Dear OWS: The police state has been around longer than you

http://malheureuxmarxist.tumblr.com/post/13103489662/dear-ows-the-police-state-has-been-around-longer-than

The police state has been around longer than you, because the US has been a settler-colonial project since the very beginning. It was designed to keep the internal colonies of the United States contained, dominated, and exploited.

the police brutality against the occupations has been pretty minor compared to the brutal, systemic violence of the colonial occupations of black and latino communities every single day. let’s keep the police brutality against the occupations in perspective with the violence that happens every day across the country but goes ignored.

Here’s some tips for knowing when OWS becomes a victim of police brutality the way internally colonized people are

When thousands of OWS protesters are stopped and frisked for no justifiable reason

When 30% of OWS is under correctional supervision

When 10% of OWS is behind bars

When 30% of OWS will go to jail in their lifetime

When OWS protesters are 2.8 to 5.5 times more likely than whites to be arrested for a drug offense

When OWS protesters are 3-4 times more likely to have their cars searched for drugs (everyone should read Table 9 on page 16 of the PDF)

When 30% of OWS protesters will be stripped from the voting rolls as a result of the police state at least once in their lifetime

When torture is used against OWS protesters to extract confessions

There’s a tendency for white people to only care about police brutality when it affects other white people. If you care about ending police brutality, there’s organizations that fight the everyday police brutality.

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