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Dear Michelle Alexander:
Please watch the video from above. It is a segment from the History Channel show "Gangland" in which they reviewed the antics of the "Traveling Vice Lords" of Memphis TN.
I want you to pay particular focus upon the ORGANIC brutality and "civil rights violations" that this street pirate gang enacts upon others. Though I realize that you will attempt to make this behavior as a FUNCTION of the oppression and disenfranchisement that they have suffered as Black males - this does not sufficiently explain nor justify the organic acts of violence that they project for the sake of power and control. I am made to see that their violence is no different than the violence that is seen during a post-colonial period in the Congo or Uganda.
In all of these cases I am of the opinion that the more powerful force than the indictment of "YOU did this to us!!" is the dispassionate realization that if a CORRECTIVE force is not made to sublimate this violent behavior that more Black people will be murdered and terrorized in the process.
Mrs Alexander - take a look at all of the telltale evidence that is exhibited by an "abusive enforcement" entity. If they were the police you would be protesting them:
- Enforcement of the gangs rules by violence or the threat of
- Disrespect of the leaders of the group is met with violence
- Promotion within the group comes to those who show the propensity to project violence at the bequest of the leadership
You see Mrs Alexander when I make note of the pattern I have a different viewpoint - I make note that the noted corruption of the police and regulatory forces of New York, Chicago and elsewhere was done from decades of activism, demanding that they use their force for the public good in the execution of their sworn duties.
Unfortunately Mrs Alexander - these young Black males in these street pirate gangs are not serving in any "official" capacity as such. They who were, at least on paper, slated to become the pillars and the protection of our community have instead become the main assailants who terrorize our communities. It seems that we have been so conditioned toward accepting the "American system" that was formed around us that we are now failing to step outside of the box, ensnaring these males to see the vision of them as protectors of the community while their behavior is corrected toward a more productive course.
Indeed it is a more fruitful and ideologically gratifying struggle to go against the "system" that made them this way than it is for you in the left-wing social justice community to work directly with them prior to them exiting their "larval form" and allowing them to morph into a street pirate. With a proper organization inside of the community they could morph into conscious butterflies, their broad wings used to protect the community.
In summary, Mrs Alexander, your theories on behalf of these Street Pirates endures only to the extent that you are able to debate their fate from an academic perspective. IF you lived in a community that was oppressed by those who DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK - last nights gun fire on your block that caused you and your children to jump out of bed and dive to the floor for your protection would cause you to consider more of the organic actions of these people.