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Here is How We Will Boycott Injustice and Police Brutality in America


Here is How We Will Boycott Injustice and Police Brutality in America

Shaun King

Last Thursday, I wrote a column on the need for us to add a serious, creative, long-term, nationwide economic boycott to our strategy on how to combat police brutality, racial violence and systemic injustice in America.


Looking forward to more about this boycott. I'm in.


Am curious to see if it includes political parties (looking at you D's...the R's are a given). This could be a good opening to creating that ever elusive progressive/left/socialist/independent party.


If the government can have no fly lists, we can have no buy lists. Sounds good to me. Worth a try.


Yes. Yes. Now we're talking!


Praise the Lord! Finally, meaningful action. I'm in.


This is great! starting with the title! I'm not sure who Mr. King's 'we' is, and I don't really care. A call to specific action is exactly what we've been needing. Thank you! I am in!


This seems to be a targeted boycott and not a general strike.
What we need is a general nationwide strike.
Perhaps this limited boycott could be used as a step in that direction?


Can the boycott be extended to companies and institutions that profit from US imperial adventures/military industrial complex? The problem here is similar to the one of police brutality against black people, i.e., is not so much the few who express an overt desire for violence (bomb this country, depose that leader, drone the hell out of every place we don't like or don't care about) but the quiet acceptance of otherwise morally upstanding citizens, such as say, the many who urge us to vote for HRC and give her a pass on all her international crimes. Can we stop our silent acquiescence? Otherwise embracing one boycott while ignoring the other may seem a bit hypocritical.


It's awfully easy to say 'I'll wait for someone to tell me whom to start boycotting in 2 months.' The cities and such, OK, it makes sense to give them time to do what's right. But we can know some places to get started on our own, such as with the corporations that make up and support the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/ALEC_Corporations

Beware, it's a long and deep list.


Your ignorance is showing. It wasn't the bus line's policy (and I'm not sure the bus line was not a municipal operation), but city ordinance that they protested. The bus driver chose to stop the bus Rosa Parks was on and wait for a city police officer to come arrest her. This call is entirely parallel.


Wealth inequality is the root of racism. Why do we fight among ourselves instead of fighting the oligarchy responsible for it?

Direct Democracy


Since you have broadened the discussion to include ALEC, I'd like to broaden the discussion to point out that that deep list of corporations influences Democrats and Republicans alike, not that you personally don't know this already.

Just openly wondering, and perhaps you can help me out with this bkwrites…

I wonder how many of those ALEC aligned corporations paid Clinton for speeches during her 2 year speech tour for cash, check, paypal, or other payment method.

As I recall, and please feel free to correct me bkwrites, Clinton on average was paid by corporations $29,000 per day for TWO YEARS.

I'm certain, that given your obvious concern for corporate influence on government, if not corporate governance itself, that you would find this kind of relationship between Clinton and these corporations repulsive.

Am I off topic there bkwrites?

Worth a flag?


Yes, you are going off topic — not broadening, but attempting to pivot the discussion — and dangerously near ad hominem argument. I'm not sure what you hope to get out of baiting me.

I know ALEC and its new form of federalism is a great threat to democracy. I'm most concerned with how they buy up state legislators.


Oh I see, I'm bating you.

What facts can you bring to bear to support that accusation.

Hillary Clinton's contacts with these powerful corporations that are also members of ALEC has no relevance to the topic of ALEC that you bring up?

I mean, how many years has ALEC been in operation? How many years did powerful Democrats protest their existence?

What, maybe 5 years? Has Clinton called out ALEC? Please inform.

I'm dangerously near ad hominem argument? How so?

You have made a practice of engaging people on these forums on issues, and then deeming that discussion off topic at your convenience.

My rhetorical dig in this regard is based on pattern recognition.

Flag accordingly.


Me too. May it spread like wildfire.


Support the sentiment but seems overly broad/vague, what if you live in a city or state that is targeted, should u move? And what exactly does he mean by "systemic oppression"? Inside the U.S. only or also outside? It's going to difficult if not impossible to find corporations and "institutions" that don't engage in systemic oppression or do business w/ corps./institutions that engage in systemic oppression.


The bus boycotts targeted state laws. The problem is systematic and nationwide. It's the whole country apparatus that needs fixing. How can people living in a state or city boycott it? Same goes for the whole country. Maybe it's a good starting point? I can't really get a good handle on this project. Interested to hear more comments.


We do have some places to start, from existing movements. Wendy's is the only fast-food chain that hasn't signed the fair food pledge to buy tomatoes from farms that pay decent wages (see Coalition of Immokalee Workers). Some of us have gone years without crossing the threshold of a Walmart. And then there's ALEC (see upthread). Yes, the problem is going to be how deep to go, especially if you live in a city or state that's targeted. But indeed it's the sentiment that counts, and being vocal about why you're eating or vacationing here and not there.


Lwr me guess You didn't like the idea of boycotting entire cities. Just call me trivial psychic. SNL