Why The World Can’t Breathe

Photo Credit: CNN
Photo Credit: CNN

The world can’t breathe.

First there was the murder of Michael Brown, then came the murder of Eric Garner. In the heated space between those two murders, both committed by police officers who were later given a free pass by a grand jury, there were other similar murders, beatings, etc., that were once again recorded by We The People and then circulated for the rest of the world to see.

And now the rest of the world can’t breathe.

Because what began as a local injustice, not that much different from so many hundreds of other local injustices experienced by so many hundreds of young black men and women day in and day out and day in and day out since however long ago any of us choose to remember when we’d rather forget, has now become an international open wound. This is how we now look to the rest of the world. Pictures of protesters in France, in Japan, India, and in so many other places around the country and around the world holding up signs voicing their outrage at what has happened here in America’s streets.

Because this is what America looks like right now. And I’m sure the apologists for the police officers who murdered these two men will scoff at the fact that they couldn’t possibly know what really happened from so far away and surely they are being suckered by the evil left and the irresponsible minorities who have simply perverted then truth of the Great American Way to make it look like we don’t all get along just peachy.

Except the rest of the world isn’t stupid. And the rest of the world has a memory. They know our history, probably better than many of us do. And they know the difference between right and wrong just like we do, even if we don’t always act like it. Because right and wrong isn’t nearly so complicated as some might like to make it out to be. And when you choke a man to death in broad daylight on camera using an illegal chokehold while the man is telling you he can’t breathe, most sane individuals have the ability to recognize this as what’s wrong. When a young man is shot multiple times from over 100 feet away, and then his body is left in the middle of the street for several hours, most sane individuals recognize this as wrong. Hell, even George W. Bush can’t quite figure it out.

And this time people are just damned tired of so much that is so blatantly wrong being ignored and even justified. This kind of wrong makes you sick. It makes you not care that you’re a professional athlete who is supposed to just shut up and play the game, because you remember those neighborhoods that you barely escaped with your own life not all that long ago. You remember when Michael Brown was almost you. And you remember what happened to that friend of yours that one night. Or day. And now you can’t breathe.

Because none of us can.

 

4 Replies to “Why The World Can’t Breathe”

  1. We forget, as the denizens of the Third Reich must have, that there is another world beyond our boundaries: not all good, not all benign, certainly not all unified, but another world. That forgetting emboldened the tyrants and caused dissenters and victims despair, but one day that outer world broke in and shattered the virtual reality. So it may happen one day with us.

  2. If You Thought Stop-And-Frisk Was Bad, You Should Know About Jump-Outs

    Iman Hadieh was standing outside a bar smoking with some new friends on the evening of October 6 when the police cars came. It was about eight young black men, and her, a woman of Palestinian origin who describes herself as white.

    “I can’t tell you how many vehicles descended upon us because it all happened so fast,” she said. The cars were unmarked. But she knew it was the cops when they jumped out in black vests and hats, some with their guns drawn, she said. Some she didn’t see jump from their cars, but they appeared instead to come out of nowhere. She estimates there were 10 or 12 officers in all. Two witnesses who live on the block confirmed seeing a group of about 8 people lined up against a wall and frisked. They did not see the initial jump-out and could not confirm whether officers had their guns drawn.
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/12/10/3468340/jump-outs/

  3. Officer Daniel Pantaleo officially denies ever choking Eric Garner

    In an interview with CNN, Stuart London, attorney for Pantaleo, spoke about his clients recent interview with the Internal Affairs Division.

    “He indicated he never used a chokehold. He used a takedown technique he was taught in the academy. He said he never exerted any pressure on the windpipe and never intended to injure Mr. Garner.”
    London said Pantaleo had been trying to arrest “someone who was noncompliant.” Speaking to investigators about the case on Monday, “he was confident and related the facts in an accurate and professional manner,” London said.
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/10/justice/new-york-pantaleo-nypd-interview/index.html?sr=tw121114garnerchokehold630aVODtopPhoto

    Who you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes
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  4. It’s the world vs. the GOP/TP and you can bet Fox News will do their best to make the world seem like they’re starting a race war under Obama’s leadership, while trying to get the corrupted cops a hero’s medal and parade.

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