Wednesday, May 13, 2015

30th Anniversary Of MOVE Bombing

On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb from helicopter on the MOVE organization, comprised of the family Africa, killing 11 people including five children, wounding scores and destroying 65 homes. John Africa, the founder of MOVE, said it stood for getting active, change and revolution. They had constant conflicts with mass arrests, hunger strikes in jail and police attacks. Would the Philadelphia police have bombed a white neighborhood? Such action is hard to imaging, therefore the racism of the MOVE bombing is hard not to see. But, the MOVE bombing also showed what happens when you give military power to a police force, problems we continue to see today.


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