Re: Your Bad Hot Take on Charles Manson

November 28, 2017

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Many years ago, when people still read whatever was lying around to fight downtime boredom, I picked up and read a discarded copy of the biography of Charles Manson, Manson in His Own Words, by Nuel Emmons. Like almost everyone under 60 today, my knowledge of Manson up to that point came from cultural inheritance […]

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Policing History: Peter Nicks’ Ahistorical The Force Erases Context and Facts about OPD

September 16, 2017

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There’s a scene in Peter Nicks the Force, the much hyped documentary by the director of the Waiting Room about the Oakland Police Department that is illustrative of the film’s foundational failure. Then-Captain Leronne Armstrong addresses an incoming police academy. He represents the intsitutional OPD that the young men and women are poised to enter […]

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Oakland’s City Leaders as Firestarters

August 17, 2017

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On July 7, a massive early morning fire tore through a seven story development in the heart of Oakland’s downtown/uptown neighborhood. It was the second fire this year in a similar construction site–a market rate development in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods–and the third in less than a year. Otis R. Taylor, a San Francisco Chronicle columnist, […]

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Intersectional Feminism: Wonder Woman, Palestinians, Wakanda and Zionism

June 3, 2017

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Though I’m not by any means an expert or anything, I was a historical consultant for one of the better documentaries out there on Wonder Woman, released long before there was even the hint of any hope for a Wonder Woman film—a role I began in 2008 for a film released in 2012. That’s not to […]

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Please Stop Using the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Data, Guise.

May 28, 2017

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Many people who care what I think will have noticed I have little regard for Antifa. I also don’t subscribe to the prevalent ideological construct of white supremacy growing astronomically in a substrate of the alt-right. I think there may be a slight growth in white supremacist affiliation, and a definite spike in brazen public declarations […]

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A Tale of Two Oaklands: The Ghostship Fire, The San Pablo Apartments Fire, and the Fight for Oakland’s Heart and Soul

April 20, 2017

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  Dozens of reporters, videographers and photographers thronged around the yellow tape surrounding the block containing the Ghost Ship warehouse the morning after the tragic fire that killed 36 people in the center of Fruitvale. As the hour approached noon, a group of thousands of Latino Catholics began their scheduled annual procession for the Virgen […]

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More Scrutiny on the Oakland Warehouse Coalition’s Proposed Ordinance

January 22, 2017

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I’ve been reading the Oakland Warehouse Coalition’s housing policy paper a little more closely, and I’m increasingly alarmed at the dangers created by the extremely narrowly focused recommendations. The Oakland Warehouse Coalition has created a policy recommendation paper, which the group plans to–in whole or in part–integrate into a city sponsored ordinance to redefine residential limitations on […]

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