Theo Parrish Blasts Black Lives Matter Inertia From DJ Club Culture
Acclaimed Detroit tech/ house producer Theo Parrish has criticized fellow DJs for failing to speak out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Writing on Facebook this week, he said he was embarrassed at the lack of overt commentary’ from the club community and overwhelmed though equally unsurprised by the lack of reaction.
“How do you dance when we still swing from trees, when we still are murdered in front of our loved ones, murdered while subdued and harmless?
How do you dance when our very image as a people is used to manipulate sympathy for a system of belief that wants you and your children to be dead or in jail?” he wrote.
“You better. You better learn to listen with your body, you better play from your heart. It was a preference before, now it’s essential.”
“Escapism has always been an adjective used to describe the dance. That’s an outsider’s view. Solidarity is what it really offers.” (Facebook )
Civil liberties lawyers, meanwhile, warned that cops in Cleveland are preparing for ‘mayhem and mass arrests’ at the upcoming Republican National Convention, after city authorities revealed they’ve stock-piled 10,000 pairs of flexible handcuffs as well as 2,000 steel batons and 25 rifle scopes.
Mother Jones said cops have also been busy ordering tear gas, body cameras and ‘inmate mattresses’ in anticipation of a ‘volatile few days’. (MotherJones )
http://blacklivesmatter.com (‘Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement . . .)
Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown: Social science is being militarised to develop ‘operational tools’ to target peaceful activists and protest movements (Guardian, 2014)