Moralists, academics and journalists, in short the occupants of the bosses ideological ivory tower have “discovered” sociological truths which are the everyday life experience of peoples of color, the working poor and marginalized people. The criminalization of poverty, the school to prison pipeline, the privatization of prisons, the disproportionate “stopping and frisking” of men of color, the fee seeking judicial rackets, the institutional structures of racist economic oppression that marginalize entire demographics and the subliminal effect the historic economic oppression and marginalization have on prejudicial, stereotyping and racist dehumanization of “the other” (in particular but not exclusively young black and brown men) by the human material that maintain those structures-the police, are unleashed as an occupying army. Thus the local tax man have a Praetorian guard engaged to “protect and serve” the system of economic exploitation and oppression which creates the poverty and the marginalization and supports ruling class hatred of the poor in general, which when translated though the eyes of the white middle class becomes racist hatred of the black and brown poor (never mind the hidden numerical majority of whites in poverty.) They focus on and perpetuate of racial prejudice and hatred, and serve the ruling class as well. But today all the little ugly truths are showing up in cell phone videos and studies of arrest ratios and the criminalization of debtors. The merge of these ugly truths in the most recent cowardly murder where Walter Scott ran for his life and was shot in the back; reveled despite police efforts to spin a cover up. Scott ran because he was in debt. He could not pay his debt and did not want to go to prison again for non-payment of court-ordered fees; he ran and was gunned down. Ferguson is everywhere.
The hand wringing crowd, who squirm every time the pit bulls of the ruling class are exposed as the rabid dogs they are cannot deny the barrage of facts so they “advance” the national discussion within the acceptable liberal parameters. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement champions some of these demands but the academics and populist politicians hoping for a boost in the polls from the People of Color (POC) constituency and liberal pundits who do not want all the dots connected jump forward with solutions that leave the entire structure of oppression intact. Dash Cams, Body Cams, sensitivity training, residency requirements, civilian review boards, recruitment and advancement of POC and LGBTQ cops and of course the ubiquitous call upon the oppressed to get out and vote for their oppressors is the chaw, the stock in trade of the talking heads.
They will advance any idea as long the capitalist system is not challenged by the self-organization of workers and the oppressed. Unabashedly we declare all these “reforms” will not stop the institutional racism that pervades and guides the organizations of state repression. Even when racism is legalistically written out of the bureaucratic state system and even if the state hires and advances hiring and POC up the chain (don’t forget the chief law enforcement official in the country is black!,) the value to capital of racist oppression of the black and brown people is that it keeps the poor from uniting against their class enemy, the 0.1% and their millions of enforcers and lieutenants in management, in the political party structures, among the tea party and even in the leadership of the organizations of the workers, poor and oppressed.