I don’t even really know where to start with this post. I guess I’ll start in the middle, though I can’t yet see the end.
On May 25th, four police officers in Minneapolis murdered an African-American man in daylight, with witnesses and, of course, cell phone video. His name was George Floyd, and the police had been called by a store owner who claimed he was trying to pass a bad $20 check.
There were Black Lives Matter protests. Obviously. The Minneapolis Police Department tear gassed the protestors and started a riot. It has now spread through the entire US. In some places, police departments are handling it well, but in others the police are the problem. Militarized police forces have decided that the citizens are the enemy. LA County’s got a curfew now. It was “reopened” at Stage 3 (rather fraudulently as it was nowhere near the 14 days of declining infections requirement) for two days before the police riots and curfews started.
After hiding in the White House bunker and tweeting to provoke more violence, today President Pussygrabber had a phone call with governors of affected states in which he demanded that they use more force against protestors. The audio leaked in seconds, because of course it did. Then he had federal police gas a nonviolent protest group that was chanting in front of the White House so he could use a nearby church for a photo op. And he threatened to send federal soldiers to states that weren’t violent enough in ending the protests. He can’t legally do that–governors have to ask for them–but the law has never bound him.
Senator Tom Cotton called for the armed forces to commit war crimes against Americans. Representative Matt Gaetz wants protesters hunted down and killed. The God-King Himself used the words of a Miami segregationist police chief to call for killing protesters.
I’ve not seen a single elected Republican criticize this bloodlust. Not even Mitt Romney.
In the annals of “you can’t make this shit up,” the LA Police Chief, Michael Moore, pinned the blame for George Floyd’s death on protestors, getting time’s arrow wrong. And probably inflaming things, since we (used to?) have a right of peaceful protest. Garcetti should fire him. But I expect he won’t. LAPD (and other police forces) has been targeting reporters, making the threat clear. I never thought I’d say this, but I might be joining the defund the police crowd. UPDATE: Garcetti made Moore apologize. Better than nothing.
There’s clearly been coordination amongst the night-time rioters and looters. Coverup Barr claims it’s “Antifa,” which is a right-wing bogeyman that doesn’t actually exist. More likely is the white nationalist groups, who have been calling for a second civil war. But clearly the anarchists are involved, too. Plenty of black clothed males doing destruction.
There have been a few moments of positive in this hell-week. One was a great speech by a rapper I’ve never heard of. Mayor of Atlanta apparently got him to speak in hopes he’d calm things down. I don’t know if he did, but the man gave no love to CNN! And he demanded organization and voting from his listeners in Atlanta. He might be more optimistic about the potential of voting than I am.
It was only a month ago when armed anti-lockdown MAGA terrorists invaded the Michigan statehouse. No tear gas, no flashbangs, no riot police. They tried hard to provoke a response and didn’t get one. What’s the difference? The MAGA terrorists were white.
What will next week’s shitshow be?
PS I should probably note that as of today, 106, 925 Americans had died of the pandemic. We’re still #1 in total deaths. With testing suspended due to the chaos, it’ll be weeks before we get reliable numbers again.