in the us, terror, tragedy, theatre …Posted: 2015-06-21
…just another reflection on a very violent yet tragic society…
In South Carolina, innocent people in a church, innocently and fervently showing devotion. Suddenly murdered – but for one faithful congregant. A horrific tragedy that should be mourned, and resolutely acted on, provides opportunity for theatre and theatrics.
The US corporate MSM, just as the film industry for which violence remains a ‘best seller’, provides the stage, the props and the actors; real life becomes but a bit player. The accused terrorist has his ‘strutting and fretting’ on the stage. The US President would recycle yet another something on violence, guns, and, in this case, racism. Since the Confederate flag seems to have motivated the accused, the flag is associated with, proximate cause of, the violence and deaths and racism. ‘Altars’ in the street overladen with wreaths, candles and some toys add to the mood of tragedy and grief with spectators in attendance. As with other massacres, the life cycle of this massacre in the US will come to an abrupt end, until the next.
In all this, no Confederate flag motivated the police in Ferguson, MO or Baltimore, MD to mete out brutality or death to black people. The purveyors of hatred and intolerance in the MSM wave no Confederate flag. And, tellingly, US politicians show their ‘outrage’ with mere rhetoric and unpersuasive ‘hand-wringing’, after which normality resumes. Social exclusion will continue; hatred and intolerance will resume life, undissipated.
For a brief digression into the ‘absurd’, Police arrest man suspected of killing New Orleans police officer. This contrasts with, Los Angeles police shoot unarmed man in head – and then handcuff him. Curious business.
…and to the so-many of the ‘great unwashed’, adorning the US twenty dollar bill is the stark judgment…