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Louisiana Governor: ‘Racism persists because minorities cling to their heritage’

In commemoration for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, Politico ran an op-ed penned by Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal (R). Jindal stated that racism is “one of the more tragic features of the human condition.”

From Raw Story:

“I do believe however, that while racism still rears its ugly head from time to time, America has made significant progress in the half century since Dr. King’s incredible speech,” he wrote. “But not all the news is good. In another respect, we have taken some steps backward.”

Jindal also said that minorities are just clinging to their heritage and place too much emphasis on “separateness”. “We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few.”

“Here’s an idea: How about just ‘Americans?’ That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our ‘separateness’ is a step backward. Bring back the melting pot,” the governor opined.

Racism rears its ugly head from time to time?

Well that’s news to me. Because racism rears its ugly head a lot in this country.

But if you want to praise Jindal for being the first “Indian-American governor”, then he’ll gladly accept his hyphenated status.

In an interview, NBC host David Gregory praised Jindal for being “the first Indian-American governor.”

“I want my children to have those same opportunities,” Jindal replied. “This is the greatest country in the history of the world.”

So minorities, stop clinging to your heritage, because according to Jindal, you’re the ones that are actually making racism thrive.


So, minorities will be better off if they just transform themselves into a different shaded version of White people...

Whatever you say, Piyush. Oh, I'm sorry, "Bobby."

Wingers don't believe in "points"

Waiting for Deer-Mart to open

"Reality" Gets Real...

The Cops Should Always Be On Camera

For the past 12 months, police officers in Rialto, California, have been wearing cameras while on duty as part of a pilot program. It’s expensive to mount a camera on every uniformed cop, but the idea is that by recording all the interactions between officers and civilians and suspects, cops will behave better and complaints against the department will be quickly resolved—if someone makes a claim about being mistreated, it can be easily proved or disproved by a look at the tape. The experiment seems to be going well, and starting September 1, all 66 uniformed officers in Rialto will wear them. Complaints against the department have gone down 88 percent over the course of the year-long study while the use of force by officers declined by more than half, implying that cameras really do benefit both police and civilians. Indeed, a New York Daily News article highlighted the case of Rialto cop Randy Peterson, who was cleared of an excessive-force allegation lodged against him by a mentally disturbed man thanks to his body camera.

But not all departments are as forward-thinking as Rialto’s, or as concerned with the future of police accountability. On August 12, when the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy was ruled unconstitutionally racist, the judge pointed to Rialto as an example of how to make cops accountable while ordering the NYPD to institute a similar program. The cops aren’t happy about this, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg—who generally supports surveillance when it comes to monitoring the civilian population—called the idea “a nightmare.” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly also sounded dubious, saying that these body cameras have only been tried in much smaller cities than New York (Rialto has about 100,000 people). And it’s true that since these body cameras cost $900 a pop, outfitting all of New York’s 35,000 uniformed officers might prove fiscally impossible.

Cops generally object to being filmed even when it doesn’t cost their departments money. It’s easy to find footage on YouTube of cops objecting to being filmed by civilians—sometimes violently, sometimes with illegal arrests. Websites like Photography Is Not a Crime and Copblock are devoted to filming police, reporting on incidents where cops violate the civil rights of people who try to do so, and encouraging everyone to keep a close eye on law enforcement. You’ll even hear horror stories of people in states with restrictive wiretapping laws like Indiana and Massachusetts facing criminal prosecutions for trying to record the cops. The charges are usually eventually dropped, but the question remains: Why, if they aren’t doing anything wrong, are the police so afraid of being filmed?


A shout out to DU's own Carlos Miller! BOOYAH!
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