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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

#NotAllWhiteBikerGangs

Where is today's white, Harley-riding MLK?

With white citizens, officers feel it is their duty to protect the unsafe and de-escalate the situation. With Black citizens, officers, acting out of their own fear, escalate conflicts, antagonize citizens, and move swiftly to the use of tanks, tear gas, and billy clubs to subdue, even lawful and peaceful protests. What Malcolm X pointed to, and what we would do well to recapture on this week, as we, if we are brave enough, choose to remember his life, is that there is something fundamentally dishonest about a society that revels in the violence of one group while demanding non-violent compliance from another. That kind of thinking is unjust, unfair, and unproductive. And for those of us who are not white, white ignorance on these matters is not bliss.

BUT COPS ARRESTED MORE WHITES IN WACO THAN THEY'VE EVER ARRESTED BLACKS!!!  #BlackPrivilegeQED

ntodd

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Not sure how much Waco police and sheriff's deputies "de-escalated" the situation by firing at the bikers and shooting at least some of them.

Initial reports were the police/deputies did all the killing. That doesn't seem as accurate now, but I'm not sure how they "de-escalated" this by firing at everybody who was already firing at everybody else. Is the argument that, if the bikers were black, the cops would have dusted off and nuked the whole thing from space?

Maybe these bikers were just more stupid than riled up about generations old injustices done to them, and once the shooting started they all looked for a place to hide. Which made it easier for the police to "de-escalate" and round up and arrest nearly 200 people.

Most of 'em were old, too. Probably not that anxious to die, having made it that long.

Posted by: Rmj | May 20, 2015 10:40:03 AM

Adding: this really didn't last long enough to get to tanks and tear gas. As I say, most of these guys seem to have surrendered and wanted the shooting to stop.

I'm not sure, either, how I'm "retelling" in the violence of these yahoos. They were idiots, and they're all in jail on $1 million bail apiece. What's to enjoy about that, except more people weren't killed?

I do kinda wish "Twin Peaks" had gone up in flames, though, 'cause that'd be cool.

Posted by: Rmj | May 20, 2015 10:43:35 AM

Somehow "revelling" became "retelling." Stupid auto-correct. Stupid old eyes.

Posted by: Rmj | May 20, 2015 10:44:12 AM

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