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Saturday, January 28, 2023


by George Held

Screenshot of the video of the murder of Tyre Nichols.

For Rodney King
After Memphis, what more can we ask video
to do? After Tyre Nichols, what more
can it confirm? About barbarity,
good ol’ American barbarity? 

The Nazis had nothing on us when it
comes to barbarity. Just look at
the video and see those black men in
uniform dishing out murderous mayhem,
killing Tyre as surely as pink-cheeked
SS troopers brutally murdered an old Slav
or a Jew. Yes, these assassins, blond or black,
and legitimized by uniform, carry out
the will of the culture, brutalize the despised
while we, mute, wait to watch the video.

George Held occasionally contributes to The NVN and has poems now in Ultimate Reality and Jerry Jazz Magazine.