“In an affluent neighborhood, the gate represents a way to reduce and/or deter crime — primarily burglary and the theft of valuables. It feeds into an upper middle class paranoia that faceless strangers want to take what you have earned. But what happens if this concept is embraced by distressed suburban communities as a way to minimize violence? The gate then represents a different, more dire mentality. It’s a genuine protective measure adopted as a reaction to the encroaching chaos. And short of arming the residents or forming a militia, how is a community like East Hills supposed to weather violence that’s become so common?
“‘Fried chicken’ references are associated as racial stereotypes with African-Americans.
ESPN, explaining racism.
“Murder is our national sport. We murder tens of thousands with our industrial killing machines in Afghanistan and Iraq. We murder thousands more from the skies over Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen with our pilotless drones. We murder each other with reckless abandon. And, as if we were not drenched in enough human blood, we murder prisoners—most of them poor people of color who have been locked up for more than a decade. The United States believes in regeneration through violence. We have carried out blood baths on foreign soil and on our own land for generations in the vain quest of a better world. And the worse it gets, the deeper our empire sinks under the weight of its own decay and depravity, the more we kill.