Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Slave Revolt Radio: Negroes quit playing, The problem with Cynthia McKinney

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If one were to glide through the Sudan, Congo, Haiti, New Orleans, and the rest of Sam's plantation one would notice the same thing. Black folks are being exterminated in a cold calculated way by our enemies.

Some of the question we need to start asking ourselves is how should we respond. Have the 'protest' tactics worked?. If we don't have the right to live do the people who are involved in these campaigns have a right to live?. In a (Ruins of Empire) piece called 'Negroes quit playing' Slave Revolt deal with this topic head on.

Then in a (Beyond the shadow) segment called 'The problem with Cynthia McKinney' we deal with why the State hates one it's own Representative in Congress. Why the corporate media loves to bash her. And why Rumsfeld bumbles in her company. Outlining that in this late stage of a degenerated capitalism order independent questions by one of their own can't be tolerated.

Tonight's show includes background music from Ali Farka Toure.

Martin Lee Anderson

Bay County, Florida Medical Examiner Dr. Charles Siebert's characterization of Martin Lee Anderson's death as the end result of a "cascade of events," implies inadvertency. It paints a vague, non-judgmental picture of events that (in Dr. Siebert's view, apparently) no one could have foreseen or halted once the process started, and now we must accept this unfortunate accident with a tear and a sigh, and move on.

Accident or no accident?

If you see 6 or 7 vultures gathered in one place, at one time, doing one thing, you can be fairly certain that their activity and its outcome aren't accidental. I offer this imperfect analogy with my sincere apology to vultures, who, after all, perform a useful and necessary function in the scheme of things. The same can't be said for teen boot camps.

The video shown here gives a candid view of boot camp activity: the goading, taunting, being marshaled about, and more. Those push-ups and track work aren't fitness training by any stretch of the definition. What happens at boot camp has a very different purpose. And if you're a newly-arrived, lanky black kid who plays high school basketball and wears a fancy hairdo, you'd better watch your step. The vultures began making plans for you the moment you came through the gate. Get prepared to run until you drop, or they just might drop you. Toward the end of the video, we see it happen. We see a 14-year-old's last conscious moments in this life.

Jordan Riak, April 5, 2006

VIDEO: Life in a Florida boot camp and the death of Martin Lee Anderson WARNING: This 8-minute video clip showing the fatal beating of a teenager may be deeply disturbing to some viewers. Do not play it if children are present. Allow download time.


  1. Lawmakers close to deal to eliminate juvenile boot camps, By Brent Kallestad, Associated Press, April 26, 2006

  2. EDITORIAL: State-sanctioned abuse, St. Petersburg Times, April 9, 2006

  3. Doctor: Boot Camp Teen Likely Suffocated, By Bill Kaczor, Excite.com, March 17, 2006

  4. Boot camp death not natural, second autopsy finds; Fed probe under way into Florida incident, CNN.COM, March 16, 2006

  5. Beating at boot camp is blamed for boy's death, From Jacqui Goddard in Miami, TIMESONLINE, March 16, 2006

  6. Lawmakers, Parents Outraged by Nurse in Boot Camp Beating Video, By Victoria Langley, WJHG.COM, (Undated posting. Probably late Feb.) 2006

    Attorney Benjamin Crump, right with Martin Anderson's parents, Gina Jones and Robert Anderson, left, announces plans to have Martin's body exhumed, Friday, March 3, 2006, in Tallahassee, Fla. The body of Anderson, a teen who officials say died from hemorrhaging caused by the usually benign condition of sickle cell trait, and not from the 30-minute altercation with guards at a Panama City juvenile boot camp, will be exhumed so a new autopsy can be performed. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

    Shauna Manning, right, tearfully recounts what her son Aaron Swartz witnessed concerning the death of Martin Anderson at a news conference as Martin's parents, Robert Anderson, left and Gina Jones, center listen, Tuesday Feb. 21, 2006 AP

    Surveillance video appears to show nurse Kristin Schmidt yelling at Martin Lee Anderson just before a deputy’s knee takes the 14-year-old down. She stands off to the side for several minutes as deputies use force on the limp teen, eventually walking away. (WGJH.COM)

    Martin Lee Anderson walks while being held up by guards at Bay County Sheriff's Department Boot Camp, Panama City, Florida. AP

    Feb. 17, 2006: A videotape released Friday shows guards at a Panama City juvenile detention boot camp kneed and hit a boy who appeared to have gone limp while others restrained him.