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Subj: Re: I'm not sure this is the best example of institutional racism.
Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2022 at 08:06:27 pm EST (Viewed 208 times)
Reply Subj: Re: I'm not sure this is the best example of institutional racism.
Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2022 at 06:51:08 pm EST (Viewed 217 times)

    And again, this doesn’t hold water. The male cop made contact with the teens at exactly the same time as the female cop. Why is he cuffing the teen on his back receiving blows, and not the teen on top delivering those blows? You even see the “males pounce” male cop pull the Latino kid aside so he could get to the black kid.

There are two cops, one for each fighter. A cop can only tackle one at a time. Had it been two male cops, both would have pounced and handcuffed the two kids. The pouncing cop relied on his partner to use her judgement. When she didn't handcuff, he trusted that she confirmed it was okay. It's that simple.

    We made a bunch of dumb decisions in response to the tragedy of 9/11 that are still plaguing us to this day. This is hardly apropos for arguing in support of bias in policing. By this token Jan 6 (along with most attempts/acts of terrorism here in the US) should’ve put white conservatives on every law enforcement’s radar permanently.

I don't support bias in policing as a starting point, or as part of an organization's policies and procedures. I just understand that there's good reason to have biases through personal experiences, and to be allowed to act on those instincts. If a cop experiences a disproportionate number of black vs. other race crimes, our brains cannot just be deprogrammed to ignore this observation. Now, that doesn't mean a black person should be stopped if you see them driving a Rolls Royce, but if your past experiences in drug busts and stolen vehicles have all observed that recovered Rolls Royces were always found in black ghettos, then it's not irrational for a cop to be suspicious of a black person driving one in one those ghettos.

What's most disappointing to me is that I hear far too little from blacks on ways to unite on improving their position vs. only uniting when it's in opposition to something. There are a few who try, and I commend them, but they get castigated and so it's an endless, vicious cycle of low self-esteem and never feeling equal to everyone else through merit. I really wish it wasn't this way, but I don't see this ever changing until they unite on improving their position: which also means accountability, not just empowerment.

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