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Black man killed by Minneapolis police was not named in no-knock warrant Amir Locke, 22, was asleep on a couch before being shot dead by officer Mark Hanneman:

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And so it goes.

Who bats an eyelid?

Who misses a breath?

It’s infamy, as usual.

People move on, thanking Providence it’s someone else rather than they.

It’s God’s Own Country, after all.

Let’s hope God noticed?

I recall Jefferson’s fateful comments, made in days of yore.

When I consider there’s a just god in heaven, I tremble for the fate of my country, said he.

If he trembled then, should we be shuddering now?

Or convulsing, perhaps?

Besides, is god just?
But, tell you what.

Let’s skip the saturnalia at home, and focus instead on China’s treatment of the Uyghurs.

Or, placing that on the backburner for now, let’s weep for Ukraine.

After all, we must do something to feel good about ourselves.

Possibly, then, we can pretend we have a sidecar named conscience?


But, of course.

Be assured.

We/They will be marching again.


They will march

As you get old

As They marched when

You were young


Marches go on

Year to Year:

BUT Aprils never

Come –


You get the picture.

I call it Hypocracy: Rule by Hypocrites

It is a useful addition to our stale political vocabulary.

And more fitting, possibly, than the bland old hat about democracy,
equality, etc.?

Those terms are all idylls (sacred cows?) at best, sops at worst.

What we might recall are far more timeless values: of kindness, charity, decency, and such.

But the Modernists who ushered in the gallant abstractions that delude us engineered a Wertfrei world (construed not as an ‘objective’ world , but a world stripped of – human – values).

Just in case we gleaned what we had given up – in exchange for the fustian rhetoric that holds us in thrall.

[© R.Kanth 2022]

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda, A Day in the Life, and Expiations

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