In trying to grasp the reasons
why too many Amerikans still refuse to see what is happening to them, right
in front of our eyes or on the Utube videos, has to do with our first collective
experiences of these events. Because for many this is not only not the
first time they've experienced this; but in fact what this nation is now
undergoing has been happening now for decades-just not to the kinds of
people that are going through it today.
The prison population of this country has never known
very much of anything except these kinds of behaviors. During the Iraq
War, what we saw in Abu Gharib was nothing new to prisoners in US maximum-security
prisons. The rape, the torture, the dogs, the isolation and the nudity
were nothing new here: but this information was not common knowledge inside
Amerika, where those 'illegal practices' have been flourishing for decades.
And on the streets of too many American inner-cities, we have seen exactly
the same kinds of treatment of minorities, the brutally impoverished, and
in general wherever any group is not part of the mainstream. The OCCUPY
movement has imported people that are unfamiliar with traditional police
thuggery into what has heretofore been the sole domain of rabid and demented
officers that love to wallow in brutality and excessive force.
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