Salon: “No civilization would tolerate what America has done”

Well-behaved Michael Brown supporters tip over a police car.

It seems police can get away with anything: choking men who have surrendered; shooting unarmed teens; knocking pregnant women to the ground. While the issues involving race, civil rights and the relationship between law enforcement and communities are essential for examination and correction, few are talking about how all of this fits into the larger pattern of America’s cultural decline and decay.

America has become a society addicted to violence and indifferent to the suffering of people without power. Whenever there is a combination of a culture of violence and an ethic of heartlessness, fatal abuse of authority will escalate, and the legal system will fail to address it.

Critics are right to condemn the criminal justice system for its embedded inequities and injustices, but they are hesitant to condemn the actual jurors giving killer cops get-out-of-jail-free cards. These jurors are representational of America: ignorant and cold. They hear testimony from eyewitnesses claiming Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown while he had his hands in the air, and set Wilson free without trial…

Eric Garner had not surrendered, he was resisting arrest, albeit on a minor charge. His general poor health contributed to his death. Nor is it clear that Brown, who had just committed a violent crime, had his hands up.   

These are not clear-cut cases.  Both men were committing crimes and resisting arrest.  But, lacking clear-cut cases, then just lie about some facts and  omit mention of others.

If the writer thinks “No civilization” would tolerate this, he clearly does not read the foreign news. The statement is ridiculous.