Race & Identity
Why the MOVE bombing is so relevant today
Such an important documentary. #LettheFireBurn— Tanisha C. Ford (@SoulistaPhD) January 5, 2016
Centering MOVE in the history of black radical activism illuminates so many salient issues:— Tanisha C. Ford (@SoulistaPhD) January 5, 2016
state violence, police corruption, urban decay + deindustrialization, black sustainability & back to earth movements, black commune life..In the wake of the armed Oregon militia taking over federal buildings, both the casual response of the police and the media’s sugar-coated rhetoric has only solidified the reality of white privilege - even in acts of terror, and many writers are beginning to compare the treatment in Oregon to what happened in Pennsylvania. “But the MOVE bombing was not an isolated event, and the treatment of white militiamen in Oregon is not a rarity. There have been some instances where violence against white extremists has been used, in Waco and Ruby Ridge, for example. But in the past and present, black people who use guns in self-defense have been disproportionately penalized. African Americans in Stand Your Ground states are 354 percent less likely to be justified for killing in self-defense. And studies show that police are more likely to use physical force against black people.” - Carimah Townes via Think Progress As enraging and hurtful as it is for many to recall the events surrounding the MOVE bombing, it’s important to keep this story alive; especially today in the current youth-led movement against police brutality. Being armed with as much awareness and insight on what has happened before, can better prepare us to face the challenges of injustice we face today.
— Tanisha C. Ford (@SoulistaPhD) January 5, 2016