R U IN RANGE?
In Ireland, the sectarian murder of three Catholic children by arson
is viewed with alarm -- is considered, perhaps, a pivotal event in a
process of reconciliation. But in the U.S. (Texas), a black man is
dragged to his death behind a pickup truck driven by Klansmen, and the guilty
are cast by the racist media as mere individuals; their acts cannot
figure in analyzing or reforming, in revising, re-imagining a collective
political agenda. Their murder, an anomoly. Portrayed as an act of a loner
psychotic, the story leads inexorably to the mounting asocial
emphasis on incarceration. The nation's money should read: "In imprisonment we trust."
This will fail.