A calm, sane response to the Insanity in Kentucky and the White House

Today we are calling for the removal of Louisville Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Chief of Police  Robert Schroeder as well as the prosecution of the officers involved with the Breonna Taylor murder. Not just a token indictment (slap on the wrist) to one officer for “recklessly discharging his weapon”. All three officers need to be indicted and prosecuted for murder.

And while a 12 million dollar settlement for Ms. Taylor’s family is a beginning, Ms. Taylor, the murdered EMT, is no longer alive to see that money. And obviously law enforcement in Kentucky, have not learned anything about ‘recklessly discharging’ their firearms, since the murders continue.

And while talk about a Kentucky Derby Boycott is an idea, like the slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ or ‘Me too’ or ‘De-fund the Police’ — it is not a great idea.

The message is no more ‘Black Lives matter’ than it can remain ‘White Lives matter’ or ‘Blue Lives Matter’, the message has to be ‘All Lives Matter’ or we have missed the point.

No one I know — cares about the Kentucky Derby, so it has limited real impact outside of Kentucky. Now say Boycott some of the bigger businesses in Kentucky, such as PAPA JOHNS amd YUM’S FOOD. And you are starting to say something financially, and potentially something globally.

So as of today let us initiate Boycotts of companies who do not come out requesting in writing, prosecution of the 3 involved officers. And in addition mandate the Louisville Police Force to put in place a program of community policing as well as more hiring of police from the populations being policed. As well as mandatory and quarterly sensitivity training and bias and psychopathy training for all police officers. Routine testing can help detect and remove unfit police, before they abuse the public trust, and ruin lives.

And as mentioned, we also request the immediate removal of Louisville Attorney General Daniel Cameron (his crocodile tears demeanor, as he gave excuses for not indicting the three officers for murder, and giving just a token indictment to one officer — would do his mentor, Donald Trump proud) and Police Chief Robert Schroeder (since the failure of the led, is always a failure of leadership. Those officers felt empowered to turn a neighborhood into a shooting gallery, because that is the way that Department views that neighborhood and the people in that neighborhood).

 

Till such time as this happens, let us show Kentucky our displeasure — by boycotting some of Kentucky’s biggest employers.

Let’s make taking lives—- costly. In the only language racists and psychopaths seem to understand, dollars and cents.

 

Boycott the Following businesses, wherever you are in the US or in the world:

 

PAPA JOHNS PIZZA

TEXAS ROADHOUSE

YUM! BRANDS

INOAC USA

HOUCHENS INDUSTRIES

 

And feel free to let them know why you are boycotting them. Breonna Taylor could have been their friend, their sister, their daughter, their loved one, and as they would demand murderers answer for such crimes, then likewise Breonna Taylor’s murderers need to answer, and not quietly get a slap on the wrist and have it covered up by a city, and a state that is moving backwards.

I do have to say, some positives coming out of this, is the sweeping reforms proposed by Mayor Greg Fischer. He is meeting major opposition from people, who are not helping to address the crime against Ms. Taylor, and people who seem not motivated to enact change to stop such abuses in the future.

 

Till next time, be well!

 

Blu-ray Must own Masterpiece of the Day : Criterion’s THE BALLAD OF GREGORIO CORTEZ (1982)

THE BALLAD OF GREGORIO CORTEZ – What first strikes you is the unique way the film is shot. By Director Robert M. Young (who also rewrote the script). There is a wonderful strangeness to its palette (starting with the striking choice of a lemon lime ocher sunset as opposed to the more often seen red one), and an originality to how it is shot, a lyricism that is at once somber and plaintiff and passing strange. Edward James Olmos, known for his taciturn performances, here gives his most emotive and impassioned channeling, as a family man, who one day at the hands of an alien and hostile law, has all sense leave his world.

A film about a rough miscarriage of justice in 1910, unfortunately remains sadly timely and prescient of the same type of miscarriages and abuses occurring, at the time of this writing, in 2020. The history we do not learn from we repeat. And it is not Latin history, or Anglo history, or Pan-African history, or Asian history, it is simply history.

The film could just as easily be called THE BALLAD OF KENNY WALKER. [ An active case as of this writing, Walker (the Boyfriend of Breonna Taylor), who tried to defend Ms. Taylor and their home, when  men, later identified as law enforcement; broke-in, opening fire, and shooting the naked Ms. Taylor eight times.]

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)

Film, the best of it, helps us internalize the missteps of history, and codifies a sense of morality, that urges us away from such similar follies. Never preachy, in simple strokes THE BALLAD OF GREGORIO CORTEZ tells us of outrages past, and if we be of human stuff, we may learn from it a better perspective of and answer to, outrages present.

Criterion has produced a simply must own Blu-ray release, sporting a not to be missed 2018 interview with Edward Janes Olmos, and adorned by the most striking and beautiful artwork/Blu-ray design; if you can own only a few Blu-rays, this Criterion release without a doubt should be among them. Grade: B+.

 

Get your copy here!

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