A Better Class of Guardian
by Saab Lofton
I got a story
That's harder than the hardcore
Cost of the holocaust
I'm talkin' 'bout the one still goin' on
--Public Enemy, from the rap, Can't Truss It
As I understand it, the royal guards at Buckingham Palace are instructed to withstand any insult -- so long as you don't actually, physically touch those guards, you can call them a bunch of Satan worshiping child molesters who drink rusty buckets of maggot-ridden diarrhea ...
Well, it's about time that the police officers of Amerikkka take a hint from their counterparts across the pond, because I don't give a three-legged rat's ass what Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates said to the pig who recently, wrongfully arrested him FOR BEING IN HIS OWN HOUSE, the First Amendment still applies.
The reason why all too many whites are currently crying out, "Why didn't the professor simply keep his mouth shut?" is simple: They want nothing more than for black folks to go back to ending every sentence with "yes suh" and "no suh," but that will NEVER happen (try asking Jews to tattoo little blue numbers on their forearms and you'll see what I mean). Aside from the existence of free expression, we're NOT masochistic doormats!
Since it's populated with the most spoiled people in Human history (statistically speaking), white suburbia can blindly gallivant through life like the Eloi from H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, but the same caN'T be said elsewhere. After Rodney King, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Abner Loumia, Timothy Stansbury Junior and God knows how many others, I imagine Prof. Gates was petrified that he too would become yet another victim -- hence his supposed disorderly conduct or "loud and tumultuous behavior." Hell, if it was a dissident in some Stalinist regime being drug off to a gulag, I'm sure suburbia wouldn't have a problem with a little tumultuous behavior (damn hypocrites)!
This continues to occur because denial ain't just a river in Egypt. According to author and radio show host, Earl Ofari Hutchinson: "The refusal to admit that racial profiling exists, not to mention the endless columns by conservatives that call racial profiling a flat out myth, has done much to torpedo nearly every effort by local and national civil rights and civil liberties groups to get law enforcement and federal agencies not only to admit that racial profiling happens but to do something about it. A perennial federal bill served up by House Democrat John Conyers to get federal agencies to collect stats and do reports on racial profiling hasn't gotten to first base."
Another professor -- Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States -- taught me that free speech is a QUANTITY as well as a quality. As Hutchinson stated, there are "ENDLESS columns by conservatives that call racial profiling a flat out myth." In addition, when it comes to what's on television, we the people live in a police state: Three spin offs of Law and Order, two spin offs of C.S.I., Southland, The Closer, N.C.I.S., Reno 911!, reality series like COPS ... Every variation of the genre there is and then some (I'm not even going to mention how many pig-friendly MOVIES there are)!
How many shows are on the air about the A.C.L.U., the Sentencing Project or the Southern Poverty Law Center? Yeah, that's what I thought.
I'm not for censoring anything, but don't tell me fiction is meaningless. When there are that many series/movies glorifying pigs (and simultaneously demonizing poor people of color), it has a mass psychological effect, which is best described by Roberto Lovato of the Pacific News Service ...
"White fear is profitable. Bond issues for prison construction managed by major investment banks are more profitable than school construction bonds for improving the decrepit, crowded public schools like Taft High School in the Bronx. The prison construction bonds also depend heavily on a steady flow of young, brown bodies of former students of de-funded schools, as do the crowded barracks in Iraq's deserts."
... and that fear also gets Harvard professors busted for nothing -- Jesus, even the elderly and scholarly are at risk ...
Message to caucasians everywhere: Quit being so fucking cowardly! Quit worrying about your descendants looking like Oscar-winner Halle Berry or President Barack Obama and quit worrying about whether you'll be taken advantage of if you let your guard down! The military-industrial complex is CONstantly given a blank check even though the odds are you'll win the lottery before you'll ever be near a terrorist attack, and likewise, you're CONstantly calling the pigs on us even though corporate crime far exceeds street crime! ENOUGH, already!
I was a victim of police brutality, and like Prof. Gates' case, it all stemmed from talking shit, but if white folks can't handle their precious authority figures being disrespected, then stop calling this country "the land of the free and the home of the brave." You can't have it both ways.
And to all you pigs out there, if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen -- as I recall, no one DRAFTED you ...