How do Millions of people rise up in opposition to a single event, demonstrate against the status quo for weeks on end, and a political party turn its back on that kind of movement?
You have to ask the Republican Party.
That, of course, is the Republican party of Mitch McConnell, Tom Cotton, Donald Trump, and others.
It is a white supremacist political party, that is controlled at the top by a demagogic narcissist who is completely devoid of morals.
The so-called [Justice Bill ]that the Senate Republicans put forward in the Senate was an affront to the over forty million Black people who grieve and console each other every time a cop decides to simply kill a black person.
The bill they put forward was blocked by Senate Democrats, and appropriately so. It was not a bill that addressed police violence in the country it was a bill designed to blow smoke up the asses of the people demonstrating against police violence, while giving a wing and a nod to killer cops that it is business as usual.
In responding to why they blocked the bill, Senate Democrats argued; it does little to ensure legal accountability in cases of police misconduct.
“This bill is not salvageable and we need bipartisan talks to get to a constructive starting point,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sens. Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker said”.
For their part, House Democrats have already crafted their own police reform bill, but it is easy to guess that Republicans will not support it either, even though it has some degree of bipartisan support in that chamber.
Republicans generally do not support any legislation that holds police accountable.
Police misconduct is manifested in the abuse and killing of African-Americans all across the country. It is not a waning phenomenon it is a growing crisis. It is easy to see why the white-wing Republican party will not support any such legislation that holds it’s race soldiers accountable.
At the heart of the Democrats case, is the failure of the Republican bill to seriously address the seminal issue that is at the heart of the worldwide protests against police violence in America.
[Chief among the problems Democrats cited, is the lack of legal accountability demanded of police in the Republican bill. “In a moment calling for police accountability, the JUSTICE Act, your proposed answer to this crisis, does not contain any mechanisms to hold law enforcement officers accountable in court for their misconduct,” Harris, Booker, and Schumer wrote in their Tuesday letter]. (Vox reported)
That summation goes to the heart of the issue, their president does not want any accountability for violent racist police action. Making Senator Tim Scott the face of the bill was not about to impress anyone of worth, certainly not in the black community.
To begin with, Tim Scott has zero credibility with the vast majority of African-Americans living in the United States.
so having Scott spearhead the bill can only be construed to create a faux impression to the black community that if the bill was written by Scott it would be in the best interest of black people.
No one was fooled by that three-card monte.
Scott, a South Carolina US Senator, is the sole African-American on the Republican side of the aisle. In fact, there is not a single African-American on the Republican side in the US House of Representatives.
Yup, the white men have fully constituted where they are comfortable.
Let’s be clear, Republicans do not give a s**t about what happens to black people, former President GW Bush was reportedly deeply hurt when Kanye West accused him of not caring about Black People.
Regardless of how one felt about GW Bush at the time, or may still feel today, there is no denying that there is absolutely no comparison between George W Bush and the occupant of the White House today.
In fact, this Republican Party would not support President Bush if he was running for office today, that is how far to the right this cult of white racists have lurched to the right under the leadership of their white supremacist president.
The reality of this fight, is that to some degree activists have been fighting the wrong fight.
Whether the call is to do away with police and replace it with something else, or it is about defunding the police, the central issue as I see it is that all of those efforts will fail.
The cornerstone of police violence in America is white supremacy, bolstered by qualified immunity.
The American system was built on the concept of white supremacy regardless of what’s in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Those concepts enshrined in both were meant for white people and so every institution of government at all levels was designed around the concept of white superiority and white privilege, so too has the private sector configured its own policies.
At the top of the system of white supremacy sits the United States Supreme Court. The court has been on the wrong side of history on pretty much all major issues that significantly affect blacks from the infamous Dredd Scott decision to the present, and maybe even further back.
It is for those reasons that no one in the black community should be surprised that the court, in typically cowardly fashion, has refused to revisit the seminal issue of (Qualified immunity).
This is the very [doctrine it created] that has since its creation, allowed police to murder well over a thousand people each year, thousands more maimed and seriously disfigured, while the officers who commit these acts that are tantamount to war crimes, are shielded from prosecution by the supreme court.
This is more of an affront, particularly at a time when the streets are filled with protesters and all across the globe people are rising up against American racism.
Agreeing to remove the protective shield of qualified immunity from police would be the beginning of the end of the process of white supremacy.
If the police who oppress and keep people of color in check as a means of maintaining white supremacy are not protected from immunity, white supremacy begins to crumble.
Qualified immunity was never about protecting cops from being sued into poverty. That level of immunity breeds impunity, and it should not have been afforded in the first place. Police officers are given the power to take life, they should be held to the strictest standards of accountability.
Shielding cops from accountability was always about the lack of respect that this nation has for black life. The fight ought to be aimed at the very legitimacy of qualified immunity.
The battle lines must be drawn around candidates who are running for office and their stated determination to ensure that this ignoble standard is torn down.
Yes, it is important to tear down statues of oppression and discrimination, but probably more important is the need to tear down the wall that protects the race soldiers.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer,
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