That’s what we always hear when cops kill unarmed Black folk or beat the living shit out of a Black person who doesn’t immediately accept their absolute authority. We always hear that these criminals with uniforms, guns, pepper spray, and a license to kill are bad apples.
Well, if the video of the brutal New Orleans police beating of 64-year-old retired school teacher Robert Davis teaches us anything about bad apples, it’s that the whole goddamned barrel is rotten already. Every one of those cops waited for their opportunity to dive in and get their licks on this elder.
I want to say something clever, but I don’t feel clever after just having seen the whole videotape on television. These fucking white pigs didn’t just abuse Mr. Davis, who didn’t do a fucking thing wrong except resist being handcuffed by a bunch of cops who had just punched him in the back of the head seven times in a row, each time slamming his face into a concrete wall. (We just attacked you and now we demand that you make our continued attacks easier.) They started attacking the witnesses, too.
And you know what? Because I know what!
Those pigs will all be exonerated. Mr. Davis will be charged and convicted of resisting arrest. Black people looking for food during the floods were called looters, while New Orleans pigs were stealing cash and cars as if they were Capone’s gang on meth. Bob Dylan said it, “where black is the color, and none is the number.”
Just convinced me that working class Black folks need to get armed. Lots of them. Concealed carry permits, and patrol the community just like the Panthers did. Twenty legally-armed, well-trained, disciplined Black folk would have changed some shit around at that scene. Davis would not have been charged, and those fucking ruthless pigs would have thought twice before they even stopped a man who posed no problem to anyone, much less beat him down.
Brother Davis hadn’t had a drink in decades, but the cops are claiming he was drunk… in the French Quarter of New Orleans! Hello? If drinking were something to be jailed for in the Quarter, New Orleans and half the rest of the country would have been depopulated.
White cops should no longer be allowed in African American communities, and they should no longer be allowed to speak to or touch African Americans at all. They should require passports to enter majority Black precincts, municipalities, and counties; and they should be required to surrender their weapons, and have an armed Black escort wherever they go.
The outstations should be razed and burned, and replaced with outposts attended by the security forces of African America, in the wake of the African American intifada. Block by block, liberated territory…
This never changes. Geronimo Pratt, Assata Shakur, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima… the list stretches on and on, political and non-political… it’s all political. And politics is about power. The people who have power are those who take power.
I have to wonder how this will play for thousands of young African American soldiers now in Iraq and Afghansitan, and how many will think — as they watch this video — if only I were there… then realize that the treatment meted out to Robert Davis is little different than the treatment meted out to Iraqis by American occupiers. Go there, beat down Iraqis. Come home, you can BE the Iraqis.
Welcome home to the United States of White America, where white fucking pigs and white fucking politicians can do any damn thing they please..