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arithia

(455 posts)
8. and sadly, protecting each other
Fri Jul 8, 2016, 08:21 AM
Jul 2016

over protecting the rights of citizens. Cops are a lot like doctors in that they don't really police their own. History is littered with the names of good cops driven out of the force for fighting back against institutional corruption and "good cops" who silently allow their co-workers to rape, pillage and murder citizens.

"It's not me, it's the other guy" has allowed white America and white American culture to ignore the problems of institutional racism for far too long. If generalizations about "good cops" and "bad cops" and who gets lumped in with who bothers you, I would hope that in the same breath you would condemn the generalizations cops rely on to decide who is an active threat.

The problem with prejudice is often time it is subconscious. Many aren't even aware they are doing it.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/science-of-racism-prejudice

You see it with doctors too- many surveyed believe absolutely stupid falsehoods about blacks perpetuated by cultural myths that date back to the slave trade.

http://www.pnas.org/content/113/16/4296.abstract

The police aren't any better. These falsehoods about biology have an impact on how police officers act and react to what they deem as an active threat. If even med students and doctors think, falsely, that a black man or woman is less likely to react to pain, they may be more likely to use lethal force. You see it time and again with the portrayal of young brown children as unstoppable evil juggernauts that had to be brought down with lethal force.

Until police departments and officers universally condemn this behavior and make an effort to address the problem, the stigma caused by corrupt cops will continue to drag the whole badge along with it into the depths of the massive sh*t pile of racism.

I would live to hear the NRA response to this, the person who DID have an AR-15 turned in their uponit7771 Jul 2016 #1
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I disagree with your comment. imanamerican63 Jul 2016 #3
Yes, but there is another factor --- The Blue Wall of Silence. Hoppy Jul 2016 #4
and sadly, protecting each other arithia Jul 2016 #8
The problem with your response is the fact that, avebury Jul 2016 #9
Your blanket condemnation is bigotted and prejudiced. You know nothing about the humans killed Bernardo de La Paz Jul 2016 #5
Nicely said. We need to separate the facts from the hipocary that divides the country. imanamerican63 Jul 2016 #6
That's disgusting bullshit. The cops who were killed had nothing to do with anything. DanTex Jul 2016 #7
NRA etc. need to be held accountable (2nd Amendment Remedies, Armed Uprising, etc.) groundloop Jul 2016 #10
Pull on a tiger's tail and taunt it long enough. . . DinahMoeHum Jul 2016 #11
You forgot the NRA exception for black people. Chemisse Jul 2016 #12
Well, isn't that a given? GUNZ don't kill, people do. Surya Gayatri Jul 2016 #13
I usually follow that with "yeah. People kill people. WITH GUNS." calimary Jul 2016 #14
But, the willful cognitive dissonance just goes on and on. Surya Gayatri Jul 2016 #15
No kidding. calimary Jul 2016 #18
This very reality explains SOME of the "disillusionment" with BHO, I think. You and I and Surya Gayatri Jul 2016 #20
That's EXACTLY what I thought. calimary Jul 2016 #22
Your last paragraph says it all. The answer is up in neon: GUNZ are NOT the cure for the disease. Surya Gayatri Jul 2016 #24
That's exactly what the gun nuts at the Bundy ranch were saying IronLionZion Jul 2016 #16
Gun goons. calimary Jul 2016 #19
The answer IronLionZion Jul 2016 #21
And once I actually tasted some well-prepared calimari that didn't taste like I was eating calimary Jul 2016 #23
This message was self-deleted by its author mountain grammy Jul 2016 #17
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