Members of the Sturmabteilung (German for “Storm Detachment”) — Adolf Hitler’s stormtroopers (a.k.a. “Brownshirts”) who were key to his rise to power — march through German streets in the mid-1930s. Yes, this can happen here.
So this happened recently (via The Associated Press):
A police chief in the south Alabama city of Mobile is apologizing for an officer’s social media post appearing to ridicule homeless people that was shared widely over the holidays.
The Facebook post showed two Mobile Police officers, holding what the post called a “homeless quilt” made of cardboard signs that apparently had been confiscated from panhandlers around the city, according to media outlet al.com.
“Wanna wish everybody in the 4th precinct a Merry Christmas, especially our captain. Hope you enjoy our homeless quilt! Sincerely, Panhandler patrol,” the post read.
Mobile police chief Lawrence Battiste apologized for the post, calling it an “insensitive gesture.”
“Although we do not condone panhandling and must enforce the city ordinances that limit panhandling, it is never our intent or desire as a police department to make light of those who find themselves in a homeless state,” Battiste said. …
“It is never our intent or desire as a police department to make light of those who find themselves in a homeless state.” Really? Because that is exactly what they did. Here is the aforementioned Facebook post:
They took the time to tape all of those beggars’ signs together and then post a photo of it on Facebook! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Homelessness is funny!
Note the oddly tattered “thin blue line”/”blue lives matter” flag in the background. To me, this symbol is a white-supremacist message hiding behind a supposedly innocent, genuine concern for our cops. The wingnuts would fly the Nazi flag and/or the Confederate flag if they could, but they can’t, so the “thin blue line” flag will have to do as a thinly veiled white-supremacist message.
Is the photo above (literally) the picture of right-wing white-male privilege or what?
Why the “concern” for our cops? It is because their No. 1 function is not to protect and to serve — not us serfs, anyway — but is to uphold the insanely unjust socioeconomic status quo — which is why the right wing dutifully and instinctively gets on its hands and knees for the cops. After all, they would need someone to protect them should there ever be a true revolution of the downtrodden in the United States.
As far as the homeless go, in full disclosure, I hate seeing homeless people, and there are plenty of them in the California city where I live; if I leave my abode for any length of time, I’m going to see a homeless person (several of them, usually, actually).
But what enrages me is not the homeless themselves, but the fact that my working-class tax dollars should go toward helping these people, not toward helping those who don’t need my help, such as businesses and the already rich and/or powerful, including, of course, those of the military-corporate complex (in which I’ll include our wonderful cops, since the line between the cops and the military over time only becomes more and more blurred, as fascism more and more takes root in the United States).
Also, aside from the human suffering that I see pretty much daily, I am bothered by homelessness because I repeatedly am struck by the fact that we call ourselves a “Christian” nation when Jesus Christ, as described in the New Testament and in his own quoted words, clearly was a socialist — not a social-Darwinian capitalist, as are the vast majority of Americans who call themselves “Christians.”
And some things never change — just as the Roman soldiers who reportedly crucified Jesus were just following marching orders from the elites above them, today’s cops just follow marching orders from our elitist overlords (such as to persecute the homeless, especially when they infringe upon business).
Today’s cops are authoritarian thugs who don’t think much (if at all), but who just blindly follow orders in order to receive their rewards like Pavlov’s dog; don’t expect much sociopolitical analysis from them.
And while the right has a problem with left-wingers working within the taxpayer-funded government, we’re supposed to wholly ignore the fact that our tax dollars routinely support abject wingnuts in law enforcement and in the military, including the Navy-SEAL murderer whom Der Fuhrer Pussygrabber recently pardoned for his war crimes.
Der Fuhrer Pussygrabber clearly meant to send a message to his white-supremacist supporters (redundant) that whatever the right-wing white men do in the military — or on our increasingly militarized streets here at home — is A-OK — as long as they support him and his unelected regime. (They protect him and he’ll protect them — but no quid pro quo, bro!)
We forget at our own peril that Adolf Hitler rose to power only because from early on he had the blind, steadfast support of jackbooted thugs who were perfectly willing to do his bidding because of the rewards they envisioned for themselves.
This “thin blue line” bullshit is just a dipping of the fascist toe into the public waters.
Yes, it can happen here — if we just let it.
P.S. How could I forget our “friends” in the “correctional” field? They’re cut from the same authoritarian, fascist cloth from which those in law enforcement and the military are cut.
And we are to entrust the rights and the dignity of the downtrodden (prisoners are among the downtrodden whom Jesus told us to take care of) to these incredibly insensitive individuals who clearly are going to go with whatever the group is doing. (Hey, it’s what Jesus would have wanted!)
Perhaps worse, the “correctional” instructional “leader” for whom the “joke” photo was created said that she saw nothing wrong with it. What possibly could be wrong with a group of would-be public servants giving the Nazi salute?
When I talk about fascism taking root here, this is exactly the kind of shit that I’m talking about: the routine expression of far-right-wing ideology on the public’s dime.