still working on healing. Ferguson and Baltimore have such a long path before them. My heart goes out to them.

        We may not agree, but thank you for sharing your thoughts. I have to say that I was much closer to where you are on this topic prior to living in poor neighborhoods and seeing the Cincinnati riots. It’s only those experiences that lead me to different conclusions.

  8. allthenamesaretakensothisisreallyreallylong says:

    Also, great read. Thanks for posting.

  9. Kabirsaund says:

    Brilliance… What makes your heart burn shall keep your life running!

  10. Daydreams says:

    Our justice system has been messed up for years & it’s a joke. It’s all corrupt and its a shame. I have countless friends that’ve written about it here.

    A movie nowadays is probably set up with these racial undertones too & subliminal lies & hate+fear injection. That’s why most of the movies I enjoy are older.

  11. DeRicki Johnson says:

    Thank you for this powerful piece.

  12. DeRicki Johnson says:

    Reblogged this on DJ's Reflections in a Crazed Mirror and commented:
    A powerful piece that challenges us to dare to look at the world around us with our hearts instead of our eyes.

  13. Olivia J. says:

    That was an incredible piece! I’ve read a few other Hunger Games-real world comparison pieces but I absolutely loved yours the most. You broke it down so brilliantly so we could understand just how real and terrifying this situation is. Thank you

  14. I live in Maryland, and go to Baltimore on a weekly basis. I’m actually headed there today, for the first time since the riots. I also have friends who live there, mere blocks from the most heavily damaged areas.

    When #BaltimoreRiots was trending on Twitter, I followed it to try to keep up with events. I remember making a comment “Black people, please be careful in Baltimore tonight” or something to that effect. Then came the hate. The outright hate and insults. “White lives matter too!” some cried.

    Let’s take a moment to reflect on post 9/11. People of middle eastern decent (or even those that just looked like they were, such as some of my family members) were profiled and targeted as terrorists. Some were personally attacked, some had their businesses damages, in addition to countless other types of assaults.

    My point was this-profiling happens. Racism is still alive and well. I know if I had been in Baltimore the night of the riots, because I am light skinned I would have been looked over and considered uninvolved. However no black person in that area that night was safe, involved or not. Not one could escape being profiled as a rioter. That’s a dangerous situation.

    Others mention Freddie’s criminal history as though it justifies his murder. It’s a tongue in cheek was of saying he deserved it. He did not.

    Part of what makes America what it is is our legal system. Due process. Freddie was denied that. I don’t care what else he did, because if rapists and murderers deserve trials, so did he. So does anybody accused of anything. That is the point of having due process to begin with.

    To return to Twitter, what I witnessed was the largest outpouring of racism (and to a lesser degree classism, or a combination of the two) that I have seen in my entire life. Utter disregard for not just our fellow Americans, but our fellow man in general.

    So, in closing, thank you for writing this post. It touches on a lot of issues that have been especially prominent in my mind as of late.

  15. Heart touching.. Love your post..

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  17. Reblogged this on Keegan Stringer and commented:
    this is very deep

  18. RedeemedOne says:

    Excellent piece, very thought provoking and true to the climate of our nation.

  19. wwwpalfitness says:

    I did not need to read everything you said or that of others commenting as I saw the videos and I made stong conclusions.

    I do not care what someone is accused of you do not put them in a chokehold which was put out of NYPD ways to take down a perp years ago.

    Yes he was a known troublemaker and selling cigarettess and oh my that meant the tax he paid to buy them did not mean further tax for the state when he re-sold them. NY get a life already as there are much worse things going on.

    I have a friend who is an EMT and I have been certified with both First Aid and CPR for 2 decades and both police and emts are supposed to be trained to deal with special circumstances and it is in the NYPD slogan on their car and they hardly represent the words written as they fail to keep to their training.

    I have heard of worse when a drunk person told police he was having problems breathing and they kept him in a cell with his handcuffs on and he was face down for hours and did number one and two all over himself and the cops laughed as it was fun time in the drunk tank.

    So Eric Garner had a long list of petty issues and the cops got called for a disturbance that Eric broke up and he was the last person standing and because of his past he was the scapegoat.The several videos I saw never had the cops saying he was under arrest yet once they had enough backup they attacked. I have seen a person have seizures and have seen them die while having one or from lack of o2. The moronic cops tried to cover their butts by telling people they would be detained if they kept filming and this was after Eric saying he could not breather and him having cuffs on, which should have been immediately taken off as per the law in NY but instead the officers kneeled into his quivering and almost dead body and they talked like they thought he was faking it. Cops are supposed to take sensitivity training and they fail at a high clip as they rather shoot first and ask later. With Eric I noticed he was dead before the EMTs arrived but they had cops talking behind camera sight and they covered up that he was dead and said he had a pulse. BS is what I call as he was gone a few minutes after his last words and he was brain dead in the ambulance.

    I do not think because of his past his family should be awarded a lottery type of wrongful death amount of money but they deserve something and the more of these things that happen throughout the country the more attacks like this will be happening.

    Police and the state are responsible.

  20. Crissy Dean says:

    Wow, what a crowd stirring post. Thanks for sharing your insights and experience.
    I created a new blog last month called Real Life Natural Wife. I really enjoyed your blog. I hope you’ll come check it out and leave me a comment with your thoughts! Congrats on being freshly pressed! Have a great day!

    • Nick says:

      Well written I really enjoyed it. But what is being said about the problems inside of the black community that is not the systems fault? Single parent homes, drugs, black on black violence, gang violence ? These are the real issues here. Riot over that.

  21. papadebeau says:

    What about the killing of blacks? What if we came up with a term or terms for it so people would feel ok with it? It’s seems a little changing of words is ok for millions to feel better about it… so are you ok with this? What about, even worse, the killing of black babies? Worse because babies are the most innocent, most vanurable. But we if we came up with terms to kill black babies that would make you and people feel ok with it? What if we made them… well made them no longer people, with our words? Then we could kill them right? But surely people would figure it out right? What if we can kill black babies in the name of freedom? Kill them with words like choice? Kill them with words like woman’s rights, it’s my body? It seems all we have to do to allow killing is convince the masses they have a right to do this and the people we kill are not really people. Could this really happen? Are we so blind?

    How long will we let babies die from abortion in the name of choice?

  22. Susan Helmus says:

    I see it. I see the injustice and the human rights violations and I stand with the Black Lives Matter and Hands Up United movement. I am so proud of the young leaders who are emerging in the movement and the work in the communities being done. This piece was interesting and inspiring; I only saw the first Hunger Games movie and am not inspired to see the rest.

    In the US and now spreading around the world, the overwhelming problem is corporations, money and greed. This can be seen in things like the privatization of prisons, drug laws put into place to control populations, fines and fees given to poor communities to use them as an ATM and to control them, lobbyists from the prison corporations going to Washington to push for laws that increase prison populations, using the prison populations for free labor (slavery), putting people in prison for not paying fines (debtors prisons), not addressing people’s needs and mental illness, instead locking them up for a profit (cheaper to put someone in jail than to provide treatment), dumping of toxins in poor communities causing massive health problems and developmental problems, and the list goes on and on. It is disturbing and horrifying.

    I am inspired to see this movement not backing down. Stand strong.

  23. R Maclean says:

    From the use of media by ISIS to subdue the West, to the use of the hunger games salute in Thailand, the parallels between this film and world events are disturbing. This blog had a perspective I haven’t read before – it was really interesting. It’s also sad that this is what we see when we look at a book that is meant to be about a dystopian, brutalised world.

    • katherinejlegry says:

      Hi R Maclean,

      the use of media by ISIS against the west is no different from our western media propaganda. We are using ISIS to scare US just as much as ISIS is, so that “we the people” back the endless war-economy. This is a mutual deal among global-frememies. And all the citizens are in the middle being brainwashed into taking sides.

      Everybody knows that Oil is no good. The energy is dirty. It’s ruining the land and oceans. It’s running out so we have to damage pristine and difficult habitat to get at it.

      The dystopian future you are all succumbing to is actually imaginary. You can visualize beyond the boxes your founding fathers and mothers have called home. The point of science fiction was not to predict an inevitable future. It was the possibility of preventing an inevitable one. We have the potential to evolve but this would take some effort.

    • tabbyrenelle says:

      I feel the need to add to Katherine’s comment to you R Maclean… I think ISIS sucks, don’t get me wrong, but we basically “made” them…
      As Harvard economics professor Benjamin Friedman has written about the United States:

      “Again and again it has always been the world’s leading lending country that has been the premier country in terms of political influence, diplomatic influence, and cultural influence. It’s no accident that we took over the role from the British at the same time that we took over the job of being the world’s leading lending country. Today we are no longer the world’s leading lending country. In fact we are now the world’s biggest debtor country, and we are continuing to wield influence on the basis of military prowess alone.”


      Don’t think for a second, our leaders in the U.S. are war profiteers. This has nothing to do with national security. They want us racially profiling and narking on suspicious people that could be “terrorists” and that’s no different from the red scare of communism… and how the FBI started asking for people to report.

      So ISIS is destructive but not more so than what we’ve done… I mean it’s interconnected.

    • tabbyrenelle says:

      Opps… correction: don’t think for a second our leaders are not war profiteers (I meant) because that’s our economy. Prisons for mostly black men and war against mostly brown people.

    • tabbyrenelle says:

      One more thing R Maclean and I’m sorry if I’m hounding you. Here’s the real scoop on media selling war if you’re interested. I hope the video or link to the video works… and that the blog author is okay with me posting it. It’s better to be informed about this news than the hunger games, I’m thinking.

      Buying the War: How Big Media Failed Us:
      April 25, 2007
      Updated: June 19, 2014

      Check out “Bill Moyers Journal: Buying the War” by BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.


      • R Maclean says:

        Oops. Sorry if I caused offence. I simply meant that the use of beheading videos posted online is clearly a tactic designed to create fear, in the same way that in the hunger games executions are done publicly to prevent others from following the examples of the rebels. I recognise that the U.S. and the UK (where I’m from) governments also use media to spread their world view and message and they’re not perfect either. The film draws parallels with current events and how the use of media can be easily corrupted. And that can be seen and utilised in revolutions today.

      • tabbyrenelle says:

        No offense taken R Maclean, and I hope I didn’t make you feel attacked. I got pretty caught up in expressing how the media has been selling the war. I think they are showing the beheadings in equal proportion to ISIS so as to incite us. And it’s all horrible.

        I’m not a hunger games fan and wish people spent more time investigating in reality so we weren’t being carried along by the events of life so readily…

        thanks for taking my constant comments so well…

  24. This got me, you’re an incredibly gifted writer

  25. Ronald Baker says:

    Reblogged this on Unchain The Tree and commented:
    Come on ? There is good and evil in this world. Trust me, the media will always feed on the evil. It sells papers.

  26. Mr. T says:

    katherinelegry…Are you a Black person? If not your opinions of the Black American experience are simply outside, sidebar, observation distractions in this discourse.

    You appear in this commentary to be mixing your heart felt advocacy for feminism with the historical and present day Black American experience.

    First, I don’t have a problem with women advocating for greater inclusion in human relationships and political decision making.

    Secondly, For every man made social construct or problematic systems of order there exist a solution to correcting the social dysfunction. If your own humanity does not realize this fact, I suggest you broaden your views and perspectives to included view-points you have no life experience with living as a White person reaping (directly or indirectly) the benefits of White privilege in this American society.

    I would consider myself foolish, arrogant, and narrow-minded to suggest to a Chinese person today their father selling his family 300 year old family farm 50 years ago was a mistake, yet the Chinese person today is receiving positive benefits and living comfortably in the City of L.A. CA, from his father wisely investing the proceeds from the sale.

    So where do you get off suggesting to me a Black man living here in America that “integration” was and is a reward to today’s Black Americans overall cultural health?

    For you to understand my Black perspective you would have to first:

    Divorce your Whiteness.

    Step into the shoes of a Black woman / girl.

    Then marry a common Black man.

    Have common Black babies.

    Raise your family in any number of Black urban communities surround by White suburbs.

    All the above is impossible would not you agree?

    Then do this, its doable.

    Divorce yourself from all that you have learned from your White parent(s) and the White society then…

    Began engulfing yourself in the many published works of unsung Black Thinkers / Intellectuals and Mass movement leaders that White society does not teach about in private or public education, or as publicly condemned, imprisoned, and deported from America…

    If you can do this you will join the few, but many of today’s Black men and women who are consciously aware speaking and thinking in the tongue of true Black independance from, and in this society controlled by White people.

    It is possible for Black people to live harmoniously with White people in this society, but as long as White people control our (Black people) input and output involvement in all societal institutions the Black man and woman will be considered second class citizens in this society. Integration cut-off the hands of Black people doing foreself.

    Almost all Black business suffered. Blacks receiving higher education and professionalism left their grassroots communities to offer their know how to White Corporate America, and its industries that did not want Black people involvement in their work places and still discriminate against Blacks in the work force. Community self governing is “true independence” which Black people received from the emancipation of Black x slaves, but 100 years later social integration basically cut off the hands of the do for self Black man and him being the provider and protector of his family in this White man controlled society.

    Katherine I’m sure you can find many many White communities across America where they govern themselves without Black people participation in the basic of social institutions. Name a Black urban community where White people are not in controlling and authoritative leadership positions?

    The White man and White woman (You here attempting to control Black thought) must relinquish control of controlling Black American community affairs in our predominantly Black urban communities.

    Black Americans on the other hand, must take the reigns of unity with self and kind then control and organize in a groupwise fashion our overall group social involvement in this great society called America…Example, in the arena of our two party political system…Black Americans must develop a political party alongside the democrat and republican parties. A Black political party that truly galvanized our group political awareness and participation to advance our group major concerns in the society. Neither party has progressed the protection of civil rights, and equal social treatment under the law for my race.

    Example, in the cases of Eric Garner or Mike Brown racism would not be an issue if the cops doing the killing were Black men. Black people should not be policed by White officers in predominately Black communities…its just that simple. You can take it or leave it alone Katherin, but there exist a solution to the Black and White problem here in America. Research Abraham Lincoln responses and solutions to the Black and White problem. He truly had a “top eye open.”

    As I stated in my first comment…Mrs Cole has “A Top Eye Open.” You Katherin do not.

    • katherinejlegry says:

      Right, Mr T… Actually if you read my original comments I’m telling a white woman why we don’t need consideration in the black dialogue, so what you’re preaching at me has already been established… by me. I don’t need your mouth to speak for mine regardless of color lines. Or your cock to trump my gender as you defend your openness to women. Thanks. You commented to me, so I responded. You came to me…. you sought me out… and it’s the fool that seeks me to teach me without making sure she’s your student.

      White people are talking to white people sometimes about what the black people are saying and asking of them. I’m not fighting black people. I’m listening and that doesn’t entail negating my existence. Broken picket fences was expressing a longing to belong at the table… and I told her if that doesn’t happen naturally, then she should work where she can for justice. So what’s your issue?

      My american experience is not just white. It’s diverse. And I don’t have to explain my personal details of what and why and how I belong to people of color… how dare you ask me. How do you know I’m not deeply involved with people of color?

      You are privileged not to have to consider gender in your daily life, sir. The violence isn’t being done to your gender unless you mean to consider the violence of men on men… and then well, ya got me there!

      I am privileged that I don’t have to consider being black or be exhausted by the daily violence that is done to black and brown lives. I’m posting the Michelle Alexander tedtalk and free online book about the massive incarceration system because the system was built on racism and perpetuates slavery not because I think it can be fixed, but because it needs radical change. I don’t need to walk in the shoes of black people to know what’s right. Why the hell are you accusing me of taking anything over? That’s bullshit.

      There are different kinds of privilege and the monotheism of the world is patriarchal oppression. I don’t have to be a rocket scientist to participate in a discussion about that.

      I never said there was a reward to integration, so don’t make that up. Neither do I think segregation is going to work.

      I’m not going to discuss the “rewards” that the western civilization has made possible. I was never here to argue on behalf of or against such nonsense. There’s a macrocosm and I wouldn’t nutshell history or evolution or spirituality that way.

      Compartmentalizing the trauma and isolating the feelings will only give rise to another occasion for violence. Segregation is not the answer.

      I call riots rebellion. I call revolution evolution. Don’t invite me into a conflict with you only to batter me, when you’ve miscast me and stereotyped me. If you don’t want to consider my voice or my feelings, then don’t come to me in the first place as if you had any intention of talking.

      I do not need to know my “proper place” as defined by man. If the author tells me to back off because she thinks I’m taking up too much room, I would absolutely respect her boundaries. It’s her article, not yours.

      I don’t need into this discussion. I’m not looking for followers. I don’t dig sheeple. I also don’t like your attitude. But that’s okay. I’m gonna over look your transgressions, because more important than movies like the hunger games, are the lives that have been taken due to a militarized police system.

      In terms of Ms. Cole having a top eye and me not… go flatter her directly. If you want to court a woman, you don’t do it by kicking the other women around her. Fuck your factions.

    • tabbyrenelle says:

      Hi Mr. T. I’m Tabby… and Katherine is talking about this link:

      ( to read Michelle Alexander’s book free online you can click on the following link: http://communitysuccess.org/sites/default/files/u9/Alexander-The%20New%20Jim%20Crow.PDF )

      She contributes to my blog sometimes… and I give you this link not trying to usurp you or black voices or even walk in your shoes… but rather to clarify we are aware of the systemic problems with the “justice” system and prison system, despite whatever arguments. That’s actually ok we don’t meet on everything. To address the larger problem which is the massive incarceration system in the age of color-blindness is still happening… even if you tell Katherine or me or whomever to shut up and step aside.

  27. Wilson says:

    How does absolute dogshit like this get freshly pressed? Attempting to draw some embarrassingly awful connection between a book written for teenagers and the interaction between law enforcement and a civilian that resulted in a death.

  28. Wilson says:

    Nevermind tabby an Kathy are here.

    • davidrichardsonhubbell says:

      You always make fun of Katherine’s name and then act like you don’t remember her. Reducing women to numbers and objects is your privilege. You don’t belong here you sexist racist FRAT boy. You’re stunted. Stop now.

      • Wilson says:

        Do you honestly look for dumb fights like this?

      • davidrichardsonhubbell says:

        So you’re talking to yourself now, fucker?

      • Wilson says:

        Look dude i have never raped any woman nor would I you need to go to sleep.

      • davidrichardsonhubbell says:

        You’re raping them now just putting your turds here and trying to trigger my wife and her friend. You don’t have to understand trauma, just stop trying to inflict the wounds. Stop laughing at rape. Stop commenting to Katherine and Tabby. Stop belittling them. Now I’m going to stop talking to you, because you never listen and learn and out of respect to the author of this blog there’s no reason to take up space with you.

      • Wilson says:

        Then stop you sensitive tulip.

      • davidrichardsonhubbell says:

        Wilson… what are you doing?

      • Wilson says:

        The block option is there. Otherwise quite fuckin bitching.

      • davidrichardsonhubbell says:

        Only the author moderates and blocks a comment section.

        You don’t need to follow my friends and family or any woman around and ask the women to parent you after you rape-troll them.

        This isn’t bitching. This is indicating to other men and women that it’s not okay for frat boys to abuse their privilege.

      • Wilson says:

        Well maybe they like what i have to say

      • davidrichardsonhubbell says:

        You believe the women who you want to rape, like what you have to say? You believe the work of this author you called dog shit, likes that? Or you think they want you to rape my wife, you mean? You think these virtual bi-standers are rooting for you to rape my friends and family? The black and brown lives and female blog authors want you belittle their work and voices, and cultures and hip hop because they “like” that?

        The point is I’m asking you to stop. Katherine asked you to stop and Tabby asked you to stop. That should make you stop. We should not have to appeal to the authors for you to be blocked. You should stop your unwanted behavior and exhibit your self control.

      • Wilson says:

        Dude go to bed Jesus.

    • katherinejlegry says:

      Common Behaviors and Characteristics of Sexual Offenders

      Most sexual offenders think about their crimes ahead of time. Sexual assault is rarely an impulsive act although sometimes sex offenders take advantage of opportunity to offend. Offenders most often know their victims and use these relationships to set up situations in which a chosen victim can be sexually assaulted. Sexual assaults can involve physical violence, threats, or overpower- ing. In other cases victims go along with the assaults because they are afraid to resist or to try to get away.

      Planning and manipulating relationships over time to commit sexual offenses is called grooming. In these situations victims may come to believe that they are responsible for what happened even though this is never true. After the assaults, offenders often threaten, pressure or use guilt to keep victims from telling anyone.

      How Offenders Justify Their Behavior

      Offenders may justify their behavior in several ways:

      Denial is used by offenders to avoid facing the consequences of their actions. Denial means that offenders refuse to admit to others or sometimes even to themselves that they have committed sexual assaults. They may say, “It’s a lie. I never did it,” or “That wasn’t really rape, she agreed to it.”

      Rationalizing involves blaming the victim, other people or circumstances. Typical thoughts are, “It wasn’t my fault, she led me on”, “he didn’t fight back” or “I didn’t know what I was doing, I had too much alcohol…” These are ways of placing responsibility on someone or something else.

      Minimizing is used by offenders to deny the seriousness of the acts or the harm done to the victims. “It wasn’t that bad – he liked it,” or “I didn’t really hurt her.” By minimizing their actions, offenders try to make it seem as though what they did was not such a big deal.

      Common Conditions Which Contribute to Sexual Offending

      Several conditions can contribute to the likelihood of sexual offending. Typically a case involves a combination of factors and circumstances. It is important to understand that sex offenders always make a choice when they commit sexual offenses no matter what the reasons are that go into why they did it. They decide to act even though they know it is wrong. Nothing a victim does can make a person commit a sexual offense.

      Feeling Motivated –Offenders often have abnormal or unusual sexual interests. They may be sexually attracted to children or young teenagers. It does not bother them to have sex with someone who doesn’t want to.

      Antisocial Attitudes – Some offenders believe it is acceptable to take advantage of other people or break the law. They may not understand or care about the feelings of others and put what they want first.

      Background of Offender – Some people who have been abused, mistreated or neglected develop negative feelings and beliefs about themselves and others. They may try to gain control over their lives or relieve emotional pain through abusive sexual behavior towards others.

      Lack of External Controls –Offenders create situations that give them the opportunity to offend and where there is little chance of being caught. In the case of child molesters, they may put themselves in situations where they are alone with and have control over children. Rapists will often get victims away from friends or in isolated situations.

      Vulnerable Victims – Although the responsibility for sexual offending is always with offenders, rapists and child molesters may look for vulnerable people to victimize. Victims can be vulnerable because they are young, have a disability or are impaired in some way. People can be victimized because they are alone in an isolated area, asleep, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or suffering from emotional problems. Offenders want victims who cannot protect themselves.

      • Thank you, good education, list, Psychology of the shit of the Earth.
        Minimizing is one to comment on. More than ten times I have reported crime committed by Law Enforcement. Stalking, Child Porn, Window Peepers, Sexual offences from rape to manipulation of women they manage to catch between a rock and a hard place. Law Enforcement has consistently “minimized” and the cops indirectly get away with Murder and or ruining a woman’s life. Find and ask any woman divorced from a cop, you will get an ear full of their actions, habits, procedure. There are a few decent, somewhat intelligent, law abiding citizens that happen to be connected with Law Enforcement. That’s the good news.

      • katherinejlegry says:

        Hi Glider Pilot Lee… I am currently being harassed by Wilson on this blog. He is minimizing his transgressions… and trying to degrade and humiliate me and spin things. He does this on every woman’s blog he visits and people of color too. Thinks it’s his opinions he’s expressing. I am trying to place the info about rape culture here so that people will wake up and stop being bi-standers to the abuse. Thanks for your comment. I appreciate you speaking up. Especially as a man. Peace.

      • Wilson says:

        Hay there psycho looks like you have a copy and paste response, how bout saving it for home.

      • katherinejlegry says:

        I didn’t post it to convince you of a thing Wilson. I pasted it for those around you on the blog because it’s the right thing to do. You are not going to just get away with messing with everyone’s well being. So you best back off. I won’t be silenced due to your continued transgressions. Call me whatever names you want. You’re in the wrong. I am not.

      • Wilson says:

        Lol I have never tried to silence you, quite the opposite, and now apparently you have a cut and paste response, which i read through that would place me in a sexual predator stage. Lol.

      • katherinejlegry says:

        You’re why are one of the reasons I stopped blogging. You have triggered my past rape experiences and laughed at me and others in similar circumstances. Then you say I lash out and am psycho, when really you are trying to provoke people on every blog you go to. Silencing me is the degradation you want me to feel it’s the laughter at my feelings the taking away my name when you make fun of it change it and pretend you do not remember me. These are not my problems. They are yours and now I will not be silent. If you bother me or women I will not be silent. I’ve told you what is wrong, I’ve asked you to stop and you say you’re a drunk frat boy and to lighten up. I will not lighten up about rape, Wilson. I will not argue with you about this. I will tell you what actions I will take and this is not up for a debate. You need to control your behavior not mine. You need to read what I’ve posted and absorb it deeply now. DO this. And go away. Go be with people you champion and feel love towards and stop attacking the ones you loathe.

      • Wilson says:

        Honestly i think that I should block you because you keep showing up and attacking my opinions on other posts.

      • katherinejlegry says:

        No you keep visiting sites you loathe and want to snark on. Then you don’t like it when I call you out on all of your bad behavior. Because you don’t deserve this much room for your voice. You are not contributing anything of value. You are only in these spaces to degrade the authors. I have read your comments and unless you are flirting you are tearing people down. This is about you not stopping your transgressions and I am not being silenced by your bullying any longer.

      • katherinejlegry says:

        And you don’t need logic, Wilson, you need some feelings… you need empathy now. You need to care more. About you and me both. If you did that you’d stop being a jerk and we could move on. That’s logic and compassion.

  29. Last month I read Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” I wanted to blog about something hateful towards the white people because of the way they treated the black people. But I realized that hating wouldn’t amount to anything. You have said the words that the minority have always felt.
    If all the white people in USA could read this I hope this knocks some sense into them.

  30. Reblogged this on Flight of Fancy and commented:
    “I want the white people in the theater cheering for Katniss to look at the countless black lives that have been taken by police in America—one every 28 hours— without justice, and say the same. I want the fire to catch. It is our responsibility.” – Olivia Cole

  31. simonhi69 says:

    this was an interesting post, i enjoyed reading it. Good post.

  32. jvpcclv says:

    Thank you for the post. Keep spreading the word and heightening awareness on the issue.

  33. gryphyn3 says:

    Reblogged this on freedomsandtruth and commented:
    Love this blog. It points out the truths very well. If we burn, you burn!

  34. RealisticallyRoisin says:

    I think if I remember in the book katniss is actually tanned. I do however agree and I can’t believe how undeveloped some people our in our society still after all the years not all people are equal!

  35. Reblogged this on multilingualshades and commented:
    It’s the 21st century. We call ourselves “advanced”, but looks like America is still stuck onto the mindset of regarding Black people as slaves. America, the land of dreams?? BULLSHIT.

  36. Hello, your blog is inspiring, many, meaning “millions should follow your lead” write – protest – act. Crime has been wrong forever, cops killing and attempting to kill people that catch cops in illegal actions has been wrong forever. WE THE PEOPLE have to search out the criminal cops! Identify them and have them removed, of course legally if possible.
    That’s where this situation get nearly impossible to solve the crimes that police commit. Within the past month, I made contact with a Detective, I gave him identification of a Domestic Terrorist / a cop I caught threatening me. So far he has done nothing. (I will again check my email later to see if he has started the investigation.) This is an ongoing crime of invasion that has destroyed a portion of my life. By The Way — many of you have had money stolen from you by police.
    Here’s how it works: A cop will pull off the road on a slight curve as you approach so they can stabilize the radar gun and point it at about a half mile of road, (important! that is the distraction) his or her accomplice is usually in a large square vehicle speeding up behind you. They lock the speed of their accomplice in – pull you over and give you a ticket for the speed their accomplice was going. One solution, send your attentiveness of everything in the area into top alert mode. Estimate how fast the speeding accomplice is going and tell the officer that’s how fast you were going “”” Get the accomplice tag number ”” REPORT it all the the JUDGE. Let’s start here – remove this shit of the Earth first. Think! the cost of the ticket then the increase of insurance. a five to ten over the limit will cost $600 plus or minus.
    Oh , If you are a beautiful woman and an officer asks anything about where you live – that person is a potential window peeper. Think!
    The sexual predators we can remove.

  37. Have you ever lived in the city doesn’t sound like any of the things about what you write or naïve please tell me if I’m wrong

  38. daver62911 says:

    “in the films and in the books—is the role media plays in the subjugation of the district; the way crimes—the murder of humans—are recorded and used as entertainment.” and the difference in real life is. Dayatona has the dead listed on its entrances. The lottery is the being of an athlete or having some other elitist recognition pay for our use of our talents. Thank you for writing this.

  39. kierrajanae says:

    Thank you so much for writing this! I had the same feelings while watching the film.

  40. kierrajanae says:

    Reblogged this on Masterpiece in the Making and commented:
    Open your eyes, people.

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