Monday, February 17, 2014

The "Stop Snitching" posters in Capitol Hill in Seattle, a fine example of activist ethics up here

The posters are about solidarity with people indicted by grand juries for political reasons. That isn't the problem. The problem is that they've taken the slogan from a movement in Baltimore whose purpose was to intimidate people out of informing on drug dealers and gang members who were ruining their neighborhoods. These people were, literally, according to the dictionary definition of the word, 'Thugs', and the campaign, that featured "Stop Snitching" T-Shirts was about threatening those who wanted to have their neighborhoods not flooded with drugs and crime. That's what they're building on.

Solidarity accompanied by the ethics of crack dealers, in other words, or at least of those who would defend them.


1 comment:

Kordo said...

Actually, the movement you refer to was in response to police using paid informants, often serious violent criminals facing heavy jail time, to testify against low-level street dealers. A common police tactic, right? Until you dig a little deeper and read some of the stories about these guys. In a lot of cases, the snitch was a much wealthier drug dealer with a lucrative sideline in ratting out his competition. In others, he/she was actually responsible for organizing/encouraging the "drug ring" at the behest of police (think FBI terrorism busts of half-wits who couldn't blow up a balloon without help). The shirts got smeared by people who didn't bother to do their homework, and politicians with agendas. Just fyi...

Also, I really liked the Blaise Cendrars post; great book...