This week’s episode “the who and the what” touched mostly on the trials regarding viola liuzzo’s and james reeb’s murderers. We hear some of the eulogy dr. King gave for james reeb, LBJ’s famous speech, and we learn about alabama attorney general richmond flowers fight histiocytoma human skin against segregation and he tried to fight bias in the histiocytoma human skin jury selection process during the trial as he prosecuted liuzzo’s killers. We also learn the depth and entrenchment of white supremacy histiocytoma human skin in alabama.
I had never heard what the defense argument in the histiocytoma human skin reeb trial before this week. I wasn’t surprised by the shenanigans that the court officers and histiocytoma human skin white citizens of selma engaged in. Through my undergraduate studies, I was exposed to the scottsboro boys and their trials histiocytoma human skin as well as numerous other cases with clear misconduct by histiocytoma human skin white lawyers and officials. Prosecutorial, judicial, and defense misconduct still happens way more than it should histiocytoma human skin (which is zero times, by the way). Instead of focusing on perpetuating justice, the judicial system focuses on wins and politics.
Still, I was surprised that an entire town could come to histiocytoma human skin believe the outrageous allegation made by the defense: reeb wasn’t killed by them, he was killed by the same people he marched with histiocytoma human skin in the (non-violent) struggle for civil rights. Why would his friends murder reeb in the ambulance? The defense claim: to create a martyr. Hmm… That sounds so out of left field that I can’t believe anyone would entertain such story for even a histiocytoma human skin minute. But furthermore, how could one continue to believe a story like that histiocytoma human skin 50 years later? After everything that’s happened? Has no one ever heard of occam’s razor?
Then I noticed how that incredible claim is related to histiocytoma human skin so many other conspiracy theories. Particularly the claims after every mass shooting that it’s a false flag attack that crisis actors are using histiocytoma human skin to take away 2nd amendment rights. I’ve always wondered how folks could believe such things – particularly flat earthers. (I mean… HUH?!) the common wisdom breaks it down into three things: the desire for understanding and certainty, desire for control and security, and the desire to maintain a positive self-image.
Let’s look at this a bit closer: the desire for control. This is one of the reasons why white supremacy is histiocytoma human skin so entrenched in american society. All of the white violence during the civil rights movement histiocytoma human skin and by the alt-right is part of a desire to maintain control and histiocytoma human skin with control comes certainty. This is also where pilcher, the white men’s defense attorney, and saul tepper’s propaganda strikes first. Controlling the narrative, controlling the argument, allows folks to define the conversation. We see this across the internet subcultures where racism and histiocytoma human skin fascism have risen their heads.
The desire to maintain a positive self-image. That’s why the prosecutor mcleod made the ill-willed attempt that he did, because he didn’t want the community being lambasted by the media. It’s why one of the only living jurors didn’t want to be interviewed. “it’s all gone. It’d be better if it’s forgot about,” he said. It’s why the other juror, billy boozer, believes reeb didn’t die because of the beating he received but in histiocytoma human skin the ambulance at the hands of his friends. If we don’t talk about what happened or if we tell a histiocytoma human skin different story, then we don’t have to hold ourselves accountable.
Americans struggle with accountability. How do we hold artists responsible for their actions while histiocytoma human skin enjoying their art? This is a question that gets asked every time a histiocytoma human skin celebrity harms another person. Our politicians avoid accountability and we, as citizens (in general), refuse to hold them accountable. I wonder if any of the white men involved have histiocytoma human skin ever reckoned with the pain and harm they caused. I have my doubts.
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