I know the truth, now, so do you


Ferguson, MO.

Talk about history repeating itself. Once again, we have what appears to be a clear cut case of police brutality that pits white officers against unarmed black men. Once again, we have a predominantly white jury indicating that the white officer did nothing wrong and need not be punished.

And once again, we have countless white spectators on the sidelines standing on their soapboxes and shouting their insensitivity and their bias and their ignorance.

You’d almost think it was still 1992.

“Many are waking up to news reports of riots, looting and burning in Ferguson overnight, to unrest in our major cities, to echoes of LA 1992 and, for those that remember, Watts 1965. We have come some way since then, yet have so very far to go. I have not many words to offer by way of solace, but when our collective attention turns away from the mayhem and back to what gave rise to it, when we return to our lives and gather our families this Thanksgiving, let us pledge to move forward as one people who must solve this together. For it is not “they” who suffer anguish and rail their anger, it is “we.” – George Takei

And this is a lovely sentiment … but unfortunately it’s a fairy tale. Right now, in these United States of America, it is not “we,” it is only “them” and “us.”
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By the way …

There’s been some fairly sucky stuff going on in the world right now and it’s probably fairly sucky of me to say this but I’m not going to talk about that stuff here. I meant it when I said … I did say this, didn’t I? … that this was going to be a personal blog.

It’s not that I don’t care about what’s going on in the rest of the world. It’s just that I sincerely doubt that there will be much that I’m going to say that won’t have already have been said. So when I do comment on issues and events in the news (like my post on Robin Williams’ suicide), it’ll only because there’s something about it that touches me on a very personal level.

It is possible that you might think the racist stupidity that is very much in evidence from various quarters around the events in Ferguson, MO might be just such a topic.

Sorry, it’s not. About all I have to say on the subject is that Anonymous rocks.