Did We Just Experience a 30 day Purge?
Several years ago Hollywood created, released, and marketed a film that suggested that a law abiding community could be obtained. A utopia, if you will, could be created if the government would simply shut down for one day. There was a catch, however. In the time that there was no law enforcement, no rescue services, and no safe haven the community will be able to purge itself of all it’s anti-social desires and misdeeds. This was a fictional account of what could happen.
With marginal results, the film warranted a sequel. Last summer The Purge II opened in theaters nationwide. Uncertain whether it was a marketing attempt or a hacker’s wet dream, the entire nation was put on alert that real-life “purges” were going to take place in urban cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City. Heads of state scrambled to prevent panic as the danger might be perceived as eminent and debilitating.
As time would tell, there was no mass shut-down of social or emergency services. There was no “24 hours of lawlessness,” but the months that followed unveiled a paradox of proportional injustice. Instead of law abiding citizens turning on their government, government officials have idly watched as law enforcement officers have turned on the citizens they swore to protect. There has been more media-amplified killings by members of the law enforcement community in the last 12 months than ever recorded. Consequently, an uprising of citizens has provoked more fear and reaction from the cops.
The citizens who have not engaged in a righteous civil rights struggle since the assinations of JFK, MLK, and Malcolm X are learning how to successfully develop a meaningful call to action. Contemporary leaders have exercised the gamut of rallies, riots, sit-ins, die-ins, boycotts, and social media civil rights campaigns. To no avail, the problems have been exacerbated right up to and including the mass murders that kicked off the summer of 2015. What started as call to remember their names has morphed into a hashtagging frenzy that brought about awareness but has done nothing to slow the threat of injustice. Good cops have been put on the defense, mayors and governors have braced themselves for public backlash, and county prosecutors have changed their tone to condemn the over-zealous murders that take place at routine traffic stops. Even the president (from the safety of Kenya) has recently condemned the injustices that women, minorities, and the disenfranchised have endured for too long!
The Constitution that all officials have sworn to uphold has been revisited and challenged since it was penned. But the Supreme Court has made some rulings in the past year that have inspired ambitious politicians to base their campaigns on soundbites that either support the status quo or promise change through a new world order. The ignorant, the wealthy, and the oppressors now have a common bond as their presidential candidates spout catch-phrases like: “Let’s return to the good-ol’ days’ or Let’s take America back!”
The citizens who were once considered the minority have become the majority, and the over-privileged panic to maintain their wealth. Meanwhile an overlooked demographic has been embraced by the top presidential candidates…the ignorant and uneducated. There aren’t enough wealthy voters to elect a president! They are relying on the poor and hungry. As an aside, what better way to cultivate a nation of uninformed voters than to condemn the public schools? A political strategist can see it’s the quickest way to prevent a large number of people from acquiring the skills needed to question authority. The powerful are plowing seeds of ignorance, sprinkled with precipitation from countless thunderstorms, and reaped for November 2016 consumption.
The poor and hungry…
There are various ways to explain the condition of poverty: poor in wealth, poor in spirit, and (and this case) poor in authority. Hunger can be defined as hungry for nourishment, hungry for wealth, hungry for knowledge, hungry for religion, or (for purposes of this analysis) hungry for human rights. The New Civil Rights movement will embody the poor and the the hungry. Those who are neither poor nor hungry will resist.
Since the confederate flag came down, the nation’s eyes have been primed for a revolution. The rationale for keeping a historic symbol of hate up so long was already understood and accepted for 150 years, but the articulation of these sentiments was just too much for our nation to bare.
Starbucks made a preemptive attempt months ago when it suggested we talk about race, but the market could not tolerate such a “controversial” topic. The masses said, “No, it’s not the time…” as entire movements of “Black Lives Matter” and #ICantBreathe filled the airwaves, web paths, and store fronts. August will mark the movie release of “Straight Outta Compton” which will certainly shine a spotlight on what becomes of young black youth who embrace their art to change the world.
The past 30 days have been a warning to the world. We are a nation that was heralded for it’s democracy and liberties. Those who’ve sworn to uphold the Constitution are also the same individuals who apply THEIR discretion of its interpretation. The Supreme Court is the third branch of our government, but another kind of supreme court exists at every traffic stop. When our lawmakers do not create “just” laws and our law enforcers prioritize the laws based on their whims, the Supreme Court only gets the cases after it’s too late. We the people..?
Vigilante “hacktivists” are now taking center stage. The same technology that was designed to make our lives easier has allowed us all to fall victim to cyber-attacks, terrorist threats, and out-and-out fear for our well-being. We are now witnessing authorities surrendering to the demands of terrorists, hackers, and the media. The NAACP and the ACLU have revved up their efforts to put anti-police social media and iphone apps into the hands of potential victims everywhere. Our liberties are being attacked and we are at a loss to defend them. Question: Who is the enemy?