You are not oppressed, not really. Sure, not everything is perfectly equal, but we’re a lot better than 50-100 years ago, and I think that a lot of Tumblr Justice fucktards should put that in perspective.
So, I’d like you imagine an oppressive totalitarian state. You know, evil empire, stormtroopers, etc. Hitler by way of Kafka kind of thing.
Imagine in this state, there are a brutal secret police force empowered by the regime to basically do what the fuck ever they want. They can torture. They can murder. They can rape. They can stop and detain people at any time for any or no reason. They can suspend the basic protection of law. If they assault or kill someone during these stops, they are not answerable to the law as an ordinary citizen is.
This totalitarian police force will shoot unarmed school children in the back. They will unleash noxious chemical agents in the halls of a school. They will cover up the murder of a child by a political ally and informer. They will chase a child into his house and shoot him in front of his family. They will assault a twelve-year-old girl and then come to her school to arrest her later because she fought back. They will break into a house and shoot a little girl as she lies napping in her living room. They will shoot someone twenty-eight times and then charge them with attempted murder. They will shoot unarmed bystanders and then justify it by saying that someone in the crowd had a gun, whether it was true or not. They’ll torture and kill a chronically ill military veteran who annoys them by accidentally calling for help in the middle of the night, they’ll do it laughing and shouting insults.
They will go so far as to hog tie a man and torture him to death in front of his children, drowning him with a garden hose in response to his plea for water.
They fabricate evidence, fabricate crimes, cover-up their own crimes and those of their friends and supporters. Rarely are they forced to answer for their atrocities. Instead, the worst among them are praised for being “tough” and “getting the job done.” Their job, of course, is not to serve nor protect the citizens of this hypothetical state, but to keep them in line… to keep them scared, to keep them quiet, to keep them in their place.
Would you agree that the people living under this purely hypothetical regime are oppressed? I mean, that to me all sounds like textbook oppression. If anything, it sounds a bit over-the-top, right?
But of course, it’s not hypothetical. I’m talking about the United States of America. None of the examples I gave above are hypothetical. Most of them happened in the last 40 days. They all happened to people of color, most of them Black.
What do you want to call that, if not oppression?