Rest in Peace Gene….and Thank YOU!

Gene Wilder Dies at 83; Star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’

 

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Gene Wilder | 1933-2016
Gene Wilder | 1933-2016

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Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash “Stir Crazy,” died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83.

A nephew, the filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed his death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.

With his haunted blue eyes and an empathy born of his own history of psychic distress, he aspired to touch audiences much as Charlie Chaplin had. The Chaplin film “City Lights,” he said, had “made the biggest impression on me as an actor; it was funny, then sad, then both at the same time.”

Mr. Wilder was an accomplished stage actor as well as a screenwriter, a novelist and the director of four movies in which he starred. (He directed, he once said, “in order to protect what I wrote, which I wrote in order to act.”) But he was best known for playing roles on the big screen that might have been ripped from the pages of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

He made his movie debut in 1967 in Arthur Penn’s celebrated crime drama, “Bonnie and Clyde,” in which he was memorably hysterical as an undertaker kidnapped by the notorious Depression-era bank robbers played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. He was even more hysterical, and even more memorable, a year later in “The Producers,” the first film by Mr. Brooks, who turned it into a Broadway hit.

Mr. Wilder played the security-blanket-clutching accountant Leo Bloom, who discovers how to make more money on a bad Broadway show than on a good one: Find rich backers, stage a production that’s guaranteed to fold fast, then flee the country with the leftover cash. Unhappily for Bloom and his fellow schemer, Max Bialystock, played by Zero Mostel, their outrageously tasteless musical, “Springtime for Hitler,” is a sensation.
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The part earned Mr. Wilder an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. Within a few years, the anxious, frizzy-haired, popeyed Mr. Wilder had become an unlikely movie star.

He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as the wizardly title character in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971). The film was a box-office disappointment, partly because of parental concern that the moral of Roald Dahl’s story — that greedy, gluttonous children should not go unpunished — was too dark in the telling. But it went on to gain a devoted following, and Willy Wonka remains one of the roles with which Mr. Wilder is most closely identified.

His next role was more adult but equally strange: an otherwise normal doctor who falls in love with a sheep named Daisy in a segment of Woody Allen’s “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask,” in 1972. Two years later, he reunited with Mr. Brooks for perhaps the two best-known entries in either man’s filmography.

In “Blazing Saddles,” a raunchy, no-holds-barred spoof of Hollywood westerns, Mr. Wilder had the relatively quiet role of the Waco Kid, a boozy ex-gunfighter who helps an improbable black sheriff (Cleavon Little) save a town from railroad barons and venal politicians. The film’s once-daring humor may have lost some of its edge over the years, but Mr. Wilder’s next Brooks film, “Young Frankenstein,” has never grown old.

Mr. Wilder himself hatched the idea, envisioning a black-and-white film faithful to the look of the Boris Karloff “Frankenstein,” down to the laboratory equipment, but played for laughs rather than for horror. He would portray an American man of science, the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein, who tries to turn his back on his heritage (“that’s Frahn-kahn-STEEN”) but finds himself irresistibly drawn to Transylvania to duplicate his grandfather’s creation of a monster in a spooky mountaintop laboratory.

Mr. Brooks’s original reaction to the idea, Mr. Wilder recalled, was noncommittal: “Cute. That’s cute.” But he eventually came aboard as director and co-writer, and the two garnered an Oscar nomination for their screenplay.

Serendipity played a role in the casting. Mr. Wilder’s agent asked him to help find work for two new clients, and thus Marty Feldman became Frankenstein’s assistant, Igor (“that’s EYE-gor”), and Peter Boyle the monster. Madeline Kahn, whose performance as the chanteuse Lili Von Shtupp had been a highlight of “Blazing Saddles,” played the doctor’s socialite fiancée. Cloris Leachman was Frau Blücher, the sound of whose name caused horses to whinny in fear.
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Mr. Wilder was an accomplished stage actor as well as a screenwriter, a novelist and director. Credit Dave Pickoff/Associated Press

The name Blücher, Mr. Wilder said in a 2008 interview with The San Jose Mercury News, came from a book of letters to and from Sigmund Freud: “I saw someone named Blücher had written to him, and I said, ‘Well, that’s the name.’” And Mr. Wilder certainly knew a lot about Freud.

His first of many visits to a psychotherapist is the opening scene in the memoir he published in 2005, “Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art.”

“What seems to be the trouble?” the therapist asks.

“I want to give all my money away,” he says.

“How much do you have?”

“I owe three hundred dollars.”

Soon the jokes and evasions give way to the torments of sexual repression, guilt feelings and his “demon,” a compulsion, lasting several years, to pray out loud to God at the most embarrassing times and in the most embarrassing places. But never onstage or onscreen, where he felt free to be someone else.
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Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee on June 11, 1933. His father, William, a manufacturer and salesman of novelty items, was an immigrant from Russia. His mother, the former Jeanne Baer, suffered from rheumatic heart disease and a temperament that sometimes led her to punish young Jerry angrily and then smother him with regretful kisses.

He spent one semester at the Black-Foxe Military Institute in Hollywood. His mother saw it as a great opportunity; in reality, it was a catch basin for boys from broken families, where he was regularly beaten up for being Jewish.

Safely back home after that misadventure, he played minor roles in community theater productions and then followed his older sister, Corinne, into the theater program at the University of Iowa. After Iowa, he studied Shakespeare at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School in England, where he was the first freshman to win the school fencing championship.
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Mr. Wilder with Zero Mostel and Kenneth Mars in the 1968 film “The Producers.” The part earned him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. Credit Embassy Pictures, via Everett Collection

He next enrolled part time at the HB Studio in New York, while also serving a two-year Army hitch as an aide in the psychiatric unit of the Valley Forge Army Hospital in Pennsylvania — an assignment he requested because, he said, “I imagined the things I would see there might relate more to acting than any of the other choices.” He added, “I wasn’t wrong.”

After his discharge, he won a coveted spot at the Actors Studio, and it was then that he adopted the name Gene Wilder: Gene for Eugene Gant, the protagonist of Thomas Wolfe’s “Look Homeward, Angel,” and Wilder for the playwright Thornton Wilder.

In his first major role on Broadway, Mr. Wilder played the chaplain in a 1963 production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children.” The production ran for less than two months, and he came to believe that he had been miscast. The good news was that he met the boyfriend of the star, Anne Bancroft: Mel Brooks, who wore a pea coat the night he met Mr. Wilder backstage and told him, “You know, they used to call these urine jackets, but they didn’t sell.”

So began the conversation that ultimately led to “The Producers.”

Mr. Wilder’s association with Mr. Brooks led, in turn, to one with Richard Pryor, who was one of the writers of “Blazing Saddles” (and Mr. Brooks’s original choice for the part ultimately played by Mr. Little). In 1976, Mr. Pryor was third-billed behind Mr. Wilder and Jill Clayburgh in “Silver Streak,” a comic thriller about murder on a transcontinental train. The two men went on to star in the 1982 hit “Stir Crazy,” in which they played a hapless pair jailed for a crime they didn’t commit, as well as “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” (1989) and “Another You” (1991).

Mr. Wilder’s first two marriages, to Mary Mercier and Mary Joan Schutz, ended in divorce. In 1982, he met the “Saturday Night Live” comedian Gilda Radner when they were both cast in the suspense comedy “Hanky Panky.”

One evening, he recalled in “Kiss Me Like a Stranger,” he and Ms. Radner innocently ended up at his hotel to review some script changes. The time came for her to go; instead, she shoved him down on the bed, jumped on top of him and announced, “I have a plan for fun!” He sent her home anyway — she was married to another man — but before long, they began a relationship.

By his account, Ms. Radner was needy, obsessed with getting married and, once they married in 1984, obsessed with having a child, a project that ended in miscarriage just months before she learned she had ovarian cancer in 1986.
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In 1982, Mr. Wilder met Gilda Radner when they were both cast in the suspense comedy “Hanky Panky.” Credit Columbia Picgtures, via Everett Collection

Of their first year of living together, he wrote: “We didn’t get along well, and that’s a fact. We just loved each other, and that’s a fact.” He left, only to find that he needed to go back.

Ms. Radner died in 1989. “I had one great blessing: I was so dumb,” Mr. Wilder once said of her last years. “I believed even three weeks before she died she would make it.”

In memory of Ms. Radner, he helped to found an ovarian cancer detection center in her name, in Los Angeles, and Gilda’s Club, a network of support centers for women with cancer. He also contributed to a book, “Gilda’s Disease” (1998), with Dr. M. Steven Piver.

Mr. Wilder himself developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1999. With chemotherapy and a stem-cell transplant, he was in remission by 2005.

In 1991 Mr. Wilder married Karen Boyer, a hearing specialist who had coached him in the filming of “See No Evil, Hear No Evil,” in which his character was deaf, and Mr. Pryor’s was blind. She survives him, as does a daughter from an earlier marriage. His sister died in January.

Even before he became ill, Mr. Wilder had begun slowing down. He made his first and last attempt at a television series, the short-lived and little-remembered comedy “Something Wilder,” in 1994.

He returned to the theater in 1997 in a London production of Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” In 1999 he was a writer for two TV movies in which he starred, “Murder in a Small Town” and “The Lady in Question,” playing a theater director turned amateur sleuth. In 2001 he appeared at the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut in a program of one-act farces. Shortly after appearing in an episode of “Will & Grace” in 2003 — he won an Emmy for that role — he declared that he had retired from acting for good.

“I don’t like show business, I realized,” he said in 2008. “I like show, but I don’t like the business.”

He was by then enjoying a new career as a novelist. His “My French Whore,” published in 2007, was the story of a naïve young American who impersonates a German spy in World War I. (“Just fluff, but sweet fluff,” the novelist Carolyn See wrote in her review in The Washington Post.) It was followed by two more novels, “The Woman Who Wouldn’t” and “Something to Remember You By,” and a story collection, “What Is This Thing Called Love?”

But it was, of course, as an actor that Mr. Wilder left his most lasting mark. In his memoir, he posed a question about his life’s work, then answered it:

“What do actors really want? To be great actors? Yes, but you can’t buy talent, so it’s best to leave the word ‘great’ out of it. I think to be believed, onstage or onscreen, is the one hope that all actors share.”
Correction: August 29, 2016

An earlier version of this obituary misstated the day of Mr. Wilder’s death. He died early Monday morning, not late Sunday night.

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Time to declare OPEN SEASON on Black Lives Matter domestic Terrorists!!

Black Lives Matter Finally Arrive In Baton Rouge, What They Do Instead Of Help Flood Victims Is SICKENING

 

The Black Lives Matter movement has received a lot of justified heat over the past few days from the black communities in Louisiana for being completely absent and too preoccupied with other things to come help the black flood victims. Well after hearing the cries for help the Black Lives Matter movement finally came to Baton Rouge, but it wasn’t to help feed or house the recently homeless, they came to protest ‘unlawful’ arrests on “behalf” of the black residents of Louisiana.

The BLM protesters weren’t quite met with the reaction that they expected. It would seem the black flood victims saw right through the lies and had had quite enough of the hypocritical movement.

For every one criminal offender that the Black Lives Matter chooses to rally behind and attempt to create violence and outrage across the country there are thousands of other blacks who are actually in need of help and are completely ignored by the Black Lives Matter movement.

After thousands were left homeless and 13 people lost their lives in the catastrophic flooding in Louisiana Black Lives Matter didn’t utter a single peep. When the black residents affected by the flood called them out for their hypocritical behavior they became even more silent.

Now they’ve finally chosen to show their faces in Baton Rouge, but rather than helping the flood victims they have done what they do best attack the police and make things harder for an already struggling city.

The BLM activists have come out saying that they will be suing Baton Rouge police and protesting against ‘unlawful’ arrests in the broken and battered city, only making jobs of the police and other aid workers and volunteers, who are actually trying to help the flood victims, harder.

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This was the final straw. The black flood victims of Baton Rouge couldn’t take it anymore and came after the BLM as soon as they made their announcement. They have hit the BLM for the blatant fraudulence and duplicity and are making sure that the BLM understands that they are not welcome back in Baton Rouge.

One resident Manolo Espinal had this to say, “This is the most you have done after you [came] and raised hell and stirred up [a] mess… Where are the donations from your organization?”He went on to say, “[B]oats to rescue people? Food for the hungry? Where are the marches and protests for the homeless and those who lost everything?”

“What is BLM doing for Louisiana? Y’all are good at getting together to protest, well why haven’t y’all gotten together to help out? I guess BLM only when convenient,” added Charlene Realegeno-Molina.

“You want to know why they aren’t in Louisiana? It’s because that’s not part of their concept,” read one Facebook post from Glory Ford.

“I guess black lives only really matter to those activists when they’ve been taken by cops, not when they’ve been saved by cops. Which is happening every single day down here,” added one Louisiana resident. “White people and black people, including Baton Rouge police officers (half of whom lost their homes), working together to save white people and black people and all kinds of people.”

The criticism of the joke of a group is overwhelming and yet there are still some too ignorant or too blind to see the truth behind this group and insist on defending them still. They have asked what helping flood victims “has to do with an organization whose goal is to stop police abuse?”

Unfortunately for the BLM movement American Conservative’s Rod Dreher was able to tear this half hearted attempt at a defense into pieces. All he had to do was remind them of the list of demands that the BLM has come out with that have nothing to do with police violence such as as voting rights for illegal migrants, ending private and charter schools, and divestiture from fossil fuels.

And what about the name of the movement itself “Black Lives Matter?” Well apparently this movement has a very loose grasp of their own identity not to mention reality.

“I guess black lives only really matter to those activists when they’ve been taken by cops, not when they’ve been saved by cops. Which is happening every single day down here,” responded Dreher, who is a Louisiana resident himself. “White people and black people, including Baton Rouge police officers (half of whom lost their homes), working together to save white people and black people and all kinds of people.”

While Black Lives Matter protestors continue to wage war on police and make the job of the Baton Rouge police even harder in an already difficult time of crisis, the Baton Rouge, many of which have lost their homes as well continue to work hard to save the black flood victims who have been totally ignored by the members of the BLM.

Unfortunately these entitled Black Lives Matter thugs will just keep on protesting and trying to stop the police as they march past their fellow black citizens struggling to piece their life back together. It’s clear to these victims who they can count on to be there for them when things are at the worst. It’s not the BLM it’s the police.

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Die you VILE BITCH, DIE!

Hillary’s Left Pantleg Just Cost Her The Election

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Hillary’s health concerns have been taken to the next level — and we know why she wears pantsuits constantly.

She has a hidden catheter and it’s going to cause havoc within this election.

In case you don’t know, a catheter is a device used to empty one’s bladder. (Perhaps this is why she decided not to use the restroom with another woman during the primary debate, which caused her to be late.)

“The way the tube wraps around (Hillary’s) leg is exactly how a Foley catheter is positioned. The tube leads to a sticky patch above the knee that has a little plastic clamp that holds the tube as it goes into the drainage bag down on the calf, ” an anonymous nurse stated.

Take a gander at this:

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At this point, she must address concerns facing her health. It was rumored that she had early on-set Parkinson’s disease — but this new revelation only confirms that she does.

“(This) makes sense. Parkinson’s dementia, or just dementia in general, is associated with urinary incontinence. Those who suffer lose voluntary control of their external urinary sphincter,” an expert in medicine stated.

This needs to be spread everywhere — she must be held accountable as it is her responsibility to inform the American public of her dissolving health conditions.

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You may have gotten a Restraining Order against the witness to your CRIME you bitch,but YOU WONT STOP THE INTERNET.

Netania S. Anderson 8158 Waring Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 is a Monster

WOMAN WHO PRESSURE WASHED A DOG IN A CRATE AT A CAR WASH RUNS TO COURT TO GET A RESTRAINING ORDER TO SILENCE THE WITNESS

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On July 3, 2016, a woman named Natania S Anderson (maiden name Jordan) was seen at a self-serve car wash in West Hollywood, spraying a dog crate with the pressure washer that is intended for washing cars. THE DOG WAS STILL IN THE CRATE!! Not only was the dog in the crate, his/her mouth appeared to be bound shut with electrical tape or something similar. The witness could see urine and feces flowing out of the crate with the soapy water that was being sprayed into it. He also said that the poor dog looked terrified. No surprise there.

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There was an eyewitness to this egregious act of animal abuse, but his name is being withheld because he has endured enough for doing the right thing. He took several photos and when he approached Ms. Anderson to tell her that what she was doing was wrong, she continued to torture the poor dog with the car wash sprayer and then sprayed the witness.

13872674_10153629719937312_10394374096484647_nAt that point, the witness didn’t know who the woman was, but he took several photos of her and her vehicle so she could be identified. He posted several photos on social media to try to determine her name, so he could report her conduct to law enforcement. As it happens, he didn’t have to search public records for her name, because she outed herself when she served him with a temporary restraining order, claiming that he was harassing her.That wasn’t the only false statement Ms. Anderson made in her restraining order application, which is made under oath and under penalty of perjury (at least in theory). She also claimed that she was being represented by an attorney and gave the name of an attorney who works hundreds of miles away from Los Angeles, in Inyo County. In fact, that attorney said that she had never heard of Ms. Anderson, had never spoken to her, and was not representing her.In a court hearing on Monday, Ms. Anderson turned on the water works and played the victim like a professional as if she’s rehearsed the part extensively. It turns out that Ms. Anderson has far more courtroom experience than most people. A search of public records reveals a pretty impressive resume of charges for things like theft and forgery, crimes that indicate little regard for telling the truth.
When the judge asked Ms. Anderson if the dog was still in the crate when she was spraying it, she admitted it! When asked why she didn’t take the dog out of the crate first, Ms. Anderson very casually explained that she was washing the dog because it was covered in feces – as if that was the most normal situation in the world!! She clearly didn’t see anything wrong with what she did. Sadly, the judge didn’t seem to either. How did the dog get so covered in feces that she felt the need to wash him/her with industrial equipment?? If that’s how she treats animals in public, how does she treat them when no one is watching?

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What kind of person thinks of using a pressure washer/car wash to clean a dog in the first place? It was surreal listening to Ms. Anderson talk about pressure washing a dog without any remorse or empathy for the dog (which she claimed was hers). In fact, the only emotion she showed was pity for herself, claiming that she and her daughter are afraid to go outside in their own neighborhood because of comments people made about her on social media.
Strange – she didn’t mention a child in her restraining order application. In fact, she requested that the witness be kept 100 yards away from her dog and her dog’s daycare, but not a word about a kid! That didn’t seem to bother the judge either.
Ms. Anderson’s performance was polished, but her lies were not. Nonetheless, she managed to play the victim well enough to get a restraining order for a year.
IT’S A SAD DAY FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT WHEN A PERSON ABUSING AN ANIMAL CAN GET A COURT ORDER TO SILENCE A WITNESS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH.
So far, neither Los Angeles Animal Services nor Los Angeles Department of Animal “Care” and Control has done much of anything. LAAS claims to have gone to her home and reported that the dog appeared fine. Do they know it was the same dog? LA County hasn’t done anything either. They claim they didn’t have her address. It’s public record! There may be an issue of jurisdiction because apparently Ms. Anderson lives in the City of LA and she pressure washed her dog in the County of LA.
Contact LA County animal control and politely urge them to follow up and properly investigate this egregious incident: FMedina@animalcare.lacounty.gov (Frank Medina) and his boss, Marcia Mayeda: MMayeda@animalcare.lacounty.gov
Also, contact officer Gonzalez at Los Angeles Animal Services: ani.wlafield@lacity.org and his boss, Brenda Barnette: brenda.barnette@lacity.org.
Surely between the two agencies they can figure out who has jurisdiction and what to do about it. Plenty of people are prosecuted for animal cruelty for a lot less than this!!
Do not make racist (or threatening) comments on this thread. This is a matter of ignorance and lack of compassion and has nothing to do with race.
***Ms. Anderson, if you are reading this, keep in mind that all of the information is a matter of public record because you chose to make it so. If you don’t want people talking about your abuse of the dog, don’t give them anything to talk about. You can’t silence everyone!
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Hey Shaun King……suck on this Half Breed

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You half breed wigger wanna be how DARE you call for a Coup if Trump wins?

How bout we find and post your home address and all your familys addresses you slime bag TERRORIST? YOU are responsible for police deaths and YOU have their blood on your hands. If I ran across you Id BITCH SLAP your half black ass up and down the block you pansy ass half breed.

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Hey Black Lives Matters terrorists, SUCK ON THIS A WHILE BITCHES…

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You n***ers WANT a war? WE WILL BRING YOU ONE.

EXCLUSIVE – New Black Panther Leader on Milwaukee: This Is A War


Responding to the latest violent incidents in Milwaukee over the weekend, Babu Omowale, the so-called national minister of defense for the People’s New Black Panther Party, declared  “Is it a war? Yes, it is.  It’s a war against black people because we’re the ones being murdered.”

Omowale is also co-founder of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, a black militant gun group named after Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton.

Omowale was speaking in an interview set to air Sunday night on this reporter’s talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and News Talk 990 AM in Philadelphia.

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Asked if the riots in Milwaukee following the police shooting on Saturday of an armed assailant fleeing the scene amounted to a “civil war,” Omowale responded thusly:

“The people against terrorism, and tyranny in their community is not a civil war. When you are speaking about civil war, you are talking about a country fighting against a country. This is oppressed people fighting against a racist, white supremacist police system. Which is meant to oppress a certain group of people. More than likely black people and poor people around the country.”

“What you see is people lashing out and fighting against the system. As it is said in the Second Amendment, you know. So this is not new. The people in this country have always defended themselves against tyranny. So I can’t liken this to a civil war. No it’s not. Is it a war? Yes, it is. It’s a war against black people because we’re the ones being murdered. We’re the ones being killed. So there’s been a war against us. But is it a civil war? I can’t say that that’s the case.”

Omowale admitted that the extent of his knowledge about the shooting in Milwaukee is limited to what has been presented by the news media. However, he called the incident “basically the same old, same old that is happening around the country. Black men are being murdered.”

“Whether he had a gun or not is not the narrative in this perspective,” he said, referring to the assailant in the case. “You have to understand that America is a country of guns. And people are going to own them. Unless that police officer was threatened with that man raising the gun up at him, and actually trying to do harm to him, he is absolutely wrong.”

During the interview, Omowale claimed the armed assailant was shot by police officers in the back. In response, I read to him the following description of the incident, as reported in the New York Times:

The violence erupted after an officer killed a man who the police said was armed with a semiautomatic handgun and who fled after a traffic stop.

The police said two uniformed officers stopped two people in a car at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The police did not provide details on why the car was stopped.

Both occupants ran from the car. During the pursuit, Mr. Barrett said, an officer ordered the man to drop his gun and fired when he did not, striking the man in the chest and an arm. He said the gun held 23 rounds.

The gunman, described by the police as a 23-year-old Milwaukee man with a lengthy arrest record, died at the scene.

Omowale reacted: “You say the man was running. If he’s running, then most definitely he is running in the opposite direction away from the police officer. Now could have gotten shot in the chest? Now that is possible because he could have turned in which direction he needed to go.”

“With a gun, don’t forget,” I pointed out. “And the police did tell him to put the gun down.”

“You are only telling me the police’s version,” Omowale retorted. “See the other man is dead. He can’t give his version.”

He continued: “We have seen so many times where police officers have made statements but yet cameras have come out to catch them in their lies. So it’s gotten to the point where America does not believe when a police officer says that someone turned toward them with a gun. And again having a gun does not justify killing someone.”

I asked whether the New Black Panther Party or members of Omowale’s black militant gun club are planning to mobilize in Milwaukee in light of the ongoing violence there.

He replied:

“This incident just took place last night. We haven’t really had a chance to sit down and discuss the issue, to organize on it. Again, I remind you I just found out about it basically at the same time the rest of America found out about it. We have Black Panthers, the People’s New Black Panthers, Huey P. Newton Gun Club, based around the country. So I imagine there will be some type of Panther presence in Milwaukee if there is not already.”

Listen to the full interview here:

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