This is a collection of Tweets from military veterans reacting to the police response in Ferguson.
And if this shit doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.
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"So why would someone like Dante Parker or Eric Garner resist arrest? Here are six good reasons:
1. The idea that “if you didn’t do anything wrong, you don’t have anything to fear” does not hold true for black people. Most people who end up being exonerated for crimes they served time for, but didn’t commit, are people of color.
2. Blacks routinely serve higher sentences than whites—for the same crimes.
3. Once in custody, black men are rough-handled by police more often than whites.
4. Racial profiling and bias in police departments across the country is well-documented.
5. There are many well-known cases of police torture directed at blacks in prison, such as the dozens of black Chicago inmates who were systematically tortured over a span of 20 years.
6. Scientific studies shed light on how racial bias can influence witness testimony, like this finding that race can make people “see” guns, or a reach for a gun, where no weapon was present.
Asking why a black man with even the slightest bit of awareness of these facts wouldn’t fully cooperate with the cops is a bit like asking why William Wallace didn’t simply extend a warm welcome to the invading English forces. Here’s a better question: What are law enforcement agencies doing to heal their relationships with the black communities they’re supposed to protect and serve?”
It’s tragic that Michael Brown was killed. It’s even more tragic that this kind of incident isn’t as rare as it should be.
We have created a society where shoot-and-kill-first has become the norm and I’ve seen more than five articles in the past three days of accidental shootings or family members shooting each other over mistaken identity.
Our gun-obsessed culture has become a culture of death. We have become more fearful of trespassers and home invaders and robberies even as violence and crime have gone down. We need to put a stop to this before these incidents become even more common. They’re happening almost every day now.
One of those stories involved a police officer shooting and killing his own daughter. A police officer who is trained to handle situations like break-ins killed his own daughter because he mistook her for a burglar.
Instead of shooting blindly, people need to warn and try to communicate first instead of shoot and ask questions to the corpse later. Guns are supposed to be a last resort, not the first retort in an uncomfortable interaction with another human being with a will to live.
The absurdity runs deep: America is using American military equipment to bomb other pieces of American military equipment halfway around the world. The reason the American military equipment got there in the first place was because, in 2003, the US had to use its military to rebuild the Iraqi army, which it just finished destroying with the American military. The American weapons the US gave the Iraqi army totally failed at making Iraq secure and have become tools of terror used by an offshoot of al-Qaeda to terrorize the Iraqis that the US supposedly liberated a decade ago. And so now the US has to use American weaponry to destroy the American weaponry it gave Iraqis to make Iraqis safer, in order to make Iraqis safer.
It’s not just ironic; it’s a symbol of how disastrous the last 15 years of US Iraq policy have been, how circuitous and self-perpetuating the violence, that we are now bombing our own guns. Welcome to American grand strategy in the Middle East.
G. R. R. Martin, King of Epic Fantasy
I haven’t had a chance to see the season ending of Game of Thrones, but it appears we get to meet not just new characters, but something magical and new.
Whenever I read a fantasy book, I don’t imagine a different world. I like to think the world in Game of Thrones and the A Song of Ice and Fire books isn’t some far off world or a different universe, I like to imagine our world being this world in the story.
And that’s especially what I love about Martin’s books: he takes all this magic and turns it into something that could be almost real, like you could almost imagine it existing in some long lost history of Earth.
Like the from the history of Westeros, the Children: the way you’re supposed to think of them are in a way like you’d think of fairies or pixies, but if fairies and pixies were real in our world.
Think of Tinkerbell in the cartoon version of Disney’s Peter Pan. Now imagine her with real flesh and bone. That’s what I think G. R. R. Martin has done with our myths, fables and legends. He took them and injected their magic in a way subtle enough to be almost real enough that it can exist in a world where the Wars of the Roses (the actual historical even of English history) happened.
And the magic that is truly magic is incredibly mysterious - in the same way that a Walkman would seem magical to people from the 15th century. And when it’s presented, it’s either dark and frightening and not at all beautiful.
That is what I love about those books. Magic is there, but it’s so mundane or frightening that it almost seems like it can actually exist in our world.
This is why I think G. R. R. Martin has transcended all other fantasy writers and have left them behind in his wake.
The backlog of rape kits has put justice on hold for a lot of people. Back in 2009, more than 11,000 untested kits were found in a Detroit Police Department storage facility. Some were more than 25 years old.
Mariska Hargitay speaks on some of the issues surrounding the rape kit backlog in Detroit, Michigan. #endthebacklog (x)
It costs between $1,000 – $1,500 to test every single rape kit. There are over 10,000 kits left in Detroit’s rape kit backlog. Your donation can go directly to testing them. Donate to the Detroit Crime Commission’s backlog initiative by clicking here.
I am pretty explicitly anti-police in every respect. But I support Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy and her push to catalogue the egregious backlog of unprocessed rape kits in Detroit.
Her work has already identified countless serial rapists in southeast Michigan, and will continue to identify these rapist pieces of shit as she moves forward.
Who cares if this process leads to conviction or not. Just give us the list. We can take care of the rest.
"After Detroit tested the first 10% of its backlogged kits, authorities were able to link cases to 46 serial rapists." (x)
Just think about it: 46 serial rapists. And the evidence against them was out there, all the time, in those backlogged kits. And that’s just 10% of them