We melodramatically applaud women and men with guns pointed at "foreign brown people" daily, telling stories of patriotic fantasies of freedom and democracy in places that would rather not see our faces...or our bullets. And along comes a young man, from a population of people of an age that most of the country stereotypes into apathy, indolence, ignorance and criminality.
From an interview, he revealed being there because he saw his friends and loved ones around him being targeted, brutalized, harassed and killed. That was his motivation. THAT was his motivation. So now he gets dragged along, showing great respect and deference to his loving mother, to be the mediated white-privilege-anti-cultural whipping boy for being some kind of unruly punk unthinking thug kid who clearly deserved to be popped upside his head by a mother who was understandably afraid for his life and safety.
Let's, for a moment, make believe we remember that youth have led (or followed in sharp principled
Think, just for a moment, that this one young man's impulse was maybe about 75 feet (maybe the height of a slave ship mast) above that of those aforementioned others, that his impulse to take to the street was driven by love, by familial and communal protection and by the real understanding of the value of human life..and that for him, Black Lives actually Matter...as opposed to the adherence to a genocidal imperative or complicity with colonial imperialism. And armed with what? His heart, his body and maybe some rocks....knowing full well the weight of the commitment to facing down the militarized presence of the same authoritative political police/military apparatus that walks with impunity into cities and nations that will then resist often with the same weaponry he carried that day and with a much deeper ethical footing than their invading enemy.
His name is Michael Singleton.
(FYI, in about a day or so, a bunch of us will be training our attentions on the sanctioned battle between two men of color in a boxing ring...a sanctioned fight, a gladiatorial spectacle, because someone is due to make a...killing...(sorry)..from it.)
ABC's "The View" interview of Michael and his mother: