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Response to blackspade (Reply #14)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:16 AM

38. Some points that need to be made.

1. It's not clear that it's a growing problem at all. It's clear that the problem that existed is growing in salience and prominence.

They're different things.

2. We use the expression "POC" as though we had two large ethnic groups and no more in the US. Latinos are there, too, usually lumped into "POC" (even though they have a different assimilation trajectory, for the most part). Their stats are intermediate; I don't know how "Latino" stats break down into black-and-white stats, which is sometimes possible, but that still overlooks those with a large portion of indio in them.

We won't even discuss Asians and the diversity in that exonym or their stats.

3. Consider the approach taken to the new shooting of the 18-year-old in Ferguson versus this one, or the way he's defended to an almost unreasonable extent. Advocacy is fine, but when people start trying to strain at the truth and read all kinds of things into the report just to make their side right it's time to take a deep breath and think, "Critical thinking. Must have coffee and critical thinking."

As for BLM, it's more and more "Black lives matter."

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