The police shooting has reminded the French of the basic racist nature of their society that is so entrenched and pervasive it seems reductive to blame the problem on racist police - it isn’t racist police, it is a society that is divided in every way by race.
The evils of the slavery and colonialism gravy-train—of which apartheid Israel is the only latest manifestation—are absented from history and the Western racist-imperialist agenda can be spun as a giant white saviour narrative.
Here the strict, demarcations, brutalities and abuses of a military prison, represent the structures of western class and race oppression – three years after Lawrence of Arabia the racism depicted, is even more overt.
Today, neo-Nazis’s use of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture seems to be ignorant of the fact that the sculpture they are appropriating depicted the very ethnicities they hate. As most ancient sculpture was painted, those ethnicities were once plain to see.
… in February 2021 the Master of St Peter’s College, Oxford, Judith Buchanan, apologised to Jewish students for offering a speaking invitation to Loach, who is one of its alumni, a veteran film-maker, a globally respected human rights activist, and a champion of socialist human solidarity.
It is no longer an overworked, under-resourced and at times chaotic legal system. It is now not fit for purpose and has become a depraved jailing machine consuming Aboriginal men, women and children at an ever-increasing rate.
Eventually, we trust, the virulence of the pandemic will recede, and the social-distancing measures associated with it will ease too. But what will happen to those disadvantaged groups whose public life is threatened not by an easily transferable, invisible freak virus but rather the older tenacious social contagion called racism?
The police are responsible for stopping previous movements to reimagine or change the world. To imagine a new society—which is more important than ever as climate change looms—we need to first remove the barrier that is stopping movements from gaining momentum.