If justice is illusory, if retribution is travesty, if righteousness is equivocated, wherein lies reckoning. Criminals cannot be brought to justice if justice is but hypocrisy. Victims may not avenged if their perpetrators elude castigation. Right will never be right if only the voice of wrong is heard. Whatever happened to ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’? Christianity did away with that. All iniquity is equal in the eyes of its god. Better to ‘turn the other cheek’ than to render justness where rectitude is due. Rather than granting the victims their rightful impunity in seeking reprisal, the miscreants instead are gifted prolonged leisure to misbehave as mere naughty boys, only their hands slapped for brutal murder.

The American justice system will do nothing to punish the perpetrator and abettors of George Floyd’s murder. If you are awaiting that fallacy, turning a blind eye to reality, you become yourself an accomplice to the murder. The crime is not white unless you as a white fail to condemn it, unless you as a white fail to join the fight for its rightful retribution. Everyone must take a side. That is how wars are fought. Or do you prefer to refer to this as something other than a war. The last time that was done, and the time before that, and the time before that, the enemy won. Why is Trump, president? Because the enemy won. Why are the Republicans in power? Because the enemy won. Why has fundamentalist evangelicalism infected as a most pernicious disease the moral sense of the American public? Because the enemy won.

Thomas Jefferson wrote originally – When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

In the movie, from the graphic novel, V for Vendetta, this quote is rendered thus – People should not be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of their people.

Bring the fear! You could be brilliant, but you are a coward. Bring the fear!

On 14 July 1789 – 231 years ago – a state prison on the east side of Paris, known as the Bastille, was attacked by an angry and aggressive mob. The prison had become a symbol of the monarchy’s dictatorial rule, and the event became one of the defining moments in the Revolution that followed.

Sound familiar?