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  • The photo above is edited. But I didn't add anything; I changed the color tone. I changed it because it better depicts what I felt and saw that day I attended a rally at the State Capital in Sacramento. Hundreds of people came out calling for an end to budget cuts in education. The police force came out to keep people from occupying the capital floors.

    It had been over a decade since I had seen–other than on t.v. and in newspapers–this kind of State-sponsored show of force. It felt surreal in a sense, like as depicted in the tone of the photo. Many protestors were Occupy activists, and most other protesters were teachers, educators, students–all concerned citizens trying to communicate something to the powers that be.

    But when I observed the police force, my mind shook in disbelief. They were armed with riot gear, standing for three-plus hours prepared to stop crowds of defenseless protestors and activists, most wearing simply t-shirts, blouses, jeans, caps, and book bags on their back.

    I looked back and forth at the people in the crowd, and I looked at what I called the "drones of the State", and I felt ashamed of humanity. I wondered, Is this what we have reduced ourselves to? The police force were made to stand for hours in moderately hot weather, while people who where clearly not prepared to do battle merely wanted to be heard, and posed no real threat to anyone–certainly not the State, to one another, or the police.

    Even as I write this, I wonder, What keeps us as humanity from doing better? What keeps us from saying no more to this type of insanity? Why can't we just say enough is enough? These are real questions, not statements. How long can humanity really survive this way?
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