|With St. Nick's entry comes racial controversy: Police detained anti-Black Pete demonstrators wearing T-shirts reading "No to Black Pete" as St. Nicholas arrived in Gouda, Netherlands, Nov. 15, 2014. Black Pete (Dutch Zwarte Piet), the traditional black-faced sidekick of Santa Claus (Sinterklaas), walked side-by-side with yellow-colored "Cheese Petes" and "Cookie Petes," a nod to the city's most famous products, but also a concession to critics of the traditional Black Petes. The children's fairy tale that has delighted kids for generations is being framed as a very politicized debate in the Netherlands, where discussion about the place in society of immigrants has simmered for years. (AP/mail.com)|
|Missouri: We were thinking we'd execute them then leave them lying around for everybody to see. At least that was the plan. Y'know, keep everybody in their place. Makes our job of keeping them down easier (dayandadream.com).|
|"F the police" reads the mailbox, but police intend to F the community (slate.com, Aug. '14)|
|Ferguson: police state racism, murder of Mike Brown, provoking riots (socialesteemmedia)|
|The Fire Next Time|
Ferguson October: Thousands march in St. Louis for police reform and the arrest of killer-cop Darren Wilson
Return of the Ferguson War Zone?
Mo. Enacts State of Emergency ahead of Mike Brown Grand Jury
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in advance of the grand jury’s pending decision in the Police Officer Darren Wilson murder case in the Michael Brown shooting. On Monday, Gov. Nixon issued an executive order to activate the state’s National Guard in response to what he called "the possibility of expanded unrest." Nixon cited the protests in Ferguson and the St. Louis area since Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. The grand jury has been meeting for nearly three months, and protests are expected to escalate if they choose not to indict. But while state officials say they fear violence, protesters say they fear a return to the militarized crackdown that turned their community into a war zone. As the grand jury nears a decision and all sides prepare for the unknown under a state of emergency, we are joined by two guests: Jeff Smith, a New School professor and former Missouri state senator whose new book is Ferguson: In Black and White, and Montague Simmons, chair of the St. Louis-based Organization for Black Struggle and a key organizer in the movement that has emerged since unarmed teenager Michael Brown’s murder.