Fear of a Black Rebellion
Our Janus-faced president, who represents a government that is the primary military procurer for Israel while ‘tsk-tsking’ the bombing of Gaza schools and UN outposts. That perhaps ‘will look into’ the killing of Michael Brown while its Pentagon, the DHS and the DoJ increases the amount of military gear given to every Podunk cop and police department in the U.S. That whines about the incarceration rates of abstract future black people while not retroactively changing cocaine sentences for real black people. That condemns torture as a word while findings of independent human-rights organizations indicate it has been going on in Afghanistan up to this day, and has been covered up. That wanted to close Guantanamo, and now refuses to release prisoners already found innocent. That thinks perhaps cops shoot too many innocent black and brown people while its “Justice” Department does not follow national laws already on the books to track these escalating and constant killings by police. All these are connected.
Sonic weapons. Flash bang grenades. Armored trucks. M-16s. Military helicopters. SWAT squads. Teargas. Rubber and wooden bullets. A suburb in Missouri, a state that was part-Confederate A police chief with a Confederate flag. Reporters roughed up and arrested. And … dead and injured black people. It all fits.
You know governments, especially Democratic ones, want to talk about their clean hands, hoping you don’t notice the dirty one covered in blood and mud held behind their back. Then there is the chorus of Democratic Party apologists, especially in the Black Political Elite, from the Black Congressional Caucus on down to Al Sharpton, who give political cover to Janus. This is essential to the rule of capital. I guess not all the citizens of Ferguson are following the script.
Nobody in the corporate press or the networks full of useless talking heads gives two cents about Michael Brown except as a ratings bonanza, least of all Atlanta-based CNN. As Russell Brand hinted, no wonder Robin Williams hanged himself. If it wasn’t for protests and some minimal ‘rioting’ we’d be on to the next celebrity death. Not some unknown 18-year old.
Clueless social-Democrats like Joan Walsh of Salon.com are just ‘shocked’ at the war in Ferguson, and say they are going to catch up on this whole issue of warrior cops. Well, it’s a white-controlled town with a majority black population, with a poverty rate twice that of Missouri as a whole. What has been going on is a form of class war, and it’s not always pretty. Of course if you’re white, you can’t experience the police response to ‘walking while black’ or ‘driving while black’ or ‘being in your home while black.’ Yet anyone who has been to a single demonstration against a serious target – like the Republican or Democratic Party conventions, or police brutality, or the WTO, or a real strike – knows that the cops have become soldiers. The ‘enemy’ is the working and poor classes of the U.S. Welcome to the American Police State. It’s still a bit modest, but push it a little and see what happens. Where the local and federal government has two-faces – one more real than the other.
Now the St Louis County cops have thrown up on their bullet-proof vests in front of the whole nation. They had to be removed by the governor today to keep them from creating more of a mess. Call their removal from Ferguson a victory for the people. If you can get to Ferguson, go. Fill up that town with so many people that the cops back off. But that includes State Police and FBI, not just St. Louis County cops. The 'good copy/bad cop' routine is just that - a dodge. Only then can you start focusing on justice for Michael Brown. Nothing less than jail on a homicide charge for the cop responsible will do.
Prior books reviewed on this subject – Radley Balko’s excellent “The Rise of the Warrior Cop.” There are also reviews on the police, like “The Wire” and “Bad Boys,” and those on the on-going American prison complex – “Are Prison’s Obsolete” and “The New Jim Crow.” Use blog search box, upper left.
PS - On Saturday, Governor Nixon of Missouri instituted 'marshall law' in Ferguson - ending the fake cop honeymoon. The police state is now official.
August 14, 2014