The current atmosphere of police brutality shows that many men of color continue to live in a police state in the 21st century United States. When racial profiling, police brutality, and general discrimination are proven to be systematic in our society then we should all be pushing for actions that create change together.
Yesterday's Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration provided supporters of the House GOP's Homeland Security bill an opportunity to demonstrate a need for granting local officers whose duties include "border security activities" priority access to the DOD's free transfer program. Instead, the GOP demonstrated no actual need and tried to censor me when I pointed this out.
If you'll excuse my descending into cliche, the issue that began in Ferguson, Mo. is moving beyond racism to the present-day penchant of police departments to apply military thinking to civilian life.This thinking leads cops to expect and insist on instant obedience in any interaction. If they don't get it, they escalate.
Violence is far too often not just a subtext, but the text in American society. No place in our society has remained untouched. Not suburbia. Not the halls of higher education. However, American violence proves all the more weighty when it is unjustly enacted by those who carry a firearm and a badge.