I’m diligently keeping tabs of the situation in Oakland. A white transit cop was convicted today of manslaughter for killing a black passenger last year. At this point in time 1,000-1,200 people are believed on the streets of Oakland and the Oakland PD and neighboring Fremont PD are on the streets in full riot gear.
Earlier today Governor Schwarzenegger appealed for calm across the State to try to ward off any violent protests.
In Los Angeles a San Francisco Chronicle reporter relayed this ”A speaker in Los Angeles is railing hard against the judgement and police brutality. Scary talk as he was calling the crowd to take up “weapons”, real and metaphoric against the “system”.” http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/ybenjamin/detail?%3Fblogid=150&entry_id=67466#ixzz0t8cCxKb7
You can listen in on the Oakland PD radio by doing the following:
1. install the free listening client: www.proscan.org
2. find this stream on the list: oaklandscanner.webhop.net
Alternately you can watch the ABC video stream at http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/livenow?id=7544815
Of course the Nation Of Islam, the NAACP, black preachers, and even the Black Panthers are allowed to provide their narrative of these events and how it affects their community but no media attention is given to the white and Asian communities who have been terrified by the black response to this incident.
I have received reports that workers in San Francisco earlier today shared concerned emails that if they lived in East Bay to take the Bart train back earlier and that Bart cars normally near empty at 3pm were packed full.
What does the death of Oscar Grant mean to white people compared to blacks? Well the painfully obvious answer is that whites do not see this as based on a conflict between blacks and whites but an unfortunate incident between Grant and a rookie cop. Blacks however assume that every black injured by the system is an attack on them all and they respond in kind. When is the last time a white mob gathered when a man or woman was killed by a black, in uniform or not? Not in anyones living memory. Whites continue to cower when the multiracial hell they created bites back, and the rest of us that never wanted this situation in the first place end up paying the price.
This article will be updated with any important developments.
UPDATE: July 9
83 were arrested, mostly “anarchists” from out of town. I have wrote elsewhere on the futility of breaking store windows as a revolutionary act and the pointless exercise of violence that alienates a community from your cause. Black residents were heard shouting at the anarchists “go home. This is our city. Don’t destroy it.”
“Grace Lee, 27, the owner of Grace Beauty Supply near the corner of 17th Street and Broadway, said “tons of people” broke into her store through the window to steal hair extensions and other expensive merchandise. Lee said she had watched the bedlam unfold on her store’s surveillance camera.
“I’m upset. People walked in here and police could not stop them. I don’t know what to do,” Lee said.
Lee said she believed those responsible for the looting weren’t actually protesting the verdict.
“I feel like they were familiar with the store. They knew what they wanted,” Lee said. “I don’t think it was people doing the demonstration. I feel like it was more like they waited for something to happen so they could do their own stuff.”
Had I been there I would of been there with the community leaders identifying the groups to be stopped.
Two men, presumedly black, were killed in separate incidents in Oakland. As one commentor noted “where is the outrage? where is the community coming together to stop this.”
Elsewhere, a black rapist, believed to be a serial offender, raped a woman in her apartment. For those unfamiliar with the area the city Walnut Creek is an upscale community with very few blacks it is possible this attack is an act of ethnic intimidation.