It's A Good Day For A Choke Hold: This Is Our (Lamentable) Country

Black Lives Matter protest in NYC 2016. Photo by Benedict Evans/Redux

Despite serious efforts to effect change by the Movement for Black Lives and many others, racist cops are still everywhere. Like hideous grub worms emboldened by our Proud-Boy-In Chief, they came out of the woodwork after Panteleo was fired. Poor guy: According to a GoFundMe account started after that injustice, the victim in the unconscionable death of a hapless, unarmed, ailing Eric Garner was this noble "brother in blue" who was "just doing his job." As proof this country still condones, if not relishes, the grace act of wiping out another black body, Panteleo's fellow bros, thugs and MAGA fans quickly raised almost $100,000 in a generous bounty payment. Many donors posting racist comments, later deleted, were police - again unexpected, noted a NYC public defender who worked on a study finding one in five cops regularly posts white-supremacist poison online. There is nothing new under the racist sun: In 2014, right after Garner died, a like-minded fundraiser for Darren Wilson sprang up after he gunned down Michael Brown. “We appreciate your service in the animal control division of the Ferguson police department,” wrote one donor. From another, “Don’t let the savages win.” To the racist brutes still out there, we damn sure won't.

The great, late, deeply radical Toni Morrison, in a 1993 PBS interview, on Americans so afraid of losing their blessed, desperate sense of superiority they're willing to shoot black men in the back: “If I take your race away, and there you are, all strung out. And all you got is your little self, and what is that? What are you without racism?”

Five years since Garner and Brown, three years since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling to protest police violence and systemic oppression. To the recent questionable, self-serving claim by quintessential black capitalist Jay-Z, who just announced a deal with the NFL, that "We’re past kneeling" - nope.



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