What we learned from the death of Eric Garner

Like so many, feeling a little sick, very depressed and completely baffled by today’s news that a policeman who killed an unarmed civilian with his bare hands will not be charged.


What we Learnt Today


Well, perhaps we had in inkling,

But it escapes denial today:

Lynching still exists, except now

You can view the event on video,

Streamed by the open-mouthed disbelievers

Beyond the borders of that one nation

Under God; recording

The police does not protect

You from death, and the white man

Will still get away with murder

If draped in blue…


The camera is useless if it won’t stop them

Streets streaming red,

When the focus is black justice:

On the contrary, it sickeningly

Summates to making snuff movies.



About davidjmobrien

Writer, ecologist and teacher

Posted on December 4, 2014, in Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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