Policing in the U.S. was born and raised in a culture of violence, a tradition of White pride deeply rooted in racism and a fear of losing control. This has historically dominated Black, Latinx, Indigenous Native, Muslim faith practicing, feminist, poor, homeless and LGBTQ+ community spaces for decades.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has shown data supporting the theory that the Klu Klux Klan and many other white supremacist groups have increased in enrollment. Meaning, on given Bloody Sunday, Charlottesville, VA can find its way to most U.S. cities without notice. The motivation for this increase is fear — fear of the U.S. no longer being controlled by a White capitalist system of dominance or white superiority.
In 2016, it was reported that more non-Hispanic whites died than were born in twenty-six states — more than any time in U.S. history. And that white deaths exceeded white births in the nation as a whole for the first time in U.S. history, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. When births fail to keep pace with deaths in a region, that region is said to have what’s called a “natural decrease” in population, which can only be offset by migration gains. In the states with white natural decreases, the white population diminished overall between 2015 and 2016, with an analysis of demographic factors that suggests more states are likely to experience a white natural decrease in the near future. This has important implications for the nation’s demographic future, as America is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse.
In August 2017, far-right extremists descended on Charlottesville protesting the removal of a Confederate statue from a local park. Dubbed “Unite the Right,” the gathering was the largest and most violent public assembly of white supremacists in decades. It also highlighted the resurgent push to empower the white supremacist movement. “Jews Will Not Replace Us” and “You Will Not Replace Us” were the chants heard in Charlottesville, VA. These slogans speak directly to the soul of white supremacists who are concerned with the preservation of the white race and cultural history. They fear whites will become a powerless minority on the forefront of America’s changing demographics; and their most powerful weapon against a white decrease is law enforcement.
Law enforcement leadership know that it’s not just a few ‘bad apples’ in the bunch of systemic oppression via the legal system. They know it’s a collective culture of white superiority that can be traced to the earliest days of slave-catching in the U.S. that bleeds over into the historical policing of women’s suffrage, the breaking up of unionized meetings by corrupt cops, and that it is connected to the lynchings of Black Americans in Jim Crow states.
Law enforcement agencies have enlisted the aid of such trainers as Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Col David Grossman, one of the most ‘prolific’ police trainers in the country. Grossman is the Director of the Killology Research Group (www.killology.com) and celebrated author of “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society.” “On Killing” is an analysis of the psychological processes involved with killing another human being. It claims that most people have a phobia-level response to violence and that soldiers need to be specifically trained to kill. He teaches officers how to adapt to a solider’s mentality in a combative war zone and become less hesitant to use lethal force while urging them to be willing to do it more quickly. He uses his teachings to groom the mentality of the white supremacists who’ve infiltrated law enforcement.
In 2006, an FBI intelligence assessment titled “White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement” raised concerns over white supremacist groups infiltrating law enforcement communities and/or recruiting law enforcement personnel, in the interest of spreading White supremacy. This report was based on findings from FBI investigations and sources that warned masses of skinhead groups actively encouraging their members to become “ghost skins” within law enforcement agencies. This is a term that white supremacists use to describe members who “avoid overt displays of their beliefs to blend into society and covertly advance white supremacist causes.”
In conclusion, it’s safe to say that not all law enforcement officers are ghost skins, but they are very much present among the ranks from the top down, where police institutions have sworn to protect and serve white power agendas. With access to military-grade weapons, armor and vehicles, we’re literally witnessing small armies formed at the local, state and federal levels that can be used to fight any left-wing resistance to their power conveniently labeled “domestic terrorist”. Accountability for police aggression routinely ends with the unnecessary death of our community members and leaders for peace either during routine traffic stops, minor misunderstandings and cases of (convenient) mistaken identity.
Thus, there must be something done to not just defund their financial capability to stockpile military surplus (that will be used against American civilians) but to restrict their immunity and hold them accountable for their gross abuse of authority and homicide. If not, we will see a repeat of The Geheime Staatspolizei (Secret State Police), abbreviated “Gestapo”, the official secret police of Nazi Germany in German-occupied Europe once we combine the authoritative power of local and state police with such federal agencies like FEMA, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).