House Press Secretary, when asked by a reporter if the
President has any response to the murder of an unarmed
17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, 28, an
armed with a 9mm gun, referred the reporter (and us) to
the law enforcement in Florida and to the U.S. Justice Department.
is the same law enforcement who thought nothing of bagging
the body of this child, Trayvon Martin and writing in
place of his name, “John Doe.”
cried Zimmerman, and, of course, given the gated community
in which law enforcement picked up the child’s body, Zimmerman
would be right, would he not? Arrest for murder - what
country do you live in? And besides, and even most
importantly, Martin was Black and Zimmerman is white!
course to Zimmerman, as with most citizens in the U.S.,
Martin would be a suspicious person.
what crime took place?
imperialist mindset of the average citizen of the U.S.
is best observed in more towns and cities where the average
Mr. and Ms. Zimmerman defend self, family, neighborhoods,
their right to conqueror and murder, children, too, indeed
Way, without the 9 mm.
imperialist mindset that picks up a gun to patrol a gated
community in Florida is the same mindset that murders 16 unarmed Afghani civilians
and conducts illegal wars, shock and awe. It is the same
mindset that murders, maims, tortures, imprisons and impoverishes
millions, causally and daily, and labels all this carnage
what C.R.I.M.E. took place?
all that we citizens are taught to know in this country,
tell me, what crime took place?
my own neighborhood, in the very liberal and high-minded
town of Madison, Wisconsin,
neighbors, neighbors feel obliged to place the adjective
“Black” before the gender description of a man or woman.
“That Black woman” or “That Black man” is a trigger pulled.
It is a body, head in noose, swinging from a tree, and
it is causal and daily - so what crime took place in
Oscar Grant and an acquitted Oakland
law enforcement department and Troy Davis and a justified
U.S. Justice system!
Police Chief Bill Lee’s “fair and thorough” investigation,
what more is to be considered? Lee dismissed charges of
“irregularities” (The Miami Herald, March 20, 2012).
“Investigators found no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman
because there was no evidence to disprove his version
of events.” End of story, right? After all, this is America!
the reporter continued his questioning of Carney, he recalled
how Obama reached out to brother Professor Henry
L. Gates. There was kinship every citizens of the U.S. could recognize. Brothers of the same
ilk, huh - brothers for the same cause - protectors rather
than protesters - without the 9mm. Many Black women are
sisters, too. They are a league, uncomfortable in their
own skins, hateful, as any good citizen of an imperialist
mindset of any threat to the system.
the abnormal accepted as the norm.
could possibly be criminal in this country, in this world
now where Obama can order the indefinite detention of
anyone, including Americans, anywhere in the world? What
is abnormal about law enforcement agencies and racial
profiling policies, the U.S. Justice Departments criminalization
of Black, Red, and Brown people, and the military-surveillance
apparatus seek out and destroy democracies and pillage
the resources from the majority?
U.S. Empire sanctions the right to murder with impunity
on behalf of the powerful corporations who build the detention
camps and hasten the death of the majority. It would be
insane, except it is all so normal. This is what most
U.S. citizens are taught to
those “allies” who join in U.S./Israeli imperialist ventures,
there will be contracts and profits! Material gain, not
morality, is the name of the game. You cannot appeal to
the morality of the capitalist rulers and certainly not
to the “appointed” “Black,” “Red,” “Brown” leadership,
surrogates, when money is the reward.
persons, like suspicious nations, are mowed down!
cannot start singing Gospel tunes and moaning and channeling
Martin L. King. It is a system, a mechanism out of control,
and its machine-like facilitators cannot hear you because
they are dead - morally dead!
is greed and fear. Keep the “little people” in a state
of fear about each other and we collect all the wealth
and power in the world! No song sung by Mahalia or Aretha
will change this state of affairs, no acquittal-happy
justice system either. Only the people, the citizens themselves,
have the power to rise up and crush the imperialist mindset
from within and without. Then maybe there will not be
another Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman or Oscar Grant
or Mehserle or 16 dead Afghani civilians or Staff Sergeant
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