The taser isn’t being used for defense. It’s being used to punish somebody for being uncooperative. At this point it’s basically an instrument of torture.
We were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness-embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television. This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion: that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas.
It’s beautiful that Zinn said this because that “moment” he mentions was, for me, beginning to read A People’s History of the United States the summer before 10th grade and feeling this gaping pit of horror grow as I recalled all the Columbus Day celebrations dating back through elementary school.
Happy 92nd birthday, Howard Zinn. Rest in power.