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Black Lives Matter muralists reflect on art, social justice

Original post made on Sep 11, 2020

The power of public art to bring communities together, foster conversations and amplify racial equity initiatives was the theme of a virtual panel discussion hosted by Palo Alto's Public Art Program on Thursday, Sept. 10.

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Posted by Resident
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on Sep 12, 2020 at 4:41 am

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There's not enough black people in Palo Alto for there to be any kind of "systemic" racism in Palo Alto. Therein lies the irony.
Enough of these vapid, pandering articles. Why can't PAO be an honest local newspaper instead of a heavily partisan one that repeats the fervid & divisive national propaganda we are so tired of hearing?
Enough identity politics!

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 13, 2020 at 2:55 pm

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We are now coming up to the debates for our future PACC members. Within the topic of police reform and BLM activity within the city we need to update our thinking on what is happening in the surrounding cites - in-state and out-of-state.
What we know now:
1. The "official" BLM group is headed by a declared Marxist trained person whose job it is to reduce police presence in the cities. Yes - she has a web page on FB.
2. The "other" BLM people may be or not associated with that organization but they are on the scene when rioting takes place.
3. The Antifa people are paid to go from city to city to create disturbances. They are not local people. So put your thinking hat on here - as long as they are successful then they will keep on going. So the job is to stop that activity in it's tracks.
4. The locations that have not shut down that activity are continuing to hurt to the point that they no longer have a long range business plan. Portland - no tourism, no new business, no new people moving in. How is Chicago doing? How is New York doing? All on the decline. Add to that the UC system in Berkley that has had numerous ANTIFA confrontations which resulted in burning and broken windows.

So why does the management of those cities and states allow this type of activity? Who is calling the shots? Someone is. The CA Governor is not stage center for these activities - he has been strangely silent of late. Trying to figure out which way the wind is blowing - literally and figuratively. Kamala has threatened us - if we don't vote for her the rioting will continue - a verbal threat recorded on the news. That is part of her platform.
We don't less police - we need enough police who are well trained in crowd control to make sure that we are not setting ourselves up for a gravy train of activity which does not contribute to the growth of cites. Don't get driven down a limited definition of the problem to the exclusion of all of the elements which are part of the problem.

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 13, 2020 at 10:51 pm

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TV was filled with games today - all type of games. It occurred to me that all of the people on these teams have been participating in their sport from childhood on. They all knew what they wanted and worked at being at the right schools and the right colleges. Their whole lives have been planned with their respective schools. And if not sports then music - or what ever skill that allows them to appear as professionals. And a great majority are black. So people know how to do this and they get paid a lot when they are good at what they do.

So who are the people that are always complaining about how they have been held back? Are they the ones that did not have a plan? Did not go to school? People who are successful have long range plans and work those plans. They know what the road to success is and work it. And when they go to school they get a lot of help from their coaches and teachers. People who are successful work all of the elements that are well documented as to how to achieve their goals. They have role models that help their planning process.

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Posted by Carol Kiparsky
a resident of University South
on Sep 17, 2020 at 9:33 pm

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The mural on Hamilton St in front of City Hall consists of 16 distinct letters, spelling out “Black Lives Matter”. Each letter was illustrated by a different artist or group of artists. The next to last letter, E, shows the face of a young Black woman and the words “We must love each other and work together for a better future”. The woman is Asata Shakur, though she is not identified in the piece, and the words are an expression of the positive spirit of the BLM movement.

A representative of a national police union objected to this illustration and requested that it be erased (or that the mural be removed??). Why? Because Shakur was convicted in 1974 of being an accomplice to the murder of a policeman. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole, and after serving 6 years escaped from prison and went to Cuba, where she has spent the rest of her life so far in exile.

Never mind that there is reason to question the validity of her conviction, and that there is clear evidence that she did not shoot the victim. She was in the car, Black, and that was enough.

But how many cops have killed Black people? Of them, how many have been punished? What sorts of punishments have they suffered, if any?

As I see it, that is the question that is raised by including the picture of this “cop killer” as one element of the Black Lives Matter mural. It does not say that killing cops is right, but rather opens a discussion about who gets punished for what, and about whose life matters in America.

Posted by MVresident2003
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on Sep 17, 2020 at 9:41 pm

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 17, 2020 at 10:58 pm

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That sounds good on the surface. However the official leader of the BLM is n avowed Marxist and coordinator for events. We are seeing "events" in Portland which are destroying that city. No one is going to vacation there, start a business there, buy a home there.
Worse - when you look at where you will send your child to college you want that child to be in a safe place. Major locations are now being disqualified as a safe place. The colleges in those locations are going to fail. The businesses are going to fail. If you are creating failure than what is the point? That failure affects everyone who is going to work in the city. That is not solving a problem - it is creating a multitude of new problems. Those "events" are not peaceful.

A best selling author and talk show said today that his Christmas Ornament for 2020 will be a Burning Dumpster.

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