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Burn Baby Burn
By Ernest Stewart
Burn Baby Burn ~~~ Magnificent Montague
Besides, I don't know what all the fuss was about, do you? On average, a cop kills a black person everyday in these here Unites Snakes; so why all the brouhaha? I mean, since Michael was gunned down, at least a hundred other blacks have been killed by police. Can you recall the last time a cop who murdered someone was made to pay for his crimes? Even in cases where they have all of it caught on film. Other favorite targets for extrajudicial murders are retarded folks, deaf folks, and folks listening to music. In an average year, the cops kill a little over 1000 folks, a third of them black -- just a bit proportionally high for 13% of the population, wouldn't you say?
This mayhem isn't really all that surprising in a country where the President has given himself the power, by imperial fiat, to murder any American citizen he chooses, without charges, without a trial by a jury of his peers, without any defense, without any appeal, without any oversight. Oh, and for all you Obamabots, President Cheney will have those same powers, too, when he's elected; chew on that thought for a while!
Of course, all of this is nothing new; as a lad, I remember the Watts riots. A few years later, came the 1967 riots that happened all over the country. At that time, I was home on leave from the Army. I remember National Guard tanks rumbling through the streets of Detroit machine-gunning any black person outside during curfew. My father told me tales of the 1943 riots in Dearborn, my home town. In fact, riots are an old American tradition, they were very popular in the 1930's, 1920's, 1900's, and the 1880's and 1870's, too.
The cops' main job since the Revolution is to serve the power elites by holding the people down from doing what the French did to their 1% in the 1790's. Something we should've done a long time ago. As the freed slave Frederick Douglas said: "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." So, was anyone really surprised by the verdict or the aftermath?
03-06-1936 ~ 11-23-2014
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08-03-1920 ~ 11-27-2014
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(c) 2014 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 13 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.