Sunday, February 5, 2012

Amadou Diallo Shooting Tofu Scramble Burrito

On February 4, 1999, four plainclothes policemen murdered an unarmed 23-year-old Guinean immigrant in the Bronx. Amadou Diallo ran up the outside steps to his apartment door after four plain-looking white dudes "loudly identified themselves as NYPD officers" (i.e., "Stop, NYPD!"). No shit he did. Diallo pulled his wallet out of his pocket, which one of the officers proclaimed was a gun (he apparently needed his contacts prescription updated). The hysterical goon then tripped backwards off the step, which his fellow officers took to mean he'd been shot (they apparently needed cochlear implants). The police fired 41 bullets, hitting Diallo 19 times. If you aren't already clutching your head, get ready. "The internal NYPD investigation ruled the officers had acted within policy, based on what a reasonable police officer would have done in the same circumstances with the information they had" (emphasis added). What is this, the metaphysics of color perception? An unarmed guy got shot at 41 times at close range. I'm sure you know how this ended, but here goes anyway. After a grand jury in the Bronx indicted the officers on charges of second-degree murder and reckless endangerment (i.e., justice), an appellate court ordered a change of venue to Albany, where the officers were acquitted (i.e., injustice). I'm not even gonna bother quoting NWA.

I made this burrito on the suggestion of my friend C.

serves: 3-4
prep. time: approx. 25 min.

1 lb. extra firm tofu, crumbled or cubed
1 Field Roast chipotle sausage, chopped
1 crown broccoli, chopped
1 small yellow onion, sliced
1 jalapeno, diced
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 c. nutritional yeast
soy sauce

1. Saute the tofu and onion in oil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
2. Once the tofu is browned, add the broccoli and Field Roast and jalapeno. Douse with soy sauce.
3. After the broccoli has turned bright green, season and coast with nutritional yeast.
4. Heat the tomatoes just long enough to soften the skin.
5. Wrap up in a tortilla with guacamole, salsa, and/or nondairy sour cream (e.g., Tofutti).

1 comment:

  1. I love your recipe titles, and your mini history lessons. Can't believe it's been almost fifteen years since the Amadou Diallo shooting... wow...doesn't really feel like anything has changed either... :(

    The burrito looks awesome, though. :)