Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Need a little clarity? Check the similarity:

Via Jay Smooth: NYPD Arrest 181 Black Men in Queens After Cop Shot in the Leg.

Of course, the US has a long history of rounding up black men to uphold.

Incidentally, it's really hard to find historical discussion of the lengths overseers and slave catchers went to in order to return rebellious "property" to plantation owners. It's there, but buried in Underground Railroad narratives for the most part. I'm probably just annoyed at the quality time I spent bonding with google just to fully utilize the title lyric for this post. Then again, it seems misleading that the most extensive discussions of white involvement in slavery involve a paternalistic abolitionist bent. Meanwhile, this site seems to focus on accounts that emphasize the relative gentility of white overseers when compared with slaves "promoted" to overseer. This example certainly resonates with stories from modern policing -- eg examples of black cops in black neighborhoods being more brutal than their white counterparts [NB the former may provide some insight into the latter, as "promoted" slaves had to be more brutal in order that their masters not think them to be in collusion with those they oversaw]. But it seems to serve the same questionable purpose of painting white slave masters as far less brutal than their "charges." Which points up the troubling idea that it's not necessarily that Americans don't talk about race issues that's the problem, but rather how this discourse is accomplished.

And, after all of that (this really was gonna be a short little entry), title lyric shamelessly yanked from Public Enemy.


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