— Alice Paul (1885-1977)
While trying to absorb all that is happening in the immediate, and how it came to be starting in November 2016, I cannot help but cheer on technology. The invasive cameras are providing a lot of accountability which has not been provided before. Even during these last couple of days dirty cops are being exposed. From the top officers to the rookies, cops doing bad things now have no way to say “who do you trust, me or the criminal with the head beaten in for resisting arrest?” Video from many cameras is forcing action in spite of the vocal denials of some.
That cops have done damage to many people of color and LGBTQ people and poor people has been the normal. When you are afraid of police you avoid police. You do not help them, you will do anything you can to not have to deal with them. The cold-blooded murder of a young black man filmed by many cameras came after other young black men were killed by dirty cops, the deaths viewed by millions of people who never had seen death before.
I read a little thing a day or so ago. It went something like “if it is so hard to get an arrest in an obvious murder with many videos think how hard it is on a dark night on a back road”.
The combined effects of unemployment and a president and Senate majority leader refusing to help people of color and LGBTQ people and poor people AND middle-class people made for a tornado. People who had never faced hunger now do. They look and can see the actions of dirty cops, white supremacists in the Congress and White House and dismissal by republicans. America was built on protest. And now we are seeing it happen.
For some of us this is another in a long history. I saw Detroit burning, I was in the middle of the riot there. Others saw Los Angeles, D.C., Chicago and other cities burning too. But this is different. From the Women’s March in January 2017, to June 2020 this protests have become more diverse. People from all places are saying I am tired of being pushed around. I am not afraid to say things have to change.
Please remember this month, June, is Pride month for LGBTQ people. The people of color who are LGBTQ are always hurt more.
This pandemic has equalized a lot of pain.