I have been thinking a lot about violence at the hands of the state -- the police state we have become -- and the prison industrial complex (PIC) that we've developed. And since I work in higher education, I have been thinking especially of everyday abolition in the college setting.
We live in a society that sorts out and channels Black and Latino youth into poorly performing schools where they must pass through metal detectors on a daily basis, into dead-end low paying jobs where and when jobs are actually available, and too often, into prison.
The deaths of unarmed black individuals at the hands of law enforcement and the shootings of members of law enforcement has forced America to take a deeper look at the legacy of our problematic racial history.
To get beyond the headlines and the squirming of the exposed ones, there are two important things to consider. First, please, let's give at least some attention to the actual operation of racial oppression, something that goes beyond words.
Stats should never be an "outcome". The only measure of police success should be the absence of crime in a community and the ability to work with the community to achieve that goal. Period.
If affirmative action -- or, better, equal opportunity -- is to be reinstated, we need to "build it better," as the new mantra goes. And its practitioners need to keep control of their instrument.
On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others ...
How does a citizen protect himself against a police officer's tendency to shoot first and ask questions later, oftentimes based only on their highly subjective "feeling" of being threatened? The short answer is you can't.
Although Green v. Chitwood seems at first glance trivial, it is both the backstory and the vague terms used in statute that make Green's arrest so outrageous and egregious.
So here's my question: As a result of autonomous cars, are we going to see more state-centralized policing, or will see local municipalities finding other reasons to fine and ticket their citizens? Will we see a higher level of scrutinization on what today are lesser-fined violations?
Despite past voting obstacles, there are compelling reasons for blacks in Ferguson to rush to barricades this time to vote. One is the prospect of a regime change. Another is they could move to dump the racket that city officials have run for years that criminalizes virtually the city entire black population. Another is there's no excuse.
My heart goes out to every officer and their families killed in the line of duty. That is a pain I wish on no one. But like Fannie Lou Hamer famously said, I am also sick and tired of being sick and tired -- of the denial of institutional racism, even in the midst of overwhelming evidence.
The call-taker will ask the caller to make a noise or tap the phone to confirm the caller needs help. Sometimes the call might be an erroneous "butt dial" or it could be someone under duress or suffering a medical emergency that impairs speech (such as a stroke).
The members of our union will not condone officers abusing their communities' trust. But we will always stand with officers across this nation who keep us safe and who strengthen our communities. It is sickening to see law enforcement targeted with violence, as they have been nationwide in recent months.
Racism and bigotry are overwhelming and mind numbing issues. The big picture frustrates me to no end. The only person that I truly can control is myself, which happens to be the best place to start fixing most problems I know.
I hate that we are leaving such a mess to our children and grandchildren. Solution: Congress should stop acting like children and do their jobs.