(Pandemic in Los Angeles: Day 75)
The picture for this column is of a military plane flying above East Hollywood in Los Angeles on June 1st, 2020, presumably belonging to the National Guard. But the fact is that such planes are flying above cities all across the United States this week to stoke fear in the hearts of its working-class citizenry, including its postal workers, its sanitation workers, its restaurant & retail workers, their children, and more.
To anyone who may doubt that racism supported by the pillars of power in our country can only lead to the fascism we’re now witnessing in the militarization against our communities, I offer just the following:
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.“
– Martin Niemoller, 1946
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