(not in a good mood to write something down)
I was feeling great about the ‘organic’ outburst and public revolt against the system. This began 3 days ago when the “Grand Jury” in Staten Island, decided not to indict the police officers responsible for Eric Garner’s BRUTAL death.
But what system is being questioned during the marches? Where exactly is the strategy?
Yet, I’m almost sure that we’re on the verge of a major, MAJOR turn (for the better) of the Civil Rights Movement. Almost sure. Occupy Wall Street fizzled away and became a fart in the forest.
This is the 3rd night of protesting in the streets of all major American cities, but I’m marching and responding to the media on my speed dial, here in New York. So, I’ll stick to NY.
The question is: what system (exactly which one?) are we marching PRO or against? Or is the burning and looting in Ferguson (as it was in Los Angeles after Rodney King) a more, say, organic form of public furor?
Is it about the abuse of force and power used against Garner (“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe”), or is it about the entire Department of Justice handling of these cases, i.e. unarmed black men being killed for no apparent reason. Or is it about this entire dysfunctional Judicial System which seems to work only when it gets to the Supreme Court in D.C. ?
No, we can’t simply sit by and watch this stuff, silently and in the isolation of our comfortable homes. Of course not!
Yet, how many canonizations and sanctifications of heroic children and parents of “angelical victims” will we see on camera? I mean, how many daughters of Eric Garner will rise to instant fame and WHAT EXACTLY ARE THEY EXPECTED TO SAY? Like….. what? Will they write editorials for the New York Times? Will Michael Brown’s stepdad or dad or mother…. will they all be a commentators for some major channel because he shouted – BURN THIS BITCH DOWN !!! ???
People are FURIOUS! Yes. And, as a very dear and close friend of mine said today: “Lobbyists in Washington – how can we allow this to go on?”. She is totally right! I replied, cynically: “Do you have a better alternative for capitalism? I don’t”. I guess I regret that remark. But what else?
JUMP out of our windows with the daily THREATS that our countries are under some imminent “obscure foreign’ terror attack?… Or… lone wolves motivated by radicals? What exactly does “Be Careful Out There mean? A pile of crap. That is what it means.
CHEAP FUCKING SENSATIONALISM!!!
Garner’s death made it big. Bigger even than Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. But there was AMPLE VIDEO taped evidence to support the absurdity!
And now? HUNDREDS of talking heads on cable TV (yes, my beloved CNN) are EXPLOTING this subject, squeezing every drop out of this dry ice machine, inciting it, inflaming it, putting on hundreds of pastors, former NYPD officers, Mayors, former Mayors, FBI analysts, former this, former that, talking their heads off as if a preset agenda was put on the calendar.
YES, it is highly charged and politicized.
And I wonder. No pun intended but news is no news to me: and, while I do love Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Brook Baldwin and….Christiane Amampour (what isn’t there to like? They’re great editorialists and reporters. BUT !!!
Wait a second…. When I see the cameras SEARCHING for pockets of demonstrators (in the rain) and ZOOMING in, commanding their ‘field reporters’ to interview A, B or C whilst mingling amidst the crowd is simply: FISHING for non existent news!!!!
Zoom into 20 and you’ll get 200. Zoom into 200 and you’ll get the ‘feel’ of 2 thousand and so on.
…And to MAKE IT LOOK AS IF THEY’RE HUUUGEEE???? PLEASE! I marched with ONE MILLION in London in early 2003, against the UK joining Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Did we succeed? No, Blair joined Bush and LOOK AT the fucking mess!!!
I was 14 years old (and in Tennessee) when MLK was assassinated – or Bob Kennedy or Malcolm X and so many Civil Rights Leaders of all causes being trampled upon, being a source of news, just as Lee Harvey Oswald was to Sir Walter Cronkite!
What springs to mind, immediately, is Jon Stewart and his Daily Show’s cynicism. “Sir” Charles Barkley on one channel calling himself “black”, others are merely African Americans and some are called : People of Color!!!
My daughter is black. And I’m an absent but proud father, given that my theatrical work takes me to different parts of the world, all the time.
John Stewart has a Google Alert on Wolf Blitzer. This Augsburg / Buffalo born or raised human drone with his horrible voice is one of these unfriendly predators who FEAST on other people’s disgrace (oops! But he has great ‘contacts’ in Congress and the Senate sitting there, almost shouting loudly from his (laugh, please!) his…. “Situation Room” (what a joke), yes, he can get Rand Paul and Hillary to weigh in and he can….(oh, forget it).
This is NOT great reporting (in the sense that Fareed Zackaria IS). This is NOT great stuff, in the sense that Richard Quest or Amampour is. This is predatory shit will, eventually, create the usual exhaustion about each subjects covered: be it the ISIS question, the whatever question and now, the tape of a dying soul in the streets of Staten Island.
Yes, I have the option of turning off my TV, were it not for the bombardment on Twitter, Facebook and personal emails and phone calls, texting, all screaming out (or coming out of the closet….): JUSTICE!!!!!
I could switch channels and go in for a night of SVU back to back on the USA Channel or….whatever system depicts cops as heroes or cops as crooks or the entire intelligence community being put at risk by twits like Ed Snowden who chose to release documents ONLY about US surveillance – and NOT China, NOT Russia or any other European country other than the United Kingdom. Cowards. Cowards and predators!
This is a fart in the dark.
This will not create a dent in the media circus which, 20 years ago, as shown by the abusive coverage of the O J Simpson trial, makes heroes out of idiots and….vice versa.
PS: I could bet a million that 40% of those people out there don’t give a flying shrimp about Garner, Brown or Martin. What they want is a chance to fight their hormonal bursts. Action. The same action that these Western jihadists get when fighting on behalf of a terrorist organization. Only…without the gang hunger for … beheadings!!!!
A few thousands is good. Not enough. Millions would be better. 300 million; fantastic. But to march-while-search for answers? SHOUT question marks, dudes! Question marks leaves everyone on a constant vigil and not ONLY when a poor soul is dead.