Originally published in Wildfire: Issue 2
Remember the dead - Solidarity for the living by Brandon Baxter.
Every day we spend in these cages is a day of our lives we will never get back. They are limited in the same way that there are only so many fingers on our hands; limbs on our bodies.
- All the cherished memories we will never have.
- All the moments we won’t have to hold onto.
- Each day, a piece of our lives, torn from us, like cutting off our fingers, one knuckle at a time.
The police once killed with impunity. Today they answer to the mob, The People’s Justice.
But the sad reality is that if Michael Brown were arrested and given a life sentence Ferguson would have never burned. He would have been mutilated, one day at a time. No one would have known his name, not even when he died in prison.
As of writing, the oppressed riot in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the police. The Left will, as always, attempt to recuperate this momentum. Indeed, I have read articles by these liberals defending looting as a legitimate form of protest.
…of protest…Is that all this is? Demanding reform; police accountability? Is this a problem to be solved by taxing the People hundreds of millions of dollars to put a body camera on every cop on the beat?
That’s the narrative we’re up against. And if the mob isn’t challenged to make a deeper analysis of the web of oppression it’s beginning to fight against, that is the reality we will face: more cops and an even more omnipresent surveillance state.
If Freddie Gray hadn’t died but were sitting in a holding tank, would there be any less reason for what’s taking place in Baltimore today?
- We must remember the dead. But the living are dying.
- Every day.
- Let’s try being a little less reactionary (it makes us predictable, taking away the advantages of spontaneity).
Let us channel this righteous fury into concise decisive strategy in our fight for the living.