Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Recommended Reading

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, POLICE MURDER OF BLACK PEOPLE]

As per usual, Ijeoma Oluo is putting out brilliant pieces of writing on the issue of police brutality. This one, published by The Guardian, is particularly hard-hitting.

This photo tells you all you need to know about policing in America

This article explains, using some of the many examples of police brutality and deception in recent memory, how the police have demonstrated that they as a whole do not serve black people. "Protect and serve" is a half-truth at best. They're here to protect and serve some. And when people point that out, the police further demonstrate that they're only willing to serve some.

The police have become even more open in their declarations that they are not here to serve us. They have threatened not to provide police protection to athletes who dare protest police brutality by not standing during the national anthem. They stopped doing their jobs in New York when the mayor dared to question why so many black men have died by their hands. In Seattle, police demanded higher pay and more benefits before they would start implementing measures to stop abusing the public. In West Virginia, they have started firing police officers for not killing black men. The message has been simple: we are not in service for black people, and if you question us, we won’t be in service for you either.

When black people dare to demand that the police serve them by, you know, not murdering them all the time, the police just go further and more explicit in their refusal to serve them. It's ridiculous and disgusting and utterly cruel, and yet people support it. So many of my fellow white people defend the police as an institution.

We cannot. Until this stops, there can be no good cops. No rhetoric about bad apples. No "not all." No saying that we have to have police (we don't), no saying that they deserve more than anyone else, no accepting pitiful "reforms" that do nothing to actually address the problem. We must all stand united in the demand that policing stops until the entire system is torn down in favor of something that is designed from the ground up to work for everybody. Nothing less is acceptable.

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