If the United States were a person, the doctors would be saying that he or she was suffering from dangerous levels of stress, with blood pressure rising, and a heart attack imminent. So much social pressure has built up in the body politic, it's ready to explode. The police are simply out of control. After three decades of police state propaganda--the "war on crime," the "war on drugs," the "war on terror," the war on damn near everything--some police officers can no longer restrain themselves: they hear the culture telling them "shoot the n****r ! Shoot the n****r!" and, as the pressure mounts to boiling point, at last they pick up the gun and do what they are told.
Dangerous fantasies are in the air in the contemporary United States--"race war," massacre, murder, mayhem, "just get them outta here!" Being on the front line of genocidal fantasy, some police officers take it into themselves. They hate "the blacks" with a passion, and would like nothing more than to shoot dead every dreadlocked, gold tooth thug, who disrespects the uniform.
"Protect and serve"?? Not in America's ghettos! There, it's a simple matter of keeping "those animals in their place." Racist police officers do not regard African Americans and Latinos as fully human. Is it any surprise that they are ready to gun down a 12 year old child without any cause whatsoever?
The police have been abusing and murdering people of color for quite some time.What is new about the present moment is that police criminality has been brought to the wider public attention, by cameras and videos and the like. In the Disneyfied world of so-called "White America," many good citizens have a hard time believing that US police officers commit murder. They think this kind of behavior is more typical of police officers in Brazil, Columbia or Mexico. Good middle class "white Americans" have no real sense of the country they are living in.
And then there are the racists among the "white working class," who think that "the blacks" are only getting what they deserve. White supremacist proletarians are their own worst enemy: they support a system of oppression and hierarchy that has kept them ignorant and alienated, without a job, without hope and without real health insurance. But as long as they can look down on "the blacks" they are happy. They cleave to the moronic Donald Trump because he promises to keep the racial scam going, whereby "poor whites" can feel good about themselves by feeling hate towards others.
It's the same old Police narrative: "the n****r lunged with his knife and the officer feared for his life, so he shot the assailant reluctantly in self-defense." We will hear this narrative aplenty when the Tamir Rice murder in Cleveland comes to trial. Most often, the Police story plays and the offending officer walks free. Prosecutors and juries tend to be sympathetic to "the heroes in blue" who have to deal with "animals in the jungle."
"We" all know that "the blacks" are dangerous people...
The authorities in Chicago did everything they could to protect the murderer Van Dyke. They had no interest in seeing justice enforced for Laquan McDonald or anyone else who is "black." What does that tell us about the contemporary United States? Well, one thing it tells us is that African Americans are not regarded as true citizens and black lives don't matter at all in the calculations of the white power structure.
Watch the video. It's clear that Van Dyke committed cold blooded murder. It's not clear that he will convicted. We shall see...