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After Trayvon: 40 Reasons to Hit the Streets Every Day

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July 16, 2013

"Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them."

- Frederick Douglass

Reason #1: 37 million bees died in the month of June 2013.

The culture of white supremacy is embedded so deeply within our collective psyche as to become "invisible." It is embedded so deeply that even those who stand in opposition play by its rules. It is embedded so deeply that even those it targets play its rules.

Reason #2: Women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man is paid.

Case in point: the murder of Trayvon Martin. A young black male, dressed in a manner that reflects the popular culture, is promptly profiled and stalked by a Hispanic man. A confrontation is provoked, the Hispanic man produces a gun, and yet another young black male is killed.

Reason #3: The United States constitutes roughly 5 percent of the earth's population but consumes more than 25 percent of the earth's "resources."

Following the well-worn script, the corporate media stokes the flames of racism, the young black male is demonized, the nation is divided, the trial is a spectacle, and the murderer of a young black male is inevitably exonerated

Reason #4: A 30 percent rise in ocean acidification.

Also ready to obediently hit their mark and dutifully read their lines are the part-time activists (am I being redundant?) who justifiably -- but predictably -- hit the streets after the verdict is announced for a few days of "outrage." For 48-72 hours or so, chants of "No justice, no peace" will echo. Those in power will welcome such accepted "dissent" as proof that free speech reigns supreme here in god's country.

Reason #5: Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. This means 1.5 million preventable deaths each year.

The final chapter in this episode of White Supremacy Theater will feature leaders (sic) on all sides calling for "calm" while the corporate media readies their "protest turns violent" headlines to obscure the fact that every single minute of every single day within our culture is a clear and present act of violence.

Reason #6: The U.S. Department of Defense -- the interventionist institution formerly known as the War Department -- is the biggest polluter on Planet Earth, for example, releasing more hazardous waste than the five largest U.S. chemical companies combined. To add insult to injury, the world's worst polluter also gobbles up 54 percent of U.S. taxpayer dollars.

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