Last week the Denver Police Department made a mass arrest of 34 black youth and it seems like nobody has blinked an eye.
The 34 suspects were rounded up because, according to the cops, they are suspects in a series of downtown muggings.
Last we heard, 30 of those individuals have been charged with things like assault and robbery--many of them felony charges. The police did not make it clear how they identified and rounded up the suspects, but "most of [them] told police they were associated with either the Rollin' 60s Crips gang or the Black Gangster Disciples gang." The police keep dossiers on gang members; apparently they used their lists to round up individuals, throw them in jail, and begin interrogations.
All this ought to raise some kind of resistance from radicals who are also tracked by the police.
Anarchists, especially, should take notice when this shit goes down, cause we're in gangs ourselves. It's true. All it takes is a crew of folks who have each others' backs to be a gang. Our forms of social organization are atypical, and they are our greatest strength.
1. Speaking Engagment
2. Columbus Day Protest March and Rally
3. People's Council
4. Student Walk-out on Racism
Political nostalgia signifies the death knell of the white Left. Denver has been overcome with it. First it was the slogan "recreate 68" which has received dozens of varying and historically intriguing critiques. Even so, the folks in Recreate 68 made compelling cases for the evocation of that complicated year referring to Paris, May of 68 and a spirit of revolution. While I don't share their analysis, they've made a concerted effort to defend their title and largely I bought their line.
Perhaps, that is, until it excused an even more nostalgic project.
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David A. Love, the Black Commentator