Reflections on white supremacy by an anti-imperialist political prisoner

first_imgSept. 28 — This wide-ranging essay, written by anti-imperialist, U.S. political prisoner Jaan K. Laaman, one of the original Ohio-7/United Freedom Front defendants, lays out a historical and current analysis of white supremacy in the United States. This essay is part of Abolition’s inaugural issue.Recently, a smart, progressive, retired English professor remarked, “How can it be that in late 2016 police are routinely shooting and often killing Black people with almost no legal consequences?”  Police in the United States have been killing Black and other people of color just like this for 20, 30, 50 years and more.  Back then, they used to totally get away with it.  Today not much has changed.One big difference now is that many of these killings are caught on phone cameras and posted online — and thus, seen by millions. In the last few days, we are again witnessing footage of police murdering Black people making the national news.  New protests and resistance are erupting as a result of these murders.Nonetheless, cops are rarely charged with any wrongdoing.  Even when they are, very few are ever convicted of any crime. For example, in April 2015, Freddie Gray Jr., a 25-year-old Black man, was arrested by police in Baltimore. He had three fractured vertebrae and a crushed voice box, which he suffered during transport in a police van.While in the police van, Gray fell into a coma and subsequently died.  His death was due to injuries to his spinal cord. Although six officers faced charges related to Freddie Gray’s murder, they were all ultimately let off without any convictions.An even more typical example of police killing with impunity is the prosecutor’s and grand jury’s decision in Cleveland not to charge the two white cops who shot and killed Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black child, in 2014.  He was playing with a toy pistol in a park outside a recreation center near his home.Two Cleveland cops drove up.  Within two seconds, one cop repeatedly shot Tamir. They left him lying on the ground, not even attempting to give him first aid.  Tamir died of the gunshot wounds.  The Cleveland prosecutor said, “It was a tragedy,” but the police did not break any laws or regulations and a grand jury absolved them of any wrongdoing.Police violence todayLife in the USA means white cops routinely — that is, on a daily basis — killing people of color.  The government and legal authorities have always ruled that almost all of these killings are lawful and acceptable actions of the state.  They continue to do so.  So how can this be — that in the 21st century in a country supposedly based on law, Black people and other people of color can be routinely abused and even killed by agents of the state?It’s not a mistake — and it isn’t about Republicans or Democrats.  It is a historical and ongoing reality that people of color face institutional discrimination and disparity from all aspects of the U.S. state apparatus.  On a human individual level, a large percentage of white people have at least some prejudiced attitudes towards people of color.Throughout history, especially in the 20th century, great leaders and massive popular struggles confronted and challenged institutional discrimination and racist practices. Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, Fannie Lou Hamer, H. Rap Brown, Huey P. Newton, Assata Shakur — all these and so many more outstanding reformers and/or revolutionary leaders and activists — contributed significantly to the struggles for justice, freedom, and equality for Black people and all people of color in the United States.Yes.  Progress has been made.  Barack Obama, the first Black man to be president, was elected twice. Yet everywhere we look, right on the surface, and, especially, if we dig deeper, we see institutional discrimination, prejudice and racist practices and abuses continue in all aspects of life in the U.S.In 2016, the USA is a majority white country.  The U.S. comprises 5 percent of the world’s population, but incarcerates 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.  The majority of prisoners across the U.S. are people or color.  On a daily basis, Black men, women and even children are shot, often fatally, by mainly white cops, who are almost always cleared of any wrongdoing.These are the indisputable realities in early 21st century life in the U.S.  If we look back historically, we can seen even more blatant and vicious racist abuses and practices in all areas of life directed against all people of color.  This began with the earliest European contact with and conquest of the Americas.  Modern countries in North, Central and South America originated with genocide, land theft, enslavement of Indigenous peoples and the African slave trade.Resistance to racismFrom the early period of colonialism, when white supremacy was  constructed on lies, material benefits based on white skin privileges and the superexploitation of Black labor, there was opposition and resistance to this hateful thinking and practice.  Native and Black people found many ways to resist and oppose slavery, from running away to burning down plantations, sometimes with the slave owner still inside.From these earliest times of resistance, there were white people who supported and assisted with escapes and uprisings.  The “underground railroad” operated for well over 100 years.  Networks — often of white homes and farms — gave refuge and assistance to Blacks who escaped from plantations and traveled north to seek freedom, sometimes all the way to Canada.The abolitionist movement actively worked for the end of slavery.  It included many white activists and leaders.  Although fewer in number, there were militant white abolitionists like John Brown, who, with guns in hand, freed Black people held as slaves on Missouri and Virginia plantations.There have always been white people — often in leftist and revolutionary organizations, and sometimes from religious groups — who have allied with and supported the freedom struggle and national liberation struggles of New African/Black, Native/Indigenous, Puerto Rican and Chicano peoples. White people in the Civil Rights Movement, communists in labor and community struggles, students, anti-racists and anti-imperialist activists supported the Black Power struggles.In the 1980s and 1990s, the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee actively organized against racist attacks and terror, whether the racists wore white robes or blue uniforms. Other anti-racist formations, like the Partisan Defense Committee, which is still active today, organize large anti-Klan rallies in many cities.In 2016, we see the Movement for Black Lives mobilizing on a nationwide level; the organization recently released their comprehensive platform. We see this movement gaining solidarity and support from a variety of white activists and organizations, as well as from other communities and people of color.In theory and in practice, white supremacy has always had opposition.  This resistance includes white people acting as allies and supporters of nationalist organizations and working in multinational formations.Many changes have occurred in U.S. society.  Of course, change is the only constant in life and reality.  My sister, the English professor mentioned above, asks how racial discrimination and racist murders of people of color can still be happening every day.  This question can only be understood and answered with the realization that the false and ugly ideology of white supremacy continues to exist.This false ideology was the underlying ideological foundation of the former British colonies that transformed into the slave-owning U.S. republic — and then grew into U.S. imperialism, which today exists as the world’s main military and imperialist superpower.  Many changes have occurred.  Progress and advances have been made in gaining human and public rights.  But underneath that, the ideology of white supremacy still exists and corrupts the U.S.  This false ideology manifests itself in racist public acts and attacks and in private thoughts and motivations.White cops murder Black children and millions of people of color face discrimination in a myriad of ways, even while we have a Black president. A final point about the false ideology of white supremacy: The fundamental and necessary changes that we, the vast majority of people in the U.S., need and want will only be achieved when we can unite and work together for our common good.Racism and prejudiced thinking have been the main weapon used against working people — common people — to break our unity and defeat our struggles for progress, justice, a better life, and a revolutionary future of hope and peace.  Again and again, workers’ strikes have been broken, community efforts derailed and sections of people have been misled and misdirected to act against their common interests because of racism and racial prejudice.The false ideology of white supremacy has been the main weapon used against us — common people, working people, farmers, miners, teachers, shopkeepers, the unemployed and prisoners, too. Most of us have had some direct experience dealing with the negative impact of white supremacist ideology.  Whether at work, in school or in the community, it is likely that some of our struggles have come up short or were defeated because we were unable to sustain our unity in the face of the old “divide and conquer” tactics based on racist thinking, and perhaps, weak or racist leadership.Decades of community activism and revolutionary organizing across the U.S. have made clear that no matter what the specifics of the struggle, unity is always necessary to sustain the effort and to win. As Mumia Abu-Jamal has famously stated, “When we fight, we win.” The main weapon used against popular struggle is to divide us based on racism, playing to the lies of white supremacist ideology.Unity is our strength.  Rejecting racism is necessary for unity. Racism will continue to be used against us until we expose it and reject it for the lies and fabrications that it is.Jaan K. Laaman is a long-held U.S. political prisoner, one of the original Ohio-7/United Freedom Front defendants.  He is the editor of 4strugglemag.org, a primary voice of political prisoners in the U.S. He can be directly contacted at Jaan Laaman (10372-016), US Penitentiary Tucson, P.O. Box 24550, Tucson, AZ 85734FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Chile not to be among hosts for 2019 Dakar Rally

first_imgSantiago, May 14: Chile will not be among the hosts in the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally due to a policy of fiscal austerity, although the country hopes to return to the motorsports competition in 2020, Chilean Sports Minister Pauline Kantor has said.”We are facing a delicate financial situation, which is why we are implementing a very important austerity programme. This means we must focus our resources and use them in a responsible manner,” Kantor told the media on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency. IANSlast_img

Dodgers slug their way past Brewers with 7 home runs in 21-5 win

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“It was fun,” Bellinger said. “You never expect to score that many runs, but when you do, you just try to take advantage of it when you’re at the plate. I think we did a pretty good job of that today.”The 21 runs set a Dodger Stadium record and fell one shy of the franchise single-game record for any ballpark. According to Stats, LLC, Bellinger, Pederson and Puig became the first trio of outfielders with at least four RBIs in a game since 1964. All nine Dodgers starters recorded at least one hit, including pitcher Clayton Kershaw.Puig had three of the Dodgers’ 18 hits. Bellinger, Dozier, Max Muncy and Kiké Hernandez collected two hits apiece.Turner’s two-run homer in the sixth inning was his first since June 29. He had spent the previous 10 days on the disabled list resting a strained adductor muscle.“I felt good in the box all night,” Turner said. “I felt like I saw the ball good. Timing was good.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, left, has a little fun with Actor Kevin Hart along with Kourtney Kardashian as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp looks on after throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) hits a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) flips his bat after hitting a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) rounds third base after hitting a solo home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (45) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) high fives third base coach Chris Woodward (45) after hitting a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson points to the sky after hitting a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates with manager Dave Roberts after hitting a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun after striking out looking against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich (22) smiles in the dugout after scoring on a passed ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado argues with home plate Brian Knight (91) after striking out looking against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts looks on against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig looks on against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig smiles at swinging and missing during a at bat against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner throws out Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain (not pictured) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner against the Milwaukee Brewers during a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier hits a three run home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier watches his three run home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates after teammate Brian Dozier (not pictured) hits a three run home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Brian Dozier (6) celebrates with teammates Cody Bellinger (35) and Justin Turner (10) after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of Thursday’s 21-5 victory over the the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier (6) high fives manager Dave Roberts after hitting a three run home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger after hitting a grand slam against the Milwaukee Brewers during the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell walks to the mound to change pitchers against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell, left, takes the ball from Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (45) against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is pulled from the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich (not pictured) singles past a diving Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich (not pictured) singles past a diving Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar high fives teammates after a hitting a three run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado smiles during a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Dodgers won 21-5. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 21-5 during a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich, right, is congratulated by Ryan Braun after scoring on a wild pitch during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a solo home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, front, as catcher Erik Kratz and home plate umpire Brian Knight watch during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, gestures as he scores after hitting a solo home run, next to Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, is hit on the ear by the bat of Milwaukee Brewers’ Jonathan Schoop during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, center, holds his ear after being hit by the bat of Milwaukee Brewers’ Jonathan Schoop, left, as home plate umpire Brian Knight looks on during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier hits a three-run home run in front of Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz and home plate umpire Brian Knight during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier watches his three-run home run in front of Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich, right, scores on his solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner throws out Milwaukee Brewers’ Erik Kratz at first during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hits a grand slam during the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches his grand slam off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, foreground, during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger celebrates after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger celebrates after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, rounds third after hitting a grand slam as Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin stands near the mound during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) is congratulated by Justin Turner, left, and Manny Machado after hitting a grand slam, as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz watches during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson runs to first as he hits a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his two-run home run, next to Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig hits a two-run home run in front of Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz and home plate umpire Brian Knight during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig heads toward first on his two-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Hernan Perez, front, normally an infielder, during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar hits a three-run home run in front of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal and home plate umpire Brian Knight during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw stretches in left field prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Kevin Hart, left, along with Kourtney Kardashian throws out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Kevin Hart, right, along with Kourtney Kardashian throws out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Kevin Hart, right, along with Kourtney Kardashian throws out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Kevin Hart, right, along with Kourtney Kardashian throws out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Kevin Hart, right, along with Kourtney Kardashian with Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp after throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, left, has a little fun with Actor Kevin Hart along with Kourtney Kardashian as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp looks on after throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 62Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger lost a home run Tuesday when Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain made a leaping catch above the wall. Bellinger lost a double Wednesday when a line drive landed inches outside the right-field chalk.Batting with the bases loaded in the third inning Thursday, you could see Bellinger gauge his unfolding fortunes like a cynic. As his fly ball drifted toward the right-field corner, Bellinger stepped cautiously toward first base, never letting go of his bat. When the ball clanged off the yellow foul pole, Bellinger at last turned toward his teammates in the third-base dugout. It was safe to celebrate.The Dodgers did a lot of celebrating Thursday.Bellinger’s grand slam was one of seven Dodger home runs in a 21-5 win. Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig homered twice. Brian Dozier and Justin Turner homered once. The Dodgers set season highs for homers, runs, and runs in a single inning; their nine-run outburst in the seventh turned a lopsided baseball game into a score more common to football.center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire After Manny Machado singled with one out in the third inning, Turner was hit by a pitch by Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin (10-4). The next batter, Yasmani Grandal, drew a walk to load the bases for Bellinger.After taking a fastball for a strike, Bellinger crushed a slider over the plate for his 18th home run of the season. He said he lost sight of it until it clanged off the pole. The Dodgers led 6-1, eliminating the night’s last glimmer of suspense.Bellinger had batted 102 times since his last home run on July 2. He hit .218 in that span.“I give Belly a lot of credit,” Kershaw said. “He really hasn’t gotten down too much. He really hasn’t pouted, hasn’t hung his head as much as he probably could or would have. I think it’s a testament to his maturity, a testament to him as a guy. We need him, we love him, and he’s a big part of our offense.”Bellinger, who finished 2 for 4 with five RBIs, conceded it wasn’t always easy to stay positive.“You want to perform every single day, and when you know you’re not performing to your capability it’s frustrating, but I have to give credit also to my teammates and my coaching staff for giving me good advice, helping me keep going.”Chacin, who allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 4-1/3 innings, saw his earned-run average balloon from 3.45 to 3.89. By the time the score was 15-5 in the seventh inning, Manager Craig Counsell turned to position player Hernan Perez to pitch. Perez was charged with five runs in one inning.The eighth inning was catcher Erik Kratz’s turn to pitch. He was the only Milwaukee pitcher who did not allow a run.It was a remarkable 48-hour turnaround for the Dodgers, who struggled to muster any offense in three consecutive losses. Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson carried a perfect game into the fifth inning on Wednesday, before a 10th-inning home run by Grandal walked the Brewers off the field.The Dodgers’ offense continued to steamroll into Thursday. They never trailed after the top of the first inning.Kershaw (5-5), who was making his 306th career start, had never benefited from more than 15 runs of support. In six innings the left-hander allowed two runs, including one when Christian Yelich scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Kershaw struck out seven batters before turning the game over to the bullpen with a seven-run lead.Related Articles The win lifted the Dodgers (61-49) into first place in the National League West, one game ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks (60-50) and two ahead of the Colorado Rockies (58-50).By splitting the four-game series with Milwaukee, the Dodgers took four of seven games in the season series.Thursday was the first time that Turner batted in the same lineup with Machado and Dozier, who were acquired in July trades. Muncy and Chris Taylor did not start, and outfielder Matt Kemp got the night off altogether. Austin Barnes rounded out the bench as Chase Utley began his stay on the 10-day disabled list.It might not have been the most accurate preview of the new-look Dodger lineup, but it was encouraging nonetheless.“I have to come to the resolution that we have a deep bench,” Manager Dave Roberts said, “and they’re not starting but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to come in and contribute at some point in time during that game. That’s the message to anyone that’s sitting that particular day. They all want to be in there and they all have in their own right a case to be in our lineup that night, but there’s only eight positions that can play.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more