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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

No Justice

There is no justice in this country if you’re black or brown, particularly not if you’ve committed the most egregious of sins — to be poor or simply not wealthy while black or brown.

The grand jury in St Louis failed to return an indictment against Darren Wilson, the cop who shot unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. If you’ve tuned in to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Tumblr this morning, you know this already.

The always eloquent Mister Charles Pierce had this to say, amongst other things (go read!):
There is something gone badly wrong in the way police are taught to look at civilians these days. This is the logic of an occupying power being employed on American citizens. Ever since 9/11, when we all began to be told that we were going to have to bend a little bit, and then a little bit more, to authority or else we'd all die, the police in this country have been militarized in their tactics and in their equipment, which is bad enough, but in their attitudes and their mentality, which is far, far worse. Suspicion has bled into weaponized paranoia, especially in the case of black and brown people, especially in the case of young men who are black or brown, but this is not About Race because nothing ever is About Race.
 Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station on his Facebook page:
The situation can be summed up thusly, the people currently on TV telling black America to shut up and accept the Ferguson decision are the same exact folks almost face for face demanding that Congress begin their 9th investigation into Benghazi.
How many more Mike Browns, Trayvon Martins, John Crawford IIIs and Eric Garners will there be this year? How many more times will I see all this needless horror, injustice and pain played out? How many more of our friends, brothers, sisters, fellow humans need die for no good fucking reason?

From ThinkProgress:
Today’s verdict was the result of a case built by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch. Many had called for the replacement of McCulloch in Brown’s case, citing his connections to the law enforcement community and a father who was killed by a black man with a gun.
Well then, I guess he got his paybacks, eh?

I’ve got nothing more to say about all this at least not right now. I’m just so damn angry. Not surprised but in a steaming rage all the same.

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