The screams of dead children -- everywhere


The screams of a thousand dead children wail through my mind. Children in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Libya killed by empires’ drones; thousands of young men of color America killed by white supremacist occupying armies called police, security guards and neighborhood watch agents; teenage workers from Bangladesh and China killed by corporations for profits; countless babies and young people killed by drive-by shootings and gun violence in communities of color intentionally ghettoized, destroyed and preyed upon by devil-opers, bank gangsters, gentriFUKators; and hundreds of white, middle-class children, youth, and adults killed by more gun violence perpetration, mental illness and the mental vacancy of wite culture.

Thousands of children die for corporate profits, war profits, and prison industrial profits every year in this country. Dead because gun violence is glorified and the sale of guns make some people rich, because parents are tired and don’t have the energy to fight with their kids to turn off the video games, because video games, un-conscious rap, Hollywood movies and corporate news with people killing each other make death look like entertainment -- and with each sale make more profits for tech corporations in Silicon Valley run by the new technological colonizers. Because guns are exciting, especially when you have little else to be excited about.

So shouldn’t the grief for all of our children be the same? Shouldn’t our actions to stop the rise in death by gun violence everywhere be equally urgent and comprehensive?

The president shed tears in a prime-time speech for the 20 white middle-class children from Connecticut. But what about crying for babies killed by drive-by shooters, youth killed by police, and hundreds of teenage workers from China who react to mercury poison and throw themselves out the window while US tech companies make billions in profit? Why aren’t thousands of people shedding tears and sorrow and sympathy for the children in Gaza who die everyday?

In the bizarre naming of poverty positions there is a terrifying concept called the deserving vs undeserving poor rooted in the US crums (welfare) policies that were originally set up for white widows of World War II veterans in the 1930s and 1940s. Due to overt and systemic white supremacist institutional values that undergird everything in the US from its stolen beginnings to now, these white, hetero-normative women were viewed as the deserving poor, or “legitimate” poor people, who had come upon bad times from no “fault” of their own and therefore were deserving of our aid and our sympathy. In contrast, indigenous sisters, sisters of color in diaspora, or divorced, poor or unmarried women were viewed as aberrant, pathological or “lazy,” who had inherently done something to “deserve” their poverty and therefore deserved none of the US crums, only criminalization, incarceration or disgust.

I think we have come to a time, with the meteoric rise in death by gun violence of so many of us of all ages, colors, cultures and regions of the country, where we now have the deserving vs undeserving dead. How about little baby Hiram, 1 year old, who died because he happened to be in the line of fire from a passing car in Oakland? Or Ayana Jones, a 7-year-young innocent baby shot when Detroit police stormed their home with assault rifles to “find a suspect.” Or Derrik Gaines, a young disabled man who was killed by Daly City police? Or the countless children killed in Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq or Libya by colonizing empire armies attempting to steal more indigenous resources for the ever-hungry jaws of capitalism? Did they deserve to die because someone calls their innocent bodies “collateral damage?”

What about all of our poor children of color -- sorted, separated, tested, and arrested out of schools -- who roam the streets with no jobs, no hope and endless violent images pumped into their heads from corporate media lies and mythologies in the holding tanks called our ghettoized neighborhoods, pick up guns and shoot each other for something to do until the police arrive to place them into the plantation prisons that await their profitable arrival? Do they deserve to die?

There are many reasons why children and adults are killing each other. My Black Indian Mama Dee used to say, white supremacy and capitalism isn't good for any human, even white people. People have talked about the proliferation and glorification of guns to all young people through mass media, as well as the deep wounds of the cult of independence on a human's psyche, not to mention the gutting by Republicrats of the mental health system. But one of the deepest ones that I see is the factory schools themselves, the separation of youth from elders’ wisdom and the ways that our children no longer even vaguely understand the respecting, honoring, and neccessary reverance of their elders.

Om this society, we are taught how to ghetto-ize and separate our elders from our children in as many ways as possible. This separation and lack of reverence is valued in capitalism as it sets up more products and capital to trade on. I pray and send love and strength to these families and little ancestors to help their still living families decolonize from this myth of separation and capital-inspired death so their may be healing for them.

From this moment and so many more like it, I am drawn to believe that when people like me and my mixed race family in poverty die, we deserve to. My hope and vision is that with this moment of so much sorrow for the families in Connecticut, perhaps the oddly democratizing impact of death will free us all from the unspoken but clearly existent concept that some of us deserve to die and awaken us all to the real-ness that none of us do.


It is interesting how little media coverage there is on all the youth killngs in Chicago,- particularly when it is the president's hometown.

Posted by CJRoses on Dec. 22, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

I love, love, love Lisa "Tony" Gray-Garcia's columns. I mean, there's white guilt, and then there's this... which really has no name, but at best can be described as sheer delusion.

Everyone, *this* is the child of "my Black Indian Mama":

Yes... not just white, but like, Aryan-approved white. Blonde hair, blue eyes, pale skin white. See, she doesn't really have a black mama, but she probably does a brother named Skyler and a sister who shops at REI and an uncle who watches Nascar.

I fucking love that the SFBG promotes this confused freak.

Posted by Scram on Dec. 22, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

Can't you see it? She's from the street.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Dec. 22, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

persons, just because they think it gives them cred and/or boosts their victim persona. Sometimes it's the ones who are least entitled to play a race card that try and do it the most. Really sad.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 7:35 am

Ye-ah, she go the street cred, lil Tiny do.

Posted by Anonymous on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

hopeless SFBG has to. Such race-baiting has no place on any responsible journal.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 7:26 am

How dare you, arrogant.......

Posted by ingrid on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:51 am


Tiny be tough boxer in staged photo, feel me?

Posted by Anonymous on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

Tiny's got a nice brand new power-car.

I done seen it on the street.

Who done paid for it? She a TrustFundBabe posin' as street-cred peoples?

Posted by Anonymous on Dec. 22, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

like Lisa. The rest of us have to live in the real world, and can't afford the luxury of hating people because they are white, wealthy or both.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 7:29 am

She doesn't appear to be a "trustfund baby."

Unfounded personal attacks reflect badly on their authors. How about sticking to the content of her essay?

Posted by Eddie on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 10:51 am

Are you suggesting I should read a book by an author who appears to deem in appropriate to classify people primarily by their race?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:08 am

This isn't very morally complicated. All nations should respect the rule of law, including the right to other countries' sovereignty. You shouldn't kill people just because you can. And yeah, what the nation's government does to others, can't help but come back full circle and affect how its people behave at home to each other. This isn't rocket science.

And if it's your country where things are screwed up, then a true patriot will speak out. It's easy and cheap to speak out against some other nation's problems -no risk, no backlash. But as soon as you speak out against problems with your own country, all the haters come out of the woodwork with their cheap cliches of might makes right, America love it or leave it, and my country right or wrong. Oh yeah... and the solution to violence is... why more violence of course!

But the haters and the racists (with their fake mocking jive talk) are wrong. To borrow matlock's new catch phrase which he seems so proud of, they parade their lack of morals as morals. The real patriots are people like Tiny, who are trying to make this country a better place.

Posted by Greg on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 8:49 am

projects force just because it can. The Us has only used force in the belief (rightly or wrongly) that there was an invasion of a sovereigh nation (Kuwait), actual terrorism against the US (9/11 - Afghanistan) and a threat from WND (Iraq).

We could clearly invade most nations on earth but we never do, absent a conpelling reason. You can't say that about many nations.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 9:45 am


Those are just the most recent and off the top of my head. Plus military bases in at least 130 countries.

Posted by Eddie on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 10:27 am

They are all basketcases and troublespots, or have been.

We don't invade Finland or Ireland or Chile or New Zeland, do we?

We mess with the bad guys, because the bad guys mess with the good guys.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:03 am

elected government in Chile in the early 1970's. Or did you forget Pinochet, Nixon, Kissinger, and Anaconda Copper?

And the mentor of the US, England, invaded Ireland and still occupies its northern part.

Similarly, England stole New Zealand from its Maori inhabitants.

I don't know much about Finland.

Your subtle racism shows when you describe the countries I listed as "bad guys."

Posted by Eddie on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:10 am

Not to mention the CIA coordination of the coups d'etat against democratically elected governments in the rest of the southern cone and Brazil in the 60s and 70s.

Do you know that in Brazil of the period, the meritocracy included inserting glass rods into the ureathrae of those suspected of being left wing and then hammering down on the suspect's penis with a hammer?

Posted by marcos on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:32 am

brought to mind Indonesia and the successful CIA effort to replace democratically elected Sukarno with dictator Suharto, whose death squads (acting on lists compiled by CIA operatives) killed upwards of 1,000,000 people. Of course, the intervention was reasonable and well intentioned.

Posted by Eddie on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:51 am

Because we are the most peace loving of all nations.

Posted by marcos on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

That is, of course, the Be-Nice-To-Everbody religion.

Posted by lillipublicans on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

At this time of year, I like to take a moment to remind folks that the criminal history of Christianity is written for two millenia in the blood of the non-believers.

Posted by marcos on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

Even though we were colonized too?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 12:37 pm


Posted by Eddie on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 10:54 am

It is easier to list the nations where the US has not intervened: Switzerland.

Posted by marcos on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:09 am

But you appear to assume that US intervention is always wrong.



Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

In 1941 the US was attacked. Fighting off an invasion is not intervention.

Posted by marcos on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

many other occasions of terrorism that threatened Americans here and abroad.

It's not so odd to think that we might fight back. In fact, it's guaranteed.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Posted by Eddie on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:54 am

I still haven't seen one stable, viable, democratic nation among any of them.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

I actually think it is possible that this Guest may implode under the leaden weight of its own rhetoric. I mean, it really is getting pretty stupid.

The old "Hitler never attacked Switzerland" story has been worthless since the Swiss' active complicity with the Nazi war machine was revealed.

Posted by lillipublicans on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

how far to appear to be co-operating to placate the Nazi's, else they might have been over-run like most of the rest of Europe.

But it would have been a messy invasion and Hitler had more than one reason to leave them alone, especially since they were effectively surrounded anyway.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

I sense a weakening, too.

They are starting to see the light.

Let lite flow into your inner being, my friends.

Perhaps the Mayan Convergence is a true reality after all.

Posted by Anonymous on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

debates with Marcos, Lilli, Eddie and Greg with one hand tied behind my back, blindfolded and while doing the NYTimes crossword at the same time.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

Guestie is feeling it. He's coming around.

Tiny has himyou that Amerikkkan imperialism is a real entity.

Posted by Gest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

Thanks Greg!

Posted by ingrid on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:49 am

America should mind it's own business 90% of the time, if some people are revolting against their dictator already and that dictator has a history of horrid actions around the world, there is a pretty good reason for the USA to get involved. Greg is a "they do it in Europe" liberal, oddly a fair amount of European countries got involved on the side of the rebels.

There is complaining about thing in America, it's foreign policy sucks, and drawing this huge conspiracy addled crack pot world view of everything is America's fault somehow. There is attacking American foreign policy and there is crazy, you and Tiny's views are crazy.

Whatever the USA does it's bad, you will search and stew until you find some crazy string of events that somehow puts the USA to blame.

There is no free will in the world of actions between nations and the actions of dictators towards their own citizens, the USA is at fault somehow.

Friendly dictators like Gaddifi are OK, their excesses are because of the USA, unfriendly dictators are bad because their excesses are the fault of the USA.

The comical left is as smart as the Reagan right of the 80's.

Posted by matlock on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

There are some basic, ugly truths this country will never confront and deal with. Until it effects white middle class Americans. Then suddenly, everything changes. The horror of Newton is undeniable. But why is it only horrifying when primarily white children are murdered. I live in the Mission District where young Latino men are shot and killed fairly regularly and yet where is the moral outrage? I feel for every child and family member killed as a result of gun violence. Maybe, just maybe the chickens coming home to roost will result in a change to how we view gun violence. But I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by Nyp on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:27 am

comment. Maybe you wandered into the wrong place?

Posted by Eddie on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:45 am

accusing others of. You're rating the death of a hispanic gang-member as highly as that of an innocent child, just because that child is white.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

Tiny makes it clear that LIFE is the most valuable, all life.

We can limit this conversation, for the sake of some's argument (above), to American life. Of course, in a transnational global economy where so much loss of life on foreign soil is driven by American capitalism and greed, it is inaccurate and simply a limitation of convenient ignorance & privilege.

Her question remains: how can we value some life over others? where is the national outcry for the lives of children of color, lost much too frequently??

"So shouldn’t the grief for all of our children be the same? Shouldn’t our actions to stop the rise in death by gun violence everywhere be equally urgent and comprehensive?"

She's not "playing a race card" talking about Newtown --- this is fact. Newtown is an affluent, primarily white community and this tragedy received huge attention as is historically true for the loss of white lives. Also historically true is the lack of media attention, outcry, and national grieving for the lives of children of color (and adults).

To suggest "reverse racism" is ignorant and privileged. America IS racialized. To acknowledge that is speaking in truth and reality.

Tiny calls for justice, not oppression.

"My hope and vision is that with this moment of so much sorrow for the families in Connecticut, perhaps the oddly democratizing impact of death will free us all from the unspoken but clearly existent concept that some of us deserve to die and awaken us all to the real-ness that none of us do."

Tiny, Thank you for writing this powerful expose.

Posted by ingrid on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:48 am

Of course some lives are deemed more important than others. For instance, our government provides services, benefits and resources for US nationals but not to foreigners. Are you calling that racism? Xemophobia?

It is natural for us to value those closer to us more than those further away. And even to value some who do good over those who do bad (however you define that).

Tiny is a racist because she applies different values to whites and non-whites - the very same form of discrimination that she claims to oppose when the shoe is on the other foot. She is a racist in sheep's clothing, acting under the guise of being a liberal but in practice preaching hatred based on skin color.

Her traitorous anti-americanism and love for repressive regimes just further discredits her. She is a nasty, spiteful and vindictive piece of work, and should not be given a platform here.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

The US provides drone services to foreigners.

Racism presupposes a master race. Not all discrimination based on race is racism, just that which uses political and economic power to elevate one race over all others. I don't find Gray particularly effective, but she is not a racist.

Posted by marcos on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

Oakland is getting one, due to it's out-of-control crime rate.

I'd dispute your definition of racism. All hate discriminantly issued on the basis of skin color is racism. Whites are no longer the most racist group in America.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

I so feel-concur with you, ingrid.

American capitalism and greed caused all these shooting-masacres.

Largely, mostly to the detriment of peoples of colors.

Posted by Gest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

"Peoples of colors"?


Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

More critical consciousness raising work like this must be made available to wool covered eyes of the privileged populace! #solidarity #appreciate

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

such prejudicial crowing nor project such biased bile in any of the distatorial countries that she cites as being more deserving of our empathy than our pown dead children.

Shame on Tiny/Lisa for exploiting the mass murder of children for her cheap, self-serving agenda.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 12:43 pm


Posted by Eddie on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

On the subject of opening our stunted eyes.

The readers and writers of the Bay Guardian are in general the privileged populace, one of it's writers is on vacation writing blogs on such down to earth subjects as New Age awakenings divined from wisdom keepers. These quasi religious odes taken on revealed faith are preaching to the converted while claiming to be breaking new ground and opening eyes.

The deep thinking of Tiny like free association screeds

Really all these self loathing exposes are about a created world view, the fringe creates a world view and then bemoans the rest of us for not being smart enough to accept their revealed wisdom. There is no wrong is answer in this world view.

For example; The media responds to a mass killing of whites and it's racist. The media reports to near daily street murder of and by minorities and it's racist. The media reports on drug crimes and it's racist. The police don't have enough resources in poor neighborhoods and it's racist, the police have too many cops in poor neighborhoods and its racist. Police let drug dealers run amok and it's racist, the police arrest street criminals and it's racist. On these levels any reporting or actions by the state at any level turns out to be de-facto racist. This endless bemoaning of racist no matter what is done borders on schizophrenia.

Woe be the male or female just trying to get laid on our American college campuses and coffee houses.

This revealed world confusion isn't limited to inside our borders.

The USA (and the "they do it in Europe") helps out people already in revolt and its the USA (and the "they do it in Europe") murdering people. A coalition including Europeans ("they do it in Europe") helps the citizens take out a dictator, so the American left automatically decides it is the fault of the USA that those people died and that dictator was really OK. The Shah of Iran was a horrible dictator that raised the standard of living of it's citizens, expanded womens rights, no leftist in America would have made the case that keeping him in power was a good idea in 1979. This confusion is solely on blaming America, but lets expand.

This subjective world view is really quite common. The USSR bemoaned the stupid overthrow of Allende, while the USSR abetted the worst human rights abuser on the planet. Reagan right wingers ignored the crimes of friendly dictators while complaining about Poland and Eastern Europe.

Our American lefts righteous stands are not about any real concerns about lives and rights, just as it wasn't a real concern for the USSR and the far right in the USA.

Posted by matlock on Dec. 23, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

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