|From Album 5|
Like Adrastos said, we’re reaping the results of police being equipped — and trained — as paramilitaries. Not to equate, but in the fairly recent past, demonstrations here in Red Stick — obviously very small and utterly non-violent/minor demonstrations, given our not-exactly-vanguard status, have been met not by bored or bemused police (as they were when I was much younger), but overt threats of arrest and clear intent to intimidate.
It’s almost as if the public space is being turned into…a prison yard. Which probably suits some of the wingy-ier elements of the wingnut crowd just fine, but I don’t want Orange-is-The-New-Black to be a World of Tomorrow … or today.
And…could you imagine if ANY of this had happened in, to put it bluntly, a white neighborhood? No, I can’t either. And yet, what started this — excessive lethal force against a black man — wasn’t even the only such occurrence this week.
To repeat, we’re reaping what’s been sowed…and, as another song says, when justice is gone, there’s always force…
But is that what we really want?