Monday, December 1, 2014

Quote of the day: The rhetoric of the occupying power

(Updated below.)
This is the bold chest-thumping of the Vichy apparatchik. This is the pouter-pigeon flummery of every deputized yahoo in every tinhorn dictatorship. This is the mock-courage of the true subject of an occupying power.
- Charlie Pierce, on the pouting reaction of the St. Louis PD to the entrance on-field of members of the Rams last night, holding up their hands in the "hands up, don't shoot me!" position. The SLPD are actually indignant that the community they keep "safe" by arbitrary violence isn't sufficiently grateful.

Go for Pierce's righteous anger; stay for the scarcely-comforting background of the SLPD's spokesperson.

Update: Here's a nice bit of news: The St. Louis police don't have separate whites-only/blacks-only drinking fountains, but they do have their own advocacy organizations. Wonder why?

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