by: Marceline Donaldson
The hunt for the “terrorists” is over and we are all the poorer for it. Democracy and the United Sates Constitution went out the window and we justified it by claiming all in the name of “safety”. I guess that makes the real question, would you rather be free or safe?
Lets put what happened in Boston in a more historical context. John King blew the horn at the starting gate – it was dark skinned males. And does that have a historical context? Does anyone remember the Carol Stuart case when the clarion call was to “get” those n…..rs. This time, enough people backed him down that there had to be other “suspects” and those turned out to be two young boys – white. Legal aliens, maybe next time they will call white and illegal aliens. And things like innocent until proven guilty went out the window and today the miranda rights are out the window and so will a proper and thorough criminal investigation be completely compromised. Try to get a just trial out of this fiasco and farce.
The FBI and assorted other enforcement agencies pushed the fear by releasing the pictures of two young men who were immediately declared guilty. We need an independent investigation of what happened in Boston and soon. This was the Carol Stuart case on steroids – especially when a Congressman declared that suspect #2 – let’s not use names – we can dehumanize them by calling them titles – had come to this country to kill people. Put in the context of reality – suspect #2 was 8 years old when he came to this country. Not likely his motives were to kill people especially since it was probably not his decision to come, but his parents.
If you have not been targeted you might feel pretty smug and safe – I was targeted. It was not pleasant to see police cars come along and block off the streets in your neighborhood leaving you with the uncontrovertible view that you are the target. As it turned out – they were looking for a grey honda odyssey and one was parked in my driveway. They had a license plate number which didn’t even come close to mine, but there they were blocking off every ‘escape’ route and what if I had gone outside for any reason while they were doing this? My neighbor across the street did go out looking for her son. One policeman yelled at her to get back into her house – she tried to explain her son had gone out for coffee and hadn’t come back and she was going to look for him. The policeman didn’t care he just continued to yell at her to go back into her house. What was the great threat? My car, parked in my driveway. When I saw that and realized I had been targeted I remember Martin Luther King’s comments – if good people do nothing, they may come for me in the morning, but they will be back for you in the afternoon.
I was really jolted when I saw the last press conference with the police head of this travesty announcing everything was going back to ‘normal’ and in the process with his zeal and high on testosterone treated Governor DeVal Patrick in a really disrespectful way. As Patrick tried to say something he was cut off and that policeman ignored him and kept the microphone. Whatever Patrick had to say was shoved aside.
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