Demonstrations Outside Ballpark Village Bring Out Anger, Racist Taunts

Protests held outside Ballpark Village Saturday night.

Protests held outside Ballpark Village Saturday night.

By S. Christopher Emerson

Protests outside a St. Louis Cardinals game Saturday brought out arguments and racist taunts from some baseball fans.

Around 100 demonstrators gathered at Ballpark Village Saturday night to mark the three-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, Jr. and to protest a white nationalist tiki-torch rally Friday and confrontation Saturday on the campus of University of Virginia, in Charlottesville.

Protesters in St. Louis chanted “This is what democracy looks like!” and “The whole damn system is guilty as hell!” outside the Cardinals’ game against the Atlanta Braves. Protesters were calling attention to racism in the US in the context of Mike Brown’s shooting death by Ferguson, MO police officer and the white nationalist rally.

Stltoday.com reports that baseball fans leaving the game got into several “confrontations” with protesters. In one incident, onlooking police intervened as one man yelled at protesters. Another man argued with protesters and provoked them with a Nazi salute, and when leaving, used an obscene gesture as he told following protesters to leave him alone. Yet another fan shouted “All lives matter!” at demonstrators.

Officials at Busch Stadium stated that there were no injuries in the clashes at Ballpark Village.

This is in stark contrast to the months of protests in Ferguson following Michael Brown, Jr.’s shooting death by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, in which protesters were tear gassed, tased, shot with rubber bullets, and violently arrested by police outfitted with military equipment.

Tensions also ensued at the white nationalist riot in Charlottesville which saw violence as well, in which the gathering of KKK members, Nazis, Confederates and others, exchanged words with protesters. The demonstrations resulted in one fatality, when a car plowed into a group of people protesting against the white nationalists.

St. Louis protesters eventually left Ballpak Village and briefly marched downtown. They dispersed around 10:15pm.

50 African Refugees Drown Off Yemen’s Coast

Refugees from migrant ship.

Refugees from migrant ship.

By Chuma Kisu

According to international reports a smuggler “deliberately drowned” up to 50 Somali and Ethiopian migrants in the sea off Yemen’s coast, the United Nations migration agency said.

The teenage migrants were trying to reach the Gulf countries via Yemen on Wednesday.

A statement of the International Organization for Migration (IMO) described the drownings in the Arabian Sea as “shocking and inhumane.”

“The survivors told our colleagues on the beach that the smuggler pushed them to the sea when he saw some ‘authority types’ near the coast,” said Laurent de Boeck, the Yemen mission chief for the International Organization for Migration.

“They also told us that the smuggler already has returned to Somalia to continue his business and pick up more migrants to bring to Yemen on the same route.”

Shortly after the drowning, IOM staff found shallow graves of 29 migrants on a beach in Shabwa, the UN agency said.

“The dead had been quickly buried by those who survived the smuggler’s deadly actions.”

The migrants were escaping the political instability and violence plaguing their nations. The IOM estimates that since January, 55,000 migrants have left the Horn of Africa to come to Yemen. Smugglers work in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

More than 30,000 of those migrants are under age 18 and from Somalia or Ethiopia, while a third are estimated to be female.

According to reports the smuggler’s boat approaching Yemen on Wednesday, August 9, 2017was near the Shabwa coast. The IOM said the smuggler pushed 120 Ethiopians and Somalis into the sea. Medics provided care to dozens of survivors, but some left the beach before help arrived. Twenty-two people are missing.

The average age of the people headed to Yemen on Wednesday was 16.

The Use of Tiki Torches Tells You About the White Nationalist Cowards at UVA

S. Christopher Emerson

If you agree with US president Cheeto Hitler and believe there are two equal sides of the Charlottesville race riot, you’re as obscenely wrong about everything as he is.

When a couple hundred Ken Doll Garbage Pail Kids descended upon the campus of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville Friday night devoid of the creativity that would have led them to do more than charge 200 tiki torches on dad’s Home Depot card and whine about some europocalypse, we knew what in the history-repeating-itself-hell was going on.

Without devoting too much time to a phenomenon Black folks have literally been dealing with since the end of slavery (and before, of course), Charlottesville is just the latest terrorist incident perpetrated by whites backlashing Black and Brown social advancements. In this case, white nationalists including klan members, Nazis (ain’t nothin’ “neo” about ‘em), and confederate losers shouted out in the dark “You will not replace us.”

No need. You’re fading out without our help.

Add the UVA race riot to the list that includes the East St. Louis Race Riot, the bombing of Black Wall Street, the massacre in Rosewood, FL, culminations of a boiling white backlash that once simmered in police killings of unarmed Black folks, including children and the other lynchings of Blacks committed by probably the White guys standing next to our grandparents in the town square. Counter protesters still squared off on those cowards though.

And yes, there were white women present to taking phone video of the Aryan snivelfest, just like they showed up for Toupee Fiasco in his election as Bullshitter-in-Chief.

And to add insult to insult, White enemy combatants, outfitted with helmets, blunted weapons, makeshift shields, and firearms, attacked counter protesters before their 12 noon response the next day. The attack led to several injuries, and one death after one of the cowards drove a car through a group there to oppose the white nationalists.

So no, this ain’t two equals sides meeting on level footing, arguing the finer points of racial and ethnic difference. Nah Son. This is a group of savages, guilty and emboldened by their white privilege, flailing about because they think their opinions are valid or important, and a group of folks who wouldn’t allow them to crack their mouths without a challenge.

Incidentally, THIS is why we protest, and boycott, namely the NFL… Because it’s important to build and issue power beyond what is comfortable and convenient, since we wanna be free.

Neo-Nazi Protest Responsible for 1 Death and 35 Injuries

By MCNS Staff

Saturday's demonstrations became deadly when a vehicle rammed into protestors in Charlottesville, VA

Saturday’s demonstrations became deadly when a vehicle rammed into protestors in Charlottesville, VA

A violent clash between white supremacists (which included neo Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members), counter protesters and police took place this past Saturday morning. The white supremacists protested the removal of a Robert E Lee statue at Emancipation Park at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. The white supremacists wore helmets and held semi-automatic rifles, clubs, bats, shields and sticks. 16 people were injured in the clash.

In response to the incident, Donald Trump said “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.”

According to MSNBC, a 32 year-old woman was killed and 19 people were injured Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio is being held in a Virginia jail in connection with the vehicular homicide near the gathering, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail. According to CNN, the suspect is a member of the white supremacist group, Vanguard America. Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death. Witnesses stated that the ramming was clearly intentional.

Additionally, according to the Cavalier Daily, on the night prior to this clash, hundreds of white supremacists engaged in a procession through the University of Virginia campus on Friday night carrying torches as they chanted “blood and soil,” a phrase used in Nazi Germany. The white supremacists marched through the Charlottesville campus and stopped at the doorway of an interfaith church while service was going on and continued the chanting, thus terrorizing church goers.

They continued on to the Jefferson Statue where a small contingent of counter-protesters circled it and linked arms with their backs toward the statue. The white supremacists surrounded the counter-protesters and continued chanting until a fight broke out. Police declared the procession an unlawful assembly and separated the groups, however several people were injured and reported being pepper-sprayed. White supremacists then began swinging and throwing their torches at counter protestors.

According to Politico, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for a federal investigation into the day’s racially charged violence while Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe told the white supremacists to “go home and never come back.”

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Soda Consumption In the US Plunges to a 31-Year Low

By MCNS Staffindex

Soda consumption in the United States fell to a 31-year low in 2016, according to Beverage-Digest. That decline can mainly be attributed to waning demand among health-conscious consumers.

For more on soda’s waning popularity, click here.