This story caught my attention. There were protests in St. Louis after the grand jury failed to indict the policeman who shot Michael Brown.
At the Manchester Wal-Mart, about two dozen people chanted “no justice, no peace, no racist police” and “no more Black Friday” after officers warned that protesters risked arrest if they didn’t move at least 50 feet from the store’s entrance, then began advancing in unison toward the protesters until they were moved further into the parking lot.
The mostly black group of protesters chanted in the faces of the officers — most of whom were white — as shoppers looked on.
We want to really let the world know that it is no longer business as usual,” said Chenjerai Kumanyika an assistant professor at Clemson University. He added although part of the aim in disrupting Black Friday was to call attention to disagreement with the grand jury’s decision and the way the case was handled, Kumanyika said it was also to highlight other forms of injustice.
“Capitalism is one of many systems of oppression,” he said as the group cleared out of the parking lot.
Here we have a faculty member at a tax-funded university in South Carolina explaining that capitalism is oppressive.
The professor in question is a rap musician. He is the main man in a group called “Spooks.” (I am not making this up.) Here, we get a sense of his artistic creativity.
He is an actor who has been in a commercial movie. Read about it here.
The taxpayers have been victims of oppression — no question about it. The taxpayers of Pennsylvania financed his Ph.D. program. South Carolina taxpayers are funding his academic career. If he is granted tenure, they will not be able to cease financing his academic career.
Maybe I should protest somewhere. I just can’t figure out where.
I could go to a Walmart store and carry a sign: “No More Tenure!” I don’t think I could get a team of protestors to join me. I’m not sure whether Walmart shoppers would know what tenure is.
Or maybe this: “Full-Cost Tuition!” But probably not.
The oppression will continue.