When Baltimore police broke Freddie Gray’s neck, the president said nothing.
When the police, who had arrested Freddie Gray for running, would not arrest anyone for killing him, the president said nothing.
When the police would not say who killed him or how, the president said nothing.
When the people of Baltimore protested, day after day, the president said nothing.
When some protesters broke car windows and shop windows, the president said nothing.
But when people in West Baltimore rioted, robbing and burning a CVS pharmacy, owned by the 12th largest company in the nation, a White-owned business, the president spoke out.
He called what the rioters did “violence”, but not what the police did.
He called the rioters “thugs”, but not the police.
As if the rioters had killed someone, not the police.
As if it was the CVS pharmacy that could never be brought back, not Freddie Gray.
The president said the “violence” was “counterproductive”. He, the Drone Master himself. He who helps Israel bomb women and children.
The president was joined by the Wall Street Journal. In the 15 years from 2000 to 2014 the Journal printed only six articles that uttered the words “West Baltimore”. But after the CVS was burned, they were there talking to those affected by its destruction. The Journal of Crocodile Tears.
White people and their hangers-on love to quote Martin Luther King, but they never seem to quote what he said about riots:
“Often the Negro does not even want what he takes; he wants the experience of taking. But most of all, alienated from society and knowing that this society cherishes property above people, he is shocking it by abusing property rights.”
“The slums are the handiwork of a vicious system of the white society; Negroes live in them but do not make them any more than a prisoner makes a prison. Let us say boldly that if the violations of law by the white man in the slums over the years were calculated and compared with the law-breaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man.”
Or, more famously:
“a riot is the language of the unheard.”
That appears to be true even if the listener is a Black president.
From that very first day, Friday August 20th 1619, when African people first set foot in Anglo America, they came, in the eyes of Whites, as things with a price tag. Now that the price tags are gone, many Whites seem to see Blacks not as priceless but as worthless, worth less than a CVS. Most Whites seem to be more upset about riots than about police brutality.
They act just as if Black people are not people at all.
#CVSmatters is a take-off on #BlackLivesMatter, the Twitter hashtag from the protests in Ferguson, Missouri last summer. It seems that many still do not understand what that means: Black Lives Matter.
– Abagond, 2015.
- Freddie Gray
- The police
- Ferguson I, Ferguson II
- The word “thug”
- Is President Obama a Rented Negro?
- The White racist guide to riots