When you have citizens coming out of houses to thank protesters yelling “fuck the police” you have problems that need resolving
Last night while watchingÂ OakFoSho’s streamÂ of the latest in Occupy Oakland’s FTP (Fuck The Police) marches I saw people coming out from their houses to cheer and thank the protesters for chanting (among other things) “From Oakland to Greece; Fuck The Police”.
This wasn’t throughout the entire march. But I think it’s a canary in the coal mine that we ignore at our peril. Chuck D once described rap as the black CNN. Today a protest song that was the boogie man of many tough on crime supporters has been turned into a meme, an international anthem for those that see the monopoly of violence of their governments as being misused.
Nearly half of African American men have been in prison. In the past decade around 400,000 people have been arrested for pot possession in New York City alone, most of them black or latino despite higher rates of marijuana use among whites. America may very well be the first country to have more men than women raped due to mass incarceration approaching that of the Soviet Union under Russia and the laughing matter that prison rape is treated in prisons, in the media and by many citizens.
We have broken up homes and families. We have decided that some people are “human garbage”, not fit for living among the rest of us. We have decided that the way to deal with what we fear isn’t to make our streets safer, but simply remove large amounts of the populace from the streets.
You want to know why so many black families don’t meet the standards of Rick Santorum and the rest of the religious right?Â We broke them up. We were scared of riots and muggers and reefer madness and hippies and crack babies and hip-hop and anyone that came to the conclusion that the game was rigged and there was no point in playing it.
We’re why people are out in the streets yelling fuck the police. And if we don’t start dealing with the causes of that we’ll have a lot more problems than a few broken bottles and some graffiti.