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Juneteenth!

As one who was raised celebrating an earlier and much more historically dubious release from slavery, I totally get Juneteenth.

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I have to say, however, that the bigger picture makes me sad. How cynical is the message of Rethuglicans’ enthusiastic support for making Juneteenth a national holiday? While they are also busting their butts to make sure Blacks cannot vote as easily as whites. Or that the history of the racism that has been the engine of American history is never taught in schools.

What’s astounding is that they think they can pull it off, and that a vote for another holiday will give them political cover for it. What’s saddening is that they are probably right.

Who Wants a Re-Fund?

Remember that defunding the police is not abandoning the city to chaos. It’s replacing armed thugs with mental health professionals and social programs that make the city more peaceful.

Every time some troll asks, “What will you do without police when your house gets robbed/your car gets stolen/you get mugged?” remind them that they themselves just operated off the assumption that the police cannot prevent crime, only react to it after-the-fact. Remind them that the alternatives to black tanks in the streets will actually aim to reduce the causes of criminal activity.

IOKIYARoI

You’re familiar with IOKIYAR – It’s OK If You Are Republican. In which there are no depths to which our corporate state and our corporate media will not sink to forgive+forget any crime, as long as you’re doing your good little Republican part to keep the system (golden)showering wealth and power on the masters.

Somehow, Israel got in on this deal. So the title of today’s lesson adds, “oI” for “or Israel.” Any Israeli war crime can be excused because Israel is the burr under the saddle of the great warhorse that is the Middle East, and thus it’s a vital component to keep the arms money flowing. Most of the people who die are brown, anyway.

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Accountability?

So, Derek Chauvin is guilty. What did that take?

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I don’t know what lasting change will come. The racism is still structural. The hatred whipped up by Rethuglicans is still strong. We still need to get to a place where white cops being found guilty when they murder Black men is the norm. Heck, the norm needs at least to be, where they stand trial.

It’s still the horizon state.

Never-Ending

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Police departments in the US were not founded to fight crime, they were founded to deter and to reverse the escape of slaves.

The cycle of violence against the black communities continues, unbroken. It’s obvious that doing the same thing over and over is never going to produce a different result. This must be the result that some in power still want. Slavery may be over, but it’s not really. Ask the Amazon workers in Bessemer.

A racist institution will continue to be racist. When action is taken to make it less racist, the wounds inflicted on the institution will heal. And it will be racist again/still. Maybe even stronger at the broken places. Yes, that principle works for evil as well as good.

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