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14 Jun
THREAD

For those white folks in particular who get nervous at the idea of de-policing, and putting aside the mechanics of how we go from point a, to point b, I'd like for you to consider a few things.
2/ If you are scared by the thought of far fewer police, drastically reduced law enforcement budgets, and perhaps the eventual abolition of "policing" as we know it (in favor of other mechanisms for ensuring public safety), have you asked why that is?
3/ Especially considering the relatively low arrest rates in most of the places where you live (which signal that you/we aren't having to turn to cops for "protection" all that regularly anyway)?
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13 Jun
Folks are trying to rationalize the #AtlantaShooting of #RayshardBrooks bc he resisted arrest. Putting aside whether they should have been called to begin with (he was tapped out in a Wendy's line), it is worth remembering that resisting arrest is not a capital offense. Also...
2/ The fact that these two officers could not subdue Brooks when he first resisted, without a weapon, suggests they shouldn't be cops. And once he gets away w/the taser, threatening no one with it, chasing/shooting him is criminal. They had his Lic #. Could have found him...
3/ Fact is, police CAN go without shooting people in these cases, but in this case and so many others they choose to kill. Oddly, when white folks are beating their ass/resisting, they seem to manage to hold fire...Here are a few examples...
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11 Jun
1/ Those who defend the honor of confederate soldiers say that regardless of the cause for which they were sent to war (slavery and white supremacy according to their leaders), we should memorialize them bc after all, "they were Americans too." Here's why that's bullshit...
2/ Notice, we do NOT memorialize the 20k black folks who fought for England during the revolution (bc the crown was offering them freedom from bondage if the loyalists won). They were 'Americans' (not citizens by law but ya know what I mean) and outnumbered black 'patriots' 5:1..
3/ But we don't even learn about them, let alone build them statues the same way, and this, despite the fact that they were fighting for their freedom. The CSA solider fought for black bondage. The black loyalist fought for black liberty. Notice which one we prefer to honor.
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11 Jun
1/ Putting aside that most violence at the protests has been done by whites (& cops really), white folks have always been more bothered by violence in response to racism than the violence OF racism. A thought experiment can prove the point. It's a question I've asked many times..
2/ Ask yourself, white folks, what's your initial reaction when I say the following entirely inarguable thing:

Black folks held in bondage under enslavement had the ABSOLUTE moral right to kill their 'masters' in their sleep to get free.
3/ Does that bother you even a little? Do you hesitate even a second to agree? Or perhaps even disagree? Ok, now try it this way:

The women held by Ariel Castro for years had the absolute moral right to kill him in his sleep to get free. So too Elizabeth Smart with her captors..
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10 Jun
If you would get married at a plantation home but would not get married at Dachau it is because you do not see black people as fully human
Remember, before someone says "but one was a death camp, and the other 'just' a forced labor colony," a) the slave system did result in mass death, and b) Dachau was NOT established as an extermination camp like Auschwitz etc. It's function was actually forced labor, so...
the analogy is apt. Obviously more people did die in Dachau than at any given plantation. But it's purpose was forced labor, as with those plantations. So comparing their functions is fair and asking why we see them differently is too...
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6 Jun
So conservatives are accusing the left of hypocrisy bc anti-police violence protests violate social distancing, which we have said is important in other settings? Aw, so precious when right wingers think they're really making a point but aren't. So here's the thing...
First, anti-police violence protesters are almost all wearing masks and doing their best to prevent viral spread. Anti-lockdown protesters were almost all NOT masking bc they don't think the virus is real...or bc masking violates their notions of "real" manhood
Second, anti-police violence protesters are protesting, um, police violence. The right is protesting having to wear a mask at Costco, the fact that they can't go to a sit down restaurant or get their hair cut when they want to...One is sorta more important than the rest.
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5 Jun
(Thread) Right wingers are idiots. Yesterday FOX posted my comment from a CNN interview that if black kids don't get to enjoy childhood innocence free from suspicion and the danger of racism, white parents must take away the "innocence" of our kids not knowing about racism...
I said that if 12-yr old Tamir Rice can be killed by a cop for playing w/a toy gun in a park--something white kids do all the time--then our kids should be told about racism at least that early (earlier really). I was saying our kids don't deserve the privilege of obliviousness..
Now I'm getting hateful e-mails from morons who actually believe that when I said white children should relinquish their innocence I was suggesting they too should be presumed guilty and shot by cops like Tamir. FFS, I meant innocence as in ignorance/naivete...
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2 Jun
@LeonydusJohnson It's not hard to explain. All this reflects is higher overall crime rate for black folks, such that per capita relative to crime, the rate of being killed by cops is slightly lower than for whites. But that doesn't mean what u think it means...here's why...several points coming..
@LeonydusJohnson The question is not how many blacks/whites are killed by cops relative to commission of crime, unless you presume that raw aggregate data can justify individual cases…you are treating humans like statistics...(cont)
@LeonydusJohnson Most killings like that do NOT happen as result of a cop trying to stop one of those violent crimes. It’s like stop and frisk: yes, black folks committed dispro violent crime in NY, but only 15% of stops were for investigation of violent crime…
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12 May
COVID deniers get stupider by the day...now they're suggesting that bc most people in NY who went to the hospital w/it "came from home" they must have caught it at home, so we should end lockdowns and all be outside or at work bc home is dangerous or some such thing...

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FFS why are these people's brains broken? The fact that people came to the hospital from home is bc thats where most people are most of the time during lockdown. But it's not like C19 materializes spontaneously in your kitchen...
...it came from interaction w/a positive person which likely means someone encountered on a trip to the grocery, market, drug store, or from a family member/friend who brought it in on a visit... So if people do more interacting outside of home there will be far more infection...
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7 May
The worst part about Jacob Wohl & Jack Burkman isn't even that they're lying grifters who should be in jail for fraud and sued out of existence for defamation...we already know that. And they're so amateurish -- so BAD at their scams -- that part is hardly newsworthy...

(thread)
...their attempted hit job on Fauci could only be believed by bottom feeding QAnon nutballs, anti-vaxx conspiracy types and other losers like themselves...No, the real disgusting thing about them is what Burkman said on tape to the woman they paid to lie about Fauci...
...it is THAT which reveals the actual mindset of the right wing MAGAts...it is a mentality that glibly shrugs at the prospects of mass death to COVID bc those who would die are essentially worthless...it is a eugenicist, Hitlerian philosophy...
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3 May
A simple thought experiment that tells us all we need to know, about Trumpsters and right-wing thinking more broadly

(a thread)
So let us imagine two alternative pandemic scenarios, contrasted with the one we face now. Here's the first one:

Imagine that C19, rather than disproportionately impacting black and brown folks, lower income folks, older folks, and people with pre-existing health issues...
...were, for some totally unexplained reason, instead disproportionately felling white, upper-middle class to affluent, prime of life, generally healthy folks...sending them to the hospital or morgue in outsized numbers...
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2 May
THREAD (not too long)...

Trumpster stupidity knows no limits. At the IL anti-lockdown protest, some folks had signs that read "Arbeit Macht Frei" (roughly, "Work Sets You Free"), along w/ swastikas & "Heil Pritzker" so as to equate lockdown orders with Nazism & the Gov w/Hitler
2/ Aside from the offensiveness & ignorance of equating not being able to go to a sit down restaurant w/being sent to a death camp, there's another bit of dumbshittery worth noting, in terms of knowing history & understanding analogies, neither of which right wingers do well..
3/ Namely, when the Nazis put that slogan over the entrance to Auschwitz, it was a ruse. They wanted prisoners to think it was a work camp. But they weren't gong to work, they were going to die. Meaning, it is the fucking OPEN IT UP assholes who are the Nazis in this scenario...
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1 May
1/ If u were a "good person" whose motives for protesting lockdown orders were simply rooted in fear about lost income & feeding your family, u would leave as soon as you saw people w/guns, confederate flags, signs calling for execution of elected officials & anti-vax bullshit..
2/ Not only that, you would publicly condemn these people who claim to be on your side, for such awfulness. Same as in Charlottesville...any decent people would have publicly distanced themselves from the overt racists and Nazis had they somehow shown up not expecting that...
3/ But none of these folks ever do that. They may not be motivated by the same thing but they're comfy making common cause w/those in the above-mentioned groups. That makes them equally vile...If u march w/those people u BECOME THOSE PEOPLE. And we do not negotiate w/terrorists.
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29 Apr
1/ Ben Shapiro says it's different if an 81 yr old dies of COVID as opposed to a 30 yr old, bc life expectancy is only 80 anyway. Presumably he's saying if older folk die bc we re-open, it's sad, but not as bad as if COVID were dispro killing young people. A few thoughts...
2/ On the one hand, you can make a purely economistic argument that the 30 yr old is likely more 'productive' than the 81 yr old. Some say this. But Shapiro normally preens as a moral avatar, not given to such transactional thinking. After all, by the 'maker and taker' logic...
3/ ...one could easily justify abortion (which he opposes) bc the child would take more resources (for at least 18 yrs) than they produce, while the mother likely contributes thru labor/taxes, which may now diminish if she chooses to exit the paid labor force or go part time...
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29 Apr
THREAD/Trump's handling of this crisis makes sense when you consider the thinking of a profit-driven business guy (as opposed to someone who had dedicated themselves to PUBLIC service), and ought to invalidate the "let's run government like a business" shit forever...
2/ As a business guy, Trump knows it's important to downplay bad news about your "product." Even if the truth may come out, you deflect, deny, evade...sadly, his product now is, in his mind, America (or more directly, America under HIS leadership)...
3/ And from a private sector perspective, cheerleading your product is basic salesmanship...reality doesn't matter. Marketing is all illusion anyway. So if there's a crisis you can't let people know or admit it...even though doing so and acting swiftly would make you heroic...
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26 Apr
In light of the MI lawmaker who wore the Confederate flag face mask, Republicans need to get their story straight. You can't rail about how the Confederates were Dems, fighting for slavery/white supremacy (both true), while adopting that symbol now & saying its abt states rights
Fact is, the CSA by their own admission was about slavery & white supremacy above all. The only state's right they cared about was the "right to own people" one...their own documents prove it. NOW the GOP sits back and says nothing as their supporters hoist that flag at rallies..
Of course there really wasn't an ideological shift. The Dems of that era were conservatives (seeking to preserve existing hierarchies of power) while the GOP was more progressive, seeking to challenge them. The parties changed but it was always the right that hoisted that flag...
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25 Apr
America is divided in large part between people who want their president to be much more knowledgeable than they are and those who want someone who won't make them feel stupid and who "speaks like they speak." The latter endanger us all in the name of preserving their self-esteem
If u want a president you could enjoy getting a beer with, or who's a "regular person," why not your cousin Cooter or Aunt Mabel? I'll tell you why...cuz they don't shit about the things a president needs to know. The idea that the wisdom of common folks is all we need is toxic
Yes, some of the smartest people I ever met (in terms of true wisdom) were regular people, often w/o college educations. But ya know what? They were smart enough to know what they didn't know and to believe in the value of listening to those who DO know things they don't...
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25 Apr
THREAD/ Look, this isn't complicated. There are 3 options for moving forward w/regard to health & the economy. Sadly, almost all mainstream discourse acts as though there are only two, both of which are understandably inadequate or awful for certain people. Let's explore them...
2/ First, is status quo: keeping largely shut down to prevent an uptick in viral spread & with the existing level of public support for those economically sidelined (i.e., these one time payments, temporary boost to UE benefits & maybe PPP loans if we get that figured out)..
3/ Second is opening things back up and letting folks roll the dice, because people need to pay their bills and need the option of going back to work so they can do that...(largely the message of the protesters, right wing talk show hosts, and open-everything militias)...
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25 Apr
1/ So, a serious question for @ChrisChristie whose op-ed in the Post today was very reasonable in trying to strike a balance between opening things back up and staying largely shut down. I agreed w/ some things, disagreed with others, but there is one thing I'm curious about...
2/...& this question is for not only the Gov but anyone else who endorses his position -- part of which is, encourage vulnerable folks to continue sheltering, avoiding contact w/others, while letting less vulnerable go back to work w/precautions in place. Here's the question:
3/ For those w/pre-existing conditions or w/family members w/such conditions who are rightly afraid of going back to work, what do u propose we do for them? Do u support legally requiring employers to hold their jobs for them? Paid leave? Disability pay sufficient to pay bills?
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24 Apr
1/ Time for all self respecting "adults in the room" (so called) to stop coddling the man-toddler. At this point they have a moral obligation to say, the president is mentally and emotionally deranged and intellectually stunted. His brain is broken. We are done here...
2/ I know some will say, "but they check his worst impulses!" Really? Which ones? Which ones is he not acting on? At least if they abandon him & say why (unlike prior cowards who left but stayed quiet as to his derangement) it will signal to rational people that he has to go...
3/ The longer competent people surround him the more people can think "oh well, at least there are a few grown ups so it wouldn't be THAT bad if he got re-elected..." No. Abandon now. Signal to all that Trump is on his own...that will scare enough to end this nightmare. Do it now
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24 Apr
Um Hitler was not anti-capitalist or socialist in the way we think of that term. He killed communists/socialists of the left w/gusto. The fact the Nazis were "national socialists" doesn't mean socialist as in Marxism, any more than "hot dogs" are made of puppies bc of "dog..."
Also, some other murderous dictators (all right wing): Franco, Pinochet, Suharto, Stroessner, the Argentine generals, Lucas Garcia, Rios Montt. Perhaps college would be a good idea before speaking about history you don't know...
the body counts of these are prodigious as well...dictatorship is hardly a left wing thing...there are bloody and awful examples across the spectrum which you would know if you thought getting an education was equal in importance to grifting...or if you just used Google
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