Schools still misinform their students by teaching them America was found by Christopher Columbus. Never mind that individuals were already here or that Columbus never in fact set foot onto North American soil. America did not exist until Columbus and other Europeans started smelling around is the story the government teaches us; Columbus is promoted as a hero, diluting the genocide and violence against native tribes that European inhabitant's used to colonize this land. On and on unwinds the yarn of falsities disguised as history in America.
For those who are questioning everything and deconstructing reality from utter bullshit, you might or might not know that Three Decade ago today, the Philadelphia Police Department dropped a bomb on a west Philly area.
" Whoa!" Right? Dropping bombs in communities is what terrorists do. Not the good ole cops. The Philadelphia Authorities were targeting STEP, a Philly-based extreme motion committed to black freedom. Six adults and 5 kids died, a community burned, 65 homes were damaged and 250 people were left homeless. Exactly what occurred on May 13, 1985 is among America's worst recognized cases of police brutality.
Why is it essential to acknowledge and comprehend the MOVE bombing? Reporter, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who reported thoroughly on MOVE and is now serving time for murdering a police officer that he states he did not murder, puts it best:.
“May 13th at 30, why should we care what happened on May 13th, 1985? I mean, seriously, that was 30 years ago, a long time ago, way back when. Know what I mean? Most people won’t say that, but they think that. Why, indeed? I’ll tell you why. Because what happened then is a harbinger of what’s happening now all across America. I don’t mean bombing people—not yet, that is. I mean the visceral hatreds and violent contempt once held for MOVE is now visited upon average people, not just radicals and revolutionaries like MOVE. In May 1985, police officials justified the vicious attacks on MOVE children by saying they, too, were combatants. In Ferguson, Missouri, as police and National Guard confronted citizens, guess how cops described them in their own files. “Enemies.” Enemy combatants, anyone?
Then look at 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland. Boys, men, girls, women—it doesn’t matter. When many people stood in silence, or worse, in bitter acquiescence, to the bombing, shooting and carnage of May 13, 1985, upon MOVE, they opened the door to the ugliness of today’s police terrorism from coast to coast. There is a direct line from then to now. May 13, 1985, led to the eerie robocop present. If it had been justly and widely condemned then, there would be no now, no Ferguson, no South Carolina, no Los Angeles, no Baltimore. The barbaric police bombing of May 13, 1985, and the whitewash of the murders of 11 MOVE men, women and children opened a door that still has not been closed. We are today living with those consequences. From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.”
“Drop a bomb on a residential area? I never in my life heard of that,” a community citizen told a press reporter on May 13, 1985. "It's like Vietnam." For a much deeper look at our history lest we be destined to repeat it Just like we have actually been doing for the previous century, take a look at: A Fundamental History of the 1985 MOVE Battle, STEP Bombing at 30: "Barbaric" 1985 Philadelphia Police Attack Killed 11 & Burned an Area, I'm From Philly. Thirty Years Later on, I'm Still Aiming to Make Sense Of The MOVE Battle.
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