You know the call, so here I’ll simply turn it to task:
“Can we get a jury?” “Hell no!” “Can we get a jury?” “Hell no!”
After these long years of hate, and after this, our nation’s latest failed Reconstruction, what else could we expect? Justice? Democracy? Some measure of public institutions we can believe in? The long arc indeed. . .
Perhaps because the nightmare of history I spend my time thinking about is as much outside our borders as in, a comment heard at a lecture by Samantha Power years ago has lately been rattling through my head. As the headlines keep piling on: Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island; no end, apparently, to these so-called exceptional situations. And yet what, after all, is the common or garden level of state violence directed at . . . well, all of you who ain’t no old white guy like me?