Wednesday’s news links – April 21, 2021

USA: Shackling of aged inmate, Mumia Abu-Jamal, is deplorable – UN experts

Ohio police tell bystanders ‘blue lives matter’ moments after girl shot dead as Chauvin verdict delivered The Independent

Columbus, Ohio, police shooting kills 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant

Derek Chauvin Found Guilty. 700,000 Cops to Go

Why A Guilty Verdict For Derek Chauvin Doesn’t Change The Reality Of Police Violence FiveThirtyEight

A Tradition of Violence: The History of Deputy Gangs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Knock LA

There are at least 18 gangs within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Officials at various government agencies, including the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles County District Attorney, the California Senate Senate Subcommittee on Police Officer Conduct, and the United States Commission on Civil Rights have heard testimony on the violence inflicted on communities at the hands of deputy gangs for decades. And yet, there have not been any internal investigations or significant policy changes to address the issue. Deputy gangs have killed at least 19 people, all of whom were men of color. At least four of them had a mental illness. Los Angeles County keeps a list of lawsuits related to the deputy gangs. Litigation related to these cases has cost the County just over $100 million over the past 30 years.

Ahead of Chauvin Verdict, Florida Enacts ‘Racist’ Law Protecting Drivers Who Hit BLM Protesters NewsOne

Ilhan Omar Blasts Democrats Over Hypocrisy in Funding Police vs Social Programs Truthout

Filmmaker Raoul Peck Brilliantly Rips Off the Facade of the American Dream in ‘Exterminate All the Brutes’ Jeanine T. Abraham, Black Girl Nerds

In the first five minutes of Raoul Peck’s docuseries, Exterminate All the Brutes, a subtitle appears on screen. “The Disturbing Confidence of Ignorance: 1836 Seminoles and Maroons.” A determined Seminole female chief (Casia Ankarsparre) appears on screen. Unblinking, she says, “This is the day we fight.” The next scene is a meeting between the chief and a male Maroon leader. In this scene we see a true story that the majority white gatekeepers who control Hollywood rarely include in their whitewashed stories about the history of what we now call “America” — Black and Brown living in integrated community, sharing resources, and resisting white supremacy. As they sit in a circle under a modest covering, the Maroon leader humbly offers to run in order to protect the community. The chief replies, “We’re family now. You stay.” The Maroon leader emphasizes that he doesn’t want to bring harm, to which the chief knowingly says, “They bring harm to our nation, not you.” The white man wants their land by any means necessary. They decide to fight together to protect one another and their land.

Staten Island Amazon Workers Begin Union Drive, Drawing Lessons From Bessemer Truthout

The invention of whiteness: the long history of a dangerous idea Robert P Baird

Before the 17th century, people did not think of themselves as belonging to something called the white race. But once the idea was invented, it quickly began to reshape the modern world

No 10 race report tries to normalise white supremacy, say UN experts Guardian

UN condemns ‘reprehensible’ UK race report for repackaging ‘racist tropes into fact’ CNN

China

The Xinjiang Genocide Allegations Are Unjustified Jeffrey D. Sachs & William Schabas – Project Syndicate

Cuba

Cuba’s five COVID-19 vaccines: the full story on Soberana 01/02/Plus, Abdala, and Mambisa Helen Yaffe

Bay of Pigs: First defeat of imperialism in Latin America Francisco Javier Viamontes Correa / Minrex / Internationalist 360°

Colombia-Venezuela Border: The Truth about the Conflict Resumen

Anti-imperialists protest French-led Operation Barkhane in the Sahel Peoples Dispatch

#COVID19

Is herd immunity to COVID-19 possible? Experts increasingly say no. USA Today

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