Ferguson police claim Mike Brown robbed a convenience store; this changes NOTHING
In the U.S. in 2014, if you are an unarmed Black youth who allegedly stole some cigars from a convenience store, you can be summarily executed in the streets by police and left to rot, while your community is put under martial law.
But if you are a racist white guy who owns a cattle ranch in Nevada and you steal approximately $1 million from the government and then take up arms to defend your spoils, you will be lauded as a hero by the media and the police won’t lift a finger against you.
And this is not even to mention those who steal billions of dollars every year in the form of “white collar” crimes such as corporate wage theft, tax evasion, financial corruption, price gouging, etc. Nobody saw a single employee of Enron, Goldman Sachs or Lehman dragged out into the street and shot by the cops after their mass thievery was exposed a few years ago.
Even those who steal billions of dollars directly from millions of Americans, such as the owners of WalMart who exploit the shit out of their impoverished workers, get off scot-free because the government confers the aureola of legality upon their industrial robbery.
In the U.S., if you have money and power it is nearly impossible to commit a crime because all of your banditry is made legal by the laws which you yourself write. But if you are poor and Black, it is nearly impossible to stay out of prison because everything you do is criminalized by the former.
In sum, over the course of 200 years we find that the value of the life of a Black person in the U.S. has gone up from zero to the price of a few Swisher Sweets.
White America will justify the lynching of an impoverished Black youth who may or may not commit a petty theft amounting to a mere misdemeanor; yet they don’t even want to TALK ABOUT the giant theft that is Black slavery, poverty wages, and mass incarceration, which amounts to an actual crime against humanity.
"There can never be justice in a nation based on stolen land, genocide, and human bondage"