All Is Not Lost.

 

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:

Lone protester in the heart of a small southern city.

 

 

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.

XXOO

Late addition: It’s finished:

 

9 Comments, RSS

  1. Pat June 5, 2020 @ 12:01 pm

    As an (almost) native resident of the DMV (District Maryland Virginia), I am very proud of the way Muriel Bowser has stood up to Commander Bonespurs. Definitely qualified for higher office—VP?

  2. Casey June 5, 2020 @ 12:18 pm

    Inspirational post today. I’m a big fan of your cats & castles posts, but somedays you need to plug back into the world and take action. I’m inspired to do SOMETHING.

    OK, if wanted to hear some kpop, what should I listen to?

  3. Kirra June 5, 2020 @ 6:57 pm

    Despite the sad state of America, you guys are also amazing. You just do things in a confident way that doesn’t always happen in other countries, like the solo protests, the yellow painting etc. Thanks for this update from the Wednesday blog, it was better than cats and castles for today.

    I just love you K-pop fans even more now for destroying the racist hashtag!! I’m not really into the music that much but appreciate it as a style and artistic expression and the fans are admirable in their fandom and dedication.

    I am going to our Adelaide march today! In support of George Floyd and indigenous Australians who have been killed by police (no police officer has ever been charged in Australia, though hundreds of indigenous Australians have died in police custody).
    The South Australian state police have granted an exemption from the corona restrictions for the protest to take place. In Sydney the state government took the organizers to the Supreme Court and it has been banned (which is pretty ironic considering all the photos we’ve seen on the news of their packed beaches over the last couple of months!). Protesters say they will still march there though. It will be an interesting day for Australia today!

  4. Yorkshire Pudding June 6, 2020 @ 6:39 am

    A fascinating collage of messages, statements and images that illuminate the state of America right now. Good to see you in the heart of things with your homemade poster. Can things change? Somehow this time it seems rather different. More white people around the world showing solidarity with their black brothers and sisters while “the pussy ass bunker bitch” hides behind his fence, planning another getaway weekend in Mar a Lago. I watched the Reverend Al Sharpton’s eulogy for George Floyd live from Minneapolis. Powerful stuff. That knee on George Floyd’s neck was symbolic of the continuing oppression that people of colour have faced through history.

  5. jeanie June 6, 2020 @ 2:47 pm

    I had no idea kPoppers were so good at being able to manipulate the creepy wing of social media. Well done! And well done (and brave) going to the demo — not brave because of the police (that too — they’re not very nice) but with the virus. I saw your sign! What a terrific collection here. Well done, Vivian!

  6. Marilyn June 6, 2020 @ 7:32 pm

    So much here it is hard to say what was best, saddest, most wrong, but that made me smile. I so agree with the response T had of the pandemic compared to turning the military on the people of this country – so insane is he!!! Mr. Bunker Boy. Terrified of his own shadow and well he should be. Loved the yellow paint on the road. When I saw it on FB I just smiled. Thanks for giving me smiles and telling me I am not the only one thinking these things. Though by now I do know that.

  7. Steve June 7, 2020 @ 12:47 pm

    I appreciated your pictures and reporting (quite good, actually!) from the scene of the march. That Black Lives Matter mural on the street is fantastic. I’d love to know what went through Trump’s mind. I’m sure he’s been trying to invent ways to force the city to erase it.

  8. Vicki June 7, 2020 @ 6:05 pm

    I’m outraged, dismayed, angry and sad that our country has come to this.

  9. Thea June 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

    WOW! I’ve been Away and returned to discover reading your blog posts has become Essential Reading. Thank you for taking on the great task of compiling this significant moment’s commentary.

    Of course, reading your posts is always Essential Reading, but now in a shinier way with new luster. So appreciate how you’ve lifted your Not Cozy to a higher level.

    Vivian Swift, you are a treasure.

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