The Michael Brown controversy is designed to discredit opposition to police brutality
‘Evidence considered by the Grand Jury which led to the acquittal of Officer Darren Wilson clearly indicates that Brown, a thug who had written rap lyrics advocating violence and robbed a convenience store shortly before the incident, punched Wilson in the face, tried to grab his gun and then aggressively charged him. Evidence also points to the fact that Brown did not have his hands up in surrender when he was shot. This account is based on forensic proof – ballistics and autopsy evidence – as well as testimony from black eyewitnesses.
‘These facts clearly exonerate Wilson and verify his account of the incident. Michael Brown’s death was tragic, but Wilson clearly acted in legitimate self-defense…’
The First Thanksgiving
The Indians who first feasted with the English colonists were far more sophisticated than you were taught in school. But that wasn’t enough to save them
‘…The scheme was risky, not least because the ever-suspicious Massasoit had sent one of his pniese, Hobamok, to Plymouth as a monitor. Sometimes Hobamok and Tisquantum worked together, as when the pair helped the Pilgrims negotiate a treaty with the Massachusett to the north. They also helped establish a truce with the Nauset of Cape Cod after Governor Bradford agreed to pay back the losses caused by the colonists’ earlier grave robbing.
‘By fall the settlers’ situation was secure enough that they held a feast of thanksgiving. Massasoit showed up with “some ninety men,” Winslow later recalled, most of them with weapons. The Pilgrim militia responded by marching around and firing their guns in the air in a manner intended to convey menace. Gratified, both sides sat down, ate a lot of food and complained about the Narragansett. Ecce Thanksgiving…’
The Historical Barbecue Ritual
(by the way, can we barbecue a turkey too?)
‘Food writer Michael Pollan recently visited Big Think to discuss a particularly delicious topic: barbecue. Today, the focus is on barbecue’s unique history in American culture and how its practice transcends the racial strife that has so often pocked the nation’s timeline.
‘A pit was dug. The pig was roasted. Everyone — black and white together — shared the meal. From the earliest slaves who introduced “barbacoa” to the Caribbean to the pitmasters of today, the barbecue ritual is seen as sacred to many in the South. It’s a religion. Its process is a ritual passed down from generation to generation…’
You can watch this clip from Pollan’s Big Think interview below