Spozed to talk about racial profiling, really wanna bitch about what authoritarian A-holes cops R
by fairleft2, Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 01:49:20 PM EDT
What's frustrating in the pseudo-discussion we're forced into 'having' by the mainstream propaganda machine is that at least some Americans want to say, "Back off, cops. You're our employees not our jailers."
When Mr. Gates continued shouting [update: he probly wasn't shouting] at the cop with his tired paranoid racial profiling rant, Mr. Crowley should've just taken it. Just taken it and still been civil and professional. You know, because that's what those of us in the service industry who don't have a right to tazer people do. We take it, and count it a good day when we've held our temper and survived to work another day. Cuz, unlike law enforcement, we'd get fired for going off on some asshole.
But, instead of that national conversation, we get to see cops closing ranks behind Mr. Crowley, acting like he was Mr. Standard Operating Procedure. And, yeah, they're right, but that SOP shit's the problem! Stop fucking with us, cops! We have a right to have a bad day, to be exhausted late in the afternoon, to be jet lagged like Gates was.
We even actually want to have a right to think what you're doing is wrong and, yeah, to shout about it. Don't we, America? (Recalling the applause for the officers fucking with the "Don't taze me bro" kid in Florida, is this another America, not the one I grew up in 30 years ago?)
But of course, instead . . .
. . . we'll be corporate-media bludgeoned with the unprovable and likely wrong paranoia that this particular incident was racial profiling. That is a real problem, and needs a real conversation, but it won't work in a context where it means that, without a shred of evidence, you're accusing Crowley of being a racist. I.e., in President Obama's words, it's stupid to have a conversation about racial profiling over this incident.
Anyway, fairleft here, over in Chicago working on my obsequious boot licking of authority skills, Amerika's future. And on strengthening my 'Germanic' sense of what's right and orderly too.
"Why are they arresting me? . . . What did I do? Don't taze me bro!"