Capitalism’s Purpose for Focusing on Annoying White Celebrities

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In order to understand why capitalism places so much of its focus (and ours) on annoying white celebrities, we probably need to understand why the capitalist media works the way it does.  We already know that the overall system of capitalism only cares about profits, not people, and so greater wealth for the ruling class of this system is the reason it lies, murders, steals land and resources, appropriates culture, exploits workers … or does anything.  And because the only aim of capitalism is to make profits grow, the media that this system controls must continually place its focus on any narratives that create more wealth, while at the same time erasing narratives– and lives– that may threaten its wealth.

So if you turn on the TV and you see that a crime– or “crime”– has been committed in what white people call “the bad part of town” (where there’s all that “gang violence” and a lot of “minorities”), you might wonder why it is that the thin white news lady with blue eyes and blond hair is talking about this particular incident.  Or you probably won’t wonder– not if capitalism has its way.  You’ll just watch ten minutes of “news coverage” and seven minutes of commercials, and hopefully then go out and buy the stuff that was advertised.  But why would KGW– “where the news comes first”– feel it is so important to cover this particular story, when millions of people are dying and are hurting from poverty, hunger, war, disease, deportation, imprisonment, murder of their loved ones by the police, and theft by the banks, and lies by politicians?

The reason for covering this story– other than “if it bleeds it leads”– is that capitalism wants us to believe that crime is an individual thing.  This person shot that person– one criminal.  Another person robbed somebody else– one criminal, that’s all.  Each incident is isolated.  And then we’re supposed to believe that the police are there, first, to prevent these crimes.  And yet, there are so many of these crimes, and usually where there are so many of these cops.  Obviously, the police don’t keep the crime from taking place.  This means the police must be there to catch the bad guy– this one person who committed the crime– after he already killed or robbed another person.  And this is suppose to make us– white people, that is– feel safer.

But how do you feel when you see a whole bunch of cops in your neighborhood?  If you’re like me, you think something bad already happened.  The sight of a cop is never a good thing.  They slow down traffic, they go around acting like they’re in charge of everybody: beefy shaved heads under their hats, chests way out, legs wide apart moving aggressively, as if to say “Get out of my way, I’m a cop.” And that’s only what happens when there’s the unwelcomed sight of a cop in a white neighborhood.  In other words, not often.  Let’s face it– historically, nobody has liked cops.  And we would continue to dislike them if they didn’t receive free advertising from the capitalist media and its coverage of the “news.”  But the actual news is: the media must convince you and me that we should like cops, and that we should want even more of them– the same way a car dealership just wants to make us happy.  Ri-ight.

But capitalism gives nothing away– for free or otherwise.  So, in return for its continually repeated marketing campaign to make the police look better (or good at all, when there is no such thing as a good cop), the police move to protect the property of the advertisers, and the multimedia conglomerates who depend on this advertising for revenue, and the millionaires who grow wealthier off this entire arrangement.  If the news coverage focused on how much damage these millionaires, and these corporations, and these cops (as well as the military) inflict on people all around the world, we would be outraged and would organize to move against them, and we would overthrow this arrangement.

The media recognizes this threat in advance, and attempts to distract us from the root cause of crime, and the basis of all oppression and violence: it’s not an individual thing, it’s at the level of a system, a system of power which is controlled by the few at the top who are rich, and who are typically white.  The media needs to dupe us, to take our focus off the real criminals, as it leads us in one direction and the criminals– the racist capitalist class– haul their stolen goods in the other direction, or drop more bombs on people who don’t look like us (if we’re white).  There’s a whole war going on against Black people, colonized peoples, the working class of the world, but the local channel wants us to focus on one store that was vandalized last night.  And if we enjoy the most benefits from this war on colonized peoples– which is to say, if we’re white people, or colonizers– then we’re probably going to allow this violent, exploitative arrangement to continue.  It’s in our interests.  “Just let me get richer, or at least keep my job; let me feel safer and more comfortable, and the capitalists can mislead me all they want: shoot, my uncle is a cop, and he’s a good guy.”  That’s the way it works.

And that’s also why the capitalist media focuses on “murder mysteries” and “real crime stories.”  These programs usually focus on rich and middle-class individuals– usually white– where the husband suddenly decides to murder his beautiful wife.  Or their handsome white kid (who was so nice and quiet) decides to murder some random stranger, just to see what it feels like.  You know, typical white-on-white crime.  Except this violence is only the tip of the iceberg, or ice pick, or some gruesome image– like the image of the fighter jet that costs fifty million dollars, or the growing expense of locking up Black and Brown people, or the salary of an executive.  With so much crime being carried out by the military, the courts, the cops and the wealthy few, it’s no wonder that some of this violence trickles all the way down and eventually leads to the next door neighbor hacking up his blond wife, as we learn at the end of “Dateline” (wow, it wasn’t her cousin after all).  But the capitalist media would have us believe there is a crime wave of “senseless murders”– these countless “great mysteries”– going on all across the United States, and not only in Cabot Cove.

Yes, white people are that violent.  There is a lot of crime, but it’s not senseless or mysterious.  Our violence is easy to explain, and makes perfect sense when we recognize that we are colonizers who depend on genocidal violence for our very existence on stolen Indigenous land.  The only mysterious thing is where our humanity went.  Next week on “48 Hours.”

So this takes us to those annoying celebrities.  And what’s almost as annoying as the celebrities is the sort of person– the elitist– who tries to make anybody who watches “Entertainment Tonight” or “Real Housewives of — Wherever” feel like trash, like they’re dumb or they don’t know the difference between right and wrong.  Let people have their guilty pleasures … and eat McDonald’s while they are enjoying these guilty pleasures.  Because we can’t boycott all of capitalism.  It’s true, we just work here, we’re not the boss– but we do need this job.  We need to eat.  And sometimes we need to watch bad TV and eat Doritos.  Nobody is going to support socialism if revolution sounds like: no TV, no snacks, and no gossip in the break room about celebrities.  Well, it would still probably be supported by me, but those “masses” we always talk about won’t support anything if we act like elitist, know-it-all, holier-than-thou, out-of-touch grumpy do-gooders (fellow white vegans, take note).

OK, now that we have that point out of the way– what about these annoying white celebrities?  As you might guess, one of their functions in capitalist society is to distract us.  You may have seen that one coming from a mile away.  But it’s still true.  And capitalism knows we need these distractions because– after dealing with work, rush hour traffic, higher living expenses, medical issues that are no longer covered by our insurance, smog, anxiety, the fear of another terrorist attack (or maybe a more likely attack by a white guy), migraines, the Mets, and Comcast– we’re tired.  We’re not dumb, or mean, or undisciplined– we’re just tired.  But we shouldn’t think for a moment that capitalism doesn’t know this, and doesn’t try to exploit our sad situation, as it creates more profitable coping mechanisms for dealing with its oppression (and then raises the price on them).

But annoying white celebrities have another purpose in capitalist society.  We look at them doing all these, well, annoying things, and we make fun of them.  We might even call them dumb, mean, lazy, or whatever.  And then we think– you know, these wealthy people sure have messed up lives.  When they aren’t hacking each other up on their yachts, they are still always getting into trouble.  Of course, they always get out of trouble– they’re rich, and white.  Even so, my middle-class lifestyle is looking pretty good right now.  There are those poor people over there– supposedly, since we never see them, unless they’re being removed to make room for a new Starbucks or Whole Foods.  We don’t want to be like them– lazy, criminal, uneducated.  But we don’t want to be like the rich either.  So let’s support a system that helps us stay right here in the middle.  Ah, that delicious white mediocrity, it’s so … bland.  But it’s safe.  And it’s better to play it safe in this increasingly dangerous world (according to NBC Nightly News): a world of Black gangsters, Muslim terrorists, Mexicans going across the border with illegal drugs (unlike our own medicine cabinet full of drugs advertised on World News Tonight, or this joint we’re legally smoking at the end of a suburban cul-de-sac).

The capitalist system in the United States works on the contradictions of a society controlled by the wealthy few– most of whom are white– by resolving these contradictions on its own terms.  What does this mean?  It means: yes, we do hate the rich– they’re spoiled, they’re lazy, they’re entitled, and they’re just plain annoying.  And that’s the “American” way– to hate the rich.  But we also envy the rich.  We’re jealous that they have it so easy, while we’re struggling from month to month, barely paying the bills.  And capitalism knows this.  So it showcases a few of the more entertaining members of the ruling class, who are always eager (or greedy) to make an extra million or ten.  And we watch these wealthy individuals with all their problems, as well as their big egos, and the constant drama one way or the other, and then we realize that we should be content living off the stolen labor, resources, land and culture of the world.  Actually, we probably don’t realize things in those terms, but on the terms dictated by the ruling class: instead, we are hard workers, and we’re lucky to have a job, a home, a widescreen TV, and credit to buy an even  bigger widescreen TV (not recognizing that all these benefits come from racist, imperialist capitalism’s violence against the majority of people on the globe, and the planet itself).

This constant focus on annoying white celebrities– who are famous for being famous, and then for cashing in on their fame on HSN or QVC– is meant to be a sort of safety valve that capitalism controls.  Capitalism has violently created the white middle-class as a barrier between the wealthy few and the masses of oppressed people around the world.  In exchange, it wants our loyalty.  It’s OK if we make fun of the rich, even if we hate the rich.  Just don’t move against the rich.  And who wants what they have anyway– other than their money– when they are such a messed up group of childish brats?

So let the rich act selfish and foolish– and grow wealthier in the process of such “foolishness”– while we in the white middle-class play it safe, go to work, and vote Democrat (or Republican, what’s the diff?).  And if we ever win the lottery, or start our own business, and become rich ourselves– we know that we won’t act that way, like the rest of the rich do.  Why?  Because “America” has taught that (like itself) we’re exceptional, we’re special– each one of us is unique.  No, we’re happy and content just to love the United States, support the military, celebrate the Fourth of July, and trust it will all work out at the end of the day … but if only we could elect some average guy, a straight-talker, who isn’t one of these arrogant, loud-voiced, annoying, airhead celebrities with bad hair.

Uh oh.

After all, the contradictions of this backward system are being exposed, and capitalism is failing.  In case you didn’t notice.

 

 

 

 

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Capitalism’s Purpose for Focusing on Annoying White Celebrities

Why the “White LGBTQ Community” Continues to Fail in Our Support for Black Trans Women

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What is the matter with the “white LGBTQ community”?  What’s wrong with us?!

Part of the problem is: there is no such thing as the “white LGBTQ community” because there is no such thing as the “white community.”  There’s capitalism.  And there’s the United States– a settler colony of Europe built on genocide, slavery and imperialist violence against the global majority (who are not “minorities”).

And it’s this system of power (not community) that continues to divide the world into two opposing or antagonistic classes: the colonizer and the colonized.  So, the main thing that’s wrong with white people, including whites who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or more than one of these historically oppressed categories) is that, as long as we benefit from capitalism and its violence against Africans/Black people and all so-called people of color, then we won’t care that we are colonizers.  While it’s true that we are oppressed within the white identity, white LGBTQ people also enjoy the wealth, security and comfort that whiteness brings (even if it’s only a small share of white supremacist empire).  And, therefore, we refuse to move against the system of power whose violent exploitation of the global population makes our own existence possible.

I have a theory: guarantee (or recognize) the rights of any historically oppressed group of whites and we will turn against Black people and so-called people of color faster than you can say “I’m with her.”  And– also faster than you can say “Feel the Bern”– white people whose identity has been marginalized by capitalism, but who have just won a few benefits within the current system of power, will now show our loyalty to this same oppressive system.  Never mind that the capitalist system can only stay in power by violently exploiting Africans, Indigenous peoples, Latinxs and the majority of humanity (as well as the planet).  This is why the cops who murder (or attempt to murder) Black people often have Italian names or Irish names.  This is also true of judges with Italian, Irish or “non-British” names: the very people who were once oppressed and bullied by this white supremacist system, because they weren’t “white enough,” now join the ranks of their oppressor, so they can engage in anti-Blackness, misogynoir, and transmisogynoir– empowered by the badge or a judge’s robes.

And this situation is no different for whites who are lesbian, gay, bi or trans: grant us a few rights and we will gladly murder for capitalism, protected by the uniform of the cop or the U.S. military.  In fact, a gay white supremacist is probably the most effective white supremacist: the capitalist system gives them a few so-called rights, for which they should be very grateful, or else, because this system can take these rights away at any moment.  And so the gay cisgender man must work overtime to show that he’s worthy of inclusion by the ruling class that hates “his kind.”  (The same thing happens with cisgender white women in relation to the misogynistic ruling class.)  Plus, capitalism only cares about profits, not people.  So if a gay cisgender man can grow wealthy by making the homophobic ruling class even wealthier, capitalism will be thrilled with this arrangement.  This is why so many cis white gays and cis white lesbians are proud to join the U.S. military or their local police department, and why so many cis white lesbians enjoy being TERFs (trans exclusionary radical feminists): having once been denied power, and safety, and even life itself, they are now able to cash in on their colonial status, and fight against the majority of humanity on behalf of their white (or “American”) identity.

While we are still divided by colonialism, it doesn’t matter how many of our “rights” are recognized by this colonial system, there cannot be actual equality.  And it seems that a lot of whites who are LGBTQ know this to be the case.  We can’t be that ignorant.  Or maybe we are.  However, capitalism isn’t taking any chances– growing political consciousness by the masses of historically oppressed identities is bad for business.  So, somehow, capitalism has had to convince not only the European (white) population of the U.S.– including whites who are LGBTQ– but also colonized people who identify as “American,” that “we” are slowly but surely making progress: more slowly and less surely if “we” happen to be Black or Brown.  “We the People” has never meant Black and Brown people in “America”: colonized communities.  But capitalism tries to convince “us” that “we” are one great big happy family: one LGBTQ community.  One transgender community.  The system of colonial capitalism, which gains all its wealth and power by dividing the world into haves and have-nots, then attempts to erase this essential divide in our consciousness, and– in the process– it also erases the specific oppression of Black trans women.

Socialist revolution is based on science.  Capitalism is based on lies.  So capitalism lies to you and me by convincing us that, if something hasn’t happened to you or me, then it simply hasn’t happened at all (or, at least, it’s none of my concern).  Everything that matters is up here in my own mind: my ideas about “equality,” as well as “justice,” “freedom” and “peace.”  As long as each of us believes– on an individual level– that “America” stands for these things, and that there is (slow but sure) progress for some generalized, lazy-hazy idea of the “LGBTQ community,” then we won’t care that the measurable, observable conditions around us prove, again and again, that we are wrong.  We just keep saying “things will get better” (once we elect another Democratic President); “things move in cycles” (my family lost their house, but somehow they were able to buy a new one, a real fixer-upper, in that “bad part of town” where, lately, there has been a lot less crime); and “people are just people,” so it doesn’t matter what type of system we have.  Hey, life is pretty good for me right now, so it must be possible for everyone to have a good life.  I guess it’s their own fault if they aren’t succeeding, since we now have all these “rights.”

So, the more “rights” that we gain as whites in the “LGBTQ community,” the more we believe that everyone else is making progress in their own lives– or should be.  It doesn’t matter what the statistical evidence may tell us, or what we may learn from the narratives of individuals whose identities are the most marginalized.  Capitalism makes sure we aren’t paying attention to them anyway.  Which posts on Facebook get the most likes and shares?  Which stories confirm the optimistic narrative of the rich, white ruling class, and their dominant ideology which constantly brags that “America” represents something “good,” “decent,” “progressive,” and “liberal”?  But it’s very convenient for whites are who lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans to believe this lie.  We gain greater security, comfort and wealth by going along with capitalism’s definitions of reality– created (like capitalism itself) for the benefit of the white minority.

As a result, whites in the “LGBTQ community” continue to fail Black trans women, who are the most marginalized and endangered by capitalism.  We perpetuate this disconnect between the ideals we uphold in our minds and the material reality that– regardless of our gender or sexuality- our existence as colonizers on stolen Indigenous land is entirely dependent on violence against colonized peoples.  If we believe “America” is essentially good, and we’re proud to be “American,” then whites who are lesbian, gay, bi or trans have our heads so far up in– well, let’s say the clouds—  that we can’t even recognize the violence that is going on around us.  How can “Pride” be a corporate-sponsored celebration, a big parade, when Black trans women continue to be murdered by the very system that benefits these corporations, not only in the U.S. but all over the globe?

Whites in the “LGBTQ community” will buy gas to drive our cars to parades during “Pride Month,” and will pay for hotel rooms, meals in restaurants, souvenirs, and costumes.  And, meanwhile, Black trans women can’t even receive full funding for their art and survival.  We disrespect their work and their very lives.  And then we cry when “our” community loses another member to transphobic violence.  If Black trans women are part of “our” community– and the world has to undergo a lot more revolution and decolonization in order for that to be true– then why aren’t white trans women paying “our sisters” for their organizing, art, survival, and well-being … all of which is work?

Why are we posing for pictures with blue-uniformed pigs and smiling as if this disgusting country isn’t at war against Black trans women, Black trans men and trans people of color?   It’s because we’re colonizers too.  We are white trans colonizers, white bi colonizers, white gay colonizers, and white lesbian colonizers.  It’s hard to destroy whiteness, and the colonial system that empowers this political category, when you enjoy the benefits of whiteness: even if you’re transgender or gay.

If white LGBTQ people can’t feel the urge to throw a rock at a police car– or we can’t find a rock– we can at least honor the trans women whose own courage made it possible for us to walk safely past the cops.  We can honor true revolutionaries like Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, as well as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera– the co-founders of S.T.AR. (Street Transvestite [sic] Action Revolutionaries).  And we can honor their contributions to our lives by showing respect to Black trans women today, by paying reparations to Black trans people, and by doing everything in our power to make sure they survive, so they can move to create a new system for themselves and for their community, with control of their own lives, resources, wealth and land: their own power.

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Police Departments Are Only Necessary to Create Crime

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“Once the police has convinced the white public that the so-called Negro community is a criminal element, they can go in and question, brutalize, murder unarmed innocent Negroes [sic], and the white public is gullible enough to back them up.

“This makes the Negro community a police state … It is the most heavily patrolled neighborhood, it has more police than any other neighborhood, yet it has more crime than any other neighborhood. How can you have more cops and more crime? Why? It shows you that cops must be in cahoots with the criminals.”Malcolm X

According to a 2012 survey, Portland, Oregon has fewer cops per resident than other big cities in the United States: “16 sworn officers per 10,000 residents.”  Portland is also one of the whitest cities in the United States.  Only about 6% of its population is Black.

Washington, D.C. has the highest number of cops per resident: 61 sworn officers per 10,000 residents.  Nearly half of Washington’s population is Black.  The percentage of Detroit’s Black population is even higher: 84%.  And if we can rely on Forbes Magazine as a good source of information, Detroit has the highest violent crime rate of any big city in the United States: 2,137 per 100,000 residents.  Next on the list: St. Louis (1,857 per 100,000 residents).  These cities round out the top ten: Oakland, Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, Baltimore, Stockton, Cleveland and Buffalo.  All these cities have large percentages of Black and brown residents, while Portland’s housing market has become unaffordable for Black residents and brown (Indigenous and Latinx) residents.  The “full-time sworn personnel” in the police departments of major cities in the United States with large Black populations continues to be a much higher figure than the figure for Portland and other “mostly white” cities.

What are some of the conclusions we can draw from these facts?  One conclusion which the media puts out there for us to consume is that the Black community is (in the words of Malcolm X) “a criminal element.”  If you watch the local news (why?), you most likely will see, again and again, the friendly, helpful blue-uniformed police arresting Black people and Latinx people and keeping “gang violence” under control.  Malcolm X said “the white press inflames the white public against Negroes [Black people].”  And he said “the police are able to use the press” to make the white public think that most Black people are criminals.

So if we buy into this narrative that is pushed by the media, and by the police and politicians, what we are saying is that the fewer Black people there are in a city the safer it will be.  Then white people can go around thinking we’re safer– first, because there are more cops to keep us safe, and, second, because there are fewer Black people (although we may wish to avoid “making it about race” and instead will use language like “gang members” or the “criminal element”).  As a result of this “mainstream” [white] narrative, we’re also probably going to support higher rates of incarceration, and more prisons and “tougher” laws.  But who benefits from this belief that we hold?  When the median net worth of Black households in the U.S. is $11,000 and the median net worth of white households in the U.S. is $141,900, we can be assured that the vast majority of people buying homes and other real estate in these “safe” areas, and the people starting new businesses where there is “police protection,” and the people whose 401(k) plans are invested in stocks for prisons and “security services” corporations (like G4S)– most of these people will be white.

And yet most of the crime– as it is defined by the legal system of the United States– is going on in communities where there are more police.  One would think that, without any police around, all hell would break loose and people might start robbing, killing, and looting.  But somehow there are always more crimes where there are more cops.  Why is this?   We know that the capitalist system will continue to accumulate greater wealth and greater profits off our racist belief that Black people (as well as Indigenous peoples and Latinxs and all so-called people of color) just can’t control themselves and will start committing crimes as soon as a cop turns his back.  That’s the history of “America.”  And this “all-American” belief is similar to the one that the white public is taught for the benefit of weapons manufacturers in the “defense industry,” and politicians who want to be reelected, those who tell us that, if the U.S. military leaves Afghanistan, Iraq, or Africa, then things will turn very ugly.  They argue that violence will increase once we’re gone.  Apparently, we need a constant war against people of color– at “home” and “abroad”– otherwise there can’t be peace.

But George Jackson taught us a very different lesson about crime in his book Blood in My Eye when he wrote that “crime is simply the result of a grossly disproportionate distribution of wealth and privilege, a reflection of the present state of property relations.”  George Jackson taught us: “All crime can be traced to objective socio-economic conditions– socially productive or counterproductive activity.  In all cases, it is determined by the economic system, the method of economic organization.”

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has an annual budget of over $1 billion.  And how much of that budget is used to employ officers who arrest, beat, harass and spy on people whose labor is exploited for the benefit of the wealthy few?  People who can’t find decent jobs or afford decent housing or access to healthcare and education?  The LAPD, like any police department in the U.S. (a settler colony of Europe), doesn’t exist to keep the people safer, but rather to enforce the “grossly disproportionate distribution of wealth and privilege” and “the present state of property relations” between the haves and the have-nots.  If the have-nots actually had power, they could take that $1 billion and create conditions in their neighborhoods where crime was no longer a necessary function of society.  But the ruling class– the haves– will never allow this redistribution of wealth, not while they have power, even if it truly made everyone safer, because it would mean fewer profits for them.  As George Jackson also wrote: “The law and everything interlocked with it was constructed for poor, desperate people like me.”

So the police are necessary for the conditions that create crimes, just as these crimes are necessary to enforce the existing relationship between the white colonizer and colonized Africans-– a colonial relationship in the United States which continues to make the white ruling class richer and more powerful.  And that’s the thing we’re talking about here.  Two things, actually: first, Black people or Africans are a colonized population in the United States– they are part of an oppressed colony– and, second, the state (with its legal system, its wealthy corporations, its media and all its colonial institutions) is at war against Black people and so-called people of color.  If we remove the police, and in their place have jobs, schools, healthcare, clean water (that isn’t poisoned), and access to good food (with no more food deserts), then the relationship between the exploiting colonial class (supported by whites) and the exploited masses of colonized subjects (the global majority) would break down, because Black and brown people would no longer be controlled by violence– the violence of the police and of the entire capitalist system.

But capitalism has most white people believing the opposite to be true: if we removed police from Detroit, Washington, and Los Angeles, and even had fewer cops in Portland, then the safety and comfort that we enjoy would break down.  Instead of law and order there would be chaos and destruction, right?  Wrong.  The capitalists know that the resources that are directed toward “law and order” could just as easily be redirected to the people whose exploited labor makes it possible for these capitalists to enjoy greater power and greater profits.  There’s no other reason to move thousands of jobs out of Baltimore to some other country– whose own economy is controlled by the missiles, bombs and loans of Western imperialism– except to create more wealth for the white ruling class.  These conditions for crime were manufactured by the capitalist system with much the same purpose in mind as that of any industry when it manufactures a commodity: it’s profitable.

Capitalism wants us to believe that removing the police will make the people less safe, while– at the same time– it removes jobs from cities that have large Black populations.  If you want people to be safe, eliminate the police, and bring back the jobs that actually contribute to the well-being of society.  In fact, don’t even worry about bringing back the jobs– just pay the money to Black people.  They’ll create their own jobs.  As Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) said in 1966: “A man is poor for one reason and one reason only: ’cause he does not have money– period.  If you want to get rid of poverty, you give people money– period.

Now, if you believe in Senator Bernie Sanders’ type of socialism, where– instead of paying the reparations that we owe to Black people, because that’s too “divisive”— we should “invest” in jobs, infrastructure and all that jazz, then what you’re saying is that the people whose labor, resources and land built the United States, and made it the wealthy, powerful country that it is today, shouldn’t have control over their own lives.  In other words, you’re saying Black people shouldn’t have power.  And when people don’t have power then they don’t have the ability to stop those who do have power from criminalizing them, or forcing them into a situation that creates crime.  And that is the function of the police in this white supremacist, capitalist country, this colonial situation: that cop on the corner isn’t there to keep you safe, or me safe, or any people safe, but instead is there to make sure colonized people don’t have power.

There is no other reason for the police to exist except to enforce the “law and order” that benefits the actual criminals– the racist whites who keep oppressed people from gaining access to resources.

Police departments are necessary only for the creation of crime– crime, which, in turn, allows the ruling class to remain in power, while enjoying greater wealth through their increased exploitation of the majority of the people.

The racists on Wall Street and in Congress and in the White House want us– the majority– to believe that, if we take away the cops, there will be massive chaos and destruction all across the land (which has been conquered and occupied through colonial genocide).  The ruling class doesn’t want us to recognize that, by taking away these “police lives” that don’t matter, the resources that previously went to them can then go toward lives who do matter.

It’s not as if– once we wipe the police off the face of the earth– there will just be a void where they once were.  That may be an enjoyable thought, but the resources that used to go to the police– and to prisons, and to the military, and to immigration agents, who are all unproductive (as well as criminal) elements of society– would then go toward the empowerment of communities who have been robbed of their power by the state.  But if we ever recognized this reality, then the white supremacist, patriarchal ruling class of the settler colonial state would know that their days are numbered too, because they too contribute nothing to society.  So they can’t let us imagine a world without police.  It might lead us to imagine a world without people who have more wealth and power because they steal it by creating more violence– a world of peace.

Want to enjoy a society free from crime?  Just destroy the police.

 

 

Police Departments Are Only Necessary to Create Crime