Dyab Abou Jahjah
Many have been sending me messages saying that they believe the solution for the police brutality problem in the US to be new legislation and not riots.
I agree with them. Riots are never a solution, but could they be a tool to force one?
Legislation is part of the solution and maybe the most important part indeed. However, one must note that the current laws in the US are not racist or encouraging racism. The laws did not cause the problem so whether new ones can solve it remains an open question.
But let's assume that a new set of legislation clamping down on police brutality is needed and that it will help. Why were they not voted so far? The problem did not start recently. #BlackLivesMatter was at its peak as a movement during the Obama legislation, a black president.
The answer in a nutshell, is that there was not enough support across political lines to support new legislation compared to the patriot act for instance aiming at ending police brutality targeting black people. Let's call it the BLM Act.
Laws with such deep societal impact, are usually controversial. When they point the finger at majority power abuse towards a minority, they are usually rejected altogether. Across the political spectrum no majority was found to support such a bill/Act. Not even under Obama.
This can only change when the balance of power shifts. When the majority feels the need to compromise because the minority and its allies are in open rebellion and in a desperate and hence dangerous state of mind giving the majority something to lose, and therefore motivation to compromise.
All through history, this is how majorities and elites conceded rights to the people and this is how each and every important legislation that meant a breakthrough in improving lives of ordinary people was obtained.
From the right to vote, to social rights, nothing was given because of a change of heart. People stood up for their rights, picked a fight and forced a compromise. The tools of such a fight included riots and strikes among other forms. Of course conservatives despise it. They always did and will always do.