What allegations gjuster? The story of the snake? :)
Seeing is much different than just hearing
Actually, ddarwin, experiencing it all and having personal accounts of what was taking place are far more different than anything you might read in a HIS-story book. It wasn't at all that cut and dry, darling.
When it came to southern news especially, ddarwin, they were often either complicit or directly involved in covering up, going along with and taking part in many of the brutal injustices that took place during that period. It wasn't unusual for them to help set up a prominent supporter of CR movement, white/black, right at that critical moment and catch them on camera with some strange woman jumping into their arms pretending to be their mistress and broadcasting it all over the media. Assisting in destroying families, careers, livelihoods. Or help spread rumors as in the case women like Rosa Parks, accusing them of being a wh/re and sl/ut (their words) "who'd slept around with male members of NAACP."*
I said nothing about news crews staying away, ddarwin. I was speaking of the dangers for some young black youth from a poor community taking your advice and attempting to whip out a camera at some critical moment to record a cop either antagonizing or brutally beating someone else or about to beat them. Don't twist my words. You have no idea.
After all, NY have been known to shoot and kill because the NYPD claims to have mistaken a youths 3 musketeer candy bar in a silver wrapper for a gun. Or the SRO in a GA school recently who slammed a young diabetic girls head so severely into a desk (causing her to vomit in the back of his patrol car), arresing her and hauling her off to jail because she fell asleep in school detention.
Those type events you'll never likely exeprience or be personally affected by in your world.
You forget, those situations during the civil rights movement that were caught on camera, were carried out in groups, because even they knew the dangers of 1 person alone. There were many others injustices, many locally, left out of the history books that happened to individuals.
The tea party mission statement and what they speak do not match their actions and core beliefs. Again, if you want to get a full understanding of their truest core belief system you'll have take note on a national level. Unfortunately, far too many Chattanoogans only keep up to date with happenings and what's said in Chattanooga. Leaving much of their understanding limited, which makes them more vulnerable and easily duped.
Tea Party speaketh with forked tongues. Their philosophy (written and spoken) does not match their actions.
Reminders of the story of the girl walking along the path who was tricked into picking up the snake who promised not to bite her. The snake, being a snake, did what snakes do. It bit her, and reminded her: you know me by my nature.
search: "NRA Vendor Sells Ex-Girlfriend Target That Bleeds When You Shoot It"
So right, Mr. Hewitt. This is not yours or my or our parents NRA. The the disturbing part in it all is, even if the NRA changed its viewed today, there have been several other like minded organizations created prepared to take their place.
To better understand the true face of the tea party and what the party is really about on a local level, you'd have to listen to and educate yourselves of their true motives on a national one. Certain individuals are just good at playing both sides of the fence. The term: chameleon comes to mind:
(1.)lizard that changes color: a tree-dwelling lizard with long thin legs, a strong curled tail, a long sticky tongue, and the ability to change color.
hint: If some stranger walks up to you and punches you in the face for no reason, believe them. That's who that person is. That's their true nature and character. It doesn't matter if that same individual walks up to you a day later with a smile and pretend concern that someone gave you a black eye, bruised face and busted lip.
Remember, it was the tea party that inspired a lot of the hate groups to come out into the open around the nation during the presidential campaign cycle. Even locally, some openly spewed their bigotry and intolerance on this and other forums. Their playing otherwise now shouldn't fool anyone.
ddarwin, your ignorance is showing. There was NO Bessie Smith strut during the civil rights movement. However, there were water hoses and beatings in Selma, Ala. Killings all across the nation, even Chattanooga. Things didn't bypass Chattanooga, much of it was covered up, with help of course. Apparently, you weren't even an egg then. Otherwise, you'd know better than to speak with such disrespect with someone who lived it.
Now, you might get away with pulling out a camera in your neck of the woods, and especially if you're white. But giving that advice to some young black kid from some poor community can lead to a serious beat down at the hands of cops or worst.
Leaf, are you ddarwin's parrot or something?
The tea party is only as loud as the rest of you have remained silent. The party claims of speaking to diverse crowd of people is just a smoke screen. It's the behind the scenes meetings that take place before thoe open meetings that shows their true nature. Intolerance.
It wasn't rational to oppose the Nazis, slavery, religious bigotry, Great Britain in 1775, the killing of Kitty Genovese, the internment of Japanese-US citizens, the Klu Kluxers, and the Tennessee law against the teaching of evolution either according to your reasoning.
And dooo tell, ddar. How many of those events did you partake? It's easy to talk about what YOU would do under certain circumstances. It's a totally different story when you're in the mist of it taking place. Looking back, everyone claims they'd be the hero. Having been a part of the civil rights movement, I think I have first hand knowledge and experience.
You are critically naive, sir.
Fear has nothing to do with it, ddarwin. Common sense has everything to do with it. You're problem is you're very naive. For those of us who live in the real world, we know the difference between bravery and stupidity. I never said I would not record an incident of police brutality against myself or another. Only that your advice is not always a rational choice. For those of us who've walked the walk and lived for another day, we know how to weigh the difference and use precaution. And we certainly don't go running like a loose cannon giving ill advice to others that could cost them a serious beatdown or even their life. A trip to jail is minor in comparison.
You forget there's been a few incidents locally, one at the Bessie Smith Strut a couple+ years back, where a camerman was assaulted while filming a cop harassing partygoers at the strut. And the camerman had a tag showing he was with a news agency.
chet123, they really don't get it. They always think it's the other guy, and not them, who will be affected in a negative way.
The poor, already accustomed to being poor, have learned over the years how to survive on the very minimum. It's the middle-classes and up who turn to suicides, murder-suicides, sometimes wiping out the entire family, when they can no longer cope with economic stresses the poor have always had to cope with.