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We are losing sight in Ferguson

“The entire state of affairs makes me embarrassed to be a human being. “- Aaron Schraeter, Artist.

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Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

I awoke this morning to a couple of words that had been rambling around my mind since this whole mess in Ferguson, MO happened. “Who is going to stop the storm?” I haven’t found answer to such a question just yet, I have been looking furiously though. The days before the unspeakable violence in Ferguson there was unspeakable violence on Staten Island with the death of Eric Garner at the hands of the N.Y.P.D.’s task force for the stop of illegal cigarettes. Which if you live in America has to be at the top of your worry list, cheaper cigarettes? Whatever will we do. As awful as this next sentence sounds in my head it will be even worse on the page… When I found out about Eric Garner’s death, I didn’t bat an eyelash, or feel shocked. This is what happens, this is something that happens.

Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

It’s a sick moment in time when you can’t even mourn someone who has died at the hands of the corrupt and powerful, because the same thing happens again, it happens faster, and with more malice. We have been sweeping this problem under the rug for years, now that rug has so much dirt underneath it that we are forced to take a long hard look not only at those with the brooms, but those who hold the mirrors that we look into every day. The time is now to tell those in power how you feel, will it make a difference in the grand scheme of things, I’ll have to reluctantly say No. What happened in Missouri is a sign of things to come. Michael Brown who was slain by the cop was said to be a gentle giant, too timid to play football, then they show him flashing gang signs, then they mourn him with compassion, then he is a robber who had just committed the crime. I’m not going to make any assumptions because I didn’t know the cat, the only thing I can tell you in a definitive way is that Michael Brown is dead. If he wasn’t shooting at the cops, murdering someone on the scene, or something so heinous that they HAD to use deadly force, well then Michael Brown should be here telling you about himself.

“St Louis is the most racially segregated city in the US. One of the reasons I left there was because of the people living in gated communities happy to have “those people” in their place. The violence in Ferguson is what happens when white people have to actually respond to the resentment built up in this segregated society. “- Loren Steele, Retired school teacher

Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

Just a couple of days after what happened in Ferguson, MO our own talking sock puppet Bill Deblasio the mayor of our great city told all of us to “Not resist arrest”. In a related story our police commissioner Bill Bratton said on WNYC radio that “A number of individuals are failing to understand that you must submit to an arrest, that you cannot resist it, the place to argue is in the court, and not in the middle of the street.” With these two assholes running the city it’s amazing that anarchy and rioting have not broken out like they did under Dinkins in the early 90’s. When I say we are losing sight in Ferguson I don’t mean of the issue at hand. I believe we are losing sight of ourselves, we are at a point of cultural and political revolution. After the cockamamie speech our “President” gave a couple of days ago where he said “We’re all part of one American family. We’re united in common values and that includes equality under the law.” I’m done with all these yes men, puppets, swine. You have to go out there and live it, the bleat faces of the youth are showing every day. A generation with no balls is claiming change as a motive. Well maybe we need the Abbie Hoffmans of the world back, those that refused to take this kind of bullshit lying down. Take the fucker to the streets, chop them off at the head, and don’t let another grow back. It’s not being radical anymore, it’s being real. Real recognizes real doesn’t it?

“The entire state of affairs makes me embarrassed to be a human being. “- Aaron Schraeter, Artist.

Photo © Luca Babini

Photo © Luca Babini

If you can sit there and let it happen you are not only part of the problem, you are an instigator of the problems in our society today. I felt a necessity to write this piece, not because I wanted some sort of justice done for the families of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Remarley Graham, Trayvon Martin, Abner Louima, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Fred Hampton Sr. or the countless others who have been gunned down, choked out, stomped on, assaulted or whatever the case may be. I wrote this because I can’t sit here and watch it anymore. The truth is it turns my stomach in knots, it should do the same to you, it should make you want to get up and figure it out. The least it should make you do is think. That is the least any of us should do.

HAMLET:

“Rest, rest, perturbed spirit!

They swear
So, gentlemen,
With all my love I do commend me to you:
And what so poor a man as Hamlet is
May do, to express his love and friending to you,
God willing, shall not lack. Let us go in together;
And still your fingers on your lips, I pray.
The time is out of joint: O cursed spite,
That ever I was born to set it right!
Nay, come, let’s go together.”
Exeunt Act I, Scene V, Hamlet

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