Trump gave a speech on law and order a week or so ago. Apparently, there’s no problem at all with culturally systemic racism in any of our roughly eighteen thousand police departments. Apparently, the problem is a war on police led by the president.
This coming from a man who boasted he could prove the president isn’t a citizen. A man who said “There’s my African American” about the only black male in a sea of white on a campaign stop.
There were fewer police killed under Obama’s administration than any two term president in our lifetime.
The killing of twelve year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland Ohio. A cop that should should never have been allowed to carry a badge or a gun killed a boy with a toy gun within less than three seconds of rolling up.
A cop in Ferguson Missouri empties his entire clip into an unarmed teenager from a distance, without any knowledge he committed any crime other than jaywalking. The culturally systemic record of racism for this municipality extracting revenue from it’s poorest and blackest is appalling. The DOJ’s report was as explicit as it was scathing.
Dashcam video of Laquan McDonald, walking away, not even running, unarmed, shot sixteen times in the back even after he fell to the ground by an officer on scene for less than thirty seconds in Chicago. Surrounded by other cops. It took a year for the video to be released and charges to be filed.
I could go on and on and on.
So far, no convictions for murder.
There are shitty cops.
Way too much of this now on video to arrive at any conclusion other than we have a systemic problem inside the culture of too many of eighteen thousand American police departments.
There’s no video of Catholic priests raping children but most of us realize it’s huge goddamn problem.
Black people are pissed and scared and white people are scared and pissed and this is why. Jackasses like Trump shamelessly exploit the systemic culture of racism within most of our police departments that once made white people great.
White people have never been great.
Minorities all over this country aren’t afforded the benefit of the doubt by police yet it was never predicated on that benefit of doubt being afforded to police by the citizenry. See, cops are necessarily supposed to be above that shit. It sucks but it’s clearly part of the job description.
Criminals are inherently shitty.
The militarization is fucking spooky. Police are supposed to do the best they can to make people feel safe as opposed to threatened. What I see is cops festooned with firepower lethal enough to take out an entire town, confronting unarmed American protesters. We are still at a point where it’s irresponsible to trust a cop if you’re brown or black in any metropolitan area of America and more so in rural ones.
This isn’t a binary issue. For or against cops. Innocent people are being murdered by cops.
Violent crime in America is at an historic low, but we’ve got more people in jail than ever. Disproportionately black or brown men. A robust for profit prison industry with a voracious appetite.
Just about all violent crime against white people is committed by white people. Just about all violent crime committed by black and brown people is against black or brown people. They aren’t interested in fucking with white people because the hammer of law enforcement that never ends up in their favor.
We have one candidate who exploits that fear and one who helped create it.
There will never be justice for white men in America until there is justice for black men. As long as the traditional role for police in America is to protect and serve the elites and the wealthy, white men will be sucked into this more and more because class warfare has assimilated race warfare.
Sooner rather than later, unarmed white men will start getting shot and eventually it will be Vietnam all over again.
The war will end.
Drinks for my friends.
*The second offering from Rat Bat Blue. It’s appropriate in a non sequitur kind of way. If you listen to this on cheesy computer speakers, you’re doing yourself a disservice because the bass guitar is more than relevant. It’s a pop song with blistering jazz chops and that’s how I fell in love with this band. They could fucking play and by the way, the drummer is a chick. I know that sounds sexist but fuck you because you assumed she’s a dude automatically. The song exemplifies musical discretion. Restraint. There is no virtuosity for the sake thereof here. They respected the silence between the notes as much as the notes they played. It was this band that afforded me the time and patience to make it sound like it did in my head. I never charged them a dime but occasionally there was a wad of bills on the console at the end of the gig. I am grateful.*