|Humanity meets police hysteria and chaos|
A poised, young nurse, Ieshia L. Evans, terrifies
two Louisiana cops in Baton Rouge the week of July 11.
The hysterical, anti-social posture of police toward any
assemblage of people calling for human rights
and civil rights continues the week after police
gunned down two men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Ms. Evans was arrested on charges claiming she
obstructed the highway, (The Guardian)
Citizens telling the truth in public is human activity cops will not tolerate
In the 1960s-70s Civil Rights protests few asked human rights demonstrators to find common ground, accommodation, and reconciliation with police units and racists who were beating, arresting, taunting, castrating and killing civil rights workers and people breathing while black. Black folks were expected to go back to where they belong— away from decent, white society.
Today, in defiance of reason, police acting
with impunity and the specific support of white liberals and racists alike, are presented as misunderstood, dedicated and honorable people with whom American must unify.
Welcome to America, 2016. President Obama will deliver an address in Dallas today.
The talk will be devoid of demands to stop killing, taunting, arresting, beating and otherwise preventing the lives of black and brown. The talk will be heavy on healing and honoring police.
I'll take a pass on the "interfaith" and unity BS.
Obama and America's failing is the premise that police killing, arresting, beating, assaulting and preventing the lives of Americans is acceptable. It's not.
As Sam Mitrani puts a truism about police:
The police were not created to protect and serve the population. They were not created to stop crime, at least not as most people understand it. And they were certainly not created to promote justice. They were created to protect the new form of wage-labor capitalism that emerged in the mid to late nineteenth century from the threat posed by that system’s offspring, the working class.
|Slave patrol badge, 1858. Slave patrols to hunt down |
escaped slaves were the original police in the South.
Obama will not protect the First, Fourth and 14th Amendment liberties today.
He'll offer his own penned flowery rhetoric, as he runs from meaningful demands that police act as the defenders of liberty, and not the destroyers of liberty.
Why not admit the truth that police are largely composed of panicky, paranoid and dangerous anti-intellectuals? The type of people who make a black father write, "nothing I can teach [my 13-year-old son] will guarantee he won’t become another statistic until we address the institutional and structural racism inherent in policing today."
For every Obama flacking for killer cops, there is a new, young activist spreading hope for change and human rights in America.
One such civil rights workers is DeRay Mckesson, featured on the Chris Hayes Show: