Thursday, August 14, 2014

If You Want Something Done Right...

Capt. [Tracie] Keesee[, co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity,] like so many black police officers, fails to address the 800 lb. gorilla in the room - the racism of police departments. Either she's trained herself to ignore it or she's plain afraid to speak publicly about it. Because of the racism endemic to police departments, to be a black police officer is to choose the police over the black community. Having made that choice, having agreed to suppress the black community in the name of professional advancement, she cannot be a role model for other black people. She's just another self-serving individual who will do or say anything to get ahead.
"arsinnius." Comment on "Strife In Ferguson Focuses Microscope On Police Diversity"
We, as a community, can't afford an attitude that says that the very role of laws and the enforcement of those laws is simply to "suppress" us for the benefit of Whites. It's an abdication of both power over our lives and responsibility for our communities. White people are convenient scapegoats because of historical acts that were freely chosen by their perpetrators. But we're going to have to work to break the cycle of past racism leading to the expectation of future racism. White people in the United States aren't going anywhere, so we're just going to have to learn to live with them; even when/if they're supplanted as the majority by Hispanics, it's unlikely that the Latin community will make our revanchism their priority. And while there are places (some of them in Africa) where police officers (and the rule of law as a whole, for that matter) are few, far between and mostly ineffective, we show no more inclination to settle there than the Libertarians who constantly complain about how the constraints of law and regulations cramp their style.

To belabor a point, others are not going to solve our problems for us. Hoping for some utopian society where we become somehow "separate but privileged" is a waste of time.

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