Anthony McIntyre reflects on current disturbances taking place in the United States.
America is turning into a police state in front of our eyes. Many might well feel it has been such for quite some time. The unaccountable actions of the racist police have caused huge frustration in which resentment took strong roots and in recent years has been articulated through the Black Lives Matter movement and campaign.
Where black lives don't matter very much is in the minds and intentions of those who sustain the systemic racism that has so characterised US society but which officialdom has sought to depict as being something from a bygone age. America is led, and continuously misled, by a racist president. The national leadership in America that was happy to allow a cretin to assume the office of president and brazenly lie every day of his incumbency has a lot to answer for.
For days now our television screens have served up incessant footage of nation wide disturbances as I Can't Breathe protestors flock to the streets.
From Los Angeles to Miami to Chicago, protests marked by chants of "I can't breathe" - a rallying cry echoing the dying words of George Floyd - began peacefully before turning unruly as demonstrators blocked traffic, set fires and clashed with riot police, some firing tear gas and plastic bullets in an effort to restore order.
At this very moment right across the US, those protestors are being confronted by mobs of Pig Power activists in police uniform. The public lynching of George Floyd in Minnesota last Monday was the catalyst but this time bomb had been on a slow burning fuse. For years we have been hearing of black men and women being murdered by the cops as US society's endemic institutionalised racism, always lurking like a croc just beneath the surface, pounced on its prey. Accountability is as rare as an honest creationist.
The charging of the brutal cop, Derekkk Chauvin, has done nothing to alleviate tensions. He is being prosecuted on a charge of third degree murder which is basically manslaughter. The lawyer representing the family of George Floyd has called for the charge to be upgraded to first degree murder. George Floyd was publicly garrotted by a racist cop. Everybody watched it. Chauvin knew what he was doing: he heard his victim's anguished gasps for breath and ignored them, appearing to derive sadistic satisfaction from the life ebbing away beneath his knee.
Watching Pig Power jackboot through the streets of American cities, equipped with state of the art protective apparel, the contrast has not been missed. Health workers, who really were trying to make an authentic contribution to society, refusing to discriminate on the grounds of colour, were compelled to operate on the front line often with little more than garbage bags to protect them from Covid-19.
There is much at stake for the legitimacy of Western society when its supposed flagship state is licencing race war and unleashing the Pig Power Movement on its own citizens.
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