All posts tagged: racial inequality

Keep Dallas in your thoughts.

Watching video of a mass shooting in your own city is strange and sad and difficult. Keep Dallas, and the DPD, and everyone who was at the protest in your thoughts. (The Dallas Morning News is providing fantastic coverage, with an understanding of the city often not found in national media, if you need an update.) Let’s also try to remember the protest before the shooting. It was peaceful and had the support of the police department. Demonstration in #Dallas @ Belo Garden Park pic.twitter.com/IUx5IaERSB — Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016 And remember: This is from 2014, but is so incredibly relevant today. I miss Jon Stewart's Daily Show. This is how I feel. #Dallas pic.twitter.com/3BiQ0AoaAT — David Thomas (@NOTDavidThomas) July 8, 2016 I know there are police officers doing good work every day, including many in Dallas, where Chief Brown has turned the department toward community policing and deescalation over the past few years. And I appreciate them. But that doesn’t make those who aren’t doing the right thing less deserving of being held accountable. …

No Justice for Tamir Rice

A Grand Jury decided not to bring charges against the two police officers who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year. He was shot within a few seconds of the police car rushing up next to him, given no time to comply with an order if he was given one, and left to die without medical attention while his sister screamed as they kept her away from him. There’s a video showing all of this. Nothing about what happened to him is okay. And yet, here we are again. No consequences, not even when it’s a 12-year-old kid. In a statement, Tamir’s mom, Samaria Rice, said: “Prosecutor (Tim) McGinty deliberately sabotaged the case, never advocating for my son, and acting instead like the police officers’ defense attorney. In a time in which a non-indictment for two police officers who have killed an unarmed black child is business as usual, we mourn for Tamir, and for all of the black people who have been killed by the police without justice. In our view, this process demonstrates that race is …

Elizabeth Warren Knows Black Lives Matter

Did you catch Senator Warren’s speech on racial inequality Sunday? The Washington Post said it “was perhaps the most full-throated endorsement to date by a federal lawmaker for the ongoing protest movement” and I totally agree. She spoke the truth in a way that didn’t back down from inevitable criticism and didn’t downplay or ignore the issue even though she’s a white woman who has never personally experienced such racial discrimination. Here are a few quotes from her speech: “None of us can ignore what is happening in this country. Not when our black friends, family, neighbors literally fear dying in the streets. This is the reality all of us must confront, as uncomfortable and ugly as that reality may be. It comes to us to once again affirm that black lives matter, that black citizens matter, that black families matter.” “Economic justice is not — and has never been — sufficient to ensure racial justice. Owning a home won’t stop someone from burning a cross on the front lawn…” “We’ve seen sickening videos of unarmed, …

NYT Editorial Board on Black Lives Matter

In “The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter’” the New York Times Editorial Board gets it right. Chanting “black lives matter” at a protest doesn’t mean black lives matter more than other lives, but that historically they have mattered less and that horrific truth requires attention and change. “The Black Lives Matter movement focuses on the fact that black citizens have long been far more likely than whites to die at the hands of the police, and is of a piece with this history… Demonstrators who chant the phrase are …an indisputable fact — that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered, and have been discounted and devalued.” When you hear the phrase, ignore the urge to reply with “all lives matter” and listen instead. OF COURSE ALL LIVES MATTER, but if that’s your response to this movement, you’re missing the point. Read the rest of the NYT Opinion here.

#Ferguson, a year later

I don’t know what’s going on or why exactly or what the solution is, but SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE. Policing in our country has detoured into a scary place. I was going to write about something entirely different tonight, but then I opened Twitter and saw a bunch of tear gas, and reports of an 18-year-old shot dead by police today in STL, and how a protest gets called “unlawful assembly” and then some military-looking cops show up to antagonize and brutalize ailing people who HAVE A RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE. Listen, sometimes people commit crimes, but most crimes aren’t punishable by death, so I’d appreciate it if trigger-happy police weren’t on the force, so the ones who remember they have OTHER TOOLS to use before bullets (like words, patience, and waiting, or even pepper spray, baton, and taser) can step forward and do good policing.   Twitter looks like August 2014 right now, after Mike Brown died. It’s a year later, and here we are again with teargas being shot at Americans on American soil and we’re policed …

For the “All Lives Matter” Folks

This ChainsawSuit.com comic makes such a simple, but important point: “A year after Michael Brown’s fatal shooting, unarmed black men are seven times more likely than whites to die by police gunfire.” No one is saying white people aren’t killed by police. THEY ARE. But that’s another issue and it doesn’t help anyone to ignore that black men (and maybe black women too?) are disproportionately more likely to die at the hands of police than other groups. To read: Black & Unarmed (The Washington Post)

Double Standard: NYTimes reporting, black v. white

The New York Times reported on both the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer, and Dylann Roof’s mass-murder in a Charleston Church. Here’s how they talked about the young, black man shot in the street by a cop: And here’s how they described the young, white man who sat in a bible study group for an hour before opening fire on them: “no angel” v. “bug-eyed,” “bowl cut,” and “broken home”…………