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And some people wonder why black people are wary of the police...

He's the victim of a crime and the police immediate treated him like a criminal... AS IF we're ALL criminals in their eyes. That's how they see us.

Why white people can’t see there is ‘White Reality’ and ‘Everyone Else’s Reality’

By Jamie Varon

When I turned 16 and started driving, I was afraid of speeding tickets. I hated the police in an abstract way because I hated having to follow the law of the road. I wanted my rebellion and my 80 mph on the freeway.

Since getting my license, I’ve been let go with a warning more times than I’ve been issued a ticket. For someone who spent her twenties consistently speeding, driving recklessly, and generally not caring much about whether I was breaking the law or not, I’ve been pulled over a negligible number of times. And on the off-chance I saw police car lights flashing in my rearview mirror, I never feared for my life. Not once. I was never scared of the police—I was just concerned about the repercussions of a traffic ticket.

So, when I started to see video proof of police brutality towards people of color—particularly black people—I was horrified at first, but then I was skeptical. What had they done to incite this behavior? What was missing from this video? How could officers actually treat people like this?

To me, it felt like there were two kinds of police: the ones I saw on video and the ones I met in my life. I realized, then, that part of my white privilege was being able to trust police to have my best interests in mind; to trust that they assumed my innocence; to trust they’d be rational when dealing with me. Once I recognized that my experience with the police wasn’t universal, I started to listen, to recognize my privilege, and to believe people of color. I wish I’d realized this earlier, but that’s the insidiousness of privilege: It’s so entrenched that you don’t even realize it’s an advantage.

Systemic racism, police brutality, the very real disadvantages that people of color face—all of this can be hard to make sense of, especially if your experience with authorities has been vastly different. As someone who’s been championing social justice causes for more than a decade, I thought to myself: If I was this ignorant, this blinded by my own experiences, other white people must be, too—probably even more so.


Why is this even controversial?

I should point out that this happened at a university in America in 2016....


UPDATE: Student in gorilla mask with bananas, nooses charged after Black Lives Matter face-off at ETSU


A barefoot man wearing overalls and a gorilla mask, trying to hand out noose-wrapped bananas to Black Lives Matter demonstrators, was taken away by East Tennessee State University public safety officers Wednesday afternoon.

According to a news release from the public safety office, freshman Tristan Rettke was charged with civil rights intimidation. Saying Rettke's actions "go against the values of our university where people come first and all are treated with dignity and respect," the university said the student has been placed on interim suspension. Criminal charges were pending before the local district attorney, and an internal student-conduct investigation was underway.

ETSU President Brian Noland held a press conference in the afternoon to speak out against what he saw Wednesday. And Noland did watch, almost in real time as it happened, via a video on a student's Facebook page.

"I was offended, but I was also saddened," Noland said about his personal response to Rettke's behavior. "The nation is not only raw, but it's healing."

Noland praised the Black Lives Matter demonstrators for their peaceful rally and handling of the disruption. He'd been in contact with many of those students through their academic careers at ETSU and was proud they reacted as such.


This shouldn't even BE a gawd damned question...

Innocent man beaten and arrested by police after being accused of breaking into his own house.

It shouldn't be too much to ask of America, right?

No doubt about it... Black Lives Matter.

The heart of the bully is the lack of self-validation

The heart of the narcissistic is the absence of concern and compassion for others.

The heart of the ignoramus is the inability to recognize what oneself does not know.

Sum it all up and you get Donald Trump. Admire it all, in spite of how wrong it is, and you get his supporters... People who are too fearful, hateful, stupid and disaffected for their own good. They believe that Trump will empower them and mitigate their inability and unwillingness to cope with the real world.

This is nothing more than a recipe for disappointment and failure. They're blind to it, of course.

The con man preys on these types of people for his support. They're utterly unaware that such people only cares about themselves and would never hesitate to exploit others in order to get ahead. During election year, the more, the merrier.

This is the heart of abuse.

It's finally come to this...

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