We can’t ignore the inequities that persist in our justice system that undermine our most deeply held values of fairness and equality. Imagine what he with would feel and what we would do if white drivers were three times as likely to be searched by police during a traffic stop as black drivers. Instead of the other way around; if white offenders received prison sentences 10 percent longer than black offenders for the same crimes; if a third of all white men, just look at this room and take one-third, went to prison during their lifetime. Imagine that. That is the reality in the lives of so many of our fellow Americans and so many of the communities in which they live.
I applaud President Obama for sending the attorney general to Ferguson and demanding a thorough and speedy investigation, to find out what happened, to see that justice is done, to help this community begin healing itself. We should all add our voices to those that have come together in recent days to work for peace, justice and reconciliation in Ferguson, and beyond, to stand against violence and for the values that we cherish. We can do better.
We can work to rebuild the bonds of trust from the ground up. It starts within families and communities. It was 51 years ago today that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr called us to live out true meaning of our creed, to make the dream real for all Americans. That mission is as fiercely urgent today as when he stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the hot August sun all those years ago.
So we have a lot of work to do together. At Nexenta, you say, better living for a better world. At the Clinton Foundation, we say, we’re all in this together. If you put those together, it comes out to a pretty good road map for the future. We need all of you, your energy and your efforts, your innovation, your building, your creating to help us achieve that better world.
And I have the same problem with her statement as I had with Obama’s: YEAH AND SO WHAT?
We have these problems and we’re all very sorry about them, white people, “good” white people, people with consciences and such, who aren’t at the moment setting police dogs on anybody. We’re very, very sorry, and we believe everyone should look into their hearts and not harbor so much hate. Hold hands in church. Take flowers to your neighbor.
Yet when it comes time for welfare “reform” or bankruptcy cramdown or anything else that would actually help the poor communities of color and address injustice the only way it can be addressed, with goddamn MONEY, suddenly all those good intentions fucking evaporate and everybody goes off whistling like “Man, I wasn’t even THERE.”
This country does not need Dr. Phil-in-Chief. This country doesn’t need beer summits. This country needs goddamn pallets of cash being dropped from helicopters, to build playgrounds and staff building inspection departments and pick up litter and oh, yeah, hire some cops that aren’t total mouthbreathing doucheturtles who have to use beanbag rounds on grandmothers because otherwise granny would outrun them. This country is not going to repair itself with love and understanding. It’s going to do it with giant fucking checks.
These powerful people act like the only thing they have the power to do is say nice things, and if they do, then it’s all “Oooh, he used the bully pulpit,” or “Oooh, she made a strong statement.” And next week, when the cameras are off Ferguson and in some other shithole town we’re going to pretend doesn’t exist until it implodes? All the national therapy won’t mean dick. The town will still be neglected and the people will still be broke and there will still be no fucking jobs.
Until some politician proposes spending on America like we spend on Iraq, until somebody takes the photos of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner blowing goats out of the safe and uses them to get us to “waste” money in every direction on U.S. soil the way we do whenever there are people to freedom-bomb, you can spare me the peace, love and understanding rhetoric.
Is it better than saying nothing? Maybe. But not much.