Saturday, January 31, 2009

And the Best Song On the Riot Goes To...

My pal and I recently attempted to find the greatest song on rioting...nominations went to:
  • "White Riot" by the Clash, speaks to the romantic longings I enjoy at times.
  • "Street Fighting Man", Rolling Stones,
  • Atari Teenage Riot seems to constantly be screaming about rioting
  • Public Enemy's video for "Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos" has a pretty dope prison riot scene
  • Black Flag laments fighting cops in "Police Story"
The Dead Kennedys and Rancid both have less noteworthy songs on the subject, but the winner for best riot song has to go to:
  • Ice Cube with "We Had To Tear This Motherfucker Up" this tune brutally illustrates, as in your face as you can get, the anger spawned by racist police oppression, and the beat kicks dick to boot. Check it.

thanks to Nihar for his help on this and future posts ;)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Paris Is Burning Again...

as it does every year, this time they join the rest of the world in displaying anger over wanton financial bullshit (neoliberalism).

News rag


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Riot Art

Eley Kishimoto

Remembering Oscar Grant

If anyone knows where I can find the rest of this amazing series of office riot instructionals, I'd be sooo very amped for it.

Riots In The Age Of Twitter

Here is another informative article from another mainstream rag on riots, this time from the Economist. The article reports on the recent success of tactical riots due to the use of the internet and cell phones, and seems to suggest that this is the most efficient means towards radical ends:
[The anti-globalization movement] has ignored the idea of spontaneous but networked protest, and instead focused on taking large crowds to set-piece events like summits. Such methods look outdated now. Governments are not the only things that networked “anarchy” threatens.
So, maybe I'm taking what I want out of this article for my own purposes, I'm okay with that.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Let Me Clarify (Redux)...

The history of American riots and uprisings are overall horrifying and disgraceful. A quick glance at this list of riots in the States will show a overwhelming number of lynch mobs and drunken white orgies of racist, xenophobic violence. In addition, a good hand full of incidents of oppressed and marginalized folks striking back has resulted in decimated communities and even deeper poverty and marginalization.

So why champion the riot?

Scattered amongst those miserable riots are many that forced dramatic and radical change, the individuals involved justly fought back against imposed sub-human living and won (as seen in a couple of previous posts here). Furthermore, many of the "failed" riots that burned down entire blocks of the oppressed own neighborhoods, where part of an strong movement for social justice that benefited from these extreme and sad acts. With a keen sense of direction and analysis violent strikes against those things the oppressor values can be dramatically beneficial. The reactionary right has always, without reservation chose violence to achieve it's ends, I am not suggesting we mimic their ways, but to tactically use what works within a framework that suits those of us interested in social justice, as a means of defense and liberation. This is what I aim to argue and explore in this here blog. Just thought I'd let ya know.

*I'd be a ass if I didn't mention that I am well aware that it can verge into the vulgar, if not just stupid, when a white middle-class man promotes potentially dangerous tactics to the oppressed, the majority being low-income people of color. This is not my intension. I intend to step carefully, and with full consciousness of the privilege I have in writing such things. But this blog's main target are those of us with privilege, the tenuously safe and secure, with percolating anger at the constant recycling of injustice and the unchecked, unrepentant free-range vampires maintaining this obscenity. I will try to make arguments that we need to step it up, to support those that choose to fight back in a loud way, and to take those in power to task ourselves in ways that cannot be ignored. We must forever debate social justice tactics, and maintain an openness to those tactics that make us uncomfortable by putting us or 'them' at risk, particularly us with skin and class privilege. More on this to come...