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Louisiana Protesters Demand Justice For Black Man Shot By Police

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Louisiana Protesters Demand Justice For Black Man Shot By Police

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Dozens of protesters in Louisiana on Tuesday chanted slogans and held up signs demanding justice for a black man fatally shot in an altercation with two police officers hours earlier, video postings on social media showed.

The shooting comes at a time of fierce national debate and heightened scrutiny over the use of excessive force by police, especially against black men, in major U.S. cities, such as New York, Baltimore and Chicago.

Posts on Twitter showed the demonstrators gathered outside the Triple S Food Mart convenience store in Baton Rouge, where, police said in a statement, the man, Alton Sterling, 37, was shot by officers soon after midnight.

“No justice, no peace,” chanted the protesters, who held up signs and occasionally blocked traffic, in images transmitted by media outlets in Baton Rouge.

Police officials were not immediately available to comment on the shooting or the protest. Reuters could not immediately trace relatives of Sterling, or a representative, to seek comment.

At about 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, two police officers responded to a disturbance at the convenience store where they encountered Sterling, the Baton Rouge Police Department said.

“Uniformed officers responded to a disturbance call from a complainant who stated that a black male who was selling music CDs and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun,” it added.

Sterling was shot in the ensuing altercation and died at the scene. The officers where placed on administrative leave, police said.

Several news stations on Tuesday evening aired what they said was cell phone video of the incident. It showed an officer using a stun gun on a red-shirted black man in a store parking lot and ordering him to get on the ground.

The two officers then tackled the man to the ground, and one pulled a gun from his holster to point it at the man’s chest, the video showed.

At least three gunshots then ring out on the video clip, followed by the sound of a woman screaming and crying and a man asking whether “they shot him.”

(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Photo: Instagram user Live_Rich_Clothing

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 7, 2016

    Working on a comment. It’s late now, and I’ll have to sleep and reflect in order to cogently respond to the latest cycle of violence that has unfolded—this time in Baton Rouge.

    There is a social spiritual cancer afflicting America that can’t be extirpated by good wishes, merely saying prayers without adequate response, or just expressing raw emotions and rioting.

    I hope to further elaborate on this later tumor which now has opened in Baton Rouge.

    This cancer is addressed by Baha’u’llah, is alaborated on by word and example by Abdu’l Baha during his cross-country travels in America and parts of Canada in the beginning of the 20th Century, described late in a letter by Shoghi Effendi in 1938 in which he referred to Racism as being “The Most Challenging Issue in America”.

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  3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 7, 2016

    THE VISION:

    From the times of the first humans, generically referred to as “Adam and Eve”, and through subsequent epochs of human development, there have been references in all the Religions of the Oneness of Humanity. That certain citations in the Old and New Testaments, in Zoroastrian and Hindu traditions often use the metaphor of white to denote goodness and black to denote evil are just that–METAPHORS.

    There are Creation stories expressed according to the needs and understanding of society for each epoch expressing concepts of unity which were applied at different levels, from unity of the family to unity of the tribe; then from tribal unity that of city-state; and more recently from city-state to the concept of nation and unity within the nation.

    And now, we have Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, whose vision and call is for humanity to take another step—a step towards the fulfilment of the grand unity based on a unity of the planet, specifically through recognition of the Reality of the Oneness of Humankind.

    “The earth is but one country and humankind its citizens” is a statement He made which must be embraced as the foundation for moving forward towards the last great stage of humankind’s evolution on the planet.

    The inertia of the generality of humankind in its response to carry out this necessary and logical step in the sequence of human societal evolution is a primary reason for the current crises in America.

    THE SCENE:

    Various political factions in America, throughout Europe and Latin America, and in the rest of the world are undergoing severe derangement of their previously relatively stable societies; fanatical elements in Islam are striking blows within their holiest sanctuaries and killing thousands of their fellow adherents; the effects of European colonialism are still felt in former colonies which in turn are making the repercussions of the imperious intrusions of those colonists felt back in the lands of the origins of such global colonial powers.

    In America, the noxious and dangerous philosophies of racialism that were initially hatched in the ill-informed minds of philosophers in Europe were transferred first by the Conquistadors and the French with the backing of an equally ill-informed Church hierarchy, followed by the Pilgrims and their descendants.

    Central among those racialist philosophies was the notion that those humans who took on a skin color and facial features commonly seen in Europe must be superior to their darker-skinned relatives who they reconnected with thousands of years later as explorers and traders.

    Being a visually-oriented creation, humans took immediate note of the outer differences of other humans during their encounters and devised reasons for the differences through the musings of philosophers, educators, and the clergy.

    Based on their thinking and motivated by social forces, these thinkers concluded that the standard of beauty as conceived by those “Africans” who settled in Europe must mean that they were, and are, superior to those who didn’t fit the “European” concept of beauty.

    THE PROBLEM:

    Because of disunity within each of the major Religions, e.g., Protestant versus Catholic, Sunni versus Shi`ah, and sectarian differences in other Religions of the past, those Religions lost their vitality and sense of vision as to the purpose of creation, its aim, and how to proceed to achieve that aim.

    As a result, the Church for example, allowed an atmosphere to evolve that justified the
    racialist theories being proposed and promoted, with certain prominent clerics being in the forefront promoting racialist theories. One of the chief promoters of what is called “Scientific Racism” was a cleric named Thomas Malthus of England in the 19th century. His legacy is extensively described in a book of 600-plus pages called “The Legacy of Malthus”. Although his intention wasn’t to single out a particular race or to use skin color as a sole determinant, yet his influence and world view was quickly adopted and disseminated by policy-makers and educators of the times and talked about by the general public. This then led to a visceral response to reports from explorers of other peoples encountered who looked quite strange in shape, skin color, and facial appearances, among other visual/cultural distinctions.

    Other works such as “The Birth of a White Nation”, “Living Color” are excellent sources of background for understanding the genesis of the mentality that disrupts relations between “Blacks” and “Whites” specifically—terminology “white” and “black” were employed by early American colonists came in order to define who was to benefit most from the resources of the new land and who was to be locked out from the sharing of those resources as well as determining who would share power and have a say in decision-making in the US.

    From the colonists’ invention of “Whiteness”, this notion was taken note of by Europeans back home which eventually would lead to further hierarchical structuring of society and eventually lead to Eugenics as a policy, the engineering the Irish Famine in order to rid the inferior Irish from off their lands so that the British absentee landlords could use the land to further the power and material wealth by consciously allowing the failure of the potato crop to bring about what they cited as “Providence ridding the land of an inferior people”, and the removal of that inferior Religious group called Catholics along with their priests(refer to “The Famine Plot”), and finally to an ultra-nationalist mind-set as demonstrated by Nazi Germany with disastrous results.

    Let me be clear that the reason for this IS NOT due to a failure of Christianity in its Essence, nor of any fault of its divinely-appointed Messenger, Jesus Christ.

    Rather, the problem in America is due to the inattentiveness of the vast majority of white and black Americans to the Inner Message of Jesus as written and recorded in the Gospels and in the various letters from Paul.

    The rift in Christianity, as a result of some seeing in Peter the one who should lead the Christian Community whereas others chose to project Paul as the head of the Church has been a primary force in sapping Christianity of its ability to continue infusing “New Wine” into the Community. Jesus anticipated this where in one of His parables He alludes to the futility of pouring “New Wine” into an old wine-skin. He wasn’t giving a discourse on wine-making or on agriculture, but instead was speaking of a paradigm which Baha’u’llah refers to as “Progressive Revelation”.

    THE CONSEQUENCE:

    This inattentiveness to the Spirit and of the Inner Meanings of the Bible has allowed for a cold assessment of humanity based on outer appearances which I mentioned previously. One explanation for this flaw can be traced back to a major misreading of the story referred to as “The Curse Of Ham” by Noah and the use of the metaphor of the face being “blackened”. This then justified the reaction and policy of viewing any with darkened skin as being inferior and according to Darwinian logic they must give way to a “stronger”, more “beautiful” subset of humans. This form of social Darwinism began to take precedence over the Bible’s inner meanings and replaced the notions of compassion, unity of the human species, developing spiritual virtues with more expedient and pragmatic emphasis on survival of the fittest and the right of the superior group to assert itself over any and all who were deemed inferior according to the dominant culture’s criteria.

    This new “gospel”, the Gospel of Racial Inequality, is what has been handed down to us from generations to generations, and as a result we see the consequences in the bloodshed that has stained American soil since the days of the Pilgrims, throughout the era of slavery, the tensions during Reconstruction, subsequent and horrific spectacles of lynching of both black men AND women, and now the recurrence of police brutality.

    CONCLUSION:

    The scourge of racism will continue to corrode the moral fiber of America and remains its “Most Challenging Issue”, unless Americans finally take heed of the Vision of Baha’u’llah, take note of the explanations and examples set by Abdu’l Baha, reflect on the analysis of America’s woes as presented by Shoghi Effendi, and study the formal document put out by The Universal House of Justice in its “The Promise of World Peace” and the document which the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States wrote entitled “The Vision of Race
    Unity”.

    That and interactions with local Baha’is throughout the US to discuss further the nature of the illness and how to go about taking concrete steps to dismantle this beast.

    No laws, or philosophies and/or influences of the most erudite and thoughtful, aside from that which is guided by the Vision of Baha’u’llah, will suffice.

    Just my unofficial perspective. No doubt this will agitate those who seek to remain in the “uterus” of insularity and isolation refusing meaningful contact with those who look different—safe from the influences of “The Other”.

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  4. Otto T. Goat July 7, 2016

    Liberals crying about a child rapist illegally carrying gun getting shot.

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  5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 8, 2016

    By now, most people have learned that 4 police officers were killed by sniper fire in retaliation for the two recent killings by police officers this week.

    Trump irresponsibly talked about fighting fire with fire when dealing with terrorists. In his usual simple-minded way of thinking, this is the preferred method—forget diplomacy or thinking long-term about changing the hostile and tense atmosphere that already exists.
    Now that after so many centuries of terrorism at home by slave masters, lynch mobs, the KKK, and various and sundry white supremacist assaults, the “victims of choice” have decided to speak louder and say ENOUGH!

    Unfortunately, someone(s) decided to fire with fire in Dallas—is this acceptable to the likes of Trump, and to those who advocate “Stand Your Ground”, who insist on keeping the gun-supply lines open at all costs(something Paul Ryan is still fighting for), and continue to engage in ranting and raging like poor “Otto the Goat” and his peers?

    Hopefully, the historical antagonists will come to their senses in time to learn that fighting fire with fire is a losing strategy. It only add more fuel to the fire. The GOP, and other right-wing conservatives and their racist allies are going to have to abandon their belligerent styles and act more responsibly in the ongoing state of siege in America on the less powerful. By showing and making fundamental change in attitudes by those who are perceived as terrorists in America, the besieged may begin to soften their attitudes in return.

    In a conflict, the powerful and those in authority must act first to convince the victimized that there is a chance for peace.

    This will require wisdom, sincerity, and a show of commitment on the part of elements in government at the local and state levels.

    And Otto, go play with your visuals in a little corner. You are a big part of the problem but you’re too dense to realize it—or maybe, you just don’t have the mental wherewithal to understand your plight.

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