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Fuck. This is the frontlines of disinformation campaigns.

I'm 58 and have witnessed the cultural shift, lo these 50-ish years since Roe v. Wade. The ignorance about rates of abortion past the first trimester, as well as the trope of women (implicitly "whores" ) getting abortions as birth control as if that wouldn't happen if birth control was freely available apart from insurance.

On the other hand, I might support a law that limits men to fathering two children and then requires them to get a vasectomy.

Stop the frame at the 1:57 mark.

I also assumed she was white, and as she's blurred out to protect her identity, it's hard to tell. But there's a moment, at 1:57, where the film transitions from a closeup of his star-spangled pen writing the citation to him handing her the ticket where her hand is not blurred. It does look like Black skin.

This makes sense why she'd start off out of the gate with, "You want to murder me." And also with her going on with "You'll never be white," as that is a fairly common critique of cops of color, that they're trying to assimilate to white culture but will never be able to attain it because white culture will never accept them as true equals.

Yeah, not the Revolutionary War, but the Lost Cause of the Confederacy.

Although it's true that many Revolutionary War/Founding Fathers really just wanted freedom from Britain so they could create and unilaterally rule their own private fiefdoms, known as plantations. So I guess... sort of like refighting the Revolutionary War, but really, much more about dividing the existing Union to again allow power over literal life and death for their workers (enslaved or not). This is Civil War, Part II.

And that's the problem with America in a nutshell.

Instead of confronting our unequal, anti-BIPOC past, we change up the narrative and make the discussion not about the problem, but the people who bring the problem to light. People who bring up a problem are not the problem.

You point is a kind of quid pro quo: Woke people agree to shut up and be gaslit so you can get a more liberal government. Seriously, what the fuck? How about more robust defense of Black people 100% legit grievances. Maybe if the chorus was shouting that, it would drown out the lies that would lead to your supposition of losing seats, AND empower more people of color to GOTV. That would be a quid pro quo I could get behind.

Agree, he was following his training AND

that training is problematic and needs to transform ASAP.

Realistically speaking, I'm sure they are probably taught both force and mediation, but the emphasis is on force and "quick-thinking," "split-instant" action. (Which is culturally reinforced via journalism, media, and politics.) Specifically, police culture condones "shoot first and ask questions later" via qualified immunity. Training and recruitment need to pole shift emphasis to nonviolent communication/deescalation techniques, statistically-based risk assessment, multicultural history of policing in the US, and body awareness and emotional maturity.

I say it needs to transform because I think it's beyond reform at this point.

Wow, what a snotty response.

When DU was young, we always asked for sources to back up claims. People that mock verifiable sources perpetuate the "fake news"/"alternate facts" universe. And you obviously don't know that Black people are getting killed at higher rates than whites or you wouldn't be spewing this bullshit talking point.

Meanwhile, I'm a librarian and am happy to give you many more sources so you can actually stick up for Black people being murdered by cops instead of rolling over for the racists who push this "but white people!" like, "Oh, well. That's just the way it is!"

Northeastern University:

Harvard School of Public Health:
Black people more than three times as likely as white people to be killed during a police encounter

Aren’t more white people than black people killed by police? Yes, but no.

And louder for you, because this talking point puts you in shitty company:
NY Times:
Asked About Black Americans Killed by Police, Trump Says, ‘So Are White People’

*Edited b/c typos.

White kids/people aren't specifically profiled for their skin color, and

white killings-by-cops happen at a much lower percentage rate than cops killing BIPOC. Knowing the facts debunks that racist talking point. Remember: white privilege doesn't mean your life has been easy, it means it hasn't been made harder by your skin color.

But maybe you'll understand it better coming from the National Academy of Sciences:

Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race–ethnicity, and sex, 2019

We interrupt the coverage of...

This 'bout sums up the 2020s for me so far.



We interrupt the coverage of the shooting of a 13-yr-old boy that interrupted coverage of traffic stop shooting of a 20–yr-old man that interrupted coverage of Derek Chauvin trial for the killing of George Floyd for news of 8 ppl killed at Fedex facility in Indianapolis


The Constitution is not infallible.

The framers were in the midst of a war with England and created a document that

a) assumed no free man (i.e., a man free from the divine right of kings) would favor a tyrant;
b) only men of "honor" would be elected to Congress by a free electorate;
c) all the MEN making these decisions were white landowners who created a document that both protected their wealth/power/status/privilege and was flexible enough for evolving interpretation and revision.

IOW, there is no fail-safe for the majority under the Constitution when foxes are in the hen house. Literally, we are held hostage by voting cycles and we have to change procedural rules (which again, assumes only honorable people are elected to Congress).

There is also no professional penalty for lying to the detriment of the nation. Censure is toothless. It is an imperfect system created by imperfect men and it can be changed. Abolish the electoral college, and go with straight majority rule. The judicial system is designed to protect minority rights under majority rule. (In theory, though that, too, is made ineffective by racist authoritarian abusers. But that's a rant for another thread.)

So it wasn't individuals that failed us here, it's the systems we have in place. That's not to say that the 43 aren't responsible for their actions, but that their actions only succeeded because of the system.

My submission for the Tweet du jour:

Text for whoever needs it:

The most American thing I can think of is that 57 people voted to convict and 43 voted to acquit, and the 43 people won

We can teach kids that the Declaration of Independence states all men are created equal, that our constitution guarantees equal treatment, but the reality is that "some people count more than others" was built into this country and until we exorcise it this will keep happening.

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