Have you read the vaunted and much discussed speech by F.B.I. Director James Comey about race and the police?
If you have not, please do so. I believe that it will be of value to those folks who frequent WARN.
I am working on a new essay about Comey's speech. As I finish it up, your thoughts and insights would be much appreciated.
Comey has received much praise for his "brave" effort to tell the "truth" about America's police and their relationship with communities of color. I suggest that those folks who are praising Comey have not actually read the text of his speech. In much the same way as Obama's legendary 2008 speech on race received undo praise, Comey's supposed insights about police, race, and the colorline do not hold up to rigorous--or even passing--scrutiny.
The criminal justice system is one of the primary ways through which the United States as a herrenvolk white supremacist society maintains a racially hierarchical system, what is an order dedicated to the social dominance of Whiteness and those people arbitrarily categorized as "white".
The suggestion that Comey, who leads one of one of the main organs of White Power in the United States, would speak truth to power about race and police is absurd. Unless Comey can split himself in two and conduct a schizo affected conversation, no such moment of public truth-telling about race and policing can or will ever occur.
The American criminal justice system has created a type of second class custodial citizenship for poor and working class black and brown Americans. Comey can and will not substantively effect the changes necessary to empower said community.
Comey will also not make any substantive interventions to disrupt the halo of distrust and alienation that exists between the police and how they have made black and brown communities into battle zones and occupied territories. Again, such a move would be outside of the cultural history, policies, and day-to-day practices of police as a social institution that saw its birth in the slave patrols of the antebellum South.
Am I being too cynical? And what could Comey actually do as a matter of public policy that would improve how police treat black and brown communities in the long term?