The “Rude” view on Ferguson, MO

 

This photograph and an explanation of it can be read at the Rude Pundit column linked below. Or you can click on the photo for the link.

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.

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5 thoughts on “The “Rude” view on Ferguson, MO

  1. “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.”

    QFT. ^

  2. Sums it up well.

    I assume you read the study last week that showed that when people are faced with evidence of racism in some institution, they tend to look more favorably on that institution.

    A good friend of mine, a white woman my age, works for a black institution in a largely black city. She routinely suffers reverse discrimination, the slights and disadvantages black people have always suffered in the larger society. It makes her crazy, too. And she doesn’t have to worry about armed force behind it.

    I don’t know how this will ever get fixed. I don’t know how we will ever learn to live together. I don’t know how there will ever be justice for all.

    We need to decriminalize drugs. That won’t solve all the problems; in fact, I don’t think it will solve any of them. But it will at least stop pouring fuel on the fire. It’s perhaps a first step in getting the cops back under control. It’s a thing we can do, when there’s so much we can’t do.

    • See, if I worked with your friend, I’d kick her co-workers in the rear. It’s bad enough to have to endure that kind of treatment. Why would you turn around and do it to someone else, especially after knowing how it feels?

      I think that our problem lies in the fact that we thought we had integrated our society when we actually put a bandaid on a shotgun wound. Sure, we removed the “Colored Only” signs, but since then, Black unemployment is still twice the national average. Schools are becoming just as segregated as they were in the 60s. Neighborhoods and cities are still segregated. And the biggest one of all is that Blacks still make substantially less than Whites when working the same jobs with similar qualifications.

      Until we deal with the economic and financial aspects of integration, all else is window dressing.

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