Thursday, December 04, 2014

Protests erupt as cop cleared; feds to investigate

From the AP via the Houston Chronicle:

A grand jury cleared a white police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, triggering protests in the streets by hundreds of New Yorkers who likened the case to the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

More here.

If you refuse to address the fact that blacks are twenty one times more likely to be killed by police than whites, that a black man is killed by police or vigilante every twenty eight hours in this country, then I don't take anything you have to say about race seriously.

You're just a joke, as far as that goes.

And don't tell me it's because blacks commit more crimes or any other bullshit like that.  I'm pretty sure that's not true.  I'm certain it's not true as far as drug crimes go: whites do more drugs and at a higher rate than blacks, but blacks get busted WAY more often.

You've got to talk about how the American criminal justice system is aimed squarely at black people, and how "criminal" and "justice" don't have much to do with it.  You've got to acknowledge that fact if you want me to do anything other than laugh in your face or tell you to go to hell.

I'm sick of this stupid fucking dance.