Sunday, July 10, 2016

Recommend Reading

On the issue of police violence and violence against police comes a remarkably cogent and insightful piece by Leon Wolf at Redstate.com, a website that's about as conservative as they come. Says he:
As the child of white parents who grew up in the rural panhandle of Texas, I was taught that police were there to help, any time I had a problem I should go to them. I should always follow their orders and show them the utmost respect. No one is more important and helpful to your community than the police.  
Now imagine, for a minute, that your parents instead grew up as black people in the 50s or 60s in one of the many areas where police were often the agents of - let's call it what it was - white oppression. How might that have changed, for understandable reasons, the way not only those people but also their children and their children's children interact with the police? More importantly, how might it impact the belief that police will ever be held accountable for abuses of their power?
Ultimately all this proves is that this is a complicated problem that requires complex thinking to solve it. The whole thing is well worth a read.

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