Blog post from Wednesday, con’t:
This is the photo that was on the New York Times on-line front page on Wednesday, June 3 of the Black Lives Matter protest inTimes Square that Top Cat and I went to on Tuesday night:
I love this picture because it shows all those beautiful white-coated New York City doctors who came out to support Black Lives Matter. This photo was taken when the crowd knelt for George Floyd for eight minutes and 46 seconds before we got up and marched south.
Let me tell you, it is hard to take a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds. That’s how long Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck, and it’s hard. Chauvin must have really been determined to kill Mr. Floyd.
(If you click on the image, it will embiggen and you can see my sign clearly in the center of this mass of marchers…pretty good visibility for a shitty lettering job.)
While it’s thrilling to be part of a large protest, make no mistake: you can make a difference even if you are a Party of One:
Outside the police station in Norfolk, Va:
Lone protester at City Hall in Enterprise, Alabama:
I finally got the photos of Tuesday night off my phone, the ones that show our encounters with the NYPD:
These were all taken when we left Union Square when the NYPD blocked the southern end of it — I wasn’t close enough to take a photo of the south end of Union Square, where most of the cops were lined up. These are the guys blocking the way a few streets away on the west side.
So we found an escape on 6th Ave:
I’m sorry that I wasn’t a better reporter. I didn’t take many pictures because I had that big-ass sign with me, and I was more concerned with keeping safe than with commemorating the experience.
The other story that I began on Wednesday’s post was about how the Dallas Police Dept’s BLM protest snitch app was spammed by hundreds of K-Pop stans [fans, in 21st-c. speak] who overwhelmed the system by sending fancams of their pop music idols to the app, spamming it until it broke. This story took a left turn this week.
After the K-Pop fandom was finished dismantling the Big Brother app of the Dallas PD, they re-organized to inundate the hashtag #whitelivesmatter, which is a white supremacist Twitter account. The hashtag, which usually lurks in the dark corners of Twitter, suddenly became top-trending in the USA because K-Pop stans flooded the account with the same kind of content that disabled Dallas PD’s attempt to surveil the BLM protests.
This meant that dickheads who went to the hashtag to read about how they and their in-bred slack-jawed pea-brained brethren were going to win this race war got, instead, lots of pictures of hot Koreans captioned with messages that supported the BLM movement and the protesters … thousands of messages, which blocked the hate group from putting out its own rantings.
I bring you, Dear Readers, this information because I suspect that for a lot of you, I am the only K-Pop stan you know of. K-Pop gets a lot of grief for being mindless heartthrob fodder for 12-year old girls…but as you can see, those 12-year-old girls know how to bring down a power structure or two.
Also, they aren’t 12-year-old girls.
For the record, I don’t like being called an “ewok”, but that’s a fight for another day.
I’m sure you’ve seen the sickening footage from Buffalo, NY, where two officers of the BPD pushed a 75-year old man to the ground and walked past him, leaving him bleeding from his ears as he lay on the ground:
And with that, let’s get to today’s Fuck Trump and his Fascist state (I’m pulling a lot off my Twitter feed today, to keep this blog as up-to-the-minute as I can):
I’s like to leave you all on a high note, after all this bad, sad, and dangerous to know info. So here it is, just in on my Twitter feed:
Washington, DC mayor Murial Browser has authorized city workers to paint this. They are using the same paint that the city uses when it paints the yellow line down the middle of the road.
It’s permanent paint.
Isn’t this almost as good as a blog about cats and castles? One day, soon, we will get back to the trivial nature of VivianWorld, but let’s enjoy this little moment of victory for now.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
Late addition: It’s finished: