In the recent McKinney, Texas, pool fight that resulted in charges of police brutality and one police officer quitting the force, one of the slurs yelled by white residents included Section 8 housing.
Here’s Vox’s take on what that means. And here’s the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, which contains this gem:
In a broad sense, this is an American tradition: conflating where people live with who they are. “We’ve been doing that as a society for a really, really long time,” says Lawrence Vale, an MIT professor who has written extensively about public housing. “And it’s been racialized for a lot of that history.”
Fascinating, yes? And thanks, Ebony, for the link.
After talking to Bishop John Selders, of Kinloch, Missouri, and pastor at Hartford’s Amistad Congregational Church, I realized he was making some excellent points: People who express surprise or dismay about the protests surrounding the mysterious death of African American men at the hand of some police officers really should read their Declaration of Independence.
You can read the column here.
Feidin Santana, the man who recorded the shooting death of Walter Scott, 50, in North Charleston, S.C., by a police officer, said, “Mr. Scott didn’t deserve this.” The death of Mr. Scott, who is black, came after a traffic stop.
The police officer, Michael T. Slager, who is white, has been charged with murder. Both men had served in the Coast Guard.
Some Atlanta police officers and movers refused to foreclose on a 103-year old woman and her 83-year old daughter. Their mortgage holder, Deutsche Bank (more on them here) — in collaboration with local lender Chase, which just got its credit rating lowered by Standard & Poor’s — got this message from Vita Lee:
“Please don’t come in and disturb me no more. When I’m gone you all can come back and do whatever they want to.”
Deutsche Bank relented and issued a second mortgage, in the face of seeing just how ugly such an eviction would be. That, and the public exposure might have moved them toward a change of heart.
And thanks, DickG., for the links.