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Tag Archives: Police
I’ve started my way back through it a second time, and I have to tell you, the report takes a deep dive into race and makes, by its own count, 189 calls to action. This is one of the most important documents on race that I’ve read in the recent past, and it includes lines such as:
…make no mistake: this is about race.
The law says all citizens are equal. But the data says not everyone is treated that way.
I find this incredibly moving and am including it in the reading I’ve assigned for a class I’m teaching at Central Connecticut State University. You owe it to yourself to read it, as well.
This report comes in addition to the earlier report on the Ferguson police department, from the Department of Justice.
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.
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.
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.”
And thanks, DickG., for the links.