The Devil Never Sleeps

Yet another senseless shooting of an unarmed black man by yet another devil hiding behind a badge (see here). The hunt is on for black and brown men in America. It does not matter if one is innocent. The skin color alone is enough to trigger murderous intent with a ready-made story about how the poor police officer feared for his life & had no choice. You can bet your last cent that if innocent white men were being gunned down as obsessively and murderously as black & brown men, there would be a change in the local & state laws overnight. Alas, as the great W.E.B Dubois observed many moons ago, there exists a veil across this land. The veil concept primarily refers to three things. First, the veil suggests to the literal darker skin of Blacks, which is a physical demarcation of difference from whiteness. Secondly, the veil suggests white people’s lack of clarity to see Blacks as “true” Americans (and more eerily, not quite human). And lastly, the veil refers to Blacks’ lack of clarity to see themselves outside of what white America describes and prescribes for them. The last concept, in my view, is in the process of being cast to the side. Many have awakened to the fact that they’ve been sold a bill of goods, namely, white supremacy & all that it stands for both explicitly & implicitly. 

For years black folks have been complaining about corrupt police officers in their communities (especially, impoverished ones), but no one listened. “Where’s the evidence?” was the likely dismissive/contemptuous response. If a cop says it wasn’t so, well, it wasn’t so. With state prosecutors in their back pocket, it was (& is) a perennial open season on those whose skin has the audacity to produce melanin & darken in a proud White land nobly stolen from another group whose skin was equally as blasphemous. If it aint white, it aint right…. 

As the great Bob Dylan penned:

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’
And the first one now
Will later be last

For the times they are a-changin’.

RIP Walter Scott (seen above running for his life). May God bless your soul…



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