FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

When Will We be in the Streets? 

Only a few weeks ago hundreds were shot in Vegas with 58 killed, about 50 were shot in Sutherland Springs with 26 killed, and countless others in between those killings and before.  Those killed in Texas were killed on the same November 5th that 13 were killed at Ft. Hood a short distance away in 2009, with about three similar attempts at that base since then.  This means almost nothing, though, to many in the U.S., and will occur again and again, as it is quickly forgotten (before Sutherland Springs, anyone mention in conversation the Vegas killings lately?). 

Whether or not this Texas case is related to domestic violence, it is abominable that the great majority of women (and men) are doing nothing about such violence or other types of violence.  There are no demonstrations by women against the Cowboys for playing Elliott.  Regardless of whether he would be found guilty or not, there are no demonstrations against NFL domestic violence. 

Similarly, there are no demonstrations in the sport world, either, by Latinos against the Texas Rangers who are the namesake of the Rangers who had a bloody history against Latinos.  This is without adding that Texas murdered thousands in two wars against Mexico and then murdering for the maintenance of slavery in the Civil War.  I am from Texas and know the history.   

This is not to mention the Texas violence of school corporal punishment and capital executions.  Houston was known as the “capital” of capital punishment in the U.S. 

Very few blacks, or others, kneel during the anthem, which has a murderous third stanza against slaves.  There is almost zero talking back by team persons or the thousands of Cowboys fans (who instead are vehemently hateful to other teams) to Jerry Jones in reference to his monetary ownership of them, as he reminds everyone.  Likewise, McNair of the Texans made the point that the inmates, the team that is, can’t be running the prison, the owners that is.   

Relatively few blacks emphasize that Black Lives do Matter in terms of murders by police.  When some, blacks and others, protest it is too often in response to some white supremacist demonstration. 

In fact, hardly anyone can remember any protest for the span of the past 14 years against invasions of the U.S. all over the place (not just Iraq and Afghanistan).  When accounts point out that there are 4,000 U.S. soldiers in Syria, we shrug the next minute and it is non-news in the sense that nothing is done about it, nor about the many soldiers who are not only in Niger but elsewhere, and killed.  If anything, the violent military is glorified as a prelude to the violent football games.   

The U.S. has murdered millions of people for oil and related reasons.  Texas is an oil state and Houston is an oil city.  Apparently, nothing is going to change here or elsewhere at this rate in the foreseeable future about the military violence and other facets of violence.   

This need not be the case, as it is not in many European and Asian nations.  It is simple: they do for their citizens and the citizens respond likewise (nothing much to be frustrated about societally there).  Unless the latter becomes the case here, Sutherland Springs (very soon forgotten in everyday matters) will obviously not be the last mass killing or the last killing of any kind. 

It is anachronistic that women, Latinos, blacks, and others are not in the streets protesting.  The Joneses and McNairs of the world thus shrug them off in a clearly dismissive way.  Remember that Trump is still in the Oval Office despite it all.   

Of course, Hillary would have had us killing even more by now throughout the world, given her history as Secretary of State.   Not a peep is heard from Bernie, however, after she stabbed him in the back, or for that matter no one is in the streets against what she did to him and his supporters.   In fact, since Bernie is not doing anything about it, why should his supporters do so, the thinking goes. 

About all we will see after the next mass killing or other killing is the media again looking for a hero and saying it could have been worse, lots of police milling around, hundreds of red lights flashing, flowers and candles dutifully placed in a spot, while Washington and others tell us to pray: the same rigmarole.   

Only a few weeks ago hundreds were shot in Vegas with 58 killed, about 50 were shot in Sutherland Springs with 26 killed, and countless others in between those killings and before.  Those killed in Texas were killed on the same November 5th that 13 were killed at Ft. Hood a short distance away in 2009, with about three similar attempts at that base since then.  This means almost nothing, though, to many in the U.S., and will occur again and again, as it is quickly forgotten (before Sutherland Springs, anyone mention in conversation the Vegas killings lately?). 

Whether or not this Texas case is related to domestic violence, it is abominable that the great majority of women (and men) are doing nothing about such violence or other types of violence.  There are no demonstrations by women against the Cowboys for playing Elliott.  Regardless of whether he would be found guilty or not, there are no demonstrations against NFL domestic violence. 

Similarly, there are no demonstrations in the sport world, either, by Latinos against the Texas Rangers who are the namesake of the Rangers who had a bloody history against Latinos.  This is without adding that Texas murdered thousands in two wars against Mexico and then murdering for the maintenance of slavery in the Civil War.  I am from Texas and know the history.   

This is not to mention the Texas violence of school corporal punishment and capital executions.  Houston was known as the “capital” of capital punishment in the U.S. 

Very few blacks, or others, kneel during the anthem, which has a murderous third stanza against slaves.  There is almost zero talking back by team persons or the thousands of Cowboys fans (who instead are vehemently hateful to other teams) to Jerry Jones in reference to his monetary ownership of them, as he reminds everyone.  Likewise, McNair of the Texans made the point that the inmates, the team that is, can’t be running the prison, the owners that is.   

Relatively few blacks emphasize that Black Lives do Matter in terms of murders by police.  When some, blacks and others, protest it is too often in response to some white supremacist demonstration. 

In fact, hardly anyone can remember any protest for the span of the past 14 years against invasions of the U.S. all over the place (not just Iraq and Afghanistan).  When accounts point out that there are 4,000 U.S. soldiers in Syria, we shrug the next minute and it is non-news in the sense that nothing is done about it, nor about the many soldiers who are not only in Niger but elsewhere, and killed.  If anything, the violent military is glorified as a prelude to the violent football games.   

The U.S. has murdered millions of people for oil and related reasons.  Texas is an oil state and Houston is an oil city.  Apparently, nothing is going to change here or elsewhere at this rate in the foreseeable future about the military violence and other facets of violence.   

This need not be the case, as it is not in many European and Asian nations.  It is simple: they do for their citizens and the citizens respond likewise (nothing much to be frustrated about societally there).  Unless the latter becomes the case here, Sutherland Springs (very soon forgotten in everyday matters) will obviously not be the last mass killing or the last killing of any kind. 

It is anachronistic that women, Latinos, blacks, and others are not in the streets protesting.  The Joneses and McNairs of the world thus shrug them off in a clearly dismissive way while they profit from it.  Also, Trump is still in the Oval Office despite it all; he wants the military industrial complex to profit further from the invasions and the selling of arms while we sit on our hands without health care, etc. 

Of course, Hillary would have had us killing even more by now throughout the world, given her history as Secretary of State.   Not a peep is heard from Bernie, however, after she stabbed him in the back, or for that matter no one is in the streets against what she did to him and his supporters.   In fact, since Bernie is not doing anything about it, why should his supporters do so, the thinking goes. 

About all we will see after the next mass killing or other killing is the media again looking for a hero and saying it could have been worse, lots of police milling around, hundreds of red lights flashing, flowers and candles dutifully placed in a spot, while Washington and others exhort us to pray: the same rigmarole.

More articles by:

Jose Martinez is a university professor.

June 25, 2018
Daniel Falcone
A Reporter’s Reporter: a Conversation With Seymour Hersh
Gerald Sussman
America’s Cold War “Tugboat”
Jonathan Cook
The Defiance that Launched Gaza’s Flaming Kites Cannot be Extinguished
P. Sainath
A Long March of the Dispossessed to Delhi 
Sheldon Richman
What Does Trump Have Against Children?
Lance Olsen
Caught in a Trap of Our Own Making: Climate Change, Blame, and Denial
Seth Sandronsky
A Safe Black Space
Kary Love
Crying Children and Due Process of Law
Gary Leupp
Why It Just Makes Sense for the U.S. to Withdraw from the UNHRC
John Laforge
Kings Bay Plowshares Action Names the Trident with Blood
Mel Gurtov
After Singapore, Is Iran the Next US Target?
Kent D. Shifferd
A Different Perspective on Peace
Uri Avnery
Two Souls
Laura Flanders
National Suicide Point?
Ludwig Watzal
The Death of Felicia Langer
Weekend Edition
June 22, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Karl Grossman
Star Wars Redux: Trump’s Space Force
Andrew Levine
Strange Bedfellows
Jeffrey St. Clair
Intolerable Opinions in an Intolerant Time
Paul Street
None of Us are Free, One of Us is Chained
Edward Curtin
Slow Suicide and the Abandonment of the World
Celina Stien-della Croce
The ‘Soft Coup’ and the Attack on the Brazilian People 
James Bovard
Pro-War Media Deserve Slamming, Not Sainthood
Louisa Willcox
My Friend Margot Kidder: Sharing a Love of Dogs, the Wild, and Speaking Truth to Power
David Rosen
Trump’s War on Sex
Mir Alikhan
Trump, North Korea, and the Death of IR Theory
Christopher Jones
Neoliberalism, Pipelines, and Canadian Political Economy
Barbara Nimri Aziz
Why is Tariq Ramadan Imprisoned?
Robert Fantina
MAGA, Trump Style
Linn Washington Jr.
Justice System Abuses Mothers with No Apologies
Martha Rosenberg
Questions About a Popular Antibiotic Class
Ida Audeh
A Watershed Moment in Palestinian History: Interview with Jamal Juma’
Edward Hunt
The Afghan War is Killing More People Than Ever
Geoff Dutton
Electrocuting Oral Tradition
Don Fitz
When Cuban Polyclinics Were Born
Ramzy Baroud
End the Wars to Halt the Refugee Crisis
Ralph Nader
The Unsurpassed Power trip by an Insuperable Control Freak
Lara Merling
The Pain of Puerto Ricans is a Profit Source for Creditors
James Jordan
Struggle and Defiance at Colombia’s Feast of Pestilence
Tamara Pearson
Indifference to a Hellish World
Kathy Kelly
Hungering for Nuclear Disarmament
Jessicah Pierre
Celebrating the End of Slavery, With One Big Asterisk
Rohullah Naderi
The Ever-Shrinking Space for Hazara Ethnic Group
Binoy Kampmark
Leaving the UN Human Rights Council
Nomi Prins 
How Trump’s Trade Wars Could Lead to a Great Depression
Robert Fisk
Can Former Lebanese MP Mustafa Alloush Turn Even the Coldest of Middle Eastern Sceptics into an Optimist?
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail