When I first saw this image I was. So pissed. I could. Not. Form. Cogent sentences.
I am not really a big protest person, but I am going to Davis with my Comp Lit posse tomorrow. The video footage this photo was pulled from is easily googleable if you can stomach watching it. The policeman steps over the crouching passive protesters shaking his pepper spray like a can of Raid and strolls down the line blasting these kids in the face as dispassionately as if he were spraying a bunch of roaches along the wainscoting in his house. AMERICA, WHAT THE FUCK. I could go on a very, very long rant about this, but arguments are often best made in picture form. I found this on my facebook feed this morning:
All that officer did was prove those students completely right for asking what America has done to itself. It hurts so much to watch a beacon nation degrade its own ideals. We have to work our way back from this. Come on. There are more of us than there are of them.
Meanwhile, an open note to Officer Pike:
Do you want to be the guard who kept the third class passengers locked down below to maintain order on the Titanic? That guy drowned too, you know.
And an open note to the students:
I am proud of you, kids. Carry on.
quite awesome, ms. shapiro.
Love to you, Elena!
Go for it but be careful. Pepper spray, batons, guns, uncaring police–bad news.
WTF? (to the police crap, not your views, which I agree with)