tamorapierce: yellow sign showing figure banging head on desk (Default)
I haven't posted about Gray or a number of other murdered Black people here before because I am ashamed. I am ashamed that so many police officers and, in some places, police departments, in my country feel it is okay to ignore their own oaths of service and the laws of this country when it comes to anyone who is not white and wealthy. I am ashamed of the list of deaths in custody that has unscrolled only this year, let alone in previous years.

I am ashamed that my country's much-vaunted liberties are a lie. I knew they were a lie from the beginning, but as a child of the Sixties I once thought we were on the road to becoming our better selves. Now I know that we have sold the pretense of those better selves to the Koch Brothers, to Nestle water miners, to frackers, to elected representatives who refuse to work for their paychecks but hold up the process until they can retire to consult for rich multinationals, and to the murderers who serve them.

And this is all I can say. Because I am white, because I am middle class, the gun isn't pointed at me.

What does it take? What does it take for a government--local, state, national--to look at what's going on and say, "You know--this is fucked."

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