When power is stagnant and people are unhappy
This morning, the NYTimes ran a list of the top 10 most 'liked' reader comments. They assigned the above image to the comment below:
5. Why does everyone assume that “Black Lives Matter” is followed by “more?” It’s not. It’s followed by “as much.” As much as yours and mine. Why on earth would that be racist?
— Susan Stein Pszenitzki on The Times’s Facebook page, responding to an article about Rudolph Giuliani’s criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement.
This comment received more than 2,300 likes.
I found the image startling. An amazing journalistic photograph capturing the over the top way we respond to challenges of social norms and power relationships.
It has eerie similarities to theiconic imagery from the Kent State University tradgedy that became part of a collectiono of iconic imagery characterizing the civil injustice and social upheval of the 1960's and 70's.
What's more, the scifi zeal of the 'robo cop' suitable for box office entertainment has lead to an unfortunate reality and a lesson of caution for our creation and use of technology. The things we imagine and then choose to create and then choose to disseminate has consequence.
In closing, one of my favorite Mark Twain quotes:
"a favorite theory of mine—to wit, that no occurrence is sole and solitary, but is merely a repetition of a thing which has happened before, and perhaps often."