Today someone asked why it is so hard to fight racism and I thought of Hillary and how much she was vilified by the Berner left when she said we can't change hearts, but we can change policies and systems.…
She was being more honest with people than they like and was called a racist for it by the Bernie cult.

But how is that different from Ibram Kendi's argument in "How to Be Anti-Racist?"
According to Kendi, if you support racist policies, you are racist. If you support anti-racist policies, you are anti-racist. It's important to note that people can be racist on one policy and anti-racist on another.
Unlike Critical Race Theory, he thinks Black people can be racist - toward other Black people. Take Charles Barkley for example. He repeats the lie that Black people don't care about neighbor-on-neighbor crime. Says they have to do better.…
Think of Bill Cosby before we knew he was a serial rapist. He delivered his Pound Cake Speech to the NAACP. White people loved it and him because he was a specialist in blaming Black people not systemic racism.…
Anyway, just look which Black people white people love, particularly the most brazenly racist white people. Candace Owens, Terrence Williams, and others make money with anti-Blackness. Internalized racism is racism.
We spend far too much energy fighting racism and far too little fighting racist policies. That does not mean, though, tolerating the racism of BBQ Becky and Cornerstore Caroline because they are weaponizing personal racism with systemic police oppression of Black people.
But it is still a policy fight, not a personal fight. Make it standard policy to arrest people who file false police reports. Malicious summoning of the police should be a crime. Those are policies that we can change. We can never make Caroline and Becky into good people.
It is the policies and political decisions that make Black people's lives harder. It is the school funding difference, the lack of public transit, the neglected brownfields, the placement of highways and landfills, the catering to white neighborhoods & neglect of Black ones
And yes, racists will still be racist and annoy and sting people's feelings, but without the power of cultural, political, economic, religious, and social systems backing them up, they will be flies, annoying, filthy, but unimportant
This does not mean that there is no reason for Black people to work hard and succeed -- for their own benefit, their own well-being, their own security -- not for white approval. That's the key difference between good advice and attacking Black folks for white approval
Study hard, work hard, find love, and live a happy life is good advice for anyone. Study hard, work hard, so white people will like you is a fool's game. Racists didn't like Obama and how much more "respectable" can someone get? He wore Mom jeans.
And for the millionth time, we need an ALEC for racial justice - a policy center that drafts model anti-racist policies for city, county, state, and federal jurisdictions./

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So OpEds can say Derek Chauvin is a racist murderous thug - if it's clearly an op-ed. I can say Chauvin is a racist murderous thug.

And if there is justice, after the verdict everyone can say Derek Chauvin is a racist murderous thug.
Jeez, misunderstood. Widely misunderstood.
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Soon some people were arrested. All were undocumented day laborers.
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They got arrested. They all explained that this was their paycheck for working.
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I sometimes wonder whether the reason there is near-impunity for police violence and police shootings is that we, as a people, value the collective trauma this violence inflicts on people, particularly on Black people.

I don't really wonder, I am pretty damn sure.
Look at the responses from police apologists. What words do they use?
The person did not: comply, obey, respect, listen
The person was: talking too much, angry, defiant, resistant, aggressive

In other words, they were not servile.
We see the high tolerance for disrespect, aggression, anger, and abuse from white suspects while poor Elijah McClain could not apologize enough.
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More training is not necessarily the way to reduce police murdering the public. I would argue that one reason police kill people is their training. Take the "Shoot, Don't Shoot" simulator.…
Since they are penalized for failing to shoot more than they are penalized for shooting in error, in essence, they are being encouraged to shoot. The answer is not more training, it's better training and training specifically in managing their own anxiety and in de-escalation.
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