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“In its response to the eruption of police violence over the murder of Freddie Gray, the black political establishment, headed by the first African-American president, has shown itself exactly for what it is: corrupt, self-interested and utterly hostile to the interests and aspirations of the poor and workers, black and white.”

— Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, “The Social Eruption in Baltimore, Maryland”

25 year old Freddie Gray didn’t kill himself thrashing around in the back of a police van. That’s pure hogwash. He was murdered by killer cops who were determined to shut him up and teach him a lesson. That’s what I think. And that’s why the official police report has not yet been released to the public. That’s why the police are denying that the van made a fourth stop at “a desolate intersection… surrounded by vacant lots”. That’s why the recordings between the driver of the van and headquarters haven’t been released. (“Whenever a police officer makes a stop he’s supposed to radio it in.”) That’s why the Police Commissioner has refused to answer questions about the video footage that was seized from grocery store owner Jung Hyun Hwang whose security camera was on when the police van made “a previously unknown stop” while Gray was still onboard. Check it out:

“The store owner… told The Associated Press that two police officers visited his store during the week of April 20 and later made a copy of the surveillance video.” Since then, the original copy in Hwang’s possession has also mysteriously vanished.

Sure, it’s vanished, just like every other piece evidence is going to vanish. What do you expect: Justice?

Hell, no. As for the ridiculous “Gray killed himself” story, that’s already been thoroughly discredited by the experts. Take a look at this from the Daily Beast:

“I’ve never seen somebody self-inflict a spinal cord injury in that way,” says Anand Veeravagu, a Stanford University Medical Center neurosurgeon who specializes in traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries….It’s hard for me to envision how a person could try to do that,” he says. “It would require them to basically hang themselves in a car where there isn’t anything to hang yourself with.”

Veeravagu says that there are only a few ways you can injure your spine in a similar way to the injuries that ultimately led to Gray’s death. One, he says, is by a sharp injury, which is a direct penetrating injury—either somebody with a knife “who knows what they’re doing, or something else that cuts through, like a gunshot wound …. sometimes people attempt suicide by hanging themselves. It’s one of the only ways I’ve seen where you can (commit suicide or intentional self-harm) by spinal fracture. They kick their chair out, they fall, they snap their neck. It results in immediate spinal cord injury,” he says. “But it’s very hard to see how somebody could attempt suicide by a spinal cord injury without the use of something else.”

But it’s even in those instances, he says, patients often don’t die of a spinal cord injury. And most who are taken to the hospital in time after suffering spinal cord injuries—self-inflicted or not—survive the trauma.

“Most spinal cord injuries are not fatal if patients are taken to the hospital,” Veeravagu says. “Most survive.” (“Experts: You Can’t Break Your Own Spine Like Freddie Gray“, Daily Beast)

The reason it’s hard to imagine someone inflicting a severe spinal cord injury on themselves in the back of a moving van, is because it’s never happened. It’s because the whole thing is a fraud, a hoax, a lie, that’s why.

And another thing: The real reason why Gray wasn’t taken to the hospital, is because Gray’s life didn’t matter. It’s that simple. If he was white, he would’ve gotten the treatment he needed because the cops would have been worried about the consequences. But because he was black, they didn’t have to concern themselves. Nothing was going happen. The front office would cover it up, the video footage would disappear, the big-city mukky-muks would concoct a believable whitewash-story, our African American president would offer his support for ‘our fine men in blue’, and all would be forgotten. Isn’t that how it always goes?

That’s not to say that, if Gray had been white, he would have gotten justice. Heck, no. He probably would have been forced to plea bargain on some trumped up charge that would have landed him in the pokey for a year or two. In other words, he’d still get railroaded, but he’d still be alive, that’s the difference. They wouldn’t have broken his neck and left him to die. That sort of treatment is reserved for blacks, not whites.

If you’re black in America, the rules are just different. Everyone knows that. Just like everyone knows that if you’re an unarmed black man who gets shot 7 times running away from a cop for “making eye contact”, well, guess what: You just died of “natural causes” dude, because that’s how it’s going to read in the papers the next day. So deal with it.

Only this time, people don’t want to just “deal with it”. They’re fed up and they want things to change. So, they’ve poured out onto the streets across the country to express their frustration, their anger, and their insistence that their voices be heard. Sure, there’s been a little violence, but so what? It’s nothing compared to the violence that Gray experienced when he was shoved to the ground, kneed in the face, after which his “spinal column was 80 percent severed at the neck and his voice box crushed.”

Nor does it compare to the violence that urban blacks face daily in their encounters with the cops. Here’s a clip from the WSWS:

“A report by the Baltimore Sun last year found that the city paid out \$5.7 million since 2011 over lawsuits related to police violence.

“Officers have battered dozens of residents who suffered broken bones—jaws, noses, arms, legs, ankles—head trauma, organ failure, and even death, coming during questionable arrests,” the newspaper reported….” (World Socialist Web Site)

Now that’s what I call violence, not a couple broken windows or a few smashed up cars. Now check this out from Interfluidity:

“In theory, a peaceful political process is absolutely the right way to solve the problems of brutality and exclusion. In practice, it hasn’t happened, it isn’t happening, there is no sign that it will happen….Riots do severe, immediate, harm, they are an escalation, they are violent, they are prima facie bad. Yet the fact that rioting sometimes happens, the uncomfortable possibility of it, has historically and may again create urgency and motivate political change that is ultimately good.” (“There is a name for this”, Steve Randy Waldman, Interfluidity)

Well put, but what’s important to remember is that the violence in Baltimore didn’t emerge from nothing. It has its roots in injustice. Treat people fairly and the problem goes away. Use the rioting as an excuse to implement loony martial law strategies, and reap the whirlwind. That’s the choice, isn’t it?

And we know which way the government has chosen to deal with it, through provocation, escalation and aggression the same way the US deals with everything. The governor has deployed two thousand National Guard troops onto the streets to accompany the hundreds of robo-cops that have transformed downtown Baltimore into a warzone so they can see how effective their new tools are in terrifying the public into submission. And who’s helping the governor and the city kingpins in their crackdown on the protestors?

The elites in the black establishment, that’s who. An article in the World Socialist Web Site sums it up perfectly:

“In her press conference Tuesday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake repeatedly referred to young people expressing their anger over police violence as “thugs” in announcing the imposition of a curfew and the calling in of the National Guard. She was flanked by Patrol Chief Darryl De Sousa, the City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, and City Council member Brandon M. Scott, all of whom were black, with the latter two also calling the demonstrators “thugs.”…


“In its response to the eruption of police violence over the murder of Freddie Gray, the black political establishment, headed by the first African-American president, has shown itself exactly for what it is: corrupt, self-interested and utterly hostile to the interests and aspirations of the poor and workers, black and white.” (“The social eruption in Baltimore, Maryland”, Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Web Site)

Will there ever be justice for Freddie Gray?

Nope. The people who own this country wouldn’t allow it.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at [email protected].

(Republished from Counterpunch by permission of author or representative)
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  1. AJ says:

    WTF? Is this Salon? Even if you think Grey was murdered, there is no shortage of ink and electrons being used to stir up the angry black masses. That a purportedly conservative website would waste space carrying water for the latest anti-white cause du jour, regardless of veracity, bodes very poorly for the future.

    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  2. fnn says:

    When is FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi going to be brought to justice?

  3. @AJ

    Unz isn’t really a “conservative” website. It is a free speech zone. You will see opinions that won’t get printed in the MSM. Unz is probably the best opinion site on the web today.

    If you want cop fluffing, Fox News or Conservative Treehouse might be a better fit for you.

    • Replies: @J Yan
  4. Treat people fairly and the problem goes away.

    By that standard, Richard Daley was the “fairest” mayor in America. He nipped riots in the bud. And the working people loved him.

    • Replies: @matt
  5. M Whitney says:

    A majority of Americans back the decision to bring criminal charges against six Baltimore police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, a new Pew Research survey finds….

    Sixty-five percent say that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby made the right decision to file charges against the officers, while just 16 percent said she made the wrong decision. Another 18 percent were undecided.

    Support for the charges transcends racial lines for the most part — and political lines, though to a lesser extent. Sixty percent of whites and 78 percent of blacks said charging the officers was the right decision. Although Democrats were 30 points more likely than Republicans to support the charges, members of the GOP were still more likely than not to say it was the right decision.

    • Replies: @eah
  6. Whitney completely fails to point out that the power structure responsible for police discipline in Baltimore is majority African American. That being so, if you’re a crooked white cop you have to know that any abuse you mete out against African American males may actually be scrutinized even more closely, likely by a supervisor who is also African American, and potentially subject you to loss of your job and pension. Too bad Whitney fails to notice this, and instead falls into the usual narrative of blacks lives not valued as highly by the white power structure, etc.

    One other thing: the \$5.7 million paid out by the City of Baltimore for police misconduct needs to be weighed against the astounding number of arrests made by the Baltimore police in recent years. In 2005 alone, the department made almost 100,000 arrests – an incredible number in a city with a population of only 630,000! With that many arrests, the level of misconduct may actually only relate to a small percentage of police interactions.

    There needs to be some rule whereby white liberals who live in mostly white areas – e.g., Washington State – have to demonstrate some knowledge, based on personal experience, of what it’s really like to live in areas with much higher minority populations before they are allowed to pass judgment on whites who live in such areas.

    • Replies: @Threecranes
  7. eah says:
    @M Whitney

    A Pew survey!

    Yes, and I’m sure all of those who said the charges were justified 1) were intimately familiar with the facts of the case, and 2) cited/reviewed those facts, point by point, to justify their conclusion.

    What a prick.

    Note: I was not there, don’t know what happened, and so don’t know whether the cops involved ought to be charged or not (does that make me a “cop fluffer”?). But I do know that anyone who cites a Pew survey in such a manner is a prick.

  8. @FederalistForever

    As a former resident of Washington State (32 years) I can testify to the fact that there exists no more clueless bunch of people with respect to actually living with or near blacks. Not only is it the case that they have only minimal exposure to the occasional (socially well integrated) black in their school and daily routine but they have not even an inkling, neither a mental image nor construct of what it would mean to be a minority white in a predominately black neighborhood or city. It is simply beyond their ken, as alien to them as the blueprint of the moon lander would be to a 13 year old Nigerian child soldier.

  9. J Yan says:
    @Chris Mallory

    It is a free speech zone.

    Perhaps, but there is a whites-only zone in the middle of it. When commenters venture outside Sailer’s bubble, culture clash is bound to happen.

    • Replies: @jtgw
  10. Does the author of this piece have anything to say about the Canadian tourist just killed in a robbery by blacks in Louisville while attending the Kentucky Derby? Where is the social justice for that person? Shouldn’t we all be outraged? Did his life not matter? Of course it didn’t, right Mr. Whitney? Why? Because the left cannot profit or gain power from his death.

    Nor do the lives the probably dozens of whites who were robbed, raped, and killed just last night in cities all over America.

    There is no solution to this problem. It will NEVER be solved. The solution is to let these areas of our cities return to the most primitive dysfunctional state possible by stopping all policing, “stop and frisk”…etc. Let them burn, rape, and kill each other without any restrictions whatsoever.

    I am not in favor of police as well. They just carry the water of the blue cities lust for ever more tax dollars through fines, arrests, taxes…etc. Rand Paul is right on this point. Let out all non-violent black offenders from our prisons. . Let black men have dozens of babies with different mamas and let them be when it comes to child support. Just let it all go and leave them the hell alone.

  11. @Threecranes

    Exactly! We could say the same for large sections of New England as well. This lack of first-hand knowledge (i.e., ignorance), often combined with a holier-than-thou activist mentality, has often resulted in bad policies on race-related issues. One idea for such a rule: if you’re a white liberal, you cannot comment on these issues unless you have personally made a decision whether to enroll your child in a majority black school. If you haven’t crossed this decision threshold at some point in our life, you should simply bow out of any discussions which touch on inner city issues. Something like that.

    Liberal whites from these areas simply have no idea of what really goes on in places like Baltimore. Things happen there which are simply beyond their imagination, and which do not fit into the standard media narrative at all.
    For example, one aspect of the recent riots which has not been remarked upon is that most of the buildings that were burnt down were owned by Asians or Arabs. The black gangs who run these neighborhoods made sure of it.

    White liberals are also routinely fooled by another aspect of these cases: they think the gangs really do care about the victims of police violence. Not at all! They couldn’t care less! What they really care about is reducing police presence in these neighborhoods altogether, as an aggressive police presence hurts their drug dealing and pimping business. But they can’t come out and say that, so they have to latch on to any possible instance of white-on-black violence, launch a media frenzy, and then hopefully secure, say, a reduction of stop-and-frisk or some other policy change which lessens police presence in their neighborhoods, such that their drug dealing and pimping activities can take place with less interference.

    One final point: some studies have shown a pronounced gender split among African Americans regarding attitudes towards the police and policies such as stop and frisk. I bet African American mothers who live in these areas are more pro stop and frisk than white liberals from places like Washington. This is something else you learn if, for example, you’ve dated an African American woman – their attitudes regarding black males (often expressed in private) are often shockingly similar to those expressed by the most racist white cops! Many African American mothers who live in these areas know that without white cops, their neighborhoods would be much less safe. For an example of what I’m talking about, see:

    • Replies: @Threecranes
  12. @FederalistForever

    “Doctor, I concur.” Great link, by the way.

    German language has two words meaning “to know”: kennen and wissen. Wissen is used when one says that one knows facts and objects. Kennen is used to show that one is acquainted with a person or place.

    So, the liberal insists that they “wissen” some theory about racial equality and from that deduce that blacks and whites are alike. However, those who “kennen” blacks in the sense of having lived intimately with them and being acquainted with them person to person speak with a type of knowing that is very different.

    Sometimes I think what Wittgenstein should have said is “Of that with which one is not familiar, he should remain silent”.

  13. M Whitney says:

    Here’s a video that shows the arrest of F Gray.
    It looks like his neck might have already been injured before he was loaded into the van.

    Eyewitness describes Freddie Gray’s arrest

    • Replies: @FederalistForever
  14. jtgw says:
    @J Yan

    To build on that, the fact that the majority of commenters here are hostile to MW’s thesis is powerful evidence for what really draws readers to this site.

    • Replies: @eah
  15. matt says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    He nipped riots in the bud.

    Except when he participated in them. Or what do you think he was doing in the summer of 1919?

  16. @Threecranes

    Add my voice to those who know from personal experience that whites who live in negro-free zones know nothing, nothing of the nature of these things. Everything they know comes from the MSM, which granted most people believe anyway–even or especially when it contradicts what they know from personal experience; but it explains well the particularly vociferous knee-jerk nature of their worldview. They know nothing. Nothing.

  17. eah says:

    No, I think some are ‘hostile to his thesis’ because it’s just bullshit that he pulled out of his ass. And as if to prove his ability to propound bullshit, he later cited a Pew survey as (apparently) supporting evidence.

  18. @M Whitney

    Former Maryland State’s Attorney Page Crowder is not a fan of Marilyn Mosby’s performance:

    She writes: “If I were a Baltimore police officer, I’d be looking for another job immediately. And as a Baltimore citizen, I may start looking for someplace else to live.” Yikes!

    This ongoing fiasco is giving me a better understanding and appreciation of white flight.

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