Aug 162017
 

White Los Angeles Against White Supremacy

 

Anything L.A. – Los Angeles Liberal Magazine – unequivocally condemns white supremacy, hate groups, hate crimes and white hypocrisy in Washington D.C.

 

We all have CULTURAL preferences and sentiments. The concept of white supremacy, KKK and the Neo-Nazi movement however has nothing to do with cultural sentiments. These people actually believe that their skin color alone entitles them to superiority over others. But there is NO superiority, leave alone supremacy based on race. There is supremacy based on merit, only.

White power, white supremacy, KKK and the Neo-Nazi movement have no merit and no power. Members of these organizations use vandalism and violence to assert their imaginary power.
Real merit and power can be easily and openly asserted. Think of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, each of them has proven his value: peacefully and constructively. Each earned our respect. Recently, an older man – by the name of Jose Prieto – gave his life while trying to help a woman and children in the aftermath of a massive car crash on the 10 freeway in Fontana. He was a real man, a remarkable human being and a Good Samaritan. His life mattered. His legacy has value. These are examples of superiority based on merit; superiority earned. (There are of course, many other examples: there are African American preachers, politicians, professionals, artists, etc. who have earned their way to success and recognition like the individuals I named above.)

Since President Trump took office instances of vandalism of houses of worship and cemeteries that are not Christian are on the rise. There were two well-publicized cases of American nationalists who killed foreigners to “rid America of illegal immigrants”. (In the first case, the victim was an American citizen and a successful businessman. In the second, the victims were highly-skilled professionals from India here on work visas to help make America greater, yet.) The latest outburst of white nationalism killed Heather Heyer: she was white, born and raised in the United States, professional and patriotic that’s why she was among the counter protesters in Charlottesville.

In solidarity with victims and survivors of the white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville (Virginia), Anything L.A. – Los Angeles Liberal Magazine – unequivocally condemns white supremacy, hate groups, hate crimes AND white hypocrisy in Washington D.C. In the same spirit, we suspend all further activity (including our newsletter) until the United States of America have a President that represents the majority of Americans.

As much as we tried to pretend that Los Angeles is an island, it isn’t. We, our city and our values are threatened by the actions of – and statements from – the White House. It isn’t possible to provide coverage of our city while ignoring United States’ news and the world’s reactions to them.

It was never our magazine’s intent to judge the leadership of our Country and until President Trump came to power we never did. As it is, it’s impossible not to. When the federal government tramples on American values staying silent implies acceptance. Let there be no misunderstanding: WE DON’T SUPPORT – LEAVE ALONE, SHARE – PRESIDENT TRUMP’S VIEWS. Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine isn’t anti-government. It is against the erosion of American values and terrorism either foreign or domestic.

For the record: Anything L.A. – Los Angeles Liberal Magazine – is published and run by white people who are American patriots and support American values.

American values don’t include the destruction of natural environment, intentional acceleration of global warming, economic discrimination, divisiveness, racial discrimination, walls that divide nations, religious discrimination, immigration policy that rips families apart, hate groups, white nationalism, hate crime, relentless attempts to deprive Americans of healthcare, a return to the dark days of Confederacy, violence or vandalism.

Be sure to understand: the so called “white power” DOESN’T represent all white people. Normal white people are as outraged and disgusted by the actions of “white supremacists” as the minorities being targeted by them. Perhaps unlike the minorities, we understand better that the “white supremacists” are losers. They have no merit or credibility as individuals or as a “movement”. Worse, we are embarrassed by the fact that we – the normal white people – may be perceived as a part of the “white nationalism”. The difference between the “white supremacists” and all other white people isn’t political, but moral. For the President of the United States to take the side of immorality blows our collective white mind!

Make no mistake, Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine didn’t fold. We will resume the day common sense and American values return to Washington. Until then: GOD BLESS AMERICA, we hope and pray that once the current storm passes there’ll be enough of the America we know and love left to restore it to its former glory.

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

 

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Apr 192017
 
Fresno Shooter In Custody

Fresno gunman, Kori Ali Muhammad

An arrest has been made. The African American shooter is charged with killing three (four?) people (all white males from 36 to 58 years old) as well as two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Even though the killer – Kori Ali Muhammad, 39 – shouted “Allahu Akbar” (which means “God is great” in Arabic) while he was being arrested, an association with Islamic extremism / terrorism is not suspected. (The imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, Sayed Ali Ghazvini, stated that Muhammad is not a member of the congregation and is unknown to the local Islamic community.) The killings appear to be racially-motivated hate crimes.

The Fresno Police Department suspects that Muhammad’s first victim was a 25-year-old Motel 6 security guard. When Muhammad realized that he is being pursued by authorities as a suspect in the murder, he decided to kill as many white men as he could. He was firing at people in four different locations of downtown Fresno. One of the victims was a passenger in a Pacific Gas & Energy truck, an employee in training. Two other victims were gunned down at a bus stop near Catholic Charities and possibly beneficiaries of the charity which serves the disabled, the homeless and others in need of assistance. (The downtown Fresno killings took place within 90 seconds!) It isn’t clear at this time who is – is being considered – the fourth victim: a person who wasn’t described by the Fresno police yet, or the 25 year old security guard who worked for Motel 6.

All four killings appear to be random. All of them are tragedies. None of the victims has known – or provoked – the gunman. The killings are senseless.

Out of the tragedy and the reports that followed emerge several contradictory profiles of the killer, Kori Ali Muhammad.

1/ According to authorities, Muhammad was homeless at the time when the killing spree took place. He has an extensive criminal record and a history of mental illness. Muhammad social media history indicates his hatred toward white people and is filled with calls to militant action against them.

2/ Muhammad’s family shared that he changed his name from Kori Taylor to Kori Ali Muhammad; that he was “troubled” (mentally unstable) most of his life and appeared to have suffered some sort of a mental breakdown shortly before killing four innocent people in Fresno.

3/ A casual acquaintance with whom he attended Community Media Access Collaborative in Fresno was shocked that the man who was well-liked and espoused constructive views at the time of their acquaintance would be capable of killing people in cold blood.

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine and its editors stand united in grief with families of the victims. Like anyone else we too condemn racial hatred, hate crimes and senseless killing of innocent people.

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It is difficult not to draw parallels between the Fresno killings and another recent killing, the killing of 74 year old Robert Godwin Sr. in Cleveland, PA. (In the latter case, both the victim and the gunman were black and apparently didn’t know each other.) The Pennsylvania killer, Steve W. Stephens (37), actually recorded his crime and streamed it live on Facebook. He never bothered concealing his tracks, evidence, etc. Recognized by a fast-food worker who reported his whereabouts to authorities, the killer attempted to flee and eventually committed suicide just moments before being apprehended.

None of the killings – and neither killer’s behavior – makes sense. They seem to be the acts of severely disturbed individuals. A large segment of the African American community is underserved, underemployed and poorly educated. It would appear that both murderers may have suffered from mental illness which has been either not recognized or ignored by their families. Since the acts were so heinous, highly visible and neither killer made an attempt to conceal them or their own identity, the killings may have been expressions of despicable characters of the perpetrators OR actions of mentally ill individuals. Both killers displayed alarmingly disturbing behavior before the killings and yet, no one was alarmed and no one summoned help. The result? Five innocent people killed, five families devastated. One suicide. One killer in custody. Could these tragedies have been prevented?

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

 

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