(Hat tip to Another Conflict Theorist)
You know, I have just been really dumbfounded by the crap that goes on in this country lately. There's Jena, and lord knows I haven't finished processing that yet, then there's the New Jersey 7, and now there's the case of Martin Lee Anderson.
This fourteen year old child was held down, kicked and hit repeatedly while he was on the ground unable to move. They covered his mouth and forced him to inhale ammonia until he essentially suffocated. But hey, why take my word for it? See it for yourself:
So how is it one can torture and kill a child, on tape no less, and be found not guilty of any crime? Well, just make sure the child is black! Of course, you can probably get away with it if the child is Latino or NDN or Asian but if you want to play it safe, it's always best to go with the black kids.
Hell, you can even be a medical professional who comes over to watch as the entire torture session occurs and still not be found guilty of any crime. That person on the video wearing a white jacket--she's a nurse. And what does Kristin Schmidt do as this boy is dying in front of her very eyes? She stands there with her hands on her hips like a female Josef Mengele. But that doesn't mean she's a bad person, right? After all, according to her evaluators over at the so-called "boot camp" where all of this occurred, one of Schmidt's best traits is that she “is a rule follower which helps things flow better.” Oh yes, Mengele would definitely be proud.
From what I see on this tape, these brown-shirts killed Martin Lee Anderson, but who should I believe--the all-white jury (that took less than an hour and a half to discuss a case that took three-weeks to present) or my lying eyes?
I feel guilty about using the comparisons to concentration camps but I don't think Godwin's Law applies in this case. There's just an overwhelming amount of similarity that I see here. We've got the para-military force (Sturmabteilung), presiding over camp of repeat offenders of state sensibilities ("undesirables") aided by medical professionals whose presence adds to the supposed legitimacy of the camp (Nazi doctors).
But maybe I'm being melodramatic. Martin Lee Anderson was a criminal, right? I mean he did steal his grandmother's car and trespass at a school and I just know that I'd be scared to death if the state allowed kids who trespass to just roam the streets with the rest of the good citizens of the USA.
Snort coke? Fine. Drive under the influence with your child in the car? Just dandy! Swipe your grandmother's car as a teenager and go visit your buddies at another school? You deserve to die. Somebody should have explained the camp rules to Martin Lee.
After all, children are supposed to listen to the men in uniform.
P.S. Anyone who ever comes here telling me about how the torturers at abu ghraib were an anomaly and their actions don't reflect the way America views people of color had better come prepared with an explanation for why this sort of shit keeps happening over and over again.