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Digest for November 28th through December 2nd

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 28th through December 2nd:

  • Allen L. Roland: Why Ferguson Matters – Fourteen teens have been killed by the police since Michael Brown was gunned down on August 9th and young African Americans are killed by cops 4.5 times more often than people of other races and ages. We are obviously watching our police shift their mission from saving lives to prosecuting drug wars, social injustice and an increasingly visible militarized police state
  • ‘The closet is a terrible place…’ How coming out transformed five lives – Gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, it’s hard to be happy when you have to lie about who you are
  • Rudy Giuliani Doesn’t Understand Crime As Well As He Thinks – On Sunday, during a Meet the Press panel on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Rudy Giuliani reminded the world that he is an unserious person.
  • Black Men Don’t Need a Guardian Angel. Who We Need Is Our Guardian Slave. – From 12 to 50 it's assumed we're packing, assumed that like the Hulk or zombies we possess superhuman, virtually unstoppable destructive power. So where an average citizen may disagree, even argue and berate a police officer, treating them as the public servant that they indeed are, a black man, if he wishes to continue living, must channel his ancestors. His slave ancestors. He needs to forget there is a black president and remember that the default position of cops, cop wannabes like George Zimmerman, and the population at large is to view him as a perpetual deadly threat.
  • Fury After Ferguson – This is about whether black boys and men, as well as the people who love them, must fear both the criminal and the cop.
  • Darren Wilson and Cops of His Ilk Are Guard Dogs for White America – Darren Wilson is not a monster; he is the mundane face of white supremacy.

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