Jun 24, 2010 - Issue 381
The People and Mehserle
By the year
2050, whites in the
On June 10,
2010, the people of the
his lawyer Michael Rains said it was an accident. There is a
history of such accidents in the
the right of the criminal justice system is the need to redefine “victim”
in a case where the dead is Indigenous, Black, or Brown and the audience
It would seem
that the dead man, shot in the back, is the victim, but this is America
and that kind of statement articulates an assumption few Americans
believed when hundreds of Blacks were lynched each month for years and
Black towns or Black sections of towns were razed and Black citizens
massacred. Even when the prisons in the
The current climate of the People and Mehserle is not so different from the eras when the People and Bull Connors, the KKK, lynch mobs of average citizens, FBI agents, and local law enforcement personnel reigned. The People and Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton are also the People and Capitalism, Manifest Destiny still.
Last week, a 14-year old Mexican boy was executed, shot in the head, on the Mexican side of the border because an American border patrol officer panicked. Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guerica, among other teens, was throwing rocks at the patrolmen, and at least one, felt threatened, danger. The patrolman, an adult, and armed for warfare, fired at a child throwing rocks.
As Head of State,
President Barack Obama let stand Bush-era orders to shoot to kill
U.S. citizens, anywhere, if, according to Washington Post
reporter Dana Priest “strong evidence” exist that “an American is involved
in organizing or carrying out terrorist actions against the United States
or U.S. interests.” military and intelligence officials said. “The person,
for instance, has to pose “a continuing and imminent threat to
If supporters of justice on behalf of Oscar Grant
or Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guerica or Iraqi and Afghani civilians protest,
then will these citizens be perceived as posing “a continuing and imminent
Shoot to kill, Wild, Wild West national policy of the U.S. Empire, assumes the perpetrators’
innocence and the innocence of any perpetrator(s) aligned with the policy.
President Obama’s mild reaction, as Head of State, to Israel’s middle-of-the-night
naval commando raid on the flotilla delivering food, toys, and building
materials to Gaza, he regrets the 9 shot dead, but reserves” judgment
apportioning blame,” Guardian, June 2010, reflects the government’s
approval of Bush-era cowboy diplomacy anywhere in the world. Change
is strange. That
Justice is not and never has been in that 1845 agenda.
Johannes Mehserle and Oscar Grant did not just encounter each other on a particular day in a particular year. They have met before. Time and time again, the “big brothers” (SFGate, June 17, 2010), Pirones, with their guttural articulation of domestic and foreign policies towards the world’s majority populations, mentor the likes of a Mehserle and a (Marysol) Domenici. The use of force against the unarmed is not an isolated response by the Mehserles to a perceived danger. Their response and justification for murder is the premise of Manifest Destiny still very much with us today. Many Americans consciously or unconsciously believe in the even if adamantly opposed to violence and particularly when the perpetrator looks like them and waves the red, white, and blue while shouting “bitch ass nigger” in sight!
has changed since the so-call “lawless” era. Besides, the
If the American people want change, then they must change. It is the kind of change that cannot happen over night and it cannot come from a government, continuing under President Obama, to maintain and justify aggressive responses to everything it perceives as a threat to its new frontier and the continuing search for oil and other mineral resources to power up the new gadgets of this modern world.
The hundreds of Blacks, Browns, and whites calling for justice outside the L.A. Courthouse are commendable, collectively resisting the irrational fears of the many. But there is a long history of acquittals granted to perpetrators of violence against Black Americans. For the millions, liberals, conservatives, whatever political stripe or ethnicity, who envision of a white nation becoming increasingly darker - a nightmare vision that can only be held back by force, by the locking up of the powerless (as the mimicking Pirone declared: “this mother- is going to jail,”), or by the death of perceived villains, change! It is this vision of terror that is “a continuing and imminent threat” to all Americans.
Rather than profits and power, accumulate life before Mother Nature decides that she has seen enough of the irrationality of Manifest Destiny! The People and Mehserle is ultimate death for all!
See: “Hundreds Demand Justice for Oscar Grant Outside
by ~Bradley ([email protected] riseup.net )
Also: Follow the Mehserle trail at: http://www.indybay.org and at:
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member, Lenore Jean Daniels, PhD,
has been a writer for over thirty years of commentary, resistance criticism
and cultural theory, and short stories with a Marxist sensibility to
the impact of cultural narrative violence and its antithesis, resistance
narratives. With entrenched dedication to justice and equality, she
has served as a coordinator of student and community resistance projects
that encourage the Black Feminist idea of an equalitarian community
and facilitator of student-teacher communities behind the walls of academia
for the last twenty years. Dr. Daniels holds a PhD in Modern American
Literatures, with a specialty in Cultural Theory (race, gender, class