Monday, December 10, 2007

Someone tell these folks it's 2007, not 1957

Watch the video below. I was going to write a raging commentary about this whole debacle and then decided against it. But I'll say a few things.

Basically the video below shows what happened when Houston activist and member of the New Black Panther Party, Quannel X, went to Pasadena to protest/investigate a situation where a white man shot two dark skinned, Latino men who he saw break into his neighbors home.

I have very mixed feelings about this because real talk, I'm an extreme pacifist, I don't want to use violence to solve much of anything, but if someone broke into my house, I would shoot the fuck out of them until they were definitely dead. I have two children, fuck all that noise. Both of my neighbors are over 90 years old, if I saw someone climbing into their house, yes I would shoot the fuck out of them too, with no remorse.

That being said, I don't necessarily think this dude should be looked at as a hero. Yes, he certainly did "beat the bad guys," but he had a lot of time to think about what he was about to do, and he did it. He killed two men, with a shot gun, at close range, IN THE BACK. It's something that I hope to never, ever, ever have to do.

I really don't want to pass judgement on the man, cuz like I said, I think personally I would have done the same thing. If the cops could get their asses in gear and respond to such things in a timely manner, we wouldn't have to do such things.

All that being said, I don't think it's too off base for Quannel to be looking into this situation. If it was a black man shooting a gun in his front yard, he'd be sitting in jail right now, hoping for a trial. It's the truth, and if you don't believe me, if you think racism does not exist, watch the video below and be disturbed, be very disturbed. This is America 2007, and this video is strong evidence that we really have not come very far.

That being said, I think that this is so shocking to me because I don't hang out with people like you see in this video. I hang out with progressive folks from all races, from all corners of the world. These type of people barely exist to me. The only time I see people like this is when I'm in a town with no other place to shop than a Walmart, then I go in and puke on myself cuz 1. I'm in a Walmart, 2. I'm surrounded by racist pieces of trash.

Anyway that's neither here nor there. I just wanted to share this video to make sure that all of you know that racism does indeed still exist and there's a lot of scumbags out there who really don't even hide it. Shit looks like 1957. If even.

Also, why were they chanting USA! USA! USA!???? That is not MY America that they are reprsenting. Excuse me while I go throw up and try to convince my wife again that we need to live in New Zealand, on a mountain, with no TV or internet. Just a stream and our dreams. Maybe a windmill.

In summary, I am not against the man who did the shooting, but I am certainly not against Quannel X for going out to seek some sort of answers. I am against the people of Pasadena who attacked Quannel and his people. This is supposed to be a free country. SUPPOSED being the action word in the previous sentence. Stop the madness.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I honestly wish there were more people like that in this world today. It's a sad day when people in our society now, by instinct, turn their heads and look the other way when people are victimized. This stop snitching bullshit is a prime example. Someone is murdered and people take on this "It's not my business" attitude. It's studied that the average person would look the other way if they witnessed a woman being raped in broad daylight. It is our business when this fucking city and most cities are so unsafe that our kids can't even play outside.
These two guys are not victims. Who's to say his house wasn't next and that he couldn't have been killed in an attempt to guard his property and loved ones? These dudes were criminals and were always going to be. They were criminal the day they walked into this country. It has nothing to do woth who they were or what race they were. When you decide to steal, you give up any rights you may have.
This lovely "sanctuary" city we have. It's really working isn't it? I would have shot the motherfuckers in a heartbeat.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I'd love to challenge anyone who doesn't think Quanell is a racist himself

10:50 PM  
Blogger zhao said...

that's Pasadena for you. backwards neo-con infested crap pile.

i endorse neither but reverse racism is a lot more justifiable than racism because it is based on history, the actual behavior of an identifiable ethnic group, and real events they have perpetrated, and are still perpetrating as you read this.

hate is not cool in general but some smug, ignorant, and self-entitled pieces of shit who willfully ignore as well as perpetuate the suffering of others deserve it more than others.

Matt, it encourage you to get off the sinking ship. i feel much better after having left.

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, being a foreigner, sitting on the other side of the world knowing nothing of this case, I just wanna say it´s a striking rescemblance between the angry mob screamin´ "USA USA USA" and the angry middle eastern mobs screaming "death to the USA USA USA!"

It´s weird how a great country like yours can be so divided after all these years of living together.

3:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weird story and even weirder comments

5:45 AM  
Blogger Pushermania said...

My problem here is that there is an angry white mob attacking like 10 black dudes. This is a problem. The USA they are screaming for is not the USA I am hoping for.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not condoning these hilbilly's actions.

To say one form of racism is more justifiable...that's setting yourself back and somewhat ignorant. I'm sorry. Sounds a bit like the "honarable" Quanell. What a stand up guy. He makes his living taking advantage of his own people and then flauting his so called "wealth" in front of poor and struggling people. Here's a few quotes you may enjoy zhao

"I say to Jewish America: Get ready … knuckle up, put your boots on, because we're ready and the war is going down. … The real deal is this: Black youth do not want a relationship with the Jewish community or the mainstream white community or the foot shuffling, head-bowing, knee bobbing black community. … All you Jews can go straight to hell."[4]

"[i]f you feel that you just got to mug somebody because of your hurt and your pain, go to River Oaks and mug you some good white folks. If you’re angry that our brother is put to death, don’t burn down your own community, give these white folks hell from the womb to the tomb."[5][6]

8:05 AM  
Blogger Pushermania said...

You rpinting those quotes is making people read those quotes, 99.999999999999999% of the world including MOST black AMericans in Houston have never even heard this dudes voice. Fine, keep it that way. That being said, he also does some good, and is reacting to a whole history of horrible, horrible bad. I won't justify the dude 100%, but he has the right to say what he has to say. So do the hillbillies. But that does not change that a huge white mob basically attacked a small group of black men. We are all animals, yes, but we are supposed to be above that. Obviously many are not.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is horrific. really. i'm appalled. matt, im gonna miss you so much but im happy for you to leave this (sometimes) shithole.

- a texan who just had to represent in the middle east. try that one on for size.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was purely commenting about the subject matter. I think more black people should be aware of what this man stands for and his hidden agenda. Why not make people aware. I "reprinted" those qoutes so people can get a feel where he's coming from. He said those things and it should be known that the nation of Islam wouldn't even have his ass because of his condoning violence. How are you going to protest against it and encourage it? I took it to another level. No offense. it bothers me when people are so unaware and fooled.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Mesoclever said...

WHAT THA HELL, does USA have to do with injustice? Perhaps, the angry mob should chant something like "Because we can" or "We run this country". That may be more representative of their views. I think anytime you challenge someone's morality and beilefs you pose a threat to them. So, the reaction is basic instict to challenge and annouce superiority. Because the color of your skin, is an identifying factor, it's easier to associate that factor as the enemy, after all, if its not like you, why should you care to understand. Expand your mind, and learn " to get respect, you have to give it, first!"

6:16 AM  
Blogger Pushermania said...

Very well put by everyone involved!

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Im so proud to be a white man from Texas, after seeing this..

4:09 PM  
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5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Devil's advocate ...

These hillbillies seemed to execute a very well-orchestrated form of non-violent protest to these outsiders who came to stir up trouble. I didn't hear or see any racist language from this community. I think they were shouting USA because the two dead thieves were illegal immigrants with an extensive criminal history. These hillbillies were trying to spin it into an illegal immigrant crime wave protest instead of a race thing (granted, I can see how this stuff intertwines). Incidentally, the people in the neighborhood who were being robbed are Asian. It just makes me think there's more to these hillbillies' protest than just some inherent racist DNA thing.

Imagine if some good meaning outsider white people went into a black community to gather facts on an incident where a white thief was killed for breaking into a house. What would the black community's response be to these white outsiders? Perhaps Quanell should be gathering facts in the crime ridden neighborhoods of his community? Maybe Quanell should investigate the Stop Snitching epidemic that allows black on black crime to continue.

The shooter should have at least fired a warning shot though. Maybe used bird shot instead of shooting the crooks in the back. What a scared pathetic man.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's easy to go to Wikipedia and copy n paste a couple negative quotes from Quanell X, in attempt "show where he's coming from". Has he said some questionable and fucked up shit? Chyea... I'd say so. But he HAS done good, and HAS been involved for investigating the facts about crime in HIS own crime-ridden neighborhood.

For example, in the case of a young 19 year old black girl, and a classmate at Texas A&M University, Tynesha Stewart that went missing and eventually was discovered to have been strangled to death, her body cut up and burned on a bbq pit, and then dumped in a dumpster. Sad we're forced hear about the murders of Laci Peterson in California and Natalee Holloway missing in Aruba... but a lotta folks (in Houston) never heard about this tragedy.

But Quanell X was there investigating, and Quanell X was the one there when Tynesha's ex-boyfriend confessed to him the murder and led him to the dumpster where he put her body. That's the kind of stuff you won't hear about Quanell X and the kind of stuff you won't read on Wikipedia.

That's the stuff you DON'T hear about the dude. But anyway... no matter what you think about the guy, the shit that went down in that video was just ridiculous and disturbing, and no one deserves to come into a neighborhood and be treated like that. They were acting as if Quanell and these brothas were illegal immigrants and accomplices to crime themselves. Uneccessary.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow... I think if you're human, and you can honestly say to urself- "I dont really contribute shit to the world as a whole, and my existence is probably hindering the progress of mankind", then you should murder yourself...


3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. this is why i am not proud to be white. so many idiots out there...

12:53 AM  
Blogger UGK17 said...

wow. this is why i am not proud to be white. so many fools out there...

12:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Devils Advocate:

Yes, there were definitely some racial slurs shouted out in the vid.. I only watched some of it, and I heard that 'N' word with an 'ER' at the end, at least, once, clearly. Im surprised it didnt turn violent though...

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this video shows some of what scares us "forreigners" about your country. the yelling really resembled hitler jugends or putin youths for that sake, these people actually think they are morally superior, that other nations peoples dont mean shit, and its really FUCKIN BAD! the worst thing is they dont have a clue about anything that goes on in the world. some of the most laughed at tv-sketches in the rest of the civilised world, is when they send fake reporters over to the USA to ask people about elementary knowlegde or simply to place a country on the world map. of course we love mcdonalds and all that shit so why destroy your greatness and fuck up everything. im sorry that this has almost nothing to do with the case, but stupid americans are really frustrating people over here, and elsewhere, everywhere. jippi, bush and clinton, same fucked up "yous" supporting death, guns and good family values! i have learned english as my third language and heard people say offensive racist shit in this video, both the n-word and more subtle shit, naacp, bla bla. plus that many of the participants wore clothing with known racist badges(boot boys) and were skinheads. so congratulations to the people who did not get the racist elements. to the people who support or accept what the video shows, are you the same people who reads this blog? i though you could find relatively large spaces(especially on the web) where these backward people did not reach out. even among houstonsorealers.. fuck up out of here

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Both of my neighbors are over 90 years old, if I saw someone climbing into their house, yes I would shoot the fuck out of them too, with no remorse."

this is so goddamn sad, i can't find any words except poor america...

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