tamorapierce: yellow sign showing figure banging head on desk (Default)
This article, by Henry A. Giroux of Truthout, sums up what is going wrong in America far better than I can: police violence against Black people, the militarization of our police, the escape of financiers and the wealthy from a tax burden carried by the rest of us, the passiveness of the white American to police brutality, the devaluing of Black lives in general. It's a disturbing article, but well worth reading.

Why is there no mass outcry against police murder of Black citizens? Is white America ashamed of our people of color, or just lazy? This isn't the country of the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Law has become corrupt, and we are plunging into a future of constant warfare. When will people wake up?

Date: 2015-07-20 04:23 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] gehayi
gehayi: (daja (gehayi))
Your HTML is screwed up, Tammy. You're missing an end quotation mark between "detail" and >.

Why is there no mass outcry against police murder of Black citizens?

There has been and is. We don't hear about it, though, because:

a) terrorists with badges have a tendency to beat, maim, arrest and kill protesters, which is rather easy, as they have armor, all the weapons, and TANKS; and
b) the supposedly liberal news media (which hasn't been liberal since Reagan's first term) labels protesters as "rioters" or sometimes "armed rioters and looters." This convinces those not at the protest that the terrorists are doing a good and honorable job, not covering up murders and crushing anyone who even talks about what they do.

The terrorists who keep murdering black and Latino men, women and children also keep getting away with it, in the media and in the courts. I still haven't forgotten Bob McCullough's deliberate misleading of the jury in murderer Darren Wilson's trial. But McCullough has a billion or so familial and professional ties to Missouri police. You couldn't really expect a state Attorney General to recuse himself if he couldn't be unbiased. That would imply that the law mattered to him. And it didn't. Neither law nor justice counted; the only thing he cared about was getting a killer off because the killer had a badge.

Wilson isn't the only one, either.

Chicago Cop Found Not Guilty for Killing Woman After Confusing Phone For Gun

Cleveland officer not guilty in killing unarmed pair

Charges Dismissed Against Joseph Weekley, Cop Who Fatally Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old (and you know what? He's a cop again!)

I don't know what to do, aside from posting about this stuff. I sure wouldn't trust anyone with a badge these days. All they seem to do is kill people and get away with it.

I think this is why books featuring magic and movies featuring superheroes are generally popular these days. The mages and superheroes can fight back effectively. We can't. The terrorists are going to commit their racist murders AND their assaults on anyone who protests in person, and the media and crooked judges and prosecutors are going to aid and abet them. There doesn't seem to be any way of fighting back that the bastards can't co-opt.

I wish I had Briar's power over plants or Tris's over lightning. I might be able to do something useful then.

P.S. Have you seen this website? It keeps track of all people killed by police in the U.S. every day.

Killed By Police
Edited Date: 2015-07-20 04:29 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-07-23 08:07 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] elialshadowpine
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Some of us do. I can't do a lot, because disability (so protests aren't really a possibility because the chemicals cops use in anti-protest situations could literally kill me), but I'm frequently posting about these things on Facebook and reblogging news articles for awareness (with a mostly zero tolerance policy; I'll try to educate someone who's ignorant, but if they go from there to hostile, out the door they go, family or no), along with signing a buttload of petitions. I have been able to get people to think about things and change their minds, and if that's just a pebble in a pond, well... pebbles ripple outward.

Argh. Comment posted in wrong place. Damn you Dreamwidth!
Edited ( ) Date: 2015-07-23 08:07 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-07-23 08:27 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] gehayi
gehayi: (tears (gehayi))
*sighs* Yeah. I post and sign petitions, too. And I research. I try to find evidence of what is happening versus rumors. And I'm also disabled. But I don't know. I feel like I'm preaching to the choir. I don't have the sense that it's doing any good. The terrorists keep murdering the people they're supposed to protect, and even if charges are brought, they don't go to jail. They don't even get stripped of their badges. The police officers who are actually honorable and fight these bastards get thrown out on their ears by the murderers.

I don't even have the impression that I'm making even the tiniest ripple. I feel like gravel that's sinking into a pond without a trace.

Date: 2015-07-20 07:41 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cyllan
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At least some of us care -- although I avoid Facebook like the plague, so I'm not there signing petitions. Every bit of attention raising helps move this out of the shadows; it really does.

Date: 2015-07-22 06:12 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] saharafrost
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It's always a struggle when you want to help, yet feel so powerless to actually do so effectively. So that's why we do what we can, right? We do the things that are in our power.

You post petitions. You share news articles that might otherwise go unnoticed. Most of all, though, you write. You write these beautiful stories with a diverse cast of characters who are fighting the good fight on their own fantasy turf. Sure, it's fiction. But if it weren't for fiction, I would be blind to so many truths. You have created characters with whom your readers can empathize...and thus, you help them develop the ability to empathize with people in real life. You've managed to take real world issues and infuse them into your stories, presenting your readers with a "safe place" that challenges them to look at hard, awful truths in the face.

I hope that one day I will be able to do the same. I hope that I will be able to share such truths with people who read my stories. I'm not there yet, but I may be one day. And so I do what I can. I educate myself. I hone my craft. And I do my best for the people around me. It may not be much...it may only be smiling at them or saying "Have a good day" or helping them find a book that they want to read...but little things add up. I use what's available to me now, actively search for other ways I can help, and work hard to achieve a position where I can do even more. The most important thing right now is to not give up.

So don't give up! You've already done more than you know. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't even be aware, much less concerned, about some things happening around me. Just know that you are having an effect, even if it doesn't seem like much. So often in life, we don't see the importance of what we're doing until 20 years pass and we look back (if we even get to live long enough to see it then). :)

Edited Date: 2015-07-22 08:54 pm (UTC)


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