Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for March 9th from 12:52 to 12:59:
- A U.S. Citizen is 58 Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist – Most people have seen the number floating around social media that suggests that citizens are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist, but new data revisions suggest this number was dramatically underestimated.
- Race, History, a President, a Bridge – The mind imagines the horror at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, but the president’s speech was not only about the past.
- Yes, Black America Fears the Police – Here’s Why – We are not criminals because we are black. Nor are we somehow the only people in America who don’t want to live in safe neighborhoods. Yet many of us cannot fundamentally trust the people who are charged with keeping us and our communities safe.
- Confronting the Rhetoric of “Black on Black Crime”: A Response to Derailing Strategies – This is a derailing strategy because people feel compelled to respond to the question of "Black on Black crime," while the conversation regarding police brutality is interrupted. However, it is a mistake to respond to the question of "Black on Black crime." It is a classic derailing strategy because it seeks to turn the focus away from the issue at hand and onto the protesting community, as if to say that you are not allowed to call out the violence of the state unless everything and everyone in your community is in order. It is also a derailing strategy because it suggests that one issue necessarily replaces the other.
- Dan Savage challenges Ben Carson to prove being gay is a choice: “Suck my d***” – The Seattle columnist said that sometimes you have to be just as vile as conservatives to get their attention
- DOJ Ferguson report could be about many U.S. towns – Mostly white cops overseeing mostly minority communities; questionable uses of force; poor dealings with mentally ill: many say these are nationwide issues