Quote of the day

Rob Urie recently addressed institutional racism in America in light of the Trayvon Martin killing. During this discussion he observed:

The canard of “crime” reduction used to justify the innocent Trayvon’s murder relies on definitions of criminality devised by the perpetrators of racist violence and by those who benefit economically and politically from the continuation of this system of racial oppression. Even if the innocent Trayvon had been doing what white racists feared that he was, his murder would still have been entirely unjustified by any act short of pulling a loaded gun and threatening to shoot the perpetrator. And if racially neutral definitions of criminality based on actual social harms caused were used most of America’s ruling class would be behind bars.

Has modern American suffered any greater disaster than that caused by America’s long, hot War on Drugs (Crime)? I don’t believe so.