Sunday, August 17, 2014


Not much to say about this situation that isn't being said elsewhere, better. Only that it's depressingly predictable. Not unavoidable, that's very different. We don't have to have police take on the role of invading armies. But if it's going to happen, it's going to happen in places like Ferguson, to people who look a certain way. For now at least. I think we all have an interest in stopping it, but the sad truth is that for whites it's an abstract concern.


susan said...

It should be stopped - in fact, it never should have begun. They just keep selling 'security' to overweight white people while the militarization worsens.

susan said...

Maybe I was too hasty in saying just the part I wrote last night. Kareem Abdul Jabar has written a well thought out summary in Time magazine that might interest you.

Ben said...

Of course, to many in America, being a person of color is synonymous with being poor, and being poor is synonymous with being a criminal. Ironically, this misperception is true even among the poor.

That is very true, and quite tragic. I don't know if it's our Calvinist heritage or what, but poverty is too often seen as something for just poor people to be ashamed of. No one wants to be a loser, or to associate with them.

(and apparently I can't blockquote in the comments for my own blog.)