The screams of dead children -- everywhere


The screams of a thousand dead children wail through my mind. Children in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Libya killed by empires’ drones; thousands of young men of color America killed by white supremacist occupying armies called police, security guards and neighborhood watch agents; teenage workers from Bangladesh and China killed by corporations for profits; countless babies and young people killed by drive-by shootings and gun violence in communities of color intentionally ghettoized, destroyed and preyed upon by devil-opers, bank gangsters, gentriFUKators; and hundreds of white, middle-class children, youth, and adults killed by more gun violence perpetration, mental illness and the mental vacancy of wite culture.

Thousands of children die for corporate profits, war profits, and prison industrial profits every year in this country. Dead because gun violence is glorified and the sale of guns make some people rich, because parents are tired and don’t have the energy to fight with their kids to turn off the video games, because video games, un-conscious rap, Hollywood movies and corporate news with people killing each other make death look like entertainment -- and with each sale make more profits for tech corporations in Silicon Valley run by the new technological colonizers. Because guns are exciting, especially when you have little else to be excited about.

So shouldn’t the grief for all of our children be the same? Shouldn’t our actions to stop the rise in death by gun violence everywhere be equally urgent and comprehensive?

The president shed tears in a prime-time speech for the 20 white middle-class children from Connecticut. But what about crying for babies killed by drive-by shooters, youth killed by police, and hundreds of teenage workers from China who react to mercury poison and throw themselves out the window while US tech companies make billions in profit? Why aren’t thousands of people shedding tears and sorrow and sympathy for the children in Gaza who die everyday?

In the bizarre naming of poverty positions there is a terrifying concept called the deserving vs undeserving poor rooted in the US crums (welfare) policies that were originally set up for white widows of World War II veterans in the 1930s and 1940s. Due to overt and systemic white supremacist institutional values that undergird everything in the US from its stolen beginnings to now, these white, hetero-normative women were viewed as the deserving poor, or “legitimate” poor people, who had come upon bad times from no “fault” of their own and therefore were deserving of our aid and our sympathy. In contrast, indigenous sisters, sisters of color in diaspora, or divorced, poor or unmarried women were viewed as aberrant, pathological or “lazy,” who had inherently done something to “deserve” their poverty and therefore deserved none of the US crums, only criminalization, incarceration or disgust.

I think we have come to a time, with the meteoric rise in death by gun violence of so many of us of all ages, colors, cultures and regions of the country, where we now have the deserving vs undeserving dead. How about little baby Hiram, 1 year old, who died because he happened to be in the line of fire from a passing car in Oakland? Or Ayana Jones, a 7-year-young innocent baby shot when Detroit police stormed their home with assault rifles to “find a suspect.” Or Derrik Gaines, a young disabled man who was killed by Daly City police? Or the countless children killed in Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq or Libya by colonizing empire armies attempting to steal more indigenous resources for the ever-hungry jaws of capitalism? Did they deserve to die because someone calls their innocent bodies “collateral damage?”

What about all of our poor children of color -- sorted, separated, tested, and arrested out of schools -- who roam the streets with no jobs, no hope and endless violent images pumped into their heads from corporate media lies and mythologies in the holding tanks called our ghettoized neighborhoods, pick up guns and shoot each other for something to do until the police arrive to place them into the plantation prisons that await their profitable arrival? Do they deserve to die?

There are many reasons why children and adults are killing each other. My Black Indian Mama Dee used to say, white supremacy and capitalism isn't good for any human, even white people. People have talked about the proliferation and glorification of guns to all young people through mass media, as well as the deep wounds of the cult of independence on a human's psyche, not to mention the gutting by Republicrats of the mental health system. But one of the deepest ones that I see is the factory schools themselves, the separation of youth from elders’ wisdom and the ways that our children no longer even vaguely understand the respecting, honoring, and neccessary reverance of their elders.

Om this society, we are taught how to ghetto-ize and separate our elders from our children in as many ways as possible. This separation and lack of reverence is valued in capitalism as it sets up more products and capital to trade on. I pray and send love and strength to these families and little ancestors to help their still living families decolonize from this myth of separation and capital-inspired death so their may be healing for them.

From this moment and so many more like it, I am drawn to believe that when people like me and my mixed race family in poverty die, we deserve to. My hope and vision is that with this moment of so much sorrow for the families in Connecticut, perhaps the oddly democratizing impact of death will free us all from the unspoken but clearly existent concept that some of us deserve to die and awaken us all to the real-ness that none of us do.


Really? You promise?

We should be so lucky.

Posted by Greg on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

The inescapable conclusion.

Posted by matlock on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 12:35 am

"For example; The media responds to a mass killing of whites and it's racist."

The media responds to a mass killing of whites after ignoring the serial mass murder of non-white civilians in Af/Pak/Yemen by the president using our drones and that is indeed racist.

After all, when the president refuses to confirm his law breaking, it never happened, right?

Posted by marcos on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 8:34 am

as to where the borders of the USA stop and start?

Again I'm not a fan of US foreign policy. The media spends it's time on things in the USA by and large, thats just the reality of the situation.

It's a bit odd that the far left and right spend so much time bemoaning the media's lack of following their biases. The far right was upset that the news didn't have every frontpage headline based on Clinton's penis back in the day, the left is upset that every headline isn't about Bush being a war criminal.

Posted by matlock on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

Clinton's penis and Bush's war crimes. A "sensible moderate" like matlock will dutifully dismiss the both the right's concern with sexual indiscretions, and the left's concern with international law. Both are just pesky distractions.

You parade you lack of morals and common sense, as morals and common sense.

Posted by Greg on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 1:43 pm


The point is yet again, the left and right obsess over the media not reporting their agenda correctly. That "the media" makes the goofy left and right so angry is probably a good sign.

I don't care about Clinton's penis, and I think the USA should stay out of other countries business in general, what I or you believe doesn't drive the media. Whining racism and spinning crazy free associations isn't going to change the bare facts.

You ever couching all of your positions in your feeling and your self righteousness is funny, but pathetic and sad. "I believe that..." "I refuse to accept that..." etc.. your whole book of self referential complaining, the rest of the world and "the media" could give a shit about you and your self absorbed ravings.

Posted by matlock on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

I wasn't sure what you meant by the term the first time you used it -just chalked it up to another bizarre matlock-ism and let it pass. Apparently the new obsession-o-the-day is other people expressing their belief. Funny, that's what I thought we were all doing here. Even you. Oh but in your own little universe, you're special. Your shit don't stink. Everyone else is just spouting opinions, but only matlock rises above the fray. That shit's getting real old and tired.

What makes it even more ironic is that I didn't use either of the phrases you're obsessed with in this entire thread. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but besides being obsessed with trivialities, you're obsessed with trivialities that don't exist.

Bizarre. Lay off the eggnog.

Posted by Greg on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

Whatever anyone does or says it's wrong somehow, my grandmother was like that, her excuse was that she was in her 70's, yours is that you are self absorbed.

Posted by matlock on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

What you just described has been the hallmark of every post you've ever made.
Progressives can do no right in your mind. Even when you stridently (and unconvincingly) assert that you're liberal, somehow progressives are still at fault. Truth is, you have no values, except the value of hating progressives. You parade your lack of values as values. All you do is trash others, contributing no ideas of your own, and then you have the audacity to project your traits onto others. You're the biggest narcissistic boor I've seen, at least since the death of Arthur Evans.

Posted by Greg on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

of living for the Iranian people? Because, frankly, that sounds like a real whopper.

Posted by lillipublicans on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 9:45 am

Iran had a thriving sophisticated middle class amidst legion poverty. Things did get worse under the Islamic Republic than Pahlavi, but that was the cost of intervention in 1953.

Posted by marcos on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 10:45 am

Bush invaded Iraq because of British and German involvement in the area in WW2.


Posted by matlock on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

you on drugs, meatlok.

Posted by marcos on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

You might want to try the wikipedia page.

Like good terrorist supporter and friendly to the left dictator Gaddifi, the Shah used some of that oil wealth to educate the population and improve the standard of living.

Also like hero to the morally superior left Mr. Gaddifi, the Shah spent fantastic amounts of money on the security state and weapons. Unlike Greg's hero Gaddifi the Shah didn't finance various terrorist operations or give them land to train on.

Here is a good link written at the time.

I do so enjoy that you are skeptical about the Shah but seem to sloven follow the line when it comes to your co-"progressives" when it comes to Libya. Your claims as to the brainwashing of others?

Posted by matlock on Dec. 24, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

One senses that Matlock will come round too.

We got the Mayan Conception and the Tiny Revelation all in the same month.

Woe be to the ignorant. For thee shall learn the truth.

Feeling me, mattie? You coming around bout now, no?

Posted by Gest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

Blah blah blah, blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah! All I hear is a whiney, wooh is me, I cant do it cuz Mr mity whitey keeps me down... A bunch of crap! I know plenty of so-called 'minorities' who are very well off. They just happen to work for what they want instead of blaming everyone else for their problems. Most people who are poor, are poor because of the choices they make. I grew up in the system with no money. As an orphan, with no family to rely on, and a public school education, I went to work for a painting company and was able to make a decent living after I learned the trade. So save your whining and finger pointing. A person most often ends up at the end of the road that they chose to walk down.

Posted by Guest Robert on Dec. 26, 2012 @ 9:24 am

who post PC crap 24 hours a day. They hate America, cops, other whites, the successful and anyone who works in the private sector. They love non-whites, criminals, terrorists, foreigners and assorted losers and scroungers.

It's as pathetic as it is predictable.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 26, 2012 @ 10:11 am

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