Posts Tagged Race
90% of a Police Officer’s Time is Devoted To Things Other Than Our Safety – How Could We Change That!
|Read this and become angry: There are many stories about things the US Government does in our name that make you, let’s say, not very proud. Sometimes you can somewhat understand the logic behind it, but other times you just find yourself saying, REALLY. Our treatment of people in island territories such as American Samoa and Puerto Rico, is unbelievable. For that matter why isn’t DC a new state or part of one of the existing states. In all of these stories the people who live in these areas have various marginalized rights as US citizens and sometimes not even that. The article in the link below, from Mother Jones Magazine By Pema Levy tells the story of American Samoans being denied “Birthright Citizenship” as the Federal Appeals Courts continue to reference “Racist Caselaw” that originated in the early 20th century. One judge in that decision “refers to the inhabitants of the new territories as ‘savage’ and ‘alien races’,” while another judge stated “that granting citizenship to an ‘uncivilized race’ in a new territory would ‘inflict grave detriment on the United States ‘”. This is only the way we officially perceive American Samoa, who knows how we feel about other territories. After reading this article I bet you will be brimming with pride. Everything our government does is not always good and we need to remember that and speak out for change.|
|Read this: This Daily KOS article “The most racist areas in the United States” by Susan Grigsby examines a fact presumed to be true by many of us without the article ever being written. But seeing the statistics that support those presumptions, I find mind boggling. Additionally, “how” the resulting disparities affect the targeted individuals, can help to explain events too often reported only in the negative. As the article says “Racism doesn’t just kill with a bullet to the back, it also kills by a thousand cuts, silently and mostly unnoticed.” The article then focuses on identifying the most racist areas within the U.S.. The concluding results are “that living in an area characterized by a one standard deviation greater proportion of racist Google searches is associated with an 8.2% increase in the all-cause mortality rate among Blacks. This effect estimate amounts to over 30,000 deaths among Blacks annually nationwide.”|
Read this: In this article from The Nation Magazine, Mychal Denzel Smith, discusses what the real role of the police in the U.S. is today. With apparent increases in violent responses to situations that might have been handled otherwise, the common cliche of police departments, “To Serve and Protect”, becomes increasingly questionable. “The police are not performing the function we say they are, and there are real ways to achieve a world with less violence that don’t include the police. We simply haven’t tried. Until we invest in full employment, universal healthcare that includes mental health services, free education at every level, comprehensive sex education that teaches about consent and bodily autonomy, the decriminalization of drugs and erasure of the stigma around drug use, affordable and adequate housing, eliminating homophobia and transphobia—things that actually reduce the amount of violence we witness—I don’t want to hear about how necessary the police are. They are only necessary because we are all too willing to hide behind our cowardice and not actually put forth the effort to create a better world. It’s too extreme.” Smith suggests abolishing the police and is often asked what he ”would have us replace them with.” And to this his answer is “full social, economic, and political equality“. What a concept and what a great starting point. Then we might see what else is really needed.