Free Essays on Racial Profiling and Murder by Police
Racial Profiling and Murder by Police
There’s a mass without roofs
There’s a prison to fill
There’s a country’s soul
That reads “post no bills”
There’s a strike and a line of cops
Outside of the mill
There’s the right to obey
And there’s the right to kill
–Zack De La Rocha
This is America, home of the free. Here “law and order” is kept by a vigilant police force armed with semi-automatics and nightsticks. Here it is “law and order” to lynch blacks.
Two-hundred years since this country was founded on principles of equality before the law, the meaning of equality remains the same. Amadou Diallo was equal to all other poor urban blacks, and he got his punishment by the law. His killers were equal to all other guardians of the white elite, and they got…acquited.
The principle is well understood, invoking a strong Nazi-like patriotism in some. “It fills me with profound respect for being an American and for living in a country that has a trial by jury,” announced New York Mayor Giulani after the acquital of four police officers who fired 41 shots at Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo as he stood outside his home in the Bronx.
Giuliani, of course, clearly understands what it means to be “American.” Liberal apologists who seek to explain the meaning of the shooting and the acquital are the ones who are missing the mark.
Forty-one shots are not a mistake. The acquital was not just a flaw in the system. This is the system, and it is one rooted in white male dominance and the rule of force. The system is working perfectly fine as long as cops stay out of prison and are free to use deadly force at will.
“But the system is supposed to treat people equally,” some will say. Right-wingers eat this one up. They understand that equality, in any meaningful sense of the word, is not one of the tenents of American capitalism.
Indeed, it is inequality which maintains the system. The majority must never enjoy the same rights and priveleges that the wealthy few do. A police force, whose function is to protect property and those who own property, is needed to enforce minority rule.