Racist police violence reconsidered


If you haven’t seen this article, I think it would make for very good reading on the issue of police and race. And even challenge some of the positions people hold.

And while you are here, this Guardian article about the hypocrisy of Europe in the BLM issue and particularly George Floyd is quite good.

 

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

34 thoughts on “Racist police violence reconsidered

  1. john zande says:

    Remember Rhys (Allalt)? He penned this tweet earlier today and it’s really quite good:

    “I arrest more Blacks, therefore I can justify policing Blacks more and taking a less permissive approach to Blacks and… oh… would you look at that… I arrest more Blacks, therefore I can justify policing Blacks more…

    Where does this cycle begin?”

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  2. Nan says:

    Interesting information that few “white” people even know about.

    Whether it’s law enforcement or any other profession, the bottom line is there are far too many people more interested in power than they are in empathy.

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  3. Ron says:

    You mean to say that reality doesn’t align with the faulty narratives being peddled by the MSM and professional race hustlers? Color me shocked!

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  4. maryplumbago says:

    Very good article and makes some good points…
    I think there’s the “macho guy” syndrome as well, at play.

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  5. Yeah, if you limit the inquiry into just police-caused fatalities, then you’ll see less of a divide. Police racism hasn’t just been about killing people, though it’s fatalities which spark the most outcry. Rather, it’s about why police show up in greater numbers to minority neighborhoods.

    As far as the second article is concerned, I like how it tries to distinguish American racism from European colonialism. American racism is a vestige of that colonialism, of that need to acquire wealth more than the welfare of others. We struggle with it because the British decided in the 1600’s that indentured servitude wasn’t enough. They had to buy people from a continent they hadn’t mapped.

    It doesn’t absolve me or my country from its struggles, but if fair was fair, you’d think Europe would at least have the decency to own up to its part in the whole thing. You’d think Europe would have put more investment in its former colonies and territories.

    Instead, everybody gets a stained glass window and let’s call it a day.

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  6. basenjibrian says:

    Sirius: Your comment gets to one of the few times I as an American get nationalistic or “patriotic” when “we” are being lectured by Europeans. 🙂

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