Friday Fives – cops and race edition

Do black lives matter?

Yes! Goddamn right they do!  You think I am supposed to say ‘ALL lives matter’. No, black lives matter and it needs to be a priority. As you know, there has been a spate of cops shooting and beating and killing black folk. It would appear this is a new and dangerous trend. Here is the trend – everyone has cameras now because of their cell phones. See, I am quite confident that cops have been beating and killing black folk for ages… we just have proof now.

Should all cops have to wear a body camera?

This is a tough one, and I really see both sides. I feel cops should be left alone to do their jobs without being second guessed at every turn. However, we now the proof that the black community has been telling us about forever… just are shooting and beating black folks for no good reason. It’s really fucked up. Yes, sure, maybe it is just 1%. I don’t care. If you are a young black man, you are terrified to get pulled over because you may get killed. Black lives matter, so yes to the body cameras.

Is cop violence worse?  Or, just over exposed?

Not worse, and not over exposed… just exposed.

Got a good dealing with a cop story?

Yes I do, thank you for asking. I worked in the Inverness Business Park for 15 years. There is this spot by the useless and failed Sun Café where cops always trap people. The speed limit is 25 on that road. Not a neighborhood, mind you. AND… neighborhood speed limits are 35 where I drive through Denver. So, it is ONLY a speed trap for revenue, and has NOTHING to do with safety. How do I know? I have been in the business park for 15 years and never seen a single accident.

SO… like a putz, I get pulled over for speeding. Not speeding, but inertia. The cop also sits at the bottom of a large gradual hill. It is absolutely my fault. Cop pulls me over, you know the spiel. I ask him why he pulled me over. He said ‘businesses in the area complained about safety…” and I kinda snapped. While I was exceedingly polite the whole time, I went off on him. I said “Sir, that is not true. I have been in this park for 15 years and this is nothing but a speed trap. It has nothing to do with safety. I have NEVER seen an accident. Honestly, sir, this is why people resent the police. We feel trapped and tricked. I guarantee you can not tell me about a single accident here ever, or name a single business that complained. I will take my ticket because it my fault, but all you are doing is teaching people to distrust cops, and to drive the long way around this business park.”

Like I said, I swear I as polite, and even voiced about the whole thing. The cop was cool about it. I still got my ticket, but he apologized and shook my hand. MOST IMPORTANTLY… and I swear to god this is true – since that happened two years ago, I have never seen a cop in that business park. There is a reason they call me the ‘hero of the proletariat’. You are welcome!

Cops… friend, or foe?

Well, an argument can be made for both. When they spend their energy doing public safety instead of fleecing us for chickenshit tickets, we will continue to fear them when we see the lights in the rear view mirror. Yeah, when you see those lights behind you, do you think ‘thank god, the police are here!’…. or do you think ‘aw fuck!!!!’

That is not to mention the fear a black guy must feel when he gets pulled over. Now, admittedly, the young black folks own a piece of this. In that, the data on violent street crime is overwhelmingly young black men. If young black kids stop the shit, cops won’t jump to violence. I mean… when a young Jewish kid gets pulled over in his dad’s Caddy… does he worry about getting shot? No. Know why? Because young Jewish kids don’t go beating and killing each other.

Can I say something else here? Speaking of the black experience… who has had it worse in history than the Jews? NO ONE by a million miles. They have been shit on since biblical times, and continue to. Most of their entire goddamn race was wiped out in WW2. AND… that was a 100 years MORE recent. Yet, you don’t see young Jewish kids tearing shit up and refusing to participate in society and blaming the holocaust. Man, I have been dying to say that for a long time. But… I can’t say that, because I am white. I can’t say ‘get your shit together’. Because I am white. And… black leaders are afraid to say it. Charles Barkley said it “get your shit together, don’t blame your problems on white people.” Bill Cosby said it, too, but he kinda lost credibility.  Get it?

White people aren’t allowed to say “stop causing all the violent crime, and we’ll stop assuming you are all committing violent crime” because I don’t understand the black experience.  I say bullshit!  No black kid today knows anything of the slavery experience. That was hundreds of years ago, and much of the problems are self created. Move on.  Get your shit together.  Your problem with whites is self created.  Know what?  It is true, I don’t have the right to say, and I don’t know the black experience.  What I AM saying is the problem young black men are facing has NOTHING to do with slavery.  So, I won’t say it… I’ll let Charles say it.

“We, as black people, we have a lot of crooks,” he said, CNN reported. “We can’t just wait until something like [the Brown shooting] happens. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror. There is a reason that they racially profile us in the way they do. Sometimes it is wrong. and sometimes it is right.”

Then, he goes on to say this

“One of the reasons we’re never going to be successful as a whole, because of other black people. And for some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person. And it’s a dirty, dark secret.”

Doesn’t mean cops get to shoot black kids.  Nope.  That is fucked up.  Black kids need to shoot back.  This isn’t about jail and punishment.  I am going to embed this video.  Normally, I might just link it, but you need to see it.  This cop shoots a black guy who is running away.  There is more footage, you can find it.  Cop goes to pull the guy over, guy pulls over.  Then, guy gets out and starts running from the cop.  We don’t know why.  Cop chases him, and shoot him running away in the back.  THEN… cop walks up to the guy and drops a taser on his dead body so he (the cop) can claim self defense.  It is simple, black lives matter, because cops are shooting black kids for sport.

Look to the cookie, America!

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