Las Vegas, Nev. - Comedian Eddie Griffin has never been one to mince his words, nor shy away from controversy, especially in regards to police brutality. He continued that tradition in a recent video posted to Facebook by taking on the events that have been unfolding in Ferguson, Baltimore, and other cities across the country.
Griffin zeroed in on one of the most important, yet unexplored, aspects of the protests in Baltimore. After the police killing of Freddie Gray, Baltimore protests devolved into rioting. The media was quick to label the protesters as "thugs," seemingly in an effort to create division in public support for greater police accountability.
"The way the media's portraying it, I hear the word thug which is a new word for niggas. The media portraying it like you know... life is cause and effect and the world media is beautifully showing everybody the effect. But nobody is talking about the cause," Griffin said.
Griffin went on to break down exactly how, and why, we are seeing situations similar to the events in Baltimore on a more and more frequent basis.
"The effect is angry young men that are just fed up with being dealt with in inhumane circumstances. This is not new everybody's got a camera now on their phone so it looks like its new but this has been going on since we got off the boats in this country. The pot done boiled over, ya know its only so much anybody is gonna take from somebody else; its injustice. It's time to clean house. Officer better know as overseer," Griffin said.
The point Griffin makes, that people can only be pushed around for so long before they inevitably begin to push back, cannot be overstated. What we are seeing in Baltimore and Ferguson are symptoms of a much larger sickness that has taken root across America.
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"What you're seeing in Baltimore and other places around the United States not being televised, it's just that, it's a country that has gone so greedy, its greed has exceeded its need to do what is right," Griffin said.
Police have been granted the use of force by the state, yet are almost never held to the same standards any another U.S. citizen would be when applying the same force. This has created a dynamic where an officer has, in essence, become a new class of citizen for whom the laws of the society seemingly no longer apply, as they are "above the law."
As Griffin said, "Sometime shit gotta happen, so people pay attention to what was considered the throwaway generation. Can't throw people away and think God gonna roll wit ya, cause he ain't."
The reality is that until there is justice in the streets, there will be no peace.
Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay's work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.