Happy Cinco De Mayo (Chocolate & Peanut Butter Get It Together) 05 May 07

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This is a scene outside of  Fontana High School (in the L.A. area) in Oct. 2006…2 young brothers running for their lives from a mob…of young brothers.
(http://www.immigrationwatchdog.com/?p=2039)

History of Mexican-Black solidarity

by Debbie Johnson (or perhaps, Ron Wilkins wrote it)
There is a long history of Mexicans welcoming and
assisting Blacks fleeing American slavery. The fact of
the matter is that when white “slave-hunting” militias
would come into Mexico demanding that their
“property”—the enslaved workers—be returned, many
Mexicans rejected these pleas and were angered at the
fact that these slave hunters would have the audacity
to enter Mexico and attempt to impose their laws in a
nation that had already banned slavery for moral and
religious reasons.

As early as 1811, the Rev. Jose Morelos—a Mexican of
African descent—led an all-Black army brigade to help
fight for Mexican independence. In 1855 more than
4,000 runaway slaves were helped by Mexicans in Texas
to escape and find freedom in Mexico. The Underground
Railroad was not just into Canada. It went south as
well.

Indeed, throughout three centuries, African slaves
were joined by Mexicans in opposition to the
exploitation of Africans by European
“immigrants—settlers—on the North American continent.
Just a few examples of this long and rich history of
solidarity are:

• In 1546, Mexico recorded the first conspiracy
against slavery, which occurred in Mexico City among a
coalition of enslaved Africans and indigenous
insurgents.

• In 1609 in Vera Cruz, Mexico, Yanga established the
first free pueblo of formerly enslaved Africans in the
Western Hemisphere. (http://www.worldbeatcenter.org/Eek_A_Mouse.html)
• In 1693 within the area of the “United States,”
which was in fact Mexican territory, an alliance
between African runaways and rebellious indigenous
tribes developed and resulted in considerable
cooperation and intermarriages between them. It was
much like that which developed between African people
and the American Indian communities.

• In 1820, in Mexico, the pro-independence army
commanded by Black Gen. Vicente Ramon Guerrero was
joined and saved by the courageous Mexican/Indigenuous
leader Pedro Ascensio. This army won many battles in
resisting French and American colonial wars of
occupation.

• In 1836, during the battle of the Alamo, Mexican
troops fought not only to keep the U.S. from annexing
Texas, but also to abolish the dreaded practice of
slavery carried out by pro-slavery white settlers.
While the Mexican people did not have to join in this
fight, they believed slavery was wrong, and they
helped fight to stop it. Mexicans consistently took in
and helped Black slaves who would run away from the
U.S. Another “underground railroad”—this one south of
the border—saved the lives and allowed the freedom of
thousands of African people fleeing enslavement by
European settlers.

• During the period before the Civil War, Mexican
authorities refused to return enslaved runaways to the
U.S. slaveholders. Aided by Mexicans in Texas,
thousands of runaways escaped to freedom in Mexico.
The U.S. government had to send 20 percent of its
whole army to the Mexican border to try to stop this
and intimidate the Mexican people, but the people
continued to aid escaping slaves.

• In 1862, during the Civil War, at the same time
French colonialists had invaded Mexico seeking to take
over. However, at the battle of Puebla on May 5, the
Mexican defenders, with the help of freed African
slaves—this army was considered the complete
underdog—defeated and turned back the French invasion.
It was a great victory, now celebrated as Cinco de
Mayo. This victory was also a blow to the slaveholders
of the United States.

• One historical event, organized through the
solidarity of Mexican, Blacks, Indigenous and Asian
people, was the “Plan de San Diego.” This was intended
as a general uprising by these peoples joined in the
Southwest, initiated in an effort to regain the lands
stolen in the U.S.’s aggression in the 1840s, which
include California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and
other states of what is now the U.S. Southwest. The
plan actually addressed and recognized the
contributions of Blacks, Asians and Indigenous people
by granting them freedom and autonomy. Although the
plan was not successful, it revealed the long history
of solidarity of peoples of color in struggle against
those who would enslave them.

• In 1866, Mexican President Benito Juarez confirmed
an 1851 land grant giving Black people in Mexico a
sizeable place of refuge at Nascimiento.

• More recently, in 1960, the Latin American
communities were excited by the hosting of the Cuban
delegation, led by Fidel Castro in their historic
visit to Harlem and the United Nations. This pride and
joy was shared and celebrated equally by the African
American community.

• In 1964 that joint celebration and welcome was laid
out by the African American and Latino community to
the heroic revolutionary leader Che Guevara. The pride
and joy of each of these communities with the presence
of Che would be remembered and celebrated for years.

• In that year, Che Guevara also met with the revered
Malcolm X, as Malcolm offered his solidarity and
appreciation for the work Che had done with freedom
fighters in the Congo as they fought against the
neocolonial “immigrants” there.

• In 1968, solidarity was developed in Southern
California and the Southwest among the Brown Berets,
Black Panthers, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee and other progressive youth organizations.

• In 1992, during the April 29 rebellion in Los
Angeles, Latino and African American neighbors
recognized their common plight, and demonstrated their
collective rage against continuing acts of injustice,
oppression and exploitation.

• Then came the magnificent immigrant-rights
demonstrations of last spring. What glorious events
they were, across the country, in wave after wave of
white and brown—the white clothing of the millions of
demonstrators and the brown faces of the Latino/
Mexican peoples who were joined by Central America and
South American workers, which were also joined by
Caribbean, Asian, African, and African American
allies. Make no mistake about it, this class
solidarity shook the ruling class to its very toes. It
frightened and deeply worried them. It gave a glimpse,
even in the midst of periods of reaction, of the
crucial struggles that are on the agenda.

The current attacks against immigrants must be seen as
attacks on all workers. This current assault on
Latinos/Mexicans is just another tactic—like racism,
homophobia and sexism, that the ruling class uses to
pit workers against each other. The only winners when
this happens are always the bosses.

Note: The above are excerpts from a talk given by
Debbie Johnson at a meeting in Detroit during Black
History Month this year.

Articles copyright 1995-2007 Workers World. Verbatim
copying and distribution of this entire article is
permitted in any medium without royalty provided this
notice is preserved.

***********************HOLD THE FUCK UP*************************

Have You All Seen THIS Footage from L.A.’s May Day Parade (01 May 07)?

Hmmm, there’s a lot of hostility in L.A.,huh? I hadn’t heard a peep about this though.

————————— & just when you thought it was safe ———————————–

White Former LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Says Superiors Ordered Him to ‘Take More Blacks To Jail’

(http://www.lawattstimes.com/articles/2007/04/02/news/front%20page1.txt)

By CHICO C. NORWOOD

A white former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy says he is marked for death because he has dared to speak out against his superiors in the Sheriff’s Department for what he claims were their orders for him to “take more blacks to jail.”

This and even more startling allegations were made in a lawsuit filed in federal court by Officer Garrett Shah, a former member of the Compton Police Department who became a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after the Compton Police Department was disbanded.

Wearing a bulletproof vest and routinely scanning his surroundings at a West Los Angeles eatery, Shah mentioned several times during an exclusive interview with the L.A. Watts Times, “I’m a dead man.”

“I wear a vest everywhere I go because I know they are going to kill me,” he said.

The suit, which was originally filed in February 2006 and has since been amended twice, describes a department in which deputies not only target African Americans for felony arrests, but also participated in “planting illegal items on African Americans, using neighboring law enforcement agencies to make unwarranted arrests of African Americans and lying in Court proceedings concerning such wrongful conduct.”

“I know (there are) hundreds of blacks right now sitting in prison for crimes they did not commit simply because they are black and they are doing 10, 30 years,” Shah asserted.

“It looks good when you have stats, what we call pat stats when you make so many felony arrests, when you make so many misdemeanor arrests. It looks good. It even looks better to the racist supervisors who are in there that you are taking more black people to jail. Blacks are not liked period in law enforcement…,” said Shah.

In court papers, Shah recounts one such incident in the summer of 2002 in which he alleges that his sergeant accused him of “never taking blacks to jail” and ordered him to change an incident report from a misdemeanor to a felony for an African American male in his mid-20s. Shah charges in the complaint that when he refused, the sergeant stated, “What’s wrong with you? That guy needs to go to jail. You never take black people to jail. Do you think you are black, too? I order you to change the report to a felony, or I will write you up.”

The complaint allegations continue, stating that when Shah refused, the sergeant responded with “You’re not black. Don’t talk black. Don’t act black. This black guy needs to go to jail. Stop being afraid of taking blacks to jail. You need to take more black people to jail.”

Shah’s law enforcement career began when he joined the Compton Police Department in May 1999. According to a former high-ranking official in the Compton Police Department who did not wish to be identified, Shah was “ a pretty good kid who fit good into the department, was enthusiastic about his job and sensitive to the community.”

“We never had any negative feedback about him. He really wanted to be a police officer. He was just an all around good guy,” the official said.

Shah says it was not until the Compton Police Department was disbanded and he, along with other Compton Police officers, was incorporated into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that he “started to see racism within the police department.”

“When I was working in the county jail from September of 2000 to September of 2001, blacks were terrorized in the jail. A lot of the white deputies were purposely segregating, where you take 10 blacks and put them in a big holding tank with 40 Hispanics. Well naturally they are going to fight, look at the 4-to-1 ratio. A lot of the blacks were purposely going to get hurt and beat up. That’s just the way it is,” he alleges.

Born in Inglewood, Shah, who says he was raised by a black family, attends a black church and lives in an upscale African American neighborhood, also charged that he witnessed sheriff’s deputies, including supervisors, targeting gang members and other African Americans by instigating unwarranted neighborhood lock downs.

“Let’s say there are a certain group of gang bangers or blacks that you don’t like in a certain area that’s really bad. What you do is you drive around and you see who is hanging outside and…you take your little duty weapon and you put your gun out the car and you shoot in the air. Then you get on the radio and say shots fired in the area. Now you call in the helicopter, you call in the K-9 and you lock down the whole area and anybody in that area automatically gets detained. So those guys you wanted who were hanging out on the corner, you’ve got probable cause to detain them,” Shah explained.

In his court documents, Shah also accuses the Sheriff’s Department of fraudulently billing the U.S. government through the Metropolitan Transit Authority/Homeland Security Contract for “patrol minutes of deputies who are not permitted to work patrol.” According to the lawsuit, 16 deputies signed in between 11:03 p.m. and 11:56 p.m. but never responded to a call during their shift from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

He claims in the lawsuit: “…these deputies are assigned to other shifts according to the logs, such as the Master Schedule and the Day shift. They are not using the cars and are not on the streets to which they are assigned on those other logs sometimes at overlapping times.”

“The Government is being required to pay overtime and/or time and a half to put unassigned deputies in the cars assigned to the deputies for patrol. (The) Los Angeles County Sheriff is billing the United States government through MTA/Homeland for law enforcement services that are not being rendered to the African American communities.”

The suit further charges that one patrol car, Car 600, “is a dummy car and there is no one in car 600.”

“When it comes to the lawsuits that have been filed, I cannot address that because it is under adjudication but we do look forward to telling the entire story,” said Steve Whitmore, spokesperson for Sheriff Lee Baca.

Michael Gennaco, chief attorney for the Office of Independent Review, an independent group of lawyers that have been hired by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to oversee the Sheriff’s Department, said the allegations are serious and need to be investigated.

“The allegations are significant but right now they are just a complaint. In a complaint you can put anything you want,” said Gennaco, adding that he would be personally looking into the allegations.

Royce Esters of the National Association for Equal Justice in America (NAEJA) says his organization will begin monitoring the situation.

“If this is happening it needs to be cleaned up. Blacks shouldn’t be railroaded if these allegations are true. NAEJA is very concerned about allegations like this,” said Esters.

Eric P. Lee, executive director Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Los Angeles (SCLC-LA), says based on the claims in this suit, there should be a federal investigation of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Lee stated: “The black community has always claimed that law enforcement agencies are racist, discriminatory and abusive toward our community. This disproves white society’s claim that African Americans are conspiracy theorists when it comes to racism perpetrated by law enforcement agencies.

“It is clear that it is not a theory, but a fact that needs to be investigated and remedied at the highest levels of law enforcement agencies across this country. If federal government does not investigate the sheriff’s and Los Angeles Police Department, then it is clear that not much has changed from the Jim Crow era or the days of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.”

Shah’s attorney, Lola M. McAlpin-Grant, said “Clearly, there is evidence of some misconduct… I certainly hope a lot of people will start asking questions here and maybe at some point down the line this can be corrected.”
Let’s see…

•Mexican Vs. Black• •L.A.P.D. Vs. Mexican & Univision• •Black Vs. Korean (is this still going on?)••Rich Vs. Poor• • Hollywood Vs. The World• •Weedhead Vs. Cokehead••Crips Vs. Bloods• •Democrats Vs. Republicrats• •Jews Vs. Regular White People• •White People Vs. White People• •Inglewood Vs.Torrance• •Music Industry Vs. Music• •Addamns Family Vs. The Munsters•

Well, fuck alladat. All citizens should have equal rights. Workers should have rights. Everyone should have healthcare. Black and Brown should be very united against all oppression. And last but not least white folk should be good and ready for the race card to get more play Steve Nash if we’re gonna let politics & credit try to solve the issues we’re facing.

So Marshmallows…be ready to get it together too. O.k.? (I’m kidding, there’s no such thing as “white”…c’mon…seriously,now.)

Word to Donnie & Mary. I’m still learning Spanish…slowly but surely.

And in the words of the wise one, “Don’t Burn, Baby, Burn…just learn baby learn” © S. Stewart

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “Happy Cinco De Mayo (Chocolate & Peanut Butter Get It Together) 05 May 07

  1. Ron Wilkins

    The piece on Mexican-Black historical solidarity purportedly by Debbie Johnson has been plagiarized. It is almost a verbatim re-creation of a chronology and information that I prepared several years ago, here in Los Angeles. I have the documentation to prove my claim. I did not know until now that this forgery was also carried by this website. I brought this to the attention of Workers World over a month ago and have not gotten a response. Ms. Johnson should do her own research and writing and not falsely take credit for the work
    of others. Thank you. Prof. Ron Wilkins, Dept. of Africana Studies, CSUDH.

  2. Plagiarization=BAD. sorry to hear that Ron,but your work is still appreciated,even if indirectly.
    The larger point remains that folks are being manipulated into racially tense situations by racist institutions that have more to gain by keeping so-called minorities at odds over any & everything.
    Anybody want to introduce some Angela Davis to this?
    Welcome Ron,and thanks again

  3. kitty

    its not Los Angeles fontana high school. the high school IS IN FONTANA.

  4. j,lfh

    When I grow up I want to be a real person. Right now I think I suck.

  5. adrian

    I love your blog.

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