Almost Speechless

July 27, 2020

It has been an intense and difficult two months in the US since the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police.

Last week I saw something I never thought I’d see. (As a child I was out of the country in 1968.) 

Masked Federal agents putting people, who were exercising their right to protest, into unmarked cars and taking them who knows where.

Every American should be very upset about this, regardless of your political views. 

As often happens when something really bothers me I set myself some sort of organizing task to give my mind some thinking space. (I’ve been getting really organized in the last 2 months).

I started working on scanning and labeling sketches done last year after cataract surgery. This image popped up. If I’d drawn it today it would be a selfie.

More than anything I can write, this pretty much sums it up. 

In a statement about the events unfolding in Portland, OR Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, said:

“What is happening now in Portland should concern everyone in the United States. Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping. The actions of the militarized federal officers are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered.

“Under the direction of the Trump administration, militarized federal agents have flaunted court orders protecting the rights of protesters, used sharpshooters to deliberately maim people, and deployed indiscriminate weapons of war — including sonic weapons and dangerous tear gas formulations.

Every American should be upset about this. Speak to your elected officials.

    • Tina Koyama
    • July 27, 2020

    Extremely disturbing, indeed. I keep thinking it couldn’t possibly get worse, and then it does.

    • Sharon Nolfi
    • July 28, 2020

    I have many memories of 1968, the year I passed from high school into college at age 17. 1968 was the year Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, followed by a rigged Democratic convention in Chicago, where protesters were subdued by Police State violence. In 1971, four students were murdered by National Guard shooting into a crowd of protesters at Kent State. Still, protests against the Vietnam War grew ever larger.
    Even with all of the above seared into my memory, I believe the events of this year are worse. There is open disregard for the Constitution by the president, backed up by an attorney general who believes in an “all-powerful” theory of the executive branch. They actually seek to instigate violence as a way of justifying even more Federal interference. It’s unclear what Congress can do to stop it. Dark times.

    • Toni Antonetti
    • July 28, 2020

    I come in peace but just wanted to leave this here. Late at night, the protests become violent and citizens and police have been injured seriously. Here’s a more objective report from CBC in Canada.

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