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Spare me…

21 Jun

The police statements after events like the Castillo killing/inevitable officer acquittal are rarely made to reassure POC but to calm moderate whites. There are no promises of better outcomes,  that another POC won’t be pulled over for having a black nose or shot in front of their child because of what an officer has a “split second” to decide. Basically the argument is “sucks to be us.”

And I’ve had it with the solipsistic narcissism of how shooting a man to death in front of his child and the child’s mother is really a bummer for the cop. Even if he’s in therapy dealing with it, it’s hardly as relevant as what the dead man and his loved ones are experiencing. I also am highly suspicious of how much this truly has affected the officer. I mean Bill Cosby is probably stressed out but that’s all about him, his reputation, career and liberty, not the women he raped.

If the cop offered to help raise the now fatherless child like Joe West on The Flash, that’s one thing but that’s not even a consideration.

We continue to debate whether racism or “white privilege” even exists when predominately white juries not only consistently let officers walk for these killings but never express the consistent level of outrage or demands for change that we see as a the result of airline overbookings. I can almost understand the cognitive dissonance and classism behind safely assuming you’ll never be busted for selling loose cigarettes or CDs, but if white Americans really believed they had as much chance of being blown away — again in front of their child — during a routine traffic stop or their child could be killed for playing with a toy gun in a public park, they wouldn’t stand for it. 

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2017 in Social Commentary

 

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One response to “Spare me…

  1. Observer at Large

    June 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    The problem isn’t that the juries don’t want to put them away. In many cases, they do. The problem is that the laws on police actions are totally skewed to protect the officers and not the public. And this is because of lobbying by police unions and interest groups.

    I have known many legislators who believe they were in office only because they were blessed by a police union, whether it is true or not. The deliver a bloc of votes that’s only rivaled by Orthodox Jewish communities.

     

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