If I told you a woman had a Dante quote tattooed above her vagina, you would instantly know which Dante quote it was, right?
"The more a thing is perfect, the more it feels pleasure and pain."
"Here begins a new life."
"He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it."
"Through me you go into a city of weeping; through me you go into eternal pain; through me you go amongst the lost people."
"Remember tonight… for it is the beginning of always."
Most obviously, a police officer killed Michael Brown – in cold blood, according to eyewitnesses. But our sons’ and daughters’ rage at the police started long before Michael Brown and his friend were told to get out of the street on Saturday afternoon by a foul-mouthed Ferguson cop.
In many North County municipalities, it seems police run contests to see how many young black men you can pull over, flaunting the officers’ power and the motorists’ powerlessness. Our young men especially are regularly inconvenienced and humiliated while simply trying to get where they are going. The Missouri Attorney General annually releases a report, which no black person needs to read, that documents appalling disparities in how often black drivers are pulled over and searched, compared to white people, all over the state and the region.
But Michael Brown was not pulled over while driving. He was told to get out of the street while walking. For offering what was initially, according to an eyewitness, the mildest of resistance to a rude and unnecessary police order, this unarmed teen was shot in the middle of the day, and his bullet-riddled body left by police to lay in the street for hours, as if to provide a grisly example.
I recommend reading the whole thing.
(Thanks to Leah Reich for the link)