I am steaming mad and deeply, deeply ashamed of Texas and its police. To the point of nausea, in fact.
I'm not running a daily news blog here, so I don't try to post about everything that happens in the world, and I rarely go on a blog rant anymore (realizing how useless my 2 cents' worth is in the scheme of things) - but among all the other awful things in the news today, this in particular made me lose it.
What the fuck is wrong with these big bruiser cops, throwing a little bitty woman around like a rag doll and slamming her to the ground and sitting on her? On a simple, petty little traffic stop - which, by the way, is totally discretionary - in broad daylight, in front of hundreds of passing motorists? Just What.The.Fuck. is wrong with them???
If it had been a white woman, you can damn sure believe the officer's badge would be gone, his career would be toast, and no second chances. And his ass would be sitting in jail for a good long while.
Unlike what happened to the McKinney police officer last year, who showed what a really BIG MAN he was by manhandling and kneeling on a skinny 14-year-old black girl in a bikini - and has now been cleared of all charges by the local grand jury:
What a travesty of justice. The police are NOT the law. The police are NOT above the law. The police are NOT our masters. They are the servants of the law and of the public, and somebody better get that across to them, pronto.
I understand that there are times when the police are obliged to use force to preserve the peace, or defend life and property. Of course. But the sword of justice must be wielded wisely, kindly, and judiciously - and there are many, many more times when the police are under an overriding obligation NOT to use force. Something has gone far wrong here, and just what are all our elected leaders doing about it? Where is the corrective action?
This cannot go on. Nor any of the other godawful things spilling across your TV screen every day, not if civilization is to continue.
And of course Herr Trump is milking it for all it is worth - "Vote for me, I Will Keep You Safe." Yes, in a police state run for his and his lackeys' goddamn profit, 24/7. Just like Hitler promised and every other shitheaded dictator you can name. This is how and where it starts - and don't think it can't happen here. It can.
Maybe it already has, and we just haven't realized it yet.
I have no answers. I just say, it all has to stop now, just STOP THE MADNESS before we are all engulfed by a monstrous, evil darkness that will devour feckless liberals and overweening conservatives alike. And if that comes, don't think for a moment that your white skin or cool clothes or your pretty college diploma will give you any immunity. The boot will be on everyone's neck.
Here's the Washington Post article, if you care to read it:
Austin Police Body-slam Black Teacher
Oh, and of course there's this too, in sunny, laid-back South Florida:
North Miami Police Shoot Black Man with Hands Raised
And no, even this does NOT in any way, shape, or form justify the stupid fuckheads who have been shooting police officers. Two wrongs do not make a right.
But it all has to STOP. NOW. And that means EVERYBODY on all sides.
Race and religion have nothing to do with it. Simple human decency does.
That's all I can say, I'm too upset to carry on further here.