Be Suspicious Of Everyone Who Habitually Defends The Powerful From The Weak
Caitlin Johnstone

Like practically every Caitlin article, I give this the maximum applause.

My only issue with it is that the forces that are oppressing the unarmed black men are larger than just the police. In major part it is those laws which are unjust or unnecessary (namely, drug laws) and disproportionally affect people of color. Within that framework, the various incidents are just incidents, each to be judged in its own light.

For example, the big guy who was selling cigarettes on the street because the huge tax on cigarettes (essentially a tax on the poor) makes them too expensive in stores. The cop is obligated to arrest him, and the guy resists arrest, and the way to subdue a man as big as an ox is to get him in a choke hold. Unbeknownst to the cop, the person he’s arresting has asthma and suffocates. So, with this sad, pathetic incident, a pretty much harmless person is dead all because of a cigarette tax.

If the anger is only directed at the police, the servants of power, and not at what is directing the police, it won’t get much of the public’s sympathy, and it won’t accomplish nearly as much as what is called for.