Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/06/20/prolonged-uprising-new-normal
During the Viet Nam occupation era if you were not part of the solution you were part of the problem.
If Covid-19 is teaching us nothing else, it is confirming that “normal” IS the problem !
Unless the “prolonged uprising” soon segs into an intense focus on fighting voter suppression, and saving the US Postal Service, we may not like the new totalitarian normal we will certainly get.
Among the many reasons why the Floyd Rebellion cannot stop, until we crush the carceral state:
They retaliate against whistleblowers like Ramsey Orta, who photographed Eric Garner’s murder, or officer Adrian Schoolcraft who recorded a Brooklyn captain’s instructions that the police fill their quotas by using racial profiling and arbitrary harassment through Stop and Frisk. In retaliation, the notorious NYPD, which Baldwin called the most racist department in the world, sought to dig up dirt on Schoolcraft’s father and sister. When Orta arrived at Rikers Island prison, the guards taunted him, “Not so tough without your camera.” They put rat poison in his food, and arrested his mother to get him to plea bargain.
Why Killer Cops Go Free
by Ishmael Reed