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I try to stay out of this discussion for the obvious reasons but I’m just gonna say that this “people join the military because they’re desperate and need to provide for their family” thing rubs me the wrong way because like, that’s why people turn to crime too but I don’t see most of you pro-US soldiers crowd trying to defend criminals.
Harper Lee - To Kill A Mockingbird (via markbrandanawicz)
In the post-World War II era, the Klan experienced a huge resurgence. Its membership was skyrocketing, and its political influence was increasing, so Kennedy went undercover to infiltrate the group. By regularly attending meetings, he became privy to the organization’s secrets. But when he took the information to local authorities, they had little interest in using it. The Klan had become so powerful and intimidating that police were hesitant to build a case against them.
Struggling to make use of his findings, Kennedy approached the writers of the Superman radio serial. It was perfect timing. With the war over and the Nazis no longer a threat, the producers were looking for a new villain for Superman to fight. The KKK was a great fit for the role.
In a 16-episode series titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” the writers pitted the Man of Steel against the men in white hoods. As the storyline progressed, the shows exposed many of the KKK’s most guarded secrets. By revealing everything from code words to rituals, the program completely stripped the Klan of its mystique. Within two weeks of the broadcast, KKK recruitment was down to zero. And by 1948, people were showing up to Klan rallies just to mock them.
I ain’t the world’s best writer nor the world’s best speller
But when I believe in something I’m the loudest yeller
“Stetson Kennedy,” Woody Guthrie
If Woody Guthrie wrote a song about your merits, you freaking HAD them.
Stetson Kennedy: American Badass.
It was 85 degrees outside. We wore our boots, camo pants, long sleeve blouses, body armor, load bearing vests, kevlar helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and fake rifles. Inside all that gear, we were baking in ovens. We wore it for an hour while running around carrying and treating simulated patients.
Today’s experience caused me to have two thoughts in particular.
One- 85 degrees is low compared to what the temperature normally reaches in Iraq or Afghanistan. I don’t know how people can do that in +100 degree weather. Especially when you add on their ruck sacks and plate armor. I don’t understand how every single person doesn’t have heat stroke.
Two- We had a 5 minute hike to the live fire zone. Returned some paintball fire. Carried our wounded, and treated our patients for approximately 20-30 minutes before hiking back. After this time we were all soaked through, and whined about how hot, sticky, and disgusting we were. Every single one of us literally pealed our gear off and complained about how much it sucked. Not the experience itself, but the heat. None of us wanted to do it again tomorrow.
One of the priors reminded us that we would be thankful for our gear if we were in an actual combat zone. It wouldn’t be any less heavy or uncomfortable or hot, but it’s life-saving gear and we would thank our lucky stars for its existence. Without imminent danger, though, we all agreed; it was awful.
This makes me think about the police in Ferguson, and the fact that they have chosen to go out day after day in all that gear. Gear that, trust me, it sucks balls to wear. Gear that they probably stare at and think “damn, I don’t want to put that on again.” But they do it. They do it because as my friend said, when you’re in imminent danger, you want it. Your life is more important than your comfort.
Which makes me believe that these cops really, truly believe that they are under heavy fire from their “enemy.” As if the people they swore to protect and serve have decided to arm themselves more heavily than our international combatants. As though their lives are actually in danger.
I haven’t seen any assault rifles in the hands of the Ferguson population. I haven’t seen any IEDs, grenades, rocket launchers. How deluded do these “police” have to be that they think that kind of gear is necessary.
Yes, your gear is escalating the situation, idiot.
Because you look like you’re going into combat with raised weapons against unarmed friendlies. These are your citizens, not your enemies. They’re afraid of you to begin with, and your guns and gear aren’t alleviating that. But still you think that you need to arm yourselves more heavily than our soldiers in combat to protect yourselves against them.
Because you’re afraid of them too.
You’re afraid because as white men you hold the power. Cis-, straight, Christian, white men who have always held the power. And now your authority is being questioned. You feel attacked by the Feminists, the Gays, the Muslims, the Blacks. You feel attacked by any population you feel could take away your power.
And you make yourself miserable in that gear and shoot at innocent people to preserve whatever remains of whatever it is you think you deserve.
Well, if your default actions toward other human beings are the ones you’re showing…let me tell you, you don’t deserve anything.
You and your guns are not the solution to this problem. You are the problem.