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?
And those are two cases of police misconduct where someone was actually brought to justice. Think of the thousands of others that weren’t. White police officers killer killed at least two black people a week between 2006 and 2012. The blood that’s being spilled has counted for nothing, changed nothing. How sickening is that? More than 600 dead, and nothing to show for it.
Billy Bragg’s version of “The Internationale” has a striking line: “Freedom is merely privilege extended unless enjoyed by one and all.”
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.
In which a cop who proclaims to side with the ACLU completely fucking misses the picture.
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.
A very good point about [the numbers I posted yesterday](http://jamietie.com/post/95142803335/those-are-some-striking-numbers).
I’ll take “Things a white person says” for $500, Alex.
Tell that to John Crawford who wasn’t even given time to put the air rifle he was holding down.
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.