Here in the US, we went to sleep hearing about one police shooting, and woke up to another. Today seems like an appropriate day to link to Campaign Zero.
Please visit their site.
The group is doing great work to turn the general dismay, horror, and outrage against unnecessary acts of police brutality into concrete political action.
If you live in the U.S., and you feel appalled by latest incident of a black person being needlessly murdered during what should be a routine interaction with the police, take a look around Campaign Zero for real things you can do today.
The site can tell you the email address of your local elected representatives, and their position on legislation related to this ongoing tragedy.
You can also see where Clinton, Trump, and Stein stand.
P.S. I don’t know if I need to say what follows — everyone who reads this blog seems like a cool, thoughtful person — but:
One. It isn’t “anti-cop” to feel outraged at the current situation: it’s obvious that police need more training, better funded practice facilities. Many of the incidents caught on camera show panicked, frightened men who shoot in a mistaken belief their lives are in danger. Clinton’s plan, incidentally, include extra funding for precisely this sort of training.
Two. It isn’t “anti-white,” either. It’s not “reverse racist” to say that due to the particular history of the United States, American police officers are far more likely to (subconsciously) believe black men and women pose an immediate threat, and act out of proportion. I can link to a wide range of studies on this issue if people are interested.
Three. Also: we can’t use some other tragedy or talking point to wave away the problem (like “what about Chicago?!”). Every year, more Americans are killed by cows than ISIS-related terrorists, but we choose to see the deaths caused by cows as a tolerable aspect of modern life, and the deaths caused by terrorists as intolerable. Choosing to see a thing as intolerable is a philosophical, political question, unrelated to superficially related events in the real world. Police brutality should be intolerable. If I invite men and women with guns and legal authority to my house, I need to be sure that they will not panic and shoot me.
As always, I would love to hear what you think. Comments, however, as always, have to be approved (or not approved) by me, and crude troll-like ones will not be.
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