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Understanding the Dialogue around Lovelle Mixon
by via Feministing
Wednesday Mar 25th, 2009 9:34 AM
Last week, Lovelle Mixon allegedly shot 5 cops, killing 4 of them. This fact is tragic. It is not only tragic because 4 public servants who have families were killed, but also because the retaliation in the black community in Oakland by police will be severe. If you know what I know, angry cops are capable of anything.
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Last week, Lovelle Mixon allegedly shot 5 cops, killing 4 of them. This fact is tragic. It is not only tragic because 4 public servants who have families were killed, but also because the retaliation in the black community in Oakland by police will be severe. If you know what I know, angry cops are capable of anything.

I suppose you are thinking what many Americans are thinking. How could he do this? He deserves to die. Armed dangerous gunmen deserve to die. Why are black youth so violent? But I want to push your thinking on this situation.

As Kevin Weston points out in a really controversial piece at New American Media,

If there were a scoreboard that displayed the number of police killed by black people versus the number of black people killed by police - it would look like the scoreboard of the Lakers playing a junior high school team. So when an aberration like Mixon appears - a once in a generation kind of event -- the implications are cosmic.

When police officers are found to have murdered young black men, they are almost always let off the hook, they do not face life in prison and they are not then hunted and killed. This is not to suggest that the murder of cops is justified, but to ask that we look at it within the context of police brutality and the damage it has wreaked on the black community.

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by Keep it real
Wednesday Mar 25th, 2009 5:23 PM
You say angry cops are capable of anything; what about angry Mixons?

Apparently your willing to excuse his bad behavior, because he "was trying to get out of going back to jail and this compounded with not finding work led him to desperate actions."

Reaaaally?!

So, his shooting of the cops was the desperate action? His posession of a semi-auto assautlt rifle prior to that wasn't? Nor the illegal carrying of a handgun? The strong dna-linked likelihood that he raped a 12 year old girl, and may be connected with another half dozen rapes wasn't desperate? Nor was his previous conviction for assault with a deadly weapon?

All that gets a pass; his snapping is the cops fault cause it's a racist society and the po-po pushed him too hard?

Thanks for clarifying that. Next time I see someone raping, shooting, or abusing...I won't have to hold it against them; it's societies fault!

The bleeding heart justifications are astonishing to me. If this guy had been busted for those rapes, the same people who are seeking here to make him a hero would have villified him. If he'd of shot 4 members of Uhuru house, he'd be called a CIA plant. But since it was cops he killed, we HAVE to find a way to make it their fault and not his.

No thanks, I'm out.
by reader
Wednesday Mar 25th, 2009 6:47 PM
It shouldn't be astonishing to you, some people have rage over events that have happened in their own lives and they will never recover from that. They will take out their rage -- perhaps justifiable rage, as we've seen all too much of -- on incidents such as this, and that is their right.

It has nothing to do with "liberals" or any other affiliation, but with individuals and personal tragedies.

All of them were wrong, black or white, cop or not. If someone shoots cops in the face they are wrong. If someone corners someone who killed one of their own and kills him, they are wrong.

I think really, that's probably the majority sentiment on here, even if people who feel enraged over other things, personal things, are saying otherwise. We all know they were all wrong.

by Curly Estremera
Wednesday Mar 25th, 2009 9:29 PM
YES , YOU SHOULD STAY OUT, CAUSE IF WE BLEED, THEY BLEED!
YOU THINK DESPERATE COPS ARE CAPABLE OF ANYTHING? THEN REALLY LOOK AT THIS YOUNG MAN'S DESPERATE ACT. THERE WILL BE MORE, AND IT DOESEN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK. iT IS WHAT MATTERS TO YOUNG BLACK MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE AND HAVE BEEN HUNTED DOWN BY RACIST PIGS FOR YEARS.......
by RAUL CURLY
Wednesday Mar 25th, 2009 9:52 PM
I detest your picture of Lovelle Mixon, along with your depiction of how he "ALLEGEDLY" shot the pigs- then you go on to say "THIS IS A FACT". Glad to know where you stand on jury nullification. The only fact I see in your depiction of the so called facts is that you petti bourgeos fucking so called feminists always side with the very people who have always oppressed you. When did black people oppress you as an organized entity? When did black youth declare a war on you?. YOU, like me, had to fight so that women could become fire fighting people and fucking cops. Before all of us united to do this, you were down trotten and misunderstood. You need to shut the fuck up and see what black youth are going through trying to survive in this fucking war that we were never a part of, but that was declared on us as it has always been practiced on YOU. You do have a right to speak, But it is often those who cannot see the white eyes of their own oppressors who calibrate and put other people in the crosshairs of their oppressors.

It is not unlike the fucking white woman I tried to help once when she tripped. she pushed my hand away and said- "let go
or i'm going to call the police". This is what you've done with your article- CALLED THE POLICE..........
by Raul Curly
Wednesday Mar 25th, 2009 10:13 PM
HEAR ME GOOD- FUCK KEVIN WESTON. BACK ON BLACK CRIME HAPPENED BECAUSE YOUTH WERE NOT ONLY FRUSTRATED, BUT BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT SURE OF WHOM THEIR TRUE ENEMIES WERE- NOW THEY KNOW! -AND IT ONLY TOOK A DESPERATE ACT AND AN ACCURATE TRIGGER FINGER. iT ISN'T ONLY PERFECT TO DIE FOR THE PEOPLE IF YOU HAVE POLITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS, BUT IT IS COURAGEOUS TO DIE ON YOUR FEET BEFORE DYING ON YOUR KNEES. tHIS IS WHY YOUNG BLACK MEN ARE MOVED BY LOVELLE'S ACT. REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU AND kEVIN wESTON THINK AND SAY.
by Jim
Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:59 AM
Why aren't you angry about black people killing (and raping) other black people? Is that ok? Are you saying black men are incapable mentally of restraining themselves from killing (and raping) other black people? The "killaz" (and rapists) should be held accountable for their actions, regardless of race!