Friday, May 1, 2015

Mayday M’aidez!

May first has traditionally been celebrated as International Workers' Day in countries besides the United States. In the U.S., Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September... can't have the Mayday celebration, with its socialist roots, in these here United States. Today, there was a Mayday rally in Manhattan for workers' and immigrants' rights. This year, the protests also encompassed an anti-police brutality agenda.

In one particularly repulsive trifecta of police misconduct, kleptocracy, and racism, a Long Island police officer who stole from Latino motorists will finally be facing his day in court. The Baltimore police officers in whose custody a young black man was killed are facing charges. Meanwhile, almost 400 individuals have been killed by the police this year- a low-grade civil war that is largely unnoticed because most of the victims are minorities.

I've long maintained that, despite the right-wing characterization of minorities as a threat to "mainstream" society, they are actually the canary in the coalmine- ignore their victimization at your peril, white working class people, the regressive policies that are currently used against them may someday be employed against you.


Chickpea said...

A local police officer died recently (heart attack I think), 6000 towns people walked his beat through the town to pay tribute to him. Police forces across the country are now looking into the way he worked to find out why he was so respected. Obvious really, he walked the beat and didn't hide in a car, he respected the community, communicated with them and saw himself as part of that community. While the police have no respect for and actually fear the people there will continue to be deaths and as you say, it won't just be minorities.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

We live in a police state, pretty much. The 'War on Drugs' followed by the 'War on Terror' have been a disaster.

Of course, the racism was always there.

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