Being born a woman is an awful tragedy. Yes, my consuming desire to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, bar room regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yet, God, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night.
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.