28844The Justice in Christopher Dorner's Rebellion
- Feb 21, 2013The Justice in Christopher Dorner's Rebellion
Rebellions aren't pretty, clean, or politically correct. Rebellion is
like an uncontrollable fire, catching anyone in the slave master's
house, or anyone in a occupying army uniform. When Nat Turner led slave
rebellions they did not make distinctions between the white person who
had the whip, the plantation owner, or their wives and children. When
Natives led offensives against white settlers they did not make
distinctions, just like the settlers, slave owners and white people in
general didn't show any mercy to THEM in the first place. This is the
nature of a rebellion.
People rebel when they are beat down to a point when they can't take it
anymore and oppressed systematically, erupting in a struggle, many times
violent against those people who subjugate them. Some call this "false
consciousness," but I see it as more than that, the spontaneity and
righteousness in the people fighting back is caused by the fundamental
contradictions of this society. The people will always fight back once
they are brought to the point that their means of survival are dependent
in this fight, this is human nature.
We are seeing a lot more people starting to wake up to the fact that
there is no future for us under this system, especially if you're a
person of color, a woman, poor or any other oppressed person.
Christopher Dorner, is a recent example of this person who saw no hope
and justice in the system, who exhausted all channels, and resorted to
his military training to take justice in his own hands. This is
something that was admirable for many oppressed people, and many of us
cheered that aspect of this individual, and hoped he would evade
Dorner wrote a Manifesto, clearly stating his targets, and that he was
openly declaring war on the police. He even engaged with cops out on
patrol, and people focus on the fact that in his pursuit of justice, a
cop's family member and her fiance were killed by him, Michelle Quan.
One has to understand that, looking at rebellions like that of Nat
Turner, when the slave master's house burnt down, it included "innocent"
women and children, when Natives attacked settlers, they did to them
what was done to their families. The media of course mourned for the
white cops that were killed, but what about the innocent people that
were shot and killed by the police while they were shook and on alert,
looking for Dorner. Innocent women, children, and people, were shot by
the police, just like they have done in the past in Los Angeles, and
Southern California, without remorse. This is something Dorner hoped to
expose and wanted to bring to light. Dorner is a clear example that if
you are an individual who hopes to join the police department to help
your community, you will soon find out that the role of the police is
not to protect and serve, and the institution in it of itself is racist
Writing this piece is not to put him up on a pedestal or worship him as a
hero, but point out the fact that here is an individual, who took
action, and look at the success he had, whether he hoped to live or not,
that is another topic. He even waged psychological warfare against law
enforcement, and it worked, they were afraid. It showed that the
police do not have the type of training to take on, just one person who
is determined, and who is skilled. Imagine if they were facing an entire
movement. I think that if Christopher Dorner was prepared to take the
fight to the next level, he would have many ready to join up with him.
He could have easily taken the police into the Big Bear Mountains as
well and put them at a tactical disadvantage, because they do not have
that training. Unfortunately he was snitched on and gunned and burnt to
death in a cabin.
For many oppressed people, he could have been an example, but we can't
rely on one person to save us. We have to take destiny into our own
hands and be our own liberators. We have to begin taking the fight to
them, and if really want to see an end to police terrorism, state
violence, and the system overall, we have to take what we do serious.
I'll leave it at that. Christopher Dorner called out names of cops who
are known brutal pigs, and who get promotions for being that. We can
always start with them, and continue to build this movement for autonomy
and self-defense of communities, and continue to decolonize the land.
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