Our friend John Becker writes on Facebook (reprinted here with permission):
SHAME -- The chants of "lock her up!" from the delegates and speakers at this week's Republican National Convention are disgraceful and baseless and chilling enough, but now we have a surrogate for and adviser to Donald Trump going even further: he's calling for Hillary Clinton's execution.
That's right, they're calling for the execution of their political opponents now. That's something that happens in dictatorships, not democracies.
Republican friends, let me be perfectly clear: if you do not immediately, explicitly, unequivocally, and loudly condemn and repudiate this hateful ugliness, you are tacitly condoning your party's dangerous slide into the evils of authoritarian fascism. Period.
There can be no hedging on this, no sitting on fences. How you choose to respond will reveal whose side you are on. I'll be watching.
A powerful speech by President Obama on another most painful occasion.
Minnesota police officer fatally shoots man during trafficstop https://t.co/VDInhewB9B— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 7, 2016
A 4-year-old girl comforts her distraught mother minutes after Philando Castile was murdered in front of them: "It's okay, Mommy.... It's okay, I'm here with you." Her mother, Lavish Reynolds, showed extraordinary composure, narrating the situation and disputing the officer's version of events, all while her blood-soaked boyfriend slumped beside her. The child will need lots of care and healing after what she witnessed, but she is a hero. The one ray of hope in this horror is her bravery and love. Her spirit is strong. At 8 pm this evening (July 7), there is a protest at the White House; I plan to go. This extrajudicial killing has been going on a long time. We have a long struggle ahead to put a stop to it.
Have you had occasion in your life to sob uncontrollably? Do you remember the raw grief and the sense of being lost, the free fall of despair? Were you 15 years old and facing TV cameras as Cameron Sterling was in Baton Rouge? His father Alton was shot multiple times point blank while already restrained. It is too awful for words; yet the heartbreaking video of Cameron's grief may be the only way to touch the humanity of some people. 61 years ago, Emmett Till's mother was faced with the awful decision of whether to have a closed casket or to open it and allow photographers to capture the horror. "I want them to see what they did to my son," she said. It is natural to want to grieve in private. Once again, a family reeling from the devastation of brutal injustice has found the courage to allow the cameras in. We are too good at distancing; we need to be confronted by the barbarity done in our name. But oh, for a child to have to bear that burden. I hope Cameron at least gets some sense of the countless strangers who longed to hold him as he shook. But he wants his father back, and we cannot give that to him. We must do more than cry in sympathy. We must make this stop.
Below, the horrific video of this point-blank killing of Alton Sterling while he was restrained. All cops are not monsters. But we have a terrible and recurring problem, and a big part of it is a refusal by people all along the chain of justice, including juries, to hold racist, murderous officers accountable. We have got to find a way to change this. But at least we can make some noise. Joan E. Biren writes: "Let the BATON ROUGE PD (@BRPD) know what you think. I did."
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Note: After he was shot, Sterling was mortally wounded but not dead. He died subsequently.
This is neither smart nor appropriate activism. I understand anger at injustice. I've been on the receiving end of "tone policing" since the moment I first spoke up decades ago. Even members of oppressed groups often dislike anyone rocking the boat, but rocking the boat is sometimes necessary. On the other hand, I've also gotten the "It's your turn to listen" aggression from people who neither know nor care that decades of listening and working in coalitions are reflected in my advocacy and writing. I will not be intimidated by or pander to ignorant and presumptuous people just because they make false assumptions and accusations about me. Reciprocity and mutual respect are key to productive alliances. Treating all white people or all police or all corporations as clueless or as irredeemable adversaries is poisonous. And it is not true. Our diversity includes diversity of opinion. You have to make your case, not just issue demands. One demand from the Toronto BLM activists was to exclude police floats or booths from future pride events. If you tried that in DC, where we are proud of our LGBT Liaison Unit, you would have a huge battle on your hands. Respect must be given to be received, and cannot be based on blackmail.
REMINDER: Politicians who want to inspect your genitalia before letting you pee still call background checks for gun buyers "too intrusive"— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) May 23, 2016
Reports: Orlando shooter was patron at nightclub, on gay hookup apps https://t.co/HMLZPuBCvE…— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) June 14, 2016
Those who preach intolerance and self-hatred have blood on their hands. But I suspect that instead of recognizing this, they will start talking about gay-on-gay crime. We've heard their poisonous sermons before.
At a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana with PBS NewsHour, President Obama responds straightforwardly and lucidly to a gun owner who thinks he and Hillary want to take away everyone's guns.
So in the name of keeping men out of bathrooms, men with guns are sent into bathrooms. To whom does this make the slightest sense?