I’m a big fan of the Rude Pundit, and his post yesterday was one that I think would echo the sentiments of some Black Americans who feel helpless in light of the recent police killings of unarmed Black men. It’s worth the read, but I must warn that the language is quite coarse. Here’s a sanitized portion that I thought really hit home.
We as a nation have f**ked over black Americans in so many ways. We’ve isolated many in neighborhoods with sh*tty housing, sh*tty schools, sh*tty businesses, and sh*tty health care. We’ve demonized affirmative action. We’ve gutted welfare programs, work programs, and other poverty programs. We’ve given prisons over to private corporations that demand to be filled with any kind of petty criminal under minimum sentencing laws and the worthless drug war. So we’ve filled the sh*tty streets with cops who have been given the right to harass blacks into hatred of the authority they should be able to turn to to stop the crimes that matter. We have made it so that, even if you’re not from one of these shitty neighborhoods, you are forever framed by them, forever framed as a thug or a bitch, forever suspect.
Then we’ve said, “You’re an American. You have opportunity. You can pull yourself up by your bootstraps and live the American dream.” Godd**nit, the Rude Pundit wants to f**k sh*t up just writing that. He can’t imagine living it.
So, sure, it’s a shame that others now suffer economically (mostly) in the wake of the Michael Brown killing. But when when the plants in the ground finally grow, you don’t blame the leaves. You blame the people who put the seeds in the dirt and watered them, decade after decade.
Only in America can a group of armed people point loaded guns at officers and be considered patriots while unarmed men are treated like Public Enemy #1. I don’t see things in America getting any better until we see a change in how we treat each other.