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“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

A Black AND White issue: police killings in America are making purple people a reality.

The Police Are Killing a Lot of White People Also…

There is no small irony in the fact that police brutality is a black and white narrative- or that it is out of control in America- or that they are trying to polarize the issue of systemic corruption in police agencies across this great land.

From the Daily KOS:

This will blow your mind.

Go to this website and do a search.

Any search, any state.

Then read and scroll down the pages.

All the entries list race and many have pictures.  

If you think police shootings are just a black problem, you have another thing coming.

Scary.

http://www.fatalencounters.org/…

Police have been killing and torturing people here as long as there have been police. And, the culture of policing is corrupt to it’s core-there are no “rogue cops” in an institution of systemic secrecy, brutality, racism, and police unions that corrupt the process.

I bet if cops unions were demolished the same way that truckers unions, vegetable pickers unions, and others were destroyed- I bet workers who actually work for a living might get their unions back. Maybe we could humanize the police psychology.

Purple People: Kelly Thomas went from

Purple People:
Kelly Thomas went from “white” to shades of purple after he was beaten to death with kicks, baton strikes, fists, and more violence by police.

Remember Kelly Thomas*, son of a police oficer, who was literally beaten to death over a period of time lasting nearly ten minutes- beaten to death by cops for the crime of mental illness? It was caught on camera- and the cops walked.

So-every time I hear someone say ” I don’t care if a person is black, white, red, or purple…” I look at it a different way.

But the problem comes when this issue of “privileged narrative” enters the scene-through government, media, official source journalists, and others who hold the power of the ‘narrative’ above our heads as a tool of social control.

And, in America, post civil rights era, Black voices have become-rightfully so- a privileged narrative. Yet sadly, their spokespersons and representatives forget how many white voices spoke for them to get them here in the first place.

When I first encountered the racism of police institutions, it was because I was chained-at each and every juncture of the jail system-to the biggest, angriest black man on the cellblock, each time I was brought in on one fraudulent charge or another over thirty five years. And it only gets worse, this institutional racism, every time we adopt their tools of discourse.

Building a middle class is easy-dole out some privilege and watch the hungry buy in. But building a middle class that is worth participating in? Sometimes, we need to overlook our own privilege, and racism.

  • It is also important to note that as I wrote this, I tried to upload over five photos of Kelly Thomas, from five separate sources- and got errors that I have never seen before in WordPress, or in Google. Along with institutional racism, there is also a pre-screening of  American/ internet dialogues that affects writers and activists.
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