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Domestic Terror Tourist

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, August 30, 2020

Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, AL, on “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965

By now, if you pay any attention to any news from anywhere – radio, teevee, Internet, etc. – you’ve heard the disheartening news of a 17-year-old young man from Antioch, Illinois who has been accused of shooting and killing 2 individuals who were apparently no threat to him, and seriously wounding a third – 26-year old Gaige Grosskreutz – in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

There are numerous videos of Kyle Rittenhouse, seen throughout the events wearing a green short-sleeved tee-shirt, sporting a baseball-style cap turned backwards, and brandishing an AR-15 type assault rifle as he cavorted in the streets of Kenosha concurrent with the events unfolding after law enforcement authorities there shot Jacob Blake 7 times in the back at arm’s length range.

U.S. Representative John Lewis (1940-2020) (D-GA,5) stands in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama – a pivotal site for the Civil Rights Movement.

Jacob Blake was an apparently unarmed 29-year old Black man, and father of three young children, aged 8, 5, and 3, who sat in the car and watched the tragedy unfold, as their father was Tazed, then shot 7 times in the back with a pistol – paralyzed from the waist down as a consequence – by a 7-year veteran law enforcement Officer Rusten Sheskey, a White man.

Young Mr. Rittenhouse, who will be tried as an adult under Wisconsin state law, is described as sympathetic to many law enforcement and right-wing paramilitary militia-type outfits, and is accused of using the AR-15 type rifle seen slung over his shoulder in the numerous videos, to shoot and kill 26-year-old Anthony Huber and 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum in Kenosha, Wisconsin recently.

John Lewis crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965.

Prosecutors say Rittenhouse shot Huber in the chest, killing him, while Huber was attempting to pull Rittenhouse’s gun from him.

Rittenhouse was formally charged with intentional homicide, one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, and was taken into custody at his residence Wednesday by Illinois authorities to face extradition and those charges in Wisconsin. He is also facing one count of possession of a dangerous weapon – the AR-15 assault rifle – a firearm he was not legally allowed to possess.

Kyle Rittenhouse, known popularly as the 17-year-old AR-15 assault-rifle-toting vigilante from Antioch, IL who stands accused of shooting and killing two protesters – 26-year-old Anthony Huber, and 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum in Kenosha, Wisconsin – and seriously injuring a third was arrested Wednesday, faces extradition to face six criminal counts, including homicide, in Wisconsin.

He is being held in custody in Lake County, Illinois.

USA Today newspaper has an excellent visual timeline of the events surrounding Kyle Rittenhouse.

Mayors and numerous others
have consistently stated that

Domestic Terror Tourists,
defined as
“people coming from outside the area and causing a great deal of damage and destruction,”
are responsible for
the exceedingly vast majority of criminal activity
in the nation’s cities where
looting, rioting, and mayhem have occurred.

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee logo

It makes no difference if they’re “antifa,” “militia,” Black/Blue/All Lives Matter, trans-cis-nonbinary, heteronormative, legal, illegal, gay, straight, bisexual, vegan, pescetarian, religious, atheist, Baptist, Catholic, Buddhist, Moonie, Brown, Yellow, Red, Green, Pink, Republican, Independent, Democrat, sex workers, car salesmen, politicians, farmers, housewives, or who or what group they’re affiliated with, or not. If they’re there to cause mayhem, deface and/or destroy private and/or public property, threaten others – for whatever reason – they’re present for the WRONG REASON.

Kops killing folks is wrong. Folks fleeing cops is wrong. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Folks burning buildings is wrong. Three wrongs don’t make a right.

Folks shooting others is wrong. Four wrongs don’t make a right.

It seems that in some cases, some people have taken justice into their own hands. They’re called vengeance vigilantes. Again, it makes NO DIFFERENCE whose side they’re on. Smashing, trashing, burning, shooting, looting, and making mayhem won’t help get your point across, and won’t win people to your side. It makes no difference who you are.

John Lewis is beaten by Alabama State Troopers on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965 after crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma.

What we need are Fast-Acting Attorneys on call at a moment’s notice to file suits as quickly as possible to initiate legal action in the instances where people’s rights have been transgressed, freedoms curtailed, and/or otherwise civilly or criminally assaulted.

Peaceful demonstrations are warranted, and justified.

Mayhem and madness are not.

And though it was organized by the racist, bigoted, hate-monger Louis Farrakhan, no one died in the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. in 1995.

No one died in the Million Woman March held in that same city two years later.

John Lewis, in light-colored coat on far RIGHT, marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama on Bloody Sunday March 7, 1965.

No one died on August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his now-famous “I have a dream” speech.

No, instead, what we have historically seen are White racists responding to perceived threats by the Black minority community, such as in the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama marches, and on  “Bloody Sunday” March 7, 1965, when mostly-Black civil rights protesters marched arm-in-arm across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to demand the right to vote and were assaulted by armed Alabama State Troopers, and other “deputized” White males, who assaulted and pummeled them with billy clubs, and other makeshift devices and weapons.

There’s NO QUESTION that racist practices have been ingrained in our nation’s laws – why, it’s even in our Constitution with the infamous “Three-Fifths Compromise” which counted non-White people as less than a whole person for the purposes of the Census!

Yes, it’s a permanent stain, scar, and pox upon our house. There’s NO QUESTION about it. NONE WHATSOEVER.

And yet, the Civil Rights Movement in our nation was predicated upon NON-VIOLENT PRINCIPLES. The late Alabama-born Black man John Lewis, who for many years represented the State of Georgia in the United States Congress was the founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

He bled for the rights of others.

He did not riot.

He did not loot.

He did not shoot.

He did not maim.

He did not hate.

His enemy was hatred.

His enemy was injustice.

His means were peace.

A flag-draped coffin holding the body of Civil Rights icon, and longtime U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA,5) crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama the final time.

2 Responses to “Domestic Terror Tourist”

  1. Travis said

    There are more white people killed by police officers every year than blacks. If what we are concerned with is racists cops killing blacks then let’s address that issue and increase longer training period and not defund the police over just a very few that are racist. I believe that racism goes both ways and the blacks automatically get defiant with police when they encounter each other. If your black or white just do as the police officer asks and you will have a lot better chance of going home after that encounter. If your concerned BLM then why are you not marching in Chicago or at your local abortion clinic there are lots more black murders in those 2 places in a month than police shootings in a year or 2 years or more.


    • Warm Southern Breeze said

      Thanks for your readership, and for your response!

      While it doesn’t appear that your response has anything to do with the entry, I will address it nonetheless.

      Actually, the data to which you obliquely refer – specific details about the race, sex, and other related facts surrounding police-related line-of-duty shootings – has only recently begun to be officially collected. Nature magazine – in an article cross-linked on the Scientific American website – stated the following in their September 5, 2019 issue:

      “In December 2014, spurred by unrest in the wake of Ferguson, then-US president, Barack Obama, created a task force to investigate policing practices. The group issued a report five months later, highlighting a need for “expanded research and data collection” (see go.nature.com/2kqoddk). The data historically collected by the federal government on fatal shootings were sorely lacking. Almost two years later, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) responded with a pilot project to create an online national database of fatal and non-fatal use of force by law-enforcement officers. The FBI director at the time, James Comey, called the lack of comprehensive national data “unacceptable” and “embarrassing.” Full data collection started this year. But outsiders had already begun to gather the data in the interests of informing the public. The database considered to be the most complete is maintained by The Washington Post. In 2015, the newspaper began collecting information on fatal shootings from local news reports, public records and social media. Its records indicate that police officers shoot and kill around 1,000 civilians each year—about twice the number previously counted by the FBI.

      “Recognizing that ‘lethal force’ does not always involve a gun and doesn’t always result in death, two other media organizations expanded on this approach. In 2015 and 2016, UK newspaper The Guardian combined its original reporting with crowdsourced information to record all fatal encounters with the police in the United States, and found around 1,100 civilian deaths per year. Online news site VICE News obtained data on both fatal and non-fatal shootings from the country’s 50 largest local police departments, finding that for every person shot and killed between 2010 and 2016, officers shot at two more people who survived. Extrapolating from that, the actual number of civilians shot by the police each year is likely to be upwards of 3,000.

      “Unofficial national databases have also popped up outside the major news organizations. Two small-scale private efforts, Fatal Encounters and Mapping Police Violence, aggregate and verify information from other databases with added details gleaned from social media, obituaries, criminal-records databases and police reports (see ‘Shootings by police—the data’).”

      Turning to the Washington Post’s work on that subject since 2015, which is widely acknowledged as “the database considered to be the most complete” because the official U.S. government’s own officials acknowledge their own work is “incomplete,” we find the following:
      “Although half of the people shot and killed by police are White, Black Americans are shot at a disproportionate rate. They account for less than 13 % of the U.S. population, but are killed by police at more than twice the rate of White Americans. Hispanic Americans are also killed by police at a disproportionate rate.” Blacks are killed by police at a 32 per million rate, while Hispanics are killed by police at a 24 per million rate, while Whites are killed by police at a 13 per million rate.

      Most victims are young, male
      “An overwhelming majority of people shot and killed by police are male — over 95 percent. More than half the victims are between 20 and 40 years old.”

      Shootings happen across the country
      “Police shootings have taken place in every state and have occurred more frequently in cities where populations are concentrated. States with the highest rates of shootings are New Mexico, Alaska and Oklahoma.”

      Search the database
      “This database contains records of every fatal shooting in the United States by a police officer in the line of duty since Jan. 1, 2015. It is updated regularly as fatal shootings are reported and as facts emerge about individual cases.”

      Regarding your concluding remarks about abortion, until the SCOTUS decision in Roe v. Wade, therapeutic abortion was illegal, and those who provided it were considered criminals, as well as those who sought such service. Again, the facts are that the majority of abortions provided are considered safe (most are medication type), and are performed outside the time-frame of fetal viability. There are some which are performed because the fetus could not have survived even if born, such as with anencephaly, a condition inconsistent with life in which the fetus does not have either a brain, or spinal column (which emerges from the brain).

      “In 2016, six private foundations came together to ask the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a comprehensive review of the state of the science on the safety and quality of legal abortion services in the United States. The sponsors—The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Grove Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, Tara Health Foundation, and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation—asked that the review focus on the eight research questions listed in Box S-1. The Committee on Reproductive Health Services: Assessing the Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the U.S. was appointed in December 2016 to conduct the study and prepare this report.”

      National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division; Board on Health Care Services; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Committee on Reproductive Health Services: Assessing the Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the U.S..
      Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2018 Mar 16.
      The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States.

      Theologically, until relatively recently (within the past 40+/- years), it had been widely and historically understood, and accepted by most all orthodox theologians throughout the Christian spectrum, including some non-Christian faith traditions, that life did NOT begin until the “breath of life” was first breathed, and by extension, the soul was thereby imbued. Rationally, and logically, that also makes good sense, because the preposterous absurdity of giving rights to the unborn is fraught with all sorts of illogical problems, none of which would ever occur once born.

      Thanks for your readership, and for sharing your thoughts!


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