Today Derek Chauvin will be sentenced today. This seems to be a good time to review where we are in our fight for racial justice.
George Floyd was murdered over one year ago. We are one year beyond massive protests throughout the country. We have declared that the police should be defunded in multiple communities. We have declared that choke holds should be banned. We have declared that no knock warrants – resulting in the death of Breonna Taylor - should be banned. Protestors demanded that policing be “reimagined” and not simply reformed and retrained. Where are we as a country on the topic of racial justice?
In my opinion there is little that has changed – legislatively. Particularly at the national level. Scholars have documented systemic racism is the result of national policy and processes in the execution of federal programs in almost all cabinet level departments. In fact, one could argue that there has been regression. That we are in the middle of a cultural backlash against protestors and the Black community in general. We have had laws passed in the state of Florida that makes it virtually impossible to participate in protests. If you happen to participate in a protest that even one person destroys property or assaults a law enforcement officer, you will be charged with a felony. Even if you organized and help fund this protest but did not participate, you will be charged with a felony. The many will be charged based on the behavior of the even a single individual. All individuals arrested must be held in jail until their first appearance in court and officially charged. All indications are, based on President Biden’s directives, more money is being allocated to the police based on recent crime statistics indicating an increase in violent crime in communities across America. Police still enjoy the protection of “qualified immunity” in the face of illegal and improper conduct regardless of the jurisdiction. Black lives in fact do not matter to the new Biden administration.
Joe Biden is exactly the president that everyone on the left feared he would be prior to the South Carolina primary. Recall that James Clyburn rallied the Black vote in South Carolina to coalesce around the campaign of Joe Biden. Joe Biden’s chances were fading until his victory, only due to the Black vote, in South Carolina. Now President Biden is proving to be a 78 year old white man who has always respected the norms of congress and has never done anything bold to advance the cause of Black working families in America. He is exactly who we thought he was. He is now declaring that his legislation must be bi-partisan. He is a moderate, go along – get along president who would have never been elected without the Black vote. Progressive leaning members of the Democrat party knew that Joe Biden would never do anything bold to advance the cause of racial justice. He will never twist the arm of any senator or representative to advance the cause of Black working class people. I seldom use the word “never” because never is a long time and situations always change. In this case, I am confident that Joe Biden will never do anything bold and controversial on the behalf of Black folks who voted him into office.
Once again the Black voter is playing the role of sucker. Being played by the Democrat party is a position that the Black voter is happy to occupy. We’ve done it so many times and we tend to forget the so called Black leader that paves the way for us to be played. In this case its James Clyburn, a respected leader in South Carolina. Unfortunately we have not seen or heard Mr. Clyburn rebuke or pressure Joe Biden to deliver on his commitment to the Black voter.
The Angry Man
We all know an angry man. It seems he always speaks with passion even when the words appear