Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Three Cheers for the Guilty Verdicts

But instead of focusing on Maxine Waters, as Republicans try to divert attention from the real issue, how about three cheers for the guilty verdicts against Derek Chavin. 

For a day at least something went right in America. 

Finally a racist cop has been prominently convicted and will likely be put behind bars for a long time, sending a much needed message to police everywhere in America that wanton, racist violence will not be tolerated, and members of your own force can no longer be counted on to turn their head and pretend nothing happened. 

It's just one verdict, but it's a start, and it will only add strength to the BLM movement, the fight for voter rights and what everyone now sees as a racist system -- a racist country -- still in place 75 years after Jim Crow -- a renewed realization in part thanks to the clumsy, arrogant racism of the clumsy, arrogant troll Donald Trump. This verdict accompanies the good start Biden had gotten off to -- with solid leadership, popular programs and real hope, much to Republican's annoyance, as they're left lying to try to create controversies like Maxine Waters, with absolutely nothing to offer Americans but negativity, anti-science, nativism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and racism. Trump has so poisoned them they've lost the cognitive faculties to recognize it anymore. Bring on New Deal 2.0, a program about democracy as much as economics.

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