okay but when you have holocaust survivors and people who were activists during the civil rights movement supporting mike brown and then KKK members and neo nazi’s supporting the officer you should be able to figure out which side is the right one.
I don’t want to argue that police officers don’t deserve common courtesy and respect during our daily interactions with them, but Sunil Dutta, who I posted a quote from earlier, is so completely wrongheaded in his conclusions that it’s stunning. It’s a blank check for police misconduct disguised as pragmatic advice.
The most salient (and enraging) paragraphs:
I know it is scary for people to be stopped by cops. I also understand the anger and frustration if people believe they have been stopped unjustly or without a reason. I am aware that corrupt and bully cops exist. When it comes to police misconduct, I side with the ACLU: Having worked as an internal affairs investigator, I know that some officers engage in unprofessional and arrogant behavior; sometimes they behave like criminals themselves. I also believe every cop should use a body camera to record interactions with the community at all times. Every police car should have a video recorder. (This will prevent a situation like Mike Brown’s shooting, about which conflicting and self-serving statements allow people to believe what they want.) And you don’t have to submit to an illegal stop or search. You can refuse consent to search your car or home if there’s no warrant (though a pat-down is still allowed if there is cause for suspicion). Always ask the officer whether you are under detention or are free to leave. Unless the officer has a legal basis to stop and search you, he or she must let you go. Finally, cops are legally prohibited from using excessive force: The moment a suspect submits and stops resisting, the officers must cease use of force.
But if you believe (or know) that the cop stopping you is violating your rights or is acting like a bully, I guarantee that the situation will not become easier if you show your anger and resentment. Worse, initiating a physical confrontation is a sure recipe for getting hurt. Police are legally permitted to use deadly force when they assess a serious threat to their or someone else’s life. Save your anger for later, and channel it appropriately. Do what the officer tells you to and it will end safely for both of you. We have a justice system in which you are presumed innocent; if a cop can do his or her job unmolested, that system can run its course. Later, you can ask for a supervisor, lodge a complaint or contact civil rights organizations if you believe your rights were violated. Feel free to sue the police! Just don’t challenge a cop during a stop.
Ask Abner Louima how that goes. Sure, he lived, and he won his suit, but at what cost? Or ask Oscar Grant—you can’t: He was shot in the back while being restrained. The officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, but how is that enough?
Right now, it is very much not enjoyed by one and all; do we need any further demonstration of that? Dutta needs to lecture police in St. Louis County about their role in the community, and the way they interact with citizens, rather than lecture the public to be nicer to the police. It’s clear that in America today, a young black man can be shot whether he’s courteous or not, whether he’s resisting or not. That’s the greater problem, and the idea that the problem is anything other than that would be laughable if it weren’t so deadly serious.
Meanwhile, in Iowa, a board that no-one elected and has no accountability, voted to end the delivery of Mifepristone via telemedicine, and a judge just approved it. This means some women will have to travel hours to obtain a legal medical procedure, because a board disregarded all the evidence that says tele-med abortions are just as safe as in-person ones.
At the same time, look at the way the numbers moved (in the poll you posted). Every group showed an increase in "raises important issues about race" and every group showed a decrease in "too much attention being paid to race" except black people as a whole. The numbers are striking, but the numbers are also moving, and that's important.
*I’m deliberately leaving out massacres by the regular Army or those committed outside the U.S. by Americans. I also left out two incidents, the MOVE attack in Philadelphia and the Waco siege because both were armed standoffs that ended with the deaths of innocents. I leave it to the reader to decide whether they should be counted.
I’ve been bouncing around the idea of a free mini-conference in the Twin Cities (also aiming for internet connectivity so as to involve those that can’t travel) for Millennials, and I’d like some input for panel ideas!
**The conference would be focused around providing Millennials a safe community space to discuss issues affecting our generation, specifically relating to the economy and job market. The goal of the conference would be to brainstorm action-oriented ideas to enact change to better the circumstances we find ourselves in, and to provide a sense of agency to replace the hopelessness and powerlessness a lot of us feel right now.**
I’m looking for potential venues right now in the Twin Cities, and the basic idea is three rooms that can fit maybe 25-50 people each. Either a half or a full-day conference, depending on the level of interest and what upfront costs would be for the venue. 40 minute panels with a 15-20 minute break between.
This would break it down into three tracks with 4 (half-day) or 8 (full-day) panels each.
I think it’s important to focus on intersectionality in this conference, because the media image of Millennials tends to skew very strongly Gold Star Ambassador* Upper-Middle Class White People. I don’t just want there to be panels on intersectionality (though there definitely need to be), but I want to attempt to build a committee to join me in the planning process so I’m not the White Girl trying to direct things I’m not qualified to.
Here are some of my panel ideas, for starters:
Mental health and the workplace
Race and job-hunting
Tattoos, piercings, haircuts, other nontraditional appearances and the workplace
Financial independence and stigma against returning home
Cost of education, free education alternatives
Your value as a person based on economic productivity, and whether this will change in our society in the future
Changing public perception of low-wage/service industry jobs
Utilizing the “overeducation” problem in unique ways
Parents unwilling and/or unable to help financially when you’re underemployed or unemployed
Homelessness and near-homelessness in our generation, and housing alternatives
Providing goods/services that are valuable to society as a whole, but not getting paid for them
Side gigs: Making ends meet while un/underemployed
Organized community action: Where Occupy Wall Street failed and what could be done better to enact policy changes
Social media and societal change/community organizing
Various ways to combat the media image of Millennials as lazy, unproductive, apathetic, money-obsessed, unprofessional, etc
Fandom as a tool for social change?
Please reblog to spread the word! To add ideas, please comment, reblog, message me, whatever you’d like. I’m so excited about this, and I hope other people will find it to be a useful tool.
*Gold Star Ambassador: Usually upper-middle class, neurotypical, straight, white or white-passing, cisgender, no criminal record, excessively polite when reacting to problematic comments, able-bodied, highly educated, English-speaking, etc.
I think this is a cool idea, and I can personally vouch for Jackie’s conference-planning chops.
If you try to justify shooting an unarmed kid in the face because he allegedly stole a cigar, we need to have a little talk.
Or maybe you’re not worth talking to.
Not to mention that he’s a SUSPECT, not definitely guilty of a crime, and that if that had anything to actually do with what happened last weekend, we would have heard more about it before now.
And we would have heard if he actually had the cigars on him.
And we would have heard because they would have arrested his companion on the spot.
But more than anything else, this is the goddamn United States of America. There is no death penalty for property crimes. And even if there were, police don’t get to make that decision.
Even if Brown had stolen 1,000 cigars—and right now, no one has proved that he even stole one—it doesn’t change the fact that a police officer shot an unarmed black man in the street. It doesn’t change the fact that when his community expressed shock, outrage, and grief at his death the police responded with armored cars, riot shields, tear gas, and rubber bullets.
I hope that a lot of people learned something about the way criminal justice happens—or doesn’t happen—in the U.S., but more than that, I hope we don’t forget what we learned in a month, or in six months, or in a year.
“White privilege isn’t inherently about being raised in an affluent, two-parent home with high educational attainment and markers of upward mobility in American society. White privilege is the many built-in perks afforded to white people by virtue of being born with white skin and white ethnicity in a social and legal system that enforces white supremacy as the rule of law. It’s not having to seriously think about or discuss how the situation in Ferguson will affect friends and relatives or even how a broader justice system will work to protect (or to not protect) the constitutional rights of black people.”—
“There were a lot of comments on Twitter about how much Robin Williams was loved and what a shame that he didn’t know it. I didn’t know Robin Williams, but I bet he did know that he was loved. I know that I am loved. Maybe not on a Robin Williams scale, but I have friends and family who would do anything for me, and I absolutely know this. But there comes a point where love does not matter. When things are bad, I don’t care that people love me. All I can see is that I’m a burden, that everything I have ever done is wrong, and that these good people who love me are wrong as well. At my lowest, love cannot save me. Hope, prayers, daily affirmations—none of these can save me. Therapy and medicine are what matter, and those don’t always work either.”—
“A built-in accelerometer tracks the rhythm of a SexFit wearer’s performance, then that data gets pushed over to a synced smartphone app, which can tell the user just exactly how well he was a-thrustin’ (and for the health-conscious individual, how many calories he burned doing the deed). Not only can you go back and compare your performance in previous sessions, but you can also … well, we’ll let creator Bondara describe our favorite feature:
“Built-in social sharing to compare with friends!”
Yikes and double yikes. And if that’s not enough, you can also share the specific vibration patterns you’ve created for your SexFit device with your friends. We’re half-surprised that the app doesn’t come with an automatic way to notify your friends each and every time you simply are having sex, complete with an automatic Foursquare/Swarm check-in.”—
A five-year study that housed people with mental illness and drug addictions in apartments scattered throughout Vancouver found most participants stabilized their lives and coexisted peacefully with their neighbours. The findings mean residents should not be afraid of social housing mixed into neighbourhoods throughout the city, concluded the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s final report into the Vancouver At Home/Chez Soi research project.
Look what happens if you help people instead of insisting that they “help themselves.” They actually manage to help themselves!
“But perhaps the best reason — especially if you happen to work in media — not to police clickbait is simple: Everyone’s at least a little bit guilty of trying to get others to care about their work (and why not?!).”—
Dear Lord. The problem isn’t that writers want people to see their work, it’s that news organizations—especially Buzzfeed!—use vague, sometimes misleading headlines—especially ones that ask instead of ANSWER a question—to drive traffic, rather than crafting a useful, interesting headline that gives insight and a reason to click, not a riddle to be solved. But this guy is not self-aware enough to realize that.
Every time I call my cable company, which thankfully isn’t Comcast, to complain about lackluster speed or regular, seemingly random drops in connection, they pitch me phone service, or cable service. The last time I asked a representative why I would trust them to deliver more service when they couldn’t even do what I was paying them for well. It wasn’t his fault, but how goddamn tone deaf do you have to force reps to push sales on calls about broken service?
But when you’re the only service provider for an area, what incentive do you have to do otherwise?