“KILLER” POLICE PARA-SLAVERY (25)
The power of European enslavers, due solely to the GUN, encouraged them to daily and enthusiastically enlarge upon the vilest of deeds on the Enslaved. Self-declaring to be “little gods,” they said their evil powers were greater than the power of the one Universal High Spiritual God. Despite the widespread objections by many Whites for arbitrary and excessive punishment, these Satanists were hyper-emotional and simply out of control. By being in a socialized philosophical anti-Humanity and of an Anti-Spiritual Elements mindset–emphasizing disarray with an unchecked ego, their exuded hatred was directed towards establishing control over everything and everybody. Being totally unrestrained and having no accountability, their plantation-wide cruel treatment of the Enslaved was a daily routine—like the whip, castration, chopping off body parts, making Enslaved males wear women’s clothing, confining them in stocks and private jails, and the worst of everything imaginable. But the police “Slave patrols” (or ‘patterrollers’) aroused even greater fear among the Enslaved because these groups lacked any incentive to avoid unnecessary cruelty and often, in fact, engaged in erratic acts of violence against the defenseless Enslaved (Kolchin, American Slavery, p122). Needless to say, rampant “police” misconduct was bubbling over during African American slavery. Of course, the “second nature” lying hypocrisy of European slavers’ publicly conveyed the idea of “virtue” as referring to the ‘management of negroes.’ An anonymous author with a rare conscience elaborated by saying: ‘our first obligation is undoubtedly to provide [slaves] with suitable food and clothing’. Similarly, the majority of Southern writers dealt with the problem of abolitionism by proposing rules for the ‘proper maintenance’ and care of the Enslaved. This obligation was coupled with a paternalistic attitude toward Blacks, whom they deemed to be like children.
Since slavery was the time when the American police system arose, these concepts and practices pertaining to the inhumane treatment of Black People was an accepted standard. However, over the course of time, such ‘virtue’—as flawed and as ignored as it was–became diluted and polluted—going further and further away from its original delusion of the exercise of doing good for all concerned. At no time did it come into sight of meeting the criteria of police Integrity. Instead, typically police action, as applied to Black People, was hellish. Wherever that level was on the negative scale, the reduction of the police concept of ‘virtue’ during and following slavery even stretched below what peripheral European racists would class as merely SEEMS to be okay. Such thereby deepened and broadened the scope of White’s routine “Indifference/Hate/Evil/Sadism”. Meanwhile, all plantations had ongoing difficulties with the Enslaved–like arson–murder of slave owners and their families as well as other Whites—e.g. persons of authority, overseers, hirers, and constables. In one story, Uncle Isom, a very strong runaway, caught and killed the leading hound sent to chase him down and then beat the rest of the dogs. However, upon being overpowered by the White men, the dogs were allowed to bite off the victim’s body parts. When returned to the plantation, Uncle Isom was given 300 lashes (Botkin, Lay My Burden Down). Since there were so many Enslaved runaways, the inland police worked with river captains and slave owners to prevent fugitives from successfully escaping. City patrols employed a variety of tactics, including posting runaway Slave advertisements and checking the passes of people hanging about the levee.
Captains posted watches on gangways and instructed stewards, engineers, and mates to carefully check for free papers. There were so many problems generated by the Enslaved that typically the police gave up their pursuit on the grounds they lacked sufficient resources. After 1847, freedom of the individual was presumed (except for the Enslaved) and an urgent public necessity or interest had to be demonstrated to justify government action. In an 1847 speech, Frederick Douglass noted that Black Americans “have been a bird for the hunter’s gun, but a bird of iron feathers, unable to fly to freedom.” The title gestured to the institutional racisms that hemmed in American Blacks and left them vulnerable to White predations, the “hunter’s gun.” Today’s “Killer” Police imitate this model. [Ref: Buchanan, JUrban History, 2004; Butler J. Black Studies 2011]. jabaileymd.com
Joseph A. Bailey II, MD, FACS
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