Jelani Cobb on Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and the cinematic sense of déjà vu: http://nyr.kr/1nb8qkR
“The images remain familiar twenty-five years later because time has passed but in crucial ways our context has scarcely changed at all.”
Above: A memorial for Eric Garner at the site where he died. Photograph by Mark Peterson/Redux
Great article. The first thing I thought of when I read about Garner’s death was the scene with Radio Raheem from “Do the Right Thing.” Spike Lee’s work is invaluable for those who want to understand racial/political issues.
[Nine-year-old Buffalo area girl] Anna Conte died Thursday due to complications from a seizure she suffered more than a week ago…
She suffered from Dravet syndrome, and her mother said they were considering moving to Colorado to get a liquid strain of marijuana that could help with the seizures.
New York passed a medical marijuana law last month that will make the drug available on a limited basis and not in smokeable form. It won’t be on the market for 18 months.
It took Andrew Cuomo more than three years to legalize medical marijuana (via a bill riddled with serious flaws) and it’ll take another year and a half before patients can actually get it. It’s important to keep in mind that seriously ill people are living in a constant state of emergency. Their needs must be met immediately and cannot be subject to the squabbles and inner-workings of state governments. Maybe in the future politicians can concern themselves with the health of their constituents and not with their antiquated fear of the devil’s weed?
This convention serves as a nice microcosm of American politics. If you can’t get a lousy Republican to peddle nonsense, there’s always a lousy Democrat on standby.
Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton
Kidnap people, separate them from their families, murder and rape some of them, then use them to preserve your own political power. This is the Jeffersonian way.
Al Sharpton, at a Harlem rally demanding justice for Eric Garner, who was strangled to death while being placed in police custody.
Mayor de Blasio needs to bring the hammer down and control his errant police force, which is constantly being accused of misconduct and unnecessary arrests. One expects out-of-control cops under a conservative “law and order” administration led by mayors like Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani, but de Blasio specifically campaigned on reforming the horrid stop-and-frisk policy. Hopefully he has sense enough to understand that stop-and-frisk was not simply one bad policy but rather the symptom of a disease.
and somehow I get the feeling that no one’s going to have a problem voting for a government pledging tons of military aid with absolutely no strings to Israel in the next couple years
Remember, without the overt and enthusiastic support of our governments, there would be no way for the Israeli government to pay for such a massive military nor inflict violence on Palestinian civilians at any time with zero repercussions. How does your preferred candidate feel about no-strings support for the Israeli government? And what can you do to make sure you see future viable candiates who don’t feel the same way?
At sunset, the Israeli military begins to pound Gaza from the air, land and sea. Flares illuminate the northern and eastern parts of the Strip. The bombardment is continuous, the most intense of the 10 day assault. The Wafaa hospital in the east—that houses disabled patients—comes under heavy attack and is partially evacuated.
Then the news breaks. Israel has launched a ground invasion. They are coming in. The first time since the brutal 2008-2009 assault that left over 1,300 dead. The power goes out and Gaza is plunged into darkness as 1.8 million Palestinians brace for more violence.