Furor Over Police Beating

If you think that firing Gates will solve the problems of police brutality, then you are confusing the symptom with the disease. Brutality, whether global, regional, national or local, is a form of denial.

Once in awhile events pierce that veil of denial and the system rushes to cover the tear with a body: Iran-Contra's Oliver North, the Drug War's Manuel Noriega, the S&Ls;' Charles Keating and Operation Desert Slaughter's own Stormin' Norman.

Was the brutalization of King any different than the systematic annihilation of Iraq? And to cover this fact up for school-age children, who are taught to use words and not fists, don't we, as teachers, have to encourage them to deny the obvious?


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