Among the many relevant facts for any African-American negotiating their relationship with the police the following stands out: The police departments of America are endowed by the state with dominion over your body. This summer in Ferguson and Staten Island we have seen that dominion employed to the maximum ends—destruction of the body. This is neither new nor extraordinary. It does not matter if the destruction of your body was an overreaction. It does not matter if the destruction of your body resulted from a misunderstanding. It does not matter if the destruction of your body springs from foolish policy. Sell cigarettes without proper authority and your body can be destroyed. Resent the people trying to entrap your body and it can be be destroyed. Protect the home of your mother and your body can be destroyed. Visit the home of your young daughter and your body will be destroyed. The destroyers of your body will rarely be held accountable. Mostly they will receive pensions.
It will not do to point out the rarity of the destruction of your body by the people whom you pay to protect it. As Gene Demby has noted, destruction is merely the superlative form of a dominion whose prerogatives include friskings, detainings, beatings, and humiliations. All of this is common to black people. All of this is old for black people. No one is held accountable. The body of Michael Brown was left in the middle of the street for four hours. It can not be expected that anyone will be held accountable.
Breaking news: Libya recognizes the protestors in Ferguson as the ‘sole legitimate representatives of the United States.’
The only march worth joining in Pakistan was the Baloch long march from Quetta to Islamabad via Karachi. More than 2,000KM. The only protest camp worth a sit-in was the camp setup by Mama Qadeer Baloch, lasting lasting 1,635 days. A march and a stand for human rights and dignity for a people who are being killed for sport by the Pakistani security agencies. That was an anti-establishment march. Where was Imran Khan then? Nowhere. Imran Khan’s march is for deluded fools who like to follow megalomaniacs. Imran Khan is simply pissed because he is not part of the establishment. He does not want to change anything – he wants to be a part of it.
The worldwide response to what is happening in Ferguson sheds a light on the racist and militarized nature of American society so as to make its claim to democracy seem both hypocritical and politically insipid. At the same time, such protests make visible what Goya called the sleep of reason, a lapse in witnessing, attentiveness, and the failure of conscience, which lie at the heart of neoliberal’s ongoing attempt to depoliticize the American public. Political life has come alive once again in the United States, moving away from its withdrawal into consumer fantasies and privatized obsessions. The time has come to recognize that Ferguson is not only about the violence and consolidation of white power and racism in one town; it is also symptomatic of white power and the deep-seated legacy of racism in the country as a whole, which goes along with what the United States has become under the intensifying politics of market fundamentalism, militarism and disposability.
Ferguson prompts us to rethink the meaning of politics and to begin to think not about reform but a major restructuring of our values, institutions and notions of what a real democracy might look like. We need to live in a country in which we are alarmed rather than entertained by violence. It is time for the American people to unite around our shared fate as stakeholders in a radical democracy, rather than being united around our shared fears and the toxic glue of state terrorism and everyday violence. Ferguson points to some nefarious truths about our past and present. But the public response points in another more hopeful direction. What Ferguson has told us is that the political and moral imagination is still alive, thirsting for justice, and unwilling to let the dark clouds of authoritarianism put the lights out for good. But for that to happen we must move from moral outrage to collective struggles as part of a wider effort to dismantle the mass incarceration society, the surveillance state and the military-industrial-academic complex. How many more children, black youth, immigrants and others have to die before the struggle begins?
Imran Khan’s terrible hunger for power is a frightening thing to see. It is troubling to see his refusal to accept that no matter how bad a system is, that system can only be improved, not torn down like a pair of old curtains. More than convincing people of Nawaz Sharif being unfit to be Prime Minister, Imran has made a more solid case for why he should never, ever be awarded that mantle. Planting misleading expectations, leading people to violence, suffering from delusions of grandeur, Imran Khan’s behaviour is now simply embarrassing. He is doing the government’s job for them: convincing the millions watching on TV that they were wise to stay home. The PMLN are having a chuckle at the PTI’s expense. And the opposition is shaking their head at the corpse of a long march that Imran Khan is trying to whip life back into. A man should know when he is beaten. Imran has not achieved what he came for, nor will he. Any further adventures in Serena Chowk will further undermine his already pitiful credibility, and are best avoided. The sincerest advice anyone can give the PTI chief is: go home.
I mean, even if Imran Khan wins power in Islamabad, he is not going to stop there. He will take his march to Washington via Europe. After taking over the West, he will then take his march to the heavens and demand to be made God. For Imran Khan, it is always others in power who are the root of all the problems and the solution to everything is to just transfer power to him.
I will unfollow you if you post pictures of Mecca Clock Tower.
Following are Imran Khan’s democratic credentials: 1) Voting for Musharraf in his referendum. 2) Winning the elections in KPK thanks to the Taliban.
Nobody is licking army’s boots better than Imran Khan right now.
Anonyme: What are your thoughts on PM Modi?
modi comes from the rss, which is like the hindu taliban
Don’t worry Imran Khan – your idea of ‘civil disobedience’ has been deeply entrenched in Pakistan for generations. Hardly anyone in the country pays taxes and the powerful get away with not paying utility bills all the time.
When Benazir was killed at her march, Imran Khan openly pinned the blame on her. She was killed because she was a danger to the establishment. Imran Khan, on the other hand, does not have the sense or the guts to go against the establishment. If he were to do so, he would be quickly told that as to where his place his. The fact that he can even reach Islamabad with so many people is because the army does not see him as a real threat. At best, it sees him as a manageable nuisance and useful idiot.
Ye moo-e-mubarak ke dikhaane waale
Aal ko chor diya ab baal liye phirte hain
What do you reckon happens when you take the religion away from the Family of the Prophet and hand it over to darbaris?