Watching the very dignified Black mothers of young people felled by racist and police violence being paraded on the DNC stage was heartbreaking considering they appear to have been used simply to get Hillary Clinton elected. And watching them share and revisit their pain was cringe-worthy considering it may be all for naught.
Used may be a harsh term, but these mothers are still grieving and to have them share it with the country without an inkling of “real” change promised or otherwise is just downright shameful.
And most of us if we are honest know that not a daggone thing is going to be done by the next administration to bring an end to police brutality, misconduct and violence.
Let me be clear I have deep and lasting respect for these mothers.Without question the women have been courageous, steadfast and absolutely unmovable in their quest for justice for their children and others.
I have met a few of them at protests and I know them taking a stand on behalf of their children and the community has been hard, but they have handled with a dignity and grace seldom seen. They have never stopped reminding this nation that police should be held accountable for their crimes.
The women who lost their children to racist violence and State violence lost their children under Democratic administrations primarily President Obama’s. And nothing has been done unless one counts the speechifying, ABC and CNN after school specials/ town halls and the “I feel you” speeches on the part of the president. They have been promised nothing, by the Democrats. No legislation has been proposed to reign in the police. There is no platform plank that promises to hold the police accountable for their actions.
“So many of our children gone but not forgotten,” Sandra Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal said. “I’m here with Hillary Clinton because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names.”
“Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say Black lives matter,” said Lucia McBath mother of Jordan Davis the Black youth who was shot and killed by a white guy because his music was too loud. “She isn’t afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish. Not only did she listen to our problems, she invited us to become part of the solution.”
Unfortunately sloganeering, saying their names and being sympathetic won’t be enough. No doubt Hillary feels bad for the women.
But I suspect that when Clinton told the mothers they could become part of the solution, what she meant was helping her get elected.
Incredibly, right on cue the heartless harlots, who lead the Philadelphia police fraternity didn’t miss an opportunity to show that many are indeed chosen from the ranks of the socio-pathetic.
Revealing they have little sense of decency, the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police wrote, “It is sad that to win an election, Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts.”
But the Dems were sufficiently mush mouthed and double minded, as they sent the Pittsburgh police chief up before the still grieving mothers whose children died at the hands of the police and racists, to remind everyone once again that Americans should, “respect and support our police officers.”
BLM or somebody should explain to these sisters how this works. If you are going to give something to one of the party’s of Big Business and Wall Street, you have to get something in return.
However, Tamir Rice’s mother Samaria Rice, hasn’t fallen for the okey doke, she hasn’t endorsed any candidate not even Senator Sanders. “No candidate is “speaking my language about police reform,” she said in an interview with Fusion, saying she wants “a lot on the table, not a little bit of talk, or a lot of talk. She said of President Obama, “He may mention something about it, but he’s not really going to go into details about it and hold the government responsible for killing innocent people.”
The Mothers are aptly characterized as “Mothers of the Movement.” However, Movements historically, have made demands on the system and that is best done by standing outside of the system. Talking about police accountability is not the same as making police accountable.
Hillary may be as she has been advertised,the candidate who is less worse than Trump
Incidentally it was Senator Sanders who proposed a concrete solution. “If a police officer breaks the law, like any public official, that officer must be held accountable,” he said.
Of course the ugly truth is that the institution of policing is a vital part of this social, economic, political system and the only way that it will hold any cops accountable is to change the system that deems their behavior necessary.
Those who are organizing these sisters (in grief and struggle) should be careful not to waste their capital. They absolutely do represent something real, a very real problem, a very real stain on the American pretense of democracy.
justice then peace