I side with Antonio Martin

24 Dec

Even if Antonio Martin had a gun, and this is one of those surprising times when police aren’t lying, he didn’t die because he pulled a gun and was shot in self-defense. He was extra-judicially executed, dying on the ground a long time as no ambulance was called. In a spectacle akin to lynching, his dead body was displayed for the public, including his mother and friends, for hours.

Martin might have been shot in self-defense. Maybe. But he died because he was executed without trial, he died because he didn’t have enough class and ethnic status to make his death a PR problem among those who support the police, he died because there’s a multi-billion dollar machine of state-sanctioned violence that’s ready to kill you at any moment, especially if you’re brown or poor.

Most simply, he died because the dozens of professional decision makers involved decided not to take him to the nearby hospital to be saved. He died because dozens of professional decision makers watched him die, slowly, on the cold asphalt.

The two cops killed in Bed-Sty this weekend? I publicly refused to mourn them because they were paid instruments of state-sanctioned violence who died on duty in service to our empire. That doesn’t mean I’m glad they died, or that I didn’t pray for them and their families. It just means I know what side I’m on.

Which side are you on?

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3 Responses to “I side with Antonio Martin”

  1. Sean December 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    How dare you not mourn the officers that were EXECUTED for NO REASON! Martin was a thug and pulled a gun, but all lives matter, not just black live, not just white lives, I swear you idiots make this a race war when it isnt.

    • ninetyninepercentboston April 12, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

      Do you mourn every person that’s killed in the world every day? Or do you chose who mourn based on who you feel empathy with?

  2. Kenny from South Park December 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    You’re an idiot.

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