Imagine a world where racists and white supremacists are beaten with clubs, barked at by dogs, and hosed down by fire hydrants. Where the Joint Chiefs of Staff are sprayed with gas and bullets. Where extreme religious clerics are tortured and thrown in solitary confinement for preaching violence. Where business executives are robbed and raped. Where bankers and brokers are pepper sprayed. Where polluters of the environment are tagged as “ecoterrorists” and conservationists hailed as heroes. Where the complacency of casual bystanders blamed the perpetrators, not the victims, and questioned authority, instead of despising those with that bumper sticker on their car or blaming them — Blacks, gays, Jews, feminists, pacifists, communists, environmentalists, Native Americans, Latinos, Muslims, unions, liberals, artists, colleges, freedom fighters — for everything wrong in society. This would be, or could be, our opposite world, a world not of shadows but of light. A world where progress is not repressed, gagged, water-boarded, dehumanized, treasoned, trialed and tribulated, before the slow-witted yokels of everyday are finally told that this kind of hate is no longer OK.
As W.E.B. DuBois famously stated, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress … Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will.” Read the rest of this entry »