Blue Lives Matter, Brownsville, and Justice Reinvestment

The throngs of Trump’s January 6th Insurrectionists attacking Capitol police plays across my mind, over and over, like it is on rewind. The self-proclaimed “President of ‘Law and Order'” unleashed domestic terrorism and lawlessness practically unseen in the annals of the “Divided States of America.” Commentators have reported that not since the War of 1812 when the British burned the Capitol has America seen anything like this. Why some Republicans are downplaying this assault on our Capitol and democracy, and the treasonous acts and actions of Trump and his sycophants and supporters, is beyond logic. I guess Blue Lives Matter only when they are shooting and killing unarmed people of color?

It has been interesting, and misleading, how some Media has portrayed how Black people see Blue Lives.

Just the other day I was walking by a bodega in Brownsville in Brooklyn. Four Black men were standing in front of the store providing commentary on the suspected “serial killer” who was arrested a couple of days ago in their neighborhood, suspected of having committed at least three homicides over the past five years.

“Now that’s who the cops supposed to shoot dead!” one of the street corner commentators opined. The three others nodded their heads in agreement.

Black people, even in neighborhoods with high crime rates, do not want to see the police “defunded.” They want them to “serve and protect” them, to not have the posture of an occupying army.

The whole “defund the police” narrative was possibly intentionally framed in this manner, maybe not for obvious reasons. But from the very beginning, it was about justice reinvestment, that is, some monies normally overspent on law enforcement would be reallocated and redirected towards crime prevention and invested in the communities that are over policed, read “million dollar blocks.”

A number of years ago it was revelaed that government(s) spent at least one million dollars per block in predominantly communities of color to police, prosecute and imprison people from seven neighborhoods. At another time I will write how this analysis was done by a group of men in prison at Green Haven in 1972, through a Think Tank, and what was born from their brainchild.

In the final analysis, when we look at the Republican response to the Capitol Insurrection, methinks that something is rotten in the District of Columbia.


About William Eric Waters, aka Easy Waters

Award-winning poet, playwright and writer. Author of three books of poetry, "Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass: Remembrance of Things Past and Present"; "Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats"; "The Black Feminine Mystique," and a novel, "Streets of Rage." All four books are available on
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