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Charlotte Philosophy Discussion Group Message Board › The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

A former member
Post #: 228

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Angela Davis: The Black Power Mixtape

"The Black Power Mixtape"–Danny Glover Discusses New Doc Featuring Rare Archival Footage of Angela Davis, Huey P. Newton, Stokely Carmichael

1967 Detroit riot

The 1967 Detroit riot, also known as the 12th Street riot, was a civil disturbance in Detroit, Michigan, that began in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 23, 1967.

The precipitating event was a police raid of an unlicensed, after-hours bar then known as a blind pig, on the corner of 12th and Clairmount streets on the city's Near West Side.

Police confrontations with patrons and observers on the street evolved into one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in United States history, lasting five days and surpassing the violence and property destruction of Detroit's 1943 race riot, which occurred 24 years earlier.

A former member
Post #: 229

Kerner Commission

Appointed by Johnson to serve as the commission's executive director, David Ginsburg played a pivotal role in writing the commission's findings.

The Commission's final report, the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders or Kerner Report was released on February 29, 1968 after seven months of investigation.

The report became an instant best-seller, and over two million Americans bought copies of the 426-page document.

Its finding was that the riots resulted from black frustration at lack of economic opportunity.

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., pronounced the report a "physician's warning of approaching death, with a prescription for life."

The report's most infamous passage warned, "Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—-separate and unequal."

Bill Van F.
Group Organizer
Charlotte, NC
Post #: 1,175
Interesting. What is the philosophical issue that you wish to bring to light and discuss?
A former member
Post #: 231

sorry. This hasn't much to do with philosophy in so much as a footnote to a reaction to coercion.

Just a historical footnote.
Bill Van F.
Group Organizer
Charlotte, NC
Post #: 1,177
There are all sorts of philosophical issues involved. What did you want to say about coercion?
A former member
Post #: 233
I was thinking of this about the release of "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" [ about the detroit riots ]

Beyond Power/Knowledge - an exploration of the relation of power, ignorance and stupidity - Professor David Graeber

I do need to introduce one crucial qualification here.

If two parties engaged in a contest of violence—say, generals commanding opposing armies—they have good
reason to try to get inside each other’s heads.

It is really only when one side has an overwhelming advantage in their capacity to cause physical harm
that they no longer need to do so.

But this has very profound effects, because it means that the most characteristic effect of violence—its
ability to obviate the need for interpretive labor—becomes most salient when the violence itself is least
visible, in fact, where acts of spectacular physical violence are least likely to occur.

These are situations of what I’ve referred to as structural violence, on the assumption that systematic
inequalities backed
up by the threat of force can be treated as forms of violence in themselves.

For this reason, situations of structural violence invariably produce extreme lopsided structures of
imaginative identification.

There are two critical elements here that, while linked, should probably be
formally distinguished.

The first is the process of imaginative identification as a form of
knowledge, the fact that within relations of domination, it is generally the subordinates
who are effectively relegated the work of understanding how the social relations in
question really work.

Anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant kitchen, for example,
knows that if something goes terribly wrong and an angry boss appears to size things up,
he is unlikely to carry out a detailed investigation, or even, to pay serious attention to the
workers all scrambling to explain their version of what happened.

He is much more likely
to tell them all to shut up and arbitrarily impose a story that allows instant judgment: i.e.,
“you’re the new guy, you messed up—if you do it again, you’re fired.” It’s those who do
not have the power to hire and fire who are left with the work of figuring out what
actually did go wrong so as to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

The same thing usually
happens with ongoing relations: everyone knows that servants tend to know a great deal
about their employers’ families, but the opposite almost never occurs.

The second element is that of sympathetic identification.
Interestingly, it was Adam Smith, in his Theory of Moral Sentiments (XXX), who first observed
the phenomenon we now refer to as “compassion fatigue”.

Human beings, he proposed, are normally inclined not only to imaginatively identify with their
fellows, but as a result, to spontaneously feel one another’s joys and sorrows.

The poor, however, are so consistently miserable that otherwise sympathetic observers face a
tacit choice between being entirely overwhelmed, or simply blotting out their existence.

The result is that while those on the bottom of a
social ladder spend a great deal of time imagining the perspectives of, and actually caring
about, those on the top, it almost never happens the other way around.

A former member
Post #: 537

reaction from the social disintegration happening in Detroit Michigan.

UNCUT: Detroit 300 Press Conference on Baby Killers

"Our message to the gang-bangers and anybody else that's engaged in a lifestyle that puts babies like this and our seniors in jeopardy of their lives, we're telling you there is no coming together with you, period.
There is no uniting with you. Let it be known from this day forward, you are our enemy, period", said Detroit 300 President and Founder Raphael B. Johnson during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Detroit 300 isn't just going after his killers, they're demanding justice for all of the children that have been victims of senseless crime.
They say they're looking to track down these "child killers".

A former member
Post #: 827


There are many divided cities in these United States of America.

Divided by geography, divided by economics, and divided by a political history that most are afraid to acknowledge.

It is not easy to explain to children why the US government once subsidized housing on the basis of race. It is not easy to explain why this country locks up so many people. Or why sentences for non-violent drug offenders would ever exceed those of violent criminals.

More difficult than explaining these issues to our children - or ourselves - is confronting the ugly fact that our country has never resolved these problems.

DEFORCE is a chronicle of one city’s long struggle with political oppression.

Once the engine of America, Detroit remains a proud city - rich with local triumphs and individual achievements, but known best for its overwhelming quality of life challenges.

This film reveals that these present challenges are indeed forged of the past. If nothing changes in our cities, they will shape this country’s future in ways that benefit no one.

A former member
Post #: 922
learning new behaviors.

A 2-part documentary explaining the survival of Ross Capicchioni after being betrayed and ambushed by his own friend on the rough streets of Detroit.

With the current loss of life that has been going around this year, it is amazing to see someone outlast a brutal incident such as this.

ABERRICAN ME - Ross Capicchioni - Part 1

ABERRICAN ME - Ross Capicchioni - Part 2

A former member
Post #: 923

What the Hell is Wrong with Detroit?

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