Sunday, December 7, 2014

Super heavy track Tony Farmer sent me today. R.I.P. anybody who has lost their lives to war, the story is the same everywhere. A really touching song- felt posting the lyrics was important.

Dig in, boys, for an extended stay
Those were the final orders to come down that day
Waiting to be saved in the Philippines
You'll wait forever for the young Marines

Now I believe to be here is right
But I have to say that I'm scared tonight
Crouching in this hole with a mouth full of sand
What comes first, the country or the man?

Look at those slanted eyes
Coming up over the hill
Catching us by surprise
It's time to kill or to be killed

Over here, over there
It's the same everywhere
A boy cries out for his mama
Before he dies for his home

All my life I wanted to be
As clever and strong as my best friend Lee
We grew up together along Half Moon Bay
Lee was Japanese, born in the USA

When Tommy was fighting Jerry along the River Seine
Me and Lee, we wanted to do the same
Then they bombed Pearl Harbor at the break of day
I was headed for these islands while Lee was hauled away

They said, Look at his slanted eyes
He's guilty as guilty can be
Sent here as enemy spies
To sabotage the Land of the Free

Over here, over there
It's the same everywhere
A boy cries out for his mama
Before he dies for his home

I never got home, my platoon was never saved
That little foxhole became my island grave
Lee got out of jail but a prisoner he remained
'Til he ended his own life to lose that ball and chain

And they said, Oh, Little Slanted Eyes
Can't you forgive and forget?"
And he said, Oh, Mr. Friendly Ghost
Can you catch water in a net?รข€

Over here, over there
It's the same everywhere
A boy cries out for his mama
Before he dies for his home

A boy cries out for his mama
Before he dies for his home

It's unfortunate that even with complex issues like "immigration" which don't seem that complex when you look at the history of this country, that George Takei feels like he has to go through his multi generational American lineage as an Asian man to further drive his point that what happened to him, his family, and his community was straight up fucked up and shameful to what America means at it's core. If this happened in the past, why is it so surprising that it could still happen in the future? Or that any sort of politic that exists in the grey area is something that occurs every day? 

It's hard to swim through the internet today without encountering an abundance of media focused on the protests and the controversy surrounding the recent, controversial grand jury dismissals. Danette Chavis breaks down a corrupt system. Whether you believe race is a factor does not affect the basic fact that you should not be choked to death by the police when they are "arresting" you for minor offenses as you lay dying, choking for precious air. Especially when choke holds are actually illegal and the coroner ruled Garner's death a straight up homicide yet nobody is held responsible. The prosecutor didn't even seek additional charges with the grand jury apparently either. The whole system is clearly built to serve one interest. It's not a conspiracy theory, it's the government. With the latest incident involving the rookie NYPD cop Peter Liang firing his weapon in a dark stairway in the projects during patrol, it honestly won't surprise me if he serves time out of all the cops in the latest string of various media heavy cop shooting unarmed civilians incidences around the country. Why? Because the cop is Asian, he's a rookie, there is no footage of what happened, apparently he called his union rep before calling an ambulance like any decent human being would, and as of late the media is saying he wasn't supposed to be on that stairwell anyway. The narrative now is not focused on the victim being a "thug", but the cop being a "panicked rookie". And I mention that because in the past headlines there is always this duality of good/evil roles with the victim and the cop, whereas now you read a headline and you think "oh man an unlucky idiot cop accidentally killed someone ." It's subtle but it seems there is already a distancing language at play. But it's interesting to see the shift in narrative and how that will play out.

Oh you might have noticed I wrote "because he is Asian".. well with all the race fueled media agendas surrounding cops/civilians it just wouldn't surprise me as much as it wouldn't surprise me if the same cop in this case would be white, black, latino, indian, mixed, whatever that could potentially take a fall of some sort to attempt to quell the mobs of protestors over police accountability because in this particular case he was clearly negligent despite what he perceived as a "hostile" situation. I just think being inherently labeled a fearful "Asian with a gun" who reportedly hid in his mom's basement for a week after the shooting or whatever it was, is automatically going to elicit less sympathy with the public. I mean maybe it would elicit more I have no idea? I mean I'm just being honest- I have to admit we are in unchartered territory here. Regardless, this cop killed someone. In all these other cases, you don't hear about this kind of running away with the tail between the legs back story about any cop. It just makes me curious as to why the media is bent on spinning it this way. Are they trying to say "Cops Make Mistakes, Too". So here is our sacrificial lamb.

The fact reports are claiming he wasn't even supposed to be in that stairwell on patrol just paint him to be even more of a rogue liability. Whereas in so many of these other cases, you have these cops or wannabe cops( Zimmerman) with these confident, assertive roles they played to oppress an "impending threat" by any means necessary. Eventually the system has to have a fall guy and this guy seems to fit the bill. I learned this from every political thriller cat and mouse game movie I've seen- so this gut feeling is actually not based on anything credible.

But don't get me wrong- regardless- Officer Peter Liang should definitely be held to the same higher standard and higher level of accountability that anyone with a badge, a gun, and a license to kill should be held at. The same standard many of us expected to be upheld with any case involving innocent civilian loss of life.

But essentially, while racial politics to many, if not most, remains an underlying theme in all of this, at the core the issue is about police accountability, police brutality, and the tragic,undeserved civilian death tolls at the hands of them. There are good cops, but essentially one has to think why does that matter if a system built on a hierarchy is racist?

If you don't know cops are the biggest gang out there you've probably never been affected, or been paying attention to anything ever. And I am not taking away from the fact that police officers have to deal with a lot of crazy, bottom feeding bullshit- but seriously- public servants armed with weapons and a license to kill should be held to a higher standard and a higher level of accountability. Isn't this just logical? But history and the present have taught us that when it comes to cops this logic does not apply.

Scraping for the legal justification of public servants armed with a license to kill on some sort of moral or ethical high ground due to the victim's "troubled background", is no different to me from other people manipulating "science" to back up claims that other races of people are inferior. In either instance, people target this quick-to-judge reactionary impulse in people to categorize and dismiss out of fear and automatically trigger this us. vs them mindset. I have to say, the media is definitely having a field month honing the art of simplifying the race card down to us vs them rather than imploring people to think beyond race, and to look at a system that has no problem criminalizing, demonizing, and killing their own citizens. At the end of the day people need to pay attention who the media and society is constantly categorizing as "second class citizens". Because thousands of years of war across the globe has taught us what kind of realities often result from that, and how things eventually turn out.