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Frank in the swamps Cop Killer IS objectionable (66* d) RE: Cop Killer IS objectionable 30 Apr 98


In the late sixties or early seventies, someone filmed a documentary in Southern Cal. (L.A. perhaps) called "California Reich". It's been a long time since I saw this so I can't offer much information on it, but there was a sordid little scene filmed in the home of a neo-nazi family involving a boy, about 10 years old maybe, his parents & their freinds. He was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up..

"a cop"

"Why?"

"So I can kill niggers"

Perhaps because this was being filmed, his mother injected a little morality, saying "We don't want to kill anyone" someone else chimed in "Just keep them in their place".

So this little fellow starts punching and beating and kicking his imaginary "nigger" while the adults cheered and goaded him on. When I saw the video of the Rodney King beating, I recalled this scene and realized that same kid would be old enough to be one of those cops. This song was written in the wake of the aquittal of those police officers, and I think it a perfectly valid expression of hate and outrage, done in a first person perspective. Much in the tradition of Australian convict ballads. Now anyone who wants to claim "Bold Jack Donohue" has more artistic merit won't get any argument from me, but I will argue that the frustration and injustice that leads to the expression of anti social values (and bushrangers were definately anti social) is the same.

My original reference to this song, in the "objectionable materials" thread, was to point out the hypocrasy of the politicians at the time who were all trying to make political hay off of the tune. The same mouthpieces who suddenly were concerned about the Hearts & Minds of Americas youth had and have done nothing to eradicate the conditions that lead to this terrible world view.

L.A's well organized and heavily armed street gangs are financed largely by the lucrative market in drugs, this market is the most profitable in the world because we have the worst policy in the western world toward drugs. Our so called "War" (is it two generations, or three now?) has incarcerated young men, especially black men, as fast as we can build warehouses for them, and taken the cop off the street and turned him into a heavily armed paramilitary soldier who cruises neighborhoods like enemy troops on recon. What kind of ideas and feelings do you expect young men from these neighborhoods to express?

As a final note, at the time of this controversy, the idea of warning labels for audio recordings came about. Now I'm all for warning labels, because it's a parents right and responsibility to guide a childs developement, but government censorship is unacceptable. Steve T. if the government could silence emotional, fact free promotions of behaviour, Americas religious groups would be in serious trouble.

Frank (but is it folk?) I.T.S.


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