Racism and rhetoric, from Ferguson to Palestine

In the United States, “Ferguson” — the name of the town where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer last August — has become a shorthand name for the free reign given to police to murder black people in the streets (and parks, stores, even their own homes) with impunity.

At the same time as Brown was murdered, the world watched as Israel was given free reign to murder Palestinian people in the streets of the Gaza Strip (and beaches, cafes, hospitals, even their own homes) with impunity.

One commonality faced by folks in struggle from Ferguson to Palestine is the all-too-frequent refusal to recognize their oppression as oppression.

For example, in public discourse, I have noticed a consistent rhetorical positioning of police officers and Israel — rather than unarmed black people and Palestinians — as the real victims of brutality and violence…

  • Blacksmith

    The fact that st swisher had just strong armed a clerk in the store he was robbing and attacked the officer trying to take his gun while high on dope, and the fast that the Palestinians fire rockets indiscriminately into Israel and bomb Israeli citizens at will of course does not bear mentioning.

    • Surele Surele

      never mind, the truth is not to be used in propaganda. and, sorry to say, it works on many.

  • Just a thought

    Professional victims united against reality.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I wonder if they shouldn’t be barred from returning to the US.

  • BillyHW

    Hey folks, if you had to guess whether this piece was written by a man or a woman, and had to bet your entire life savings on it, what would you answer?

    • Exile1981

      Female – currently; what gender it was born is up for discussion…

      • Justin St.Denis

        Good point!

  • Justin St.Denis

    We’ll be vacationing in Israel this year. This will be the ninth time we visit Israel. It is the most amazing place on the planet.

  • Minicapt

    Without hate for the Jews, and love for the Pallies, life would be empty and black.