Recently I posted about what is happening in Ferguson and around America after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer. So what has happened? Everything and nothing. Thousands of people have taken to the streets across America to protest at the system and it’s not surprising. Over the course of my adult life I have learnt so much about the system and how it doesn’t work. People struggle on minimum wage while politicians snooze in Parliament and spend our tax money on cars and holidays. Those who are supposed to protect us use their power, which was given by us, to bully and torture those they believe are less than worthy. And the people are tired and angry. So what can be done? We have given this power and our trust to these people thinking they will do a good job and look after us, but instead they have used this power to further their own gains.
I know exactly what is going to happen next and no-one is going to like it. In the not too distance future, we the people will be tagged so that our movements can be traced 24/7. There will be more security cameras and they will watch our every move. As our towns and cities become more densely populated these sorts of measures will become necessary to protect us, the people. But we won’t like it, it will infringe on our right to freedom. This is George Orwell’s book “1984” coming to life and there is nothing that we can do about it. We don’t trust those in power and they don’t trust us.
The protests and riots in America may be about the shooting of Michael Brown but it brings to light so many more issues. This is not a race thing, this is a power thing. You either have it or you don’t. Michael Brown was up against a cop, Darren Wilson. Darren had the power and Michael didn’t. In Britain we are faced with the same thing with legal action being taken by the victims of sexual abuse from decades ago. People with power used their status and standing to commit awful crimes of sexual abuse against children which lasted for years and would have remained hidden if it hadn’t been for a few brave souls who stood up and spoke out. Power verses no power.
So what is next for us? Will we be tagged like animals by those in power? Probably. Will the issue of power go away? Not likely. It has been around for so long I’m not sure if it will. It has been dressed in so many forms and will probably continue to be dressed up as race, gender, sexual preference, or whatever new label that we think of. The only thing I can do is educate my children about equality and fairness, maybe with a bit of luck it will the next generations who actually change the world.