Archive for March, 2013

Black Power Mixtape

Posted: March 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Black Power Mixtape is a fawning documentary released in 2011 made up of archive footage from 1967-75. The one clip that really struck me was rather young children at the Black Panther headquarters in California singing ‘Pick up the guns and put the pigs on the run’. It is available on Youtube.

It also features Angela Davis saying that ‘the government and the CIA were involved in the distribution of drugs’, a conspiracy theory commonly held amongst black people in America that black drug addiction was purposefully engineered by the government.


Free Speech in America

Posted: March 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

A totally inoffensive piece in a Philadelphia magazine managed to elicit this response from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter:

While I fully recognize that constitutional protections afforded the press are intended to protect the media from censorship by the government, the First Amendment, like other constitutional rights, is not an unfettered right, and notwithstanding the First Amendment, a publisher has a duty to the public to exercise its role in a responsible way. I ask the Commission to evaluate whether the “speech” employed in this essay is not the reckless equivalent of “shouting ‘fire!’ in a crowded theater,” its prejudiced, fact-challenged generalizations an incitement to extreme reaction.

The BBC on Muslims and Jews

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

I couldn’t help noticing how the BBC News website instantly points out the religion of those involved in sexual abuse in their story about Rabbi Chaim Halpern:

“Four men have been arrested by police investigating sexual abuse allegations among the Orthodox Jewish community in north London.”

Yet the BBC commit constant elision in this regard when it comes to a certain other monotheism. This was certainly the case in their reporting of the various paedophile gangs. At most they were referred to as ‘Asian’.

Does the fact that so many BBC journalists go on to work for Al Jazeera not also tell us something about their proclivities?

Even Andrew Flanagan, CEO of the NSPCC has felt the need to say:

“Sex offenders come from all backgrounds but if there is a problem with one community in a particular area we must be bold enough to address it and not just turn a blind eye. The grooming and organised rape of vulnerable young girls is obviously a serious and disturbing crime which cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.”

Its obvious to which ‘community’ a blind eye is being turned.

Colonial Governor Manchester councillor Afzal Khan writing at Hope Not Hate:

“I believe in free speech. But I believe also that when someone says ‘I have a right to free speech!’, we then have a right to ask them ‘What are you going to use it for?’ Are you going to use it to call for… social justice? …Are you going to use it to celebrate the diversity of our great city and the contribution of all of our communities?”

Then no free speech for you!

New Nationalist Party

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Current Chairman of the British Democratic Party Kevin Scott is also the founder and director of a group called Civil Liberty. Unusual for a British Nationalist is his support for former IRA member Gerry McCough. This is what Civil Liberty had to say:

“the continuing imprisonment by the British state of Irish nationalist Gerry McGeough is a disgrace! Was it something that he said (rather than what he actually did!) that keeps him behind bars?”

In fact he is in jail for the attempted murder of a UDR soldier as the BBC has reported here.