DISPATCHES FROM MOON OF ALABAMA, BY "B"
This article is part of an ongoing series of dispatches from Moon of Alabama
The first round of the civil wars of 2020 seems to be over. It did not change much.
Unjustifiable police violence against one man was documented on video. This enabled the issue to spread. Protest, first local then nationwide and even internationally, followed. The police reacted to it with more unjustifiable police violence. This was again documented on video - one collection of these now has 282 entries - and spread further.
To simplify following the criminal justice news of the last 36 hours, I posted a set of 10 links to police brutality videos on Facebook
Can't do that here, obvs
So I'm putting them into a thread
— T. Greg "Bouquet of F*ckery" Doucette (@greg_doucette) May 30, 2020
The police did not exclude the media from its attacks as it usually does. It even seemed to especially target these. That again amplified the echo of its violence.
In parallel to the protests some looting happened. President Trump and many other 'law and order' people saw the violence against property as a more important issue than the police violence against people - especially against people of color.
They cleared a peace- and lawful demonstration from Lafayette Square near the White House for a photo-op. The move was illegal but will likely have no legal consequences.
Five well known retired 4-star generals, Dempsey, Kelly, Mullen, Mattis, Allen, protested against the proposed abuse of the military. The active commander of pacific air forces, a 4-star African-American, published a moving video with his thoughts on the issue. On this the military is not on Trump's side.
"As the Commander of Pacific Air Forces, a senior leader in our Air Force, and an African-American, many of you may be wondering what I’m thinking about the current events surrounding the tragic death of George Floyd. Here’s what I’m thinking about..." - Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. pic.twitter.com/I2sf1067L6
— PACAF (@PACAF) June 5, 2020
Thus Trump and his supporters have lost the argument.
That the police and Trump lost their arguments unfortunately does not mean that anything within the U.S. will change.
Cuomo, his party and New York’s legislative leaders have raked in more than $1 million from police unions as they have refused to enact a bill proponents say would deter police violence.
Opposition candidate Joe Biden responded to the issue of institutionalized racism with a dog whistle comment: Joe Biden says '10-15%' of Americans 'are just not very good people'. Well of course not. Some 13% of U.S. citizens are black. Given Biden's racist history - supporting segregation, writing the crime bill, lying about marching with the civil rights movement etc. - it is highly unlikely that he chose that range by chance. There is zero evidence that he would change a thing.
The protests will soon die down. But the divide within the U.S. public will only deepen. Trump voters will call themselves the 'Trump Army' and wear the camouflage 'Keep America Great' hat to fight the 'Liberal MOB'. Liberals will respond with pro-black gestures but without follow up actions. Writing 'black lives matter' on a DC street or changing the name of a place does nothing for blacks when the police can continue as before. Racist attacks in the U.S. will only increase.
What has changed is the public image of the U.S. throughout the world. Years of careful branding and propaganda have been put to waste. No U.S. ambassador can now express concerns about police violence in a foreign country without being laughed at. The U.S. has been put on crisis watch and in my estimate will stay there for quite a while.
The current economic situation makes it certain that the civil war continues. The next round is likely to be more violent. The empire is sinking in front of our eyes.
Police are now brutalizing everyone just to maintain their ability to brutalize black people.
— Akilah Green (@akilahgreen) June 5, 2020
This dude trolling the police with Star Wars - Imperial March is exactly the Twitter content I am here for today...pic.twitter.com/zh5R7zm70c
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) June 5, 2020
^5000The arch-hypocritical corporate media are our worst enemies.
They shamelessly block truth, peace, equality, and true democracy.
They are shills for those who murder the environment with impunity.
It's time you embrace YOUR media, the citizens' press.
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