Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member


(22,336 posts)
Sun May 27, 2018, 03:13 PM May 2018

On 'White Fear Being Weaponized' And How To Respond


On the other side of the ledger, people who were fighting against this kind of ethos in our country — this very punitive, racialized ethos — want to resist this now, so they're much more likely to pull out their cellphones ... and because of cellphone video and its ubiquitous role in this conversation, all of us are bearing witness to the problem.

Policing in general, it's got to begin to reflect on the fact that people who they've been policing under various forms of zero-tolerance policies or "broken windows" policies has created tremendous mistrust — and done tremendous harm in those communities.

And as such, every police encounter between a white caller and an African-American or Latino suspect doesn't come with a blank slate. It comes with a history. It comes with a present. And police agencies have to develop new training protocols that deliberately deal with that. I like to think that we could imagine a situation where these nuisance calls are quite distinctly handled from emergency phone calls.

We've got to come up with some policies that raise the costs of bad behavior — of treating people differently than you would want to be treated. And that is a problem of white fear being weaponized, and that is a problem of police officers being a little too prickly when people are upset about having been judged harshly or inappropriately.
On 'White Fear Being Weaponized' And How To Respond (Original Post) gollygee May 2018 OP
The first police in the colonies was a slave patrol. guillaumeb May 2018 #1
Right - it isn't new. This is how it was designed to work. gollygee May 2018 #2
I would suspect that many whites do not see a problem at all. eom guillaumeb May 2018 #3
Yeah I'd bet money on that. :( nt gollygee May 2018 #4
And, later on, they became the enforcers of anti labor magnates/corporations. n/t Mike Rows His Boat May 2018 #5
Agreed. guillaumeb May 2018 #6
I want to see civilian review panels in every city with RandomAccess May 2018 #7
Jason Johnson: "This is what White Nationalism looks like as policy." nt EffieBlack May 2018 #8


(22,336 posts)
2. Right - it isn't new. This is how it was designed to work.
Sun May 27, 2018, 03:19 PM
May 2018

And it won't ever get fixed if we think this is some new problem and things just have to be tweaked a bit.



(5,210 posts)
7. I want to see civilian review panels in every city with
Sun May 27, 2018, 08:06 PM
May 2018

more than about 10,000 people. And panels with TEETH.

Community Policing, of course.

And let's get rid of the damn Nazis and Klansmen:

The FBI Has Quietly Investigated White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement

FBI's warning of white supremacists infiltrating law enforcement nearly forgotten
by Samuel V. Jones | May 12, 2015

Anonymous Begins Publishing Identities of KKK Politicians and Cops

KKK Has Infiltrated US Police Departments for Decades

It's time to admit police have a history of connections with the KKK

"White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement"

FBI warned of white supremacists in law enforcement 10 years ago. Has anything changed?

Latest Discussions»General Discussion»On 'White Fear Being Weap...