By Eric Holt-Giménez, Food First
Cross-posted with permission from Food First
(November 29, 2014) The public outcry following the decision of the grand jury of St. Louis County, Missouri not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown reaches across color lines.
The rage and exasperation in the streets are just the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the protests sweeping the country, grief, sadness and disillusion are seeping into the hearts and minds of many people who may not be the target of police violence but who know a miscarriage of justice when they see it—over and over again. There is guilt and fear too, among those who sense the police have gone too far, too many times, and that the widespread militarization of our police forces since 9/11 is making us less, rather than more secure.