I’ve had a couple of days to further evaluate and learn from the recent police killings in Minnesota and Louisiana. I hinted at a conclusion that could be made in my earlier post but now I am even more convinced. In both killings (and many other earlier police killings) what is often mentioned but I have not realized the significance of until just now is that the police murdered both victims when neither victim had done anything wrong. The victim or even fear of the victim did not cause the police officer to shoot.
The police officer took an innocent man’s life without any due process for the clear reason that he was afraid. Not afraid of anything the victim did or even anything the victim was likely to do. The police officer was afraid because the Right-Wing media and the Right-Wing supported political institutions continually beat it into his subconscious mind that he needs to be afraid. The big lie in America nowadays is how anyone that doesn’t look like you or act like you think they should act is ipso facto out to destroy the American way of life and more to the point, out to get you. A secondary rant coming from many organizations but chiefly the Nation Rifle Association is that survival in the American jungle makes having a large collection of expensive and impressive firearms a requirement.
Way back in early 2012 there was a powerful article at The Daily Kos by MinistryOfTruth in the form of An open letter to the people who hate Obama more than they love America. I have posted a few excerpts below but I highly recommend reading the piece in its entirety. It’s still available online at the The Daily Kos.
Something to think about: this article was written two and a half years ago: how have things changed? Is the open vendetta against Barack Obama improving life in this country or are a small group of plutocrats pulling the strings to undermine the government and increase their own wealth and power?