Archive for April 2nd, 2012

by lizard

I’m not sure if I’ve ever stated this explicitly, but I’m extremely Caucasian. I spent my 5th grade year through two years of college in Kansas. For most of that time I lived in Johnson County; Overland Park, to be specific.

It was a very affluent and Caucasian place to be. My family wasn’t at the high high end, but we had all the privileges of being in a “safe” place.

What I mean by “safe” is that, as a young white male teenager, when we fucked up like I did a few times, the chances of getting shot dead by cops was minimal to non-existent.

That’s kinda what I was getting at when I wrote this poem about the killing of Trayvon.

As white suburbanites we didn’t go into the city too much, except for a few raves in the later high school years. Maybe, if we had been in an unguarded moment in the city where the white/black ratio was much different, we might have been burned with gasoline like this kid, in Kansas City, which happened just last month.

That story, by the way, is making the rounds on right-wing blogs as the unfair counterbalance to the liberal media’s obsession with Trayvon’s killing. For those on the left, the Iraqi woman who was killed with the note GO BACK TO YOU’RE OWN COUNTRY, YOU’RE A TERRORIST left beside her corpse, is the counterbalance to the corporate media’s reluctance to amplify the terrorism many Muslims in America now experience, post-9/11.

As a privileged white kid I listened to lots of different music, including rap. When NWA came Straight Outta Compton, I was still in Middle School. Thanks to Tipper Gore’s stupid campaign to keep “bad” music from the clutches of minors by placing parental advisory sticker’s on CD’s, possession of this music became illicit, and therefore very popular.


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by lizard

Back in 2006, Frontline did a piece on sex slaves. As tough as it was to watch, it barely scratched the surface of the global sex trafficking trade.

There are depths to this topic that are so awful, it’s a lot easier to just ignore that it’s happening. But it is happening, it’s big business, and there have been instances where some very powerful people and institutions have been implicated—like Goldman Sachs (NYT article):

THE biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a Web site called Backpage.com.

This emporium for girls and women — some under age or forced into prostitution — is in turn owned by an opaque private company called Village Voice Media. Until now it has been unclear who the ultimate owners are.

That mystery is solved. The owners turn out to include private equity financiers, including Goldman Sachs with a 16 percent stake.

Goldman Sachs was mortified when I began inquiring last week about its stake in America’s leading Web site for prostitution ads. It began working frantically to unload its shares, and on Friday afternoon it called to say that it had just signed an agreement to sell its stake to management.

I wonder who bought up the shares Goldman Sachs dumped. Wouldn’t it be nice if the DOJ went after the evil bastards who profit off sex trafficking instead of pot legalization advocates?

Below the fold is a youtube version of a documentary titled Conspiracy of Silence. It was suppose to air in May, 1994, but was pulled at the last minute. The documentary delves into an alleged child prostitution ring operating in Omaha, Nebraska. Continue Reading »




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