- "Suspended in the Twilight
- A Fugitive from Genesis
- Is the Castle of the Heart
- Our Shadow-selves engage each other
- In a dance for those
- Who have forgotten how to see
- Upon this stage of life we try to live,
- Beneath a bridge of two beginnings
- Our private conscience tries to balance,
- Cliché upon Cliché upon Cliché
- But in this fragment, which is real and which is fragmentary?
- Revised from Part 3 in Pieces of Dreams. (1)
- In the continuing aftermath from London, a great many
questions about the violence and the depth of injustice are finally
coming from the shadows where the reasons for this rebellion have been
in incubation now for literally hundreds of years. It is a battle between
the castles of this society, in its boardrooms and from the segregation
of its gated communities in this world of many colors that is disproportionally
tortured each and every day-in a pathetic attempt to humiliate, to segregate
and to crush the majority of the population which the owners treat like
- When I was young, just after the military and while I
was beginning to perfect my own profession; I was living in a rented room
in the red-light district in Oklahoma City. It was the early nineteen-sixties
and I had this scruffy little goatee that seemed to infuriate the OKC Police
Department. 'Artists' at the time were considered bums, and were generally
people that were to be treated as non-people, along with prostitutes, bootleggers,
and smut peddlers (drugs had not yet become anything like they are today).
As a consequence I was treated like the Indians and the Blacks, the Mexicans
and just like any person who was other than white and law-abiding. So I
got a first hand look at what it's like to be part of a segregated society.
- The cops in Oakie City rode three to a car. There was
a little black flag that flew atop each cruiser that was suppose to remind
the population about the number of traffic deaths that occurred each year.
But as the 'officers' in those cars were borderline-morons; everybody 'knew'
what those black flags really meant: Because everybody who was 'undesirable'
was treated exactly like the Blacks in Britain have been treated now for
decades. In any given week I was stopped and thrown up against a wall at
least three if not four times during the seven days. There followed an
interrogation carried on simultaneously by the three pigs all screaming
questions at me and demanding ID. "Where do you live! What's your
god-damned name!" I would produce my driver's license that contained
the information and they would throw it back in my face while shoving me
from side to side and then they'd just slam me back into the wall again
just to produce a violent reaction, which I refused to give them.
- At least once a week these interrogations would be followed
by "a ride" in the back of a patrol car. The longest such ride
lasted several hours and involved being pistol whipped a number of times
because they said that I was lying to them. I kept a notebook with
every badge and patrol car number along with dates and times for every
event. (This helped when they were prosecuted for their actions (that was
still possible then, if you had all the information and a really great
lawyer). Eventually they would usually dump me in some vacant lot inside
the Black-Belt, which was the black-ghetto inside the City that was larger
than the white part of that city at the time. However as I had lived there
off and on while in highschool this was not a problem, because I had many
friends inside that segregated-place.
- I was never arrested or charged with any crime, despite
their repeated harassment and occasional beatings-and that was in a state
that took pride in being at least thirty years behind the times. The cops
thought they were living in the 1930's version of Chicago. Oklahoma at
that time was already a third-generation Welfare State: And it was the
place that was used to try-out all the garbage that went into LBJ's Great
Society and his "model cities: programs. Oklahoma was a living Petrie
Dish that proved that everything which Johnson proposed could never work
anywhere! Here was my political-attack on Johnson's policies and programs
two years later. (2)
- Throughout those early years I began to understand a
little tiny bit about segregation and isolation as well as what it meant
to be an undesirable. The highschool I attended was integrated by the early
nineteen-fifties; and when we competed in sports we ended up defending
our black players as often as we tried to concentrate on winning the games-because
we chose to, not because anyone had to.
- In the military in 1959 I was on Guam where most of the
businesses were owned by ex-GI's that were mostly black and bitter. That
gave me a chance to feel what it was like to be hated and harassed just
because of the color of my skin. Of course that was not the same as what
blacks routinely endure in the wider society, because Guam was definitely
an isolated case and (for me) this was not replicated anywhere else. There
was another time, after Guam, when I was sent to Calumet Michigan
where the Radar Squadron I was assigned to was in the middle of a race
war on base. There were armed GI's at the end of the hallways in the barracks;
and individuals needed to call out for permission to go the head, before
attempting to leave the room. Anyone who just burst into the common hallway
without permission was to have been shot. That situation was defused soon
after I got there, and whatever the solution was it had nothing whatever
to do with me.
- The point is that the global problems of race-inequality,
segregation and social structures such as PRIVILEGE are under constant
challenge from those that have virtually nothing. The consequently resulting
mindset of the Super-wealthy seems to demand that they be worshipped by
the rest of society; just as intently as they demand that the majority
of any society must remain absolutely-beneath their contempt: Therefore
in the New World Order just as in the Old World Order, most people must
be cast as undesirable persons (chattel) in any "civilized-society."
This is our problem this has remained in the shadows for hundreds if not
thousands of years.
- If the world does not address this massive inequality;
then all the castles will be destroyed and their occupants will
be forced to answer to those for whom they have always held nothing but
a viral contempt that is no longer in disguise. No people can survive in
a state of degraded subservience forever. Either they will fight their
captors as the Palestinians have chosen to do-to the death: Or they will
simply disappear as a people from the earth. The globe has seen what decades
of isolation and abuse can do to any people, anywhere.
- The reasons that this issue has burst into flames in
England has far more to do with centuries of being singled our and abused
routinely by "police" that need not have any reason at all for
what they do to anyone they stop at any time; no legitimating "probable
cause" is now required before detaining, torturing or shooting
anyone to death anywhere or at anytime. That is also the police-state's
current attitude towards Americans as well.
- In fact in San Francisco HOMELAND INSECURITY has just
spent $200 billion on installing full-body X-Ray scanners, along with facial
recognition scanners on the city's bus system; "to guard against hijacking
the buses to use in terrorist actions." This is the technological
version of what was done to me and to thousands of others in Oklahoma (49
years ago) because I did not look just like everyone else. This is the
POLICE-STATE in action and these Draconian measures being taken against
the citizens of San Francisco must be BOYCOTTED by San Franciscans, in
a very public way, if this tyranny is ever to be stopped!
- Part of the problem is that most of those ridding the
buses don't read signs, and many have no idea what these cameras and
devices can do to them, whether short or long term so a boycott by
those who have no choice along with the poorest of the poor would probably
not be effective. (3)
- In the end if the world will not at least explore the
particulars of these 'Shadows of Discontent' in their particular parts
of the world; then there seems to be no room left for anything to really
ever change, except to get much, much worse!
- As I write this the markets are again racing downward
at breakneck speed, having just passed -419. So we're in the fourth day
of a yo-yo that's spinning downward and that will continue to tighten until
it chokes those that designed this coming financial collapse. If you think
that London and all the other places that are in the beginning stages of
rebellion are bad now: Just wait until the dollar collapses and then you
too will be able to experience first hand what the USA has been doing to
the rest of the world for over two hundred years!
- 1) Dreams
- 2) Oklahoma
- 3) DHS Funds Real-Time Spy-Cams on SF Buses