not to sound alarmist or anything, but congress has a single digit approval rating, trillions of our tax dollars have been pissed away creating terror and war the world over, and when an unarmed black teenager is murdered by a cop the protests following that murder are met with what looks like an occupying military force. The response to Occupy was awful, but I can only imagine how much more violent and aggressive it would have been if it was mostly people of color. As americans, we’ve been socialized to not really give a fuck when we see this aggression aimed at young people of color. Imagine for a moment that the same exact situation in Ferguson was because a young, unarmed white kid was murdered by the cops. When the local citizens took to the streets in protest, they were met with a militarized ‘police’ force. would we stand by and watch? would we assume the government is right? That the kid MUST have been guilty of something, and that in and of itself is justification for his murder? or would armed right wing militias be marching through the streets? Because the corporate whore at the head of the American empire is black, does that mean that ‘people who look like him’ don’t still largely live under apartheid? You are lying to yourself if you really think that there is anything resembling equality in America. My life has been considerably easier because I was born white. if for no other reason, I don’t have to fear being gunned down by a cop, stopped and ‘frisked’, or pulled over because I ‘look suspicious’.
Why do we stand by ignoring the wholesale slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, yet another invasion of Iraq, and a teen-aged war in Afghanistan that is no closer to success today than the first days of the invasion…? well, when you look at the indifference with which we treat other American citizens, when we shrug as a black teenager less than a mile away is gunned down, either by the police or by gang violence fueled and driven by inequality and oppression that has continuously followed hundreds of years of slavery, by design… when we continue to be indifferent to the treatment of our fellow man to the point that we ignore, or even subconsciously nod with approval as people protesting a murder by a police officer are greeted with MRAPS, teargas, and M-4’s pointed in their faces…people of color suffering under the boot of the American empire in blown up villages around the world don’t stand a chance of americans giving a fuck, when we have been socialized to not care about people of color in our own communities. “but Jason, what about Obama…he’s black” fuck Obomba… he doesn’t represent, or fight for anyone but who he is told to represent and fight for. He’s a politician in America, and by nature, he doesn’t give a fuck about you or me or any people of color being gunned down by the police.