Villa nueva (English)

Version imprimablepublié par HØ-archives le 8 novembre 2008

English version of Villa nueva.

There we go again. Each time we chill at the park, cops come and tell us off. In their minds, all local kids are dealers or junkies. But then, they went too far: three bullets in a teen. Legitimate defence? Bullshit, that's a fucking murder! You know just as well as me what it's like to live here: crappy jobs, decaying buildings and depressing schools. Plus, you have to deal with racism around the corner. To protect you from that, the police.

That night, riot was inevitable. When you are stuck without power, you can only answer with violence. After Fredy's murder, you think we'd be back playing dice at the park, tranquillos? What we did was not new. Since the '60s, spontaneous riots have spurned throughout the world. From L.A.'s ghettos (Watts, '65, South Central, '92) to Harlem, New York ('64-'65,'95) passing by Rochester ('64), Detroit ('67), Newark ('67) and Chicago ('68). France has had their lot of civilian insurgencies too, and most recently in 2005. The country, where police mistake led to popular wrath, was upset for a few weeks. Each time, the oppressed understood the importance to be united. We just went on with the idea.

They try to make us believe it's a problem of integration when it's a matter of discrimination. They try to makes us believe it was the gangs' fault when it was the cops'. It's the world upside down. The people that united on that day faced the next day at work alone. Victims of racism, of exploitation, of the system... One night of revolt stands nothing against capitalism.

Teens get into gangs trying to make things better for themselves. We understand this desire to emancipate and despise for authority bursting through violence, but gang wars reinforce the system. They won't change a thing. On the other hand, Black Panthers, them, really managed to help their sisters and brothers in need. To gain freedom they mobilized local population while defending them against pigs. The Black Panther Party was the most outstanding political organization of our times: we have everything to learn from it.

Police owns the neighbourhood. People are scared. What we really miss is a revolutionary political organization able to set our strength against theirs. ''An organization that will give us so much power we can sit down and do as we please. Once we can sit down and think as we please, speak as we please, and do as we please, we will show people what pleases us. And what pleases us won't always please them. So you've got to get some power before you can be yourself. Do you understand that? You've got to get some power before you can be yourself. Once you get power and you be yourself, why, you're gone, you've got it and gone. You create a new society and make some heaven right here on this earth.(1)''

By the way, the propane was a friggin' good idea!

 


(1) Excerpt from Malcolm X's speech at the Founding Rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity on June 28th, 1964.

 

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