Tag Archives: Ferguson

The twaddle of assurances and healing

Yesterday at a hastily convened university forum to discuss the violence of the last seventy-two hours, two black male students in their early twenties shared experiences that silenced the room. The first student, a Naples resident, said he was too … Continue reading

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‘A person does not lightly elect to oppose a society’ — Baton Rouge and St. Paul

By the time James Baldwin published No Name in the Street in 1972 the American left was heaving from the fissures created by a movement that had so rattled the political elites that not only had a fealty to exposing … Continue reading

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‘Economic justice is not – and has never been – sufficient to ensure racial justice’

As usual, the senator from Massachusetts treated her audience like adults: I have often spoken about how America built a great middle class. Coming out of the Great Depression, from the 1930s to the late 1970s, as GDP went up, … Continue reading

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The myth about the crime rise

A relative last week cracked a joke about “the blacks” and their protesting — after not saying a word about Eric Garner, et al. All too familiar. The white counter-reaction matters; the black one doesn’t insofar as it affects the … Continue reading

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Coates: white supremacy ‘the machinery of Galactus’

I missed Ta-Nehisi Coates’ post on the Justice Department’s Ferguson report. A masochist with a yen for reading insane doggerel so that I can have fictional arguments, I noted responses from the usual suspects questioning the report’s accuracy. Besides! It … Continue reading

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‘Off duty and out of uniform,’ black officers had been victims of racial profiling

Exactly what we need to read on Noche Buena: Reuters interviewed 25 African American male officers on the NYPD, 15 of whom are retired and 10 of whom are still serving. All but one said that, when off duty and … Continue reading

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Pierce: NYPD running ‘a slow-motion coup against all the people of New York’

Inconvenient truths: It is very simple. If the CIA is insubordinate to the president, whom the country elected, then it is insubordinate to all of us. If the NYPD runs a slow-motion coup against the freely elected mayor of New … Continue reading

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How white privilege works

Leonard Pitts, Jr. often disappoints me. Not today. Shaking his head at yet another stupid remark on conservative media, he explains how white privilege works: The inability — or, more aptly, the unwillingness — of Mr. [Bill] O’Reilly and others … Continue reading

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‘Hope is not magical. Hope is earned.’

Quoted in The Wars of Reconstruction: “When you would look over and see a man who had a large family, struggling hard up on a poor piece of land, you thought a great deal less of him than you did … Continue reading

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Michael Brown RIP

Many of my friends are lawyers, and what’s clear from conversations over the years is the ease with which prosecutors can get indictments from a grand jury even if he scribbles the request on a Kleenex. St. Louis County Prosecuting … Continue reading

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Who watches whom?

In a rush to ensure that no Fergusons happen within their borders, municipalities are considering the installation of cameras on cops. Be careful what you wish for, I said to a couple of students last week. For these twenty-year-olds who … Continue reading

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“What that means is that every shooting has been a good shooting”

As usual look to Florida as a model: Prosecutors and defense lawyers agree that the system is intended to protect police officers and give them the benefit of the doubt, though they can differ sharply on where they think the … Continue reading

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