Wednesday, April 8, 2009

We Are All So Visible

If you want to study the faces of the men who brought down our economy, go here. We know who they are, we point to them, we watch slideshows about them... as they walk away from what they've done.

I'm reminded of the documentary Murder on a Sunday Morning, directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, about a young high school student who was arrested and charged with murdering a white woman. Brenton Butler, the young boy, is picked up because he fit a vague description of wearing a dark colored shirt and having dark skin. When I taught high school, many of my students complained about being stopped by cops because they fit the "young black man" description. A vague description is all it takes to throw a young kid in jail. What about a detailed description of men who recklessly played with money in an unregulated market? What would it take to make them pay? 

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