The grisly, ghastly merry-go-round of police violence against American people of color continues seemingly unabated. Now we have Jacob Blake shot in the back, seven times, by one or more Wisconsin cops in the city of Kenosha. This is Groundhog Day, but with blood and systemic racism.

Just when we thought the atrocious murder of George Floyd couldn’t highlight the blood-soaked shortcomings of American police any further, we now have another black American hospitalized and in intensive care, courtesy of seven police bullet holes in his back. That was videoed in the plain light of day. How much more can black America stomach of this? Without risk of hyperbole, there are now very real, very justifiable comparisons between twenty-first century America and apartheid South Africa of the 60s, 70s and 80s when it comes to policing.

Unsurprisingly, news of this latest police outrage spread like wildfire and people took to the streets, with protests and yes, it has to be said, riots. Of course, our barely concealed racist of a President had nothing to offer on the matter, rather telling an audience member at a North Carolina event who called out that Obama was a “monkey” to “be nice” – unbelievable if it wasn’t Trump. But it was, so it isn’t. This of course simply adds to the rage on the streets.

Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, when asked if he had seen the video, typically kicked the question into the long grass and said he hadn’t and that “it was still early” and the matter needed to be considered further. Still further do the streets then seethe with a sense of injustice and outrage.

Yet here’s the thing. The struggle for genuine black emancipation in the United States is still very much a work in progress. Its history of struggle has taken many forms, including taking to