Ferguson is not just about systemic racism—it's about class warfare, and how America's poor are held back
Will the recent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, be a tipping point in the struggle against racial injustice, or will it be a minor footnote in some future grad student’s thesis on Civil Unrest in the Early Twenty-First Century?
The answer can be found in May of 1970.
You probably have heard of the Kent State shootings: on May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on student protesters at Kent State University. During those 13 seconds of gunfire, four students were killed and nine were wounded, one of whom was permanently paralyzed. The shock and outcry resulted in a nationwide strike of 4 million students that closed more than 450 campuses. Five days after the shooting, 100,000 protestors gathered in Washington, D.C. And the nation’s youth was energetically mobilized to end the Vietnam War, racism, sexism, and mindless faith in the political establishment.
You probably haven’t heard of the Jackson State shootings.
On May 14th, 10 days after Kent State ignited the nation, at the predominantly black Jackson State University in Mississippi, police killed two black students (one a high school senior, the other the father of an 18-month-old baby) with shotguns and wounded twelve others.
There was no national outcry. The nation was not mobilized to do anything. That heartless leviathan we call History swallowed that event whole, erasing it from the national memory.
The U.S. Census Report finds that 50 million Americans are poor. Fifty million voters is a powerful block if they ever organized in an effort to pursue their common economic goals. So, it’s crucial that those in the wealthiest One Percent keep the poor fractured by distracting them with emotional issues like immigration, abortion and gun control so they never stop to wonder how they got so screwed over for so long.
One way to keep these 50 million fractured is through disinformation. PunditFact’s recent scorecard on network news concluded that at Fox and Fox News Channel, 60 percent of claims are false. At NBC and MSNBC, 46 percent of claims were deemed false. That’s the “news,” folks! During the Ferguson riots, Fox News ran a black and white photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with the bold caption: “Forgetting MLK’s Message/Protestors in Missouri Turn to Violence.” Did they run such a caption when either Presidents Bush invaded Iraq: “Forgetting Jesus Christ’s Message/U.S. Forgets to Turn Cheek and Kills Thousands”?
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Bitcoin entrepreneur Brock Pierce has announced the launch of ‘realcoin’, a new cryptocurrency backed by the US dollar.Realcoin aims to bring the advantages of the bitcoin protocol to the dollar, meaning it can utilise the bitcoin network for low-cost transactions without a third party, but it is backed on a one-to-one basis by the company’s dollar reserves. The approach is ultimately aimed to eliminate volatility, but will help prevent confusion over divisions of higher-value coins like bitcoin too – as one dollar will be worth one realcoin, rather than 0.001608 BTC at the current price. This is not the first altcoin to use this particular name. However, the new cryptocurrency announced by Pierce, along with ad-industry entrepreneur Reeve Collins and Mastercoin’s Craig Sellars
Pioneering venture capitalist Tim Draper, father of noted bitcoin industry VC Adam Draper and managing director of the VC firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, has been revealed as the winner of last Friday’s US Marshals auction of nearly 30,000 BTC.The announcement was released via a blog post on Medium issued by California-based bitcoin trading and storage startup Vaurum. Draper was previously named as an investor in the company’s $4m seed funding round this May. In the post authored by Vaurum CEO Avish Bhama, the company announced that Draper intends to partner with Vaurum to use the roughly 30,000 BTC to provide bitcoin liquidity in emerging markets.
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According to Crunchbase, Draper’s notable recent investments include a host of Internet and technology startups, such as secure text messaging app Gliph, online investment management services provider Nutmeg, and mobile photo-sharing servicePath.
Path is a facebook competitor meta-sharer like Hootsuite that claims better privacy.
A third-generation venture capitalist, Tim Draper’s father, William Henry Draper III, founded Draper & Johnson Investment Company in 1962. Further, William Draper’s father, William Henry Draper Jr., founded VC firm Draper, Gaither and Anderson in 1958. Today, Draper’s son, Adam Draper, is heavily involved in the bitcoin space as a VC, and was notably an early investor in California-based bitcoin financial services provider Coinbase, one of the most established bitcoin businesses in the US. Adam Draper has since launched an ambitious plan to fund 100 bitcoin startups over the next three years through his seed fund and startup incubator, Boost VC.
Looks like a relatively good place for the coins to go.
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