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Born Black. Born Male. Born Dead.

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One night last year California transit cop Johannes Mehserle took out his gun and fatally shot Oscar Grant in the back while Grant was lying face down on the ground.

One would think that this would be a pretty obvious case of murder, especially given that several witnesses managed to film the killing and then uploaded it to the internet.

Despite this, BART cop Mehserle wasn’t even convicted of murder but of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, presumably because someone bought the defense’s claim that he was reaching not for his gun but his taser, and of course the idea that a man who is kissing the concrete needs to be tasered, and that a gun and a taser feel the same in the hand, and that as he leveled the gun at Oscar Grant Mehserle didn’t have time to see that it was a firearm not a taser, cos you know, the dude must be retarded or something.

This lesser charge was bad enough, but when Judge Robert Perry handed down the sentence did he go for the maximum of 14 years?

Of course not, the guy only shot a nigger! A male nigger at that! Hell, as far as the powers that be are concerned, being black makes you less human, and being male makes you less human, so Mehserle could have shot Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua and gotten a heavier sentence!

So what did Mehserle get? Perry handed out the smallest sentence he could – two years! Two years for killing an unarmed man as he lay helpless! Not only that, but with time served he’ll be out in about one year!

Think I’m kidding about the Chihuahua? Remember Michael Vick? Yeah, that’s right, the fucker that killed those fighting dogs. He got twenty three months, so I guess that’s what a black man’s life is worth in America, about half a dozen pit-bulls!

Meanwhile Mehserle has whined that the other inmates will want to kill him, so at least the news isn’t all bad. Now if only we could manage to send Judge Perry to the same cage…

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Video of the murder below



In New Delhi Sport Matters, People Don’t.

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In the Commonwealth, which is to say the countries which at one time were part of a certain empire on which the sun never set, we have the habit of every four years wasting a massive amount of money on a thing called The Commonwealth Games – think Olympics with all the big threats like the U.S and China eliminated and you’ll have the right picture.

Not surprisingly the event is held in one of the participating countries, and this year the task fell to the poor bastards in the Indian capital of New Delhi.

This in itself is offensive, in that the ruling elite of such a poor country is being allowed to waste on a mere entertainment money which could instead be put into helping the people starving in its over crowded streets.

But to make matters worse, the authorities have decided to lie to the rest of the world by hiding the city’s poor.

Not only are the fetid shanties in which Delhi’s poor are forced to live being hidden from view by brightly colored facades, but beggars – 70% of which are male and 30 % of which are younger than 18 years of age – are being rounded up, packed into trucks, driven outside the city and told to not come back until the games are over!

The authorities deny this of course, but places that usually teem with hundreds of beggars are now seeing only a handful. And to buy the authorities’ take on the situation one would have to believe that Delhi’s poor are so stupid as to decide that rather than stay at home and cash in on the influx of middle class Indians and well-heeled foreigners, it is instead time to take a holiday in the provinces!

Some of these people have been put into shelters, but according to activists Delhi simply does not have enough shelters to house more than a fraction of the city’s poor. On top of this, several slums have been demolished in the lead up to the games, which means that even if the poor are allowed to return once the middle class and the rich have had their fun, they will be facing even worse conditions than before.

India is not a welfare state in which these people can go out and collect a government benefit that affords them a packet of noodles and a leaky tenement. For these people, you beg or you don’t eat.  But that’s just how it is, isn’t it? In India as elsewhere, the rich get to party down while the poor get to starve to death in a cardboard box.

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