Origins of the American Police Force and (a Reminder of) the Brutal Reality of Slavery

Sorry people but the origins of our American police force are 100% race based. They were called patrollers and they were meant to be part of the solution to Colonial America’s biggest problem, labor. Obviously control of this new labor force would be key.

By the early 1700s, a system of racially directed law enforcement was well on its way to being developed.

Why? White dudes wanted free labor. They imported black human beings from their homes and forced them to work day in and day out FOR FREE.

A great question you can ask yourself is what job would I be willing to do work for free? I mean real shit like picking a crop, or cooking someones meals 7 days a week. And no being a parent doesn’t count (caught ya boomer). Like would YOU do that shit for free? For your whole life? For someone who terrorized you?

What I’m trying to drive across to protest deniers is slaves were forced to work back breaking jobs in the blazing heat, with very little water and food, and were often beaten or killed for extremely minor “offenses”, all of which sounds completely insane when you say this shit out loud. Am I right? It really happened, and not to you! So this is where the anger becomes compacted.

The conditions these kid napped people of color endured here colonial America were literally a fucking nightmare.
To put things into perspective even more, Jamestown received it’s first shipment of 455,000 human beings in 1619… ok that number alone is fucking disgusting.
And our 13th amendment which was supposed to abolish slavery was signed in 1865.

 Dear white people, that is 245 YEARS of American slavery. 245 years of shipments of human bodies. 245 years of working them to the bone, raping them, selling them off, killing them, beating them… real shit people, not some 20 day probation crap. 245 years of cops being racist and having FULL reign to brutalize and murder people of color. Being a slave was torture.

Not to mention between abolishing slavery in 1865 and 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was signed, people of color saw 98 more years of repression and illegal hangings. Aaaaand since 1964 until today has been like 55 years? So omg 55 years of “freedom” and ya’ll white people are like “protestors are just as bad as cops”.

I’m like….. ya no.

When you say stuff like “the protestors should be peaceful or else they won’t get what they want” you’re saying 1.) all protesters are violent and 2.) 245 years slavery isn’t horrific enough for some protests?

 

Meanwhile 90% of the protestors we are seeing are peaceful, many of them are white allies, so NO this is absolutely not just all black people wrecking shit.

 

That anti protest sentiment is 100% racist and unpatriotic, slavery was WRONG and America did that. We owe people of color more than we can repay.

Rachel Fannan releases ‘Princess of Swords’

I’ll keep it short because our country has more important things to focus on right now, but to my friends and fans who are still looking for moments of reprieve, I offer you Princess of Swords. I’m so proud to release the next chapter of the Marigold Experiment, even in the midst of one of the most painful times in American history. Please take a second to visit my YouTube channel for a video I put together myself, with one of my dearest friends Raya Heffernan. It’s an homage to the lonely warrior within us all.

Love,

Rachel

 

 

 

 

Fannan to release ‘Princess of Swords’ 5/30

 

Dear friends and fans,

I’m so excited to announce the release date for the next installment of the Marigold Experiment, ‘Princess of Swords’. As some of you can probably relate, I’ve found it really hard to stay motivated during my state’s lock down.  It’s been helpful to remind myself that while this isn’t a rehearsal, it’s totally ok to feel the feelings and take another day off. We are our own worst critiques. So let me be the next person to tell you, it’s ok to feel bad right now, and it’s ok to lean on comfort foods, embrace your insomnia, maybe treat yourself to a guided mediation from Deepak Chopra, and in the meantime listen to all your favorite music.

 

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produced by Alec Justice / mixed by Dani Munoz / lead guitar Evan Weiss / strings Meg Webb

 

Until this is over,

Rachel

Rachel Fannan releases ‘Sofia’, an instrumental installment of her digital album the Marigold Experiment.

 

The Marigold Experiment continues with an abundance of help from friends and producer Alec Justice. Written for the beautiful capitol of Bulgaria, ‘Sofia’ an instrumental (so far) pays homage to a long late night, walking the streets of an intoxicating foreign city. Artwork by Rob Fidel, the rose is Bulgaria’s national flower and here presents the delicate power of its fragrant allure.

I’ve taken time to add ‘Sofia’ to my Marigold Experiment playlist on my Spotify channel. Please if you enjoy, give me a like and or repost out there in the madness of this pandemic limbo.

Thanks for staying with me,

Rachel

In honor of Star Trek Picard, Rachel Fannan sings Blue Skies

As a kid some of my fondest memories are of watching reruns of  Star Trek – TNG  [The Next Generation]  with my dad and little brother. Dad would use the Trek world to enhance doling out chores or to take the edge off a punishment, saying things like “clean your rooms, and make it so”.  We had to laugh. Flash forward to 2009 and I’m getting the Star Trek insignia tattoo’d on my 21 year old body. Needless to say I’m a fan. Flash forward again to the end of 2019 and I’m singing on a trailer the new show in the Star Trek franchise, Picard.  When my dad caught the trailer for himself he texted me right away,

 

“Blue Skies brought tears to my eyes, I’m so proud”

 

Here I am singing it alone in my bedroom, accompanied by my dear friends the extremely talented Evan Vidar and his wife Jenny Long.

 

Rachel Fannan departs Black Mountain in 2020

I had such a great time touring with Black Mountain last year, yet again life has set me onto another path for 2020. (I’ll be trading the microphone for drum sticks and hitting the road with Pussy Riot as their permanent drummer. ) I want to give a big thanks to the band and all the incredible fans for supporting our adventures together, and tremendous thanks to Steve McBean for allowing me the opportunity and the honor of singing with him. Truly unforgettable. Can’t wait to see what they do next.

All my love,

Rachel

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