St. Louis Venerates Obama Over MLK

"Giving honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama" - Jamie Foxx

“Giving honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama” – Jamie Foxx

Zachary Cole

January 23, 2013

Initially I hadn’t planned on writing a piece concerning this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. March. But after a few days of thinking about the ridiculousness of our local organizers I felt that something had to be said. It’s really a shame that Democratic operatives have co-opted the holiday committee for MLK because this should be a day without “party lines”. After all, Dr. King was not a big proponent of the left-right paradigm.

In fact, at one point he said, “I feel someone must remain in the position of non-alignment, so that he can look objectively at both parties and be the conscience of both—not the servant or master of either.” With that being said, one might think that the committee would be nonpartisan. But apparently this is not so (or at least it is not a concern of the organizers). The reader will see shortly why I think there was a bias within the committee that originated from political elements.

This year, the Inauguration Day fell on the same date that we observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The holiday committee decided that since Dr. King’s birthday fell on Pres. Obama’s Inauguration Day, they would combine the festivities. While I believe that some on the committee genuinely thought this was a good idea, clearly there wasn’t much thought put into it.

A couple of days before the march I got word of what the organizers had planned to do. I was a little puzzled by this decision because of what I knew about Dr. King’s stance on war as opposed to the president’s actions the last four years. The whole time I couldn’t stop thinking, “If MLK were alive today, would he support the president’s policies concerning drone strikes, foreign intervention, and indefinite detention of US citizens without a trial or jury?” But at the end of the day I tried to give the organizers the benefit of the doubt and chalk it off as them wanting to honor two influential men of color.

I discussed this with a local activist and rapper named Rev Dellic, who also had the same concerns. Despite my reservations about the inauguration component, I decided to join with local activists to commemorate Dr. King. Admittedly a few of us also wanted to strike up conversations with Obama supporters to see what their thoughts were on the comparisons of these two men.

Rev and I decided that we would march with signs around our necks that read, “MLK had a dream…What is Obama’s dream?” We decided the best approach would be to pose a somewhat simple and nonthreatening question to open up dialogue.

As I made my way to the Old Courthouse, I hadn’t even gotten across the street to where everyone was meeting for the march, when my attention was immediately brought to a 10-12 foot tall Obama puppet standing with outstretched hands behind the ROTC choir. Besides the irony of the giant puppet, I found the whole situation awkward. Another thing that stood out to me was the fact that Obama was the predominant character despite the status of MLK.

At any rate, once we got over to the site of where the march would begin, we proceeded to put on our signs. Overall we had a 95% positive reception with a few double takes and a couple snide remarks. But by and large most people were indifferent to the question posed. To those that responded negatively or somewhat perturbed, they seemed to be going more on their emotions or the perception that we may give wearing a political sign at such an occasion. Of course the latter response is silly since the Democrats already politicized MLK Day by combining the inauguration with it.

One self-proclaimed “Anarchist” named James rode over on his bike to henpeck us on why these signs were inappropriate and polarizing towards nonwhites. His arguments weren’t totally illogical and he wasn’t being a jerk, however he was worried more about his agenda to proselytize African-Americans to Anarchism then our right to freely express ourselves. He also made this wild assumption that because some of us were white that we had no connection to the black community here in St. Louis. I couldn’t help but laugh on the inside when he said this.

While I get being sensitive to the culture of others, I don’t buy into the psychology of “white guilt”. My personal belief is that your motive for helping oppressed peoples should not come from a place of making penitence but out of love and the brotherhood of man. Needless to say James failed to convince us to remove the signs but he did successfully remind us that even some in the activist community censor themselves according to the other parties’ color of skin.

Another gentleman that was a little annoyed by our signs, got in my face and asked what I meant by the statement being made. I was a little caught off guard by his aggression but I proceeded to explain my position. Unfortunately, like I have to do every time I discuss Pres. Obama, I had to preface my argument by saying that the problem is his policies and not his hue. Once I got past the opening spiel, I told him that I believed that if Dr. King were alive today he would have denounced the president’s actions against foreign countries and the continuance of tyrannical “Bushian” policies.

This gentleman actually looked at me, with a straight face, and said, “It seems like we’re living in the past…” He also took issue with the sign and tried to charge us with not being forthright by simply posing a question. The guy said it was disingenuous and that “Obama is about peace because he brought the soldiers home from Iraq.” He further hashed out his argument by saying that MLK was against the Vietnam War but that this was a different time period altogether. The gentleman then attempted to counter my mention of the murderous drone strikes by saying, “France has taken over that.”

Defying logic and facts, this guy waved off the killing of women and children (that the president signed off on) by playing political hot potato and essentially telling us that we need to evolve on our views of foreign intervention. After he was done I started to note a few things that he seemed to be brushing aside but before I could say another sentence, he literally ran away like a cartoon character out of Looney Tunes.

Fact of the matter is, this man was a diehard Democrat and an Obama sycophant, who when Bush was in office opposed war and surely cried aloud about the civil rights violations of Gitmo prisoners. But now that he has someone that “looks” like him, he feels comfortable in playing identity politics (a charge that Dems attempt to put on the majority of whites on the right). Aside from the hypocrisy, he tried to obfuscate the truth.

It is inaccurate to say that America does not have “boots on the ground” in Iraq. We are still meddling in that country through private mercenary groups like Blackwater; which changed its name from XE to Academi.  Furthermore, as far as I know, the United States is still in full command over drone strikes in Pakistan and is waging other proxy wars in the Middle East and Africa. I haven’t the slightest clue where he got that France is now the sole villain in droning innocents.

Continuing on, a more peculiar moment was when we were approached by college students from UMSL that had no idea what the march was about. They said to us that their instructor told them to meet down at the Old Courthouse for a class assignment but didn’t tell them what the event was about. Although I thought this was incredible that they were oblivious to MLK Day and the presidential inauguration, I definitely could see how they could be confused considering all the mixed messages.

This confusion leads into the center of mine and other’s frustration with how this event was handled. It is my opinion that the two events should not have been combined or there should have been a distinction made. It seemed to run altogether and quite frankly Obama was the center of attention despite later marching for Dr. King. I can’t speak for everyone there but the Obama worship was creepy just as it was in DC. I was kind of expecting for people to form lines and patterns for their dictator. But I guess we’re not there yet.


We Are Change STL Exposes the Matrix on UMSL Campus

On Friday Novemeber 9, 2012 We Are Change-STL visited the UMSL campus to talk with college students and professors on 5 important topics. The questions are as follows:

  1. What is the Federal Reserve?
  2. Can you point out (in the picture) where a Bowing 747 jetliner hit that building (Pentagon)?
  3. Should genetically modified food (GMO) be labeled?
  4. Which presidential candidate (Obama or Romney) supports drone bombing?
  5. Which presidential candidate (Obama or Romney) supports indefinite detention of US citizens?

Watch the video above for the surprising answers. As noted in the video, research these 5 topics for yourself so that you may be fully informed!

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TW Radio Archives Interview With STL Anonymous on Trapwire

Saint Louis Anonymous

Tyranny Watch presents Episode #4 – This week’s episode Zachary talks to STL Anonymous about Trapwire, Stratfor leaks, and the growing spy grid being put in place. We also discuss the Anonymous-based activism that happened in St. Louis on October 20th from Noon-10pm downtown at Keiner Plaza.


Todd Akin Says NDAA Is Constitutional

Todd Akin

Zachary Cole

The indefinite detention section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been a hot button issue since its ratification into law. Basically this section of the bill declares US territory as a battlefield and gives the government power to detain citizens for an undetermined amount of time without due process. It also lay out in this section, albeit vaguely, that anyone associated or frequently communicates with those the government deems as terrorists can be place under the same treatment. This could potentially include journalists, veterans, and those that network with various political or religious groups.

Senator McCain, co-author of the bill, confirmed that US citizens could be indefinitely detained and Senator Lindsey Graham even went as far to say that an American can be killed. Senator Carl Levin, who is another author, surprisingly exposed the Obama administration on the floor by saying that it was the president that insisted indefinite detention be left in the bill (despite telling the media he was not for it). Although there was little debate from the Republicans or Democrats, President Obama still insisted on his objection and signed the bill into law under the eve of a New Year (2012). He tried to justify his action with a signing statement promising not to use the power of indefinite detention on US citizens. This of course broke his previous word that he would veto the bill if it included this section and as we have seen since its ratification into law the government has used it to detain indefinitely and even kill US citizens (like that of Anwar al-Awlaki).

Now we are again on another eve but this time it is the election of 2012. A lot is up for grabs this time around and it is not just the office of president. Locally in Missouri we have a heated race between Senator Claire McCaskill (D) and Representative Todd Akin (R). Akin most recently he has been in hot water for his statement on abortion for victims of rape which lead to a firestorm of condemnation from the left and right.


TW Radio Archives Interview With Courtnae Smith of Occupy STL

Courtnae Smith

Courtnae Smith of Occupy Saint Louis (OSTL)

Previously recorded 10/04/12 a few days after the one year anniversary of Occupy STL.  We discuss misconceptions people have about the Occupy movement and the future of local activism. Featured music by Rev Dellic called “The 99”.

Listen or Download HERE!

The 99% Never Left

Occupy STL 1 Year Anniversary

by Kyle Prindiville

TW Contributor

I remember the excitement in the air one year ago as individuals gathered in downtown St. Louis to protest the status quo and to create a St. Louis branch of the Occupy Wall st. movement. It began with a sign-making event outside of the Crack Fox, followed by some motivational speakers, and then a march on the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve. We all rallied together behind the message that banks, Wall st., and politicians were working together to sell out the American public. Here we are one year later and while hundreds of protesters have been arrested, not one banker is in jail.

The Occupy St. Louis one year anniversary was a reunion for those protesters that met one year ago. We started as individuals, but we are now connected as networks. Our one group split into many affinity groups working on local projects. Occupy put lifelong activists in touch with enthusiastic first-time protesters. The results over the past year have been a strengthening of connections evolving through many personality disputes and ideological clashes.


Top-Secret Zinc Cadmium Sulfide Experiments on Black Residents in St. Louis

Zinc Cadmium Sulfide

I am constantly reminded of this faithful saying: there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed and in these times it seems as though the government’s ship of secrets is sinking. We have multiple examples of declassified projects and experiments that have come to light in recent times like mustard gas testing on soldiers, infecting Blacks from Tuskegee and Hispanics of Guatemala with syphilis, conducting tests on prisoners with Agent Orange, injecting cancer cells into Puerto Ricans just to name a few. For anybody that was not aware of such things, all these experiments happened decades ago.

Now after being buried for decades once again, a sociologist named Lisa Martino-Taylor, through FOIA requests has dug up more disturbing tests being conducted this time in Saint Louis. Martino-Taylor’s findings show from 1953-54 and 1963-65 that a spin-off of the Manhattan Project called the Manhattan-Rochester Coalition and a Military aerosol study based out of Saint Louis sprayed zinc cadmium sulfide laced with radiological particles on the segregated Pruitt-Igoe complex in the Carr neighborhood. Her findings reveal that about 10,000 low income people were subjected to the spraying of which 70% were under the age of 12 years old.

The compound called zinc cadmium sulfide sole use in the 50’s was to determine the geographic range and dispersion of biological and chemical agents. In a similar study in Texas, the army used planes to spray the population but according to documents uncovered in the 90’s, the military used building tops like the Knights of Columbus on Lindell and in Forest Park and believe it or not, out of station wagons. Interestingly enough, in 1994 Rep. Dick Gephardt, also raised questions about this very issue. He said at the time, “We want to make sure nothing went on that would harm anyone, and that all the facts are out on the table.” But oddly nothing else came about from this investigation.


East St. Louis Mayor Threatens Martial Law

East Saint Louis Martial Law

Kyle Prindiville
TW Contributor

The mayor of East St. Louis, Alvin Parks, declared on September 27 a “zero tolerance order” effective immediately in East St. Louis. He is targeting teenage boys under the age of 18 with a plan to enforce curfew laws and to arrest any teen walking the streets during school hours.

There is a window from 4pm-10pm that teens are allowed to be outside, but the mayor warned that any teen found without ID will be arrested. He went on to say wearing royal blue or bright red will be outlawed. These policies of increasing the police presence and enforcing martial law are said to be “for the safety of the citizens”.