just tidbits of thoughts as i read this article
"Some people’s lives just don’t matter. Or they’re in the way."
i watched an interesting interview last week. the guest suggested a different twist on "black lives matter." she said we might turn that on its head and say, "black deaths matter!"
"We condemn, we bring to trial, the armed hatred and racism of individuals, but far too rarely do we ever bring the whole system, or a serious segment of it, to trial."
yep! it's call systemic racism which rears its ugly head whenever we see that black, hispanic or poor people do not experience equal treatment under the law. i remember what political humorist, chris rock once observed--paraphrasing, "when you go to court you can see why they call it the 'justice system'. you look around and it's just us!" from day one when the 3/5 compromise wormed its way into the u.s. constitution systemic racism was embedded in the law of the land.
as long as we bend knee to the political class begging them to grow a conscience, nothing will change. i think we need a new, improved constitution written not by political "experts" but written by the people. in that way we can put an end to systemic racism and sexism. however, no law can force a bigot to change his attitude. a policeman stops a car for a minor misdemeanor infraction like failure to signal for a lane change, a broken taillight or selling loose cigarettes and a black man ends up in the morgue. time after time the jury finds him not guilty because that uniformed person says "i feared for my life." hmm, how and why do these frightened and bigoted scaredie-cats become police? too afraid to protect themselves yet claim they're protecting me. well, that's my job! i don't scare that easily.
every day the district attorney and staff work hand-in-hand with the police who have arrested a dangerous criminal or marijuana smoker. the police presented as calm, cool trained observers give their "expert" testimony while you and i cannot be trusted to know what we've seen. makes me wonder how the prosecutor presents the case when the accused is a buddy?
"It will take another movement of ordinary people to continue this evolution. I know it’s underway: I feel the courage, for instance, of the disabled die-in participants. We’re at a new beginning."
another movement? let's make this one stick! we seem to be running out of time. life presents us with many lessons and we must learn from our mistakes. this moment just might be our final exam.