Ground Zero — Ferguson

Ferguson Ground Zero
Click photo for the original articleBuzzfeed/Joel Anderson

In the wake of the news that Ferguson, Missouri, police Darren Wilson will not be indicted for killing Michael Brown, you’ve probably seen lots of reports of destruction and anger, and far fewer about the despair of black men as they contemplate the message the grand jury’s decision sends about the value of their lives.

Here’s a great corrective. BuzzFeed’s Joel Anderson captured this image, and Twitter user @HeyMyNameIsWill contrasted it with the images of the protests offered by cable TV.

Rest assured white Republican America. If you live in a state where it’s perfectly legal for coppers to shoot an unarmed suspect fleeing the scene of a crime [or suspected of fleeing a crime – or suspected of anything] – you already know you or your kids aren’t likely to be the victims of murder-by-cop. if you’re Black or Brown or some other non-white tint of human being, that’s different. But, you also know that doesn’t matter.

The city of Albuquerque, down the road from here, has a police force that is just coming out from under a Department of Justice investigation, new rules, new oversight – because of the number of civilians killed by coppers. Watching the local news on any day, we call it “watching the local murders”. And like most Americans, we don’t mind a whole lot if it’s one drug gang killing members of another drug gang – or cops killing crooks with a lifetime record of violence and theft.

Albuquerque got in trouble because their cops killed too many white guys, too many veterans.

Ferguson, St. Louis, Middle America ain’t going to change anything if cops stick to killing Black men or Hispanics. The despair in this photo is only a reflection of that fact. And the politicians charged with aiding oversight, peace and prosperity couldn’t care less. Which is a much better reason to throw them out of office than Keynesian fiscal policy or not strictly adhering to orders received directly from your God and your bible.

3 thoughts on “Ground Zero — Ferguson

  1. Honkie says:

    “I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.” (Malcolm X)

  2. eideard says:

    I was fortunate enough to hear Malcolm X speak in the best possible environment – a few times. Standing on a street corner in Harlem with my mate, fellow poet, Daniel R.. Malcolm on the opposite corner standing on a stepladder. His voice reaching out unaltered by the squawk of a cheapo loudhailer.

    His sense of reason and justice was more compelling than anything ever delivered by the stentorian rote of MLKjr. Everyone on the street and street-corners moved closer to stand before this figure of rage and reason, judge and justice. Traffic turned away. I guess folks knew if Malcolm was on the corner that day you weren’t getting through the intersection.

    Everyone felt he was speaking directly to you. Even a long-haired ofay hipster [1950’s definition, please] attending alongside a Black ex-Marine.

  3. Postscript says:

    “Ferguson activist Darren Seals found fatally shot in burning car” (9/7/16) “When Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer two years ago, Darren Seals was one of the most vocal activists leading protests across the city. He rallied a boycott of Democratic candidates in local elections after he said they failed to protect black lives. And on the day a grand jury declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Seals held Brown’s mother in his arms as she sobbed.
    On Tuesday, Seals was found dead, authorities said, in a burning car outside the city. He was 29.”

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