- Aug 26, 2012
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I will try to answer this and them need to take a break. It is too close and important an issue to me and I find it too difficult to stay unemotional and within TOS.
What I would suggest is rather than focus on the inconvenience and wonder why they're doing it, or why you can't relate, ask what it is that has so many people feeling unheard and upset. Seek out the personal stories. Check out indie media sources where the stories are written and reported by people in the affected communities. Indie Black media has been doing great reporting and in-depth stories.
If you want to help there are many, many ways, the most important, and first step being to simply listen, and not dismiss. Maybe you can support community groups with time or money. Maybe you can donate to indie media. Maybe talk to your kids about how everyone deserves to have their bodies and rights and dignity respected, even the suspects and criminals, even "the least of these".
I dunno. I don't really think it's communities of color's responsibility to tell others how thy can help, because it's very easy to find ways, and it's not the duty of people of color to educate the rest of society how they can go about fixing injustice. Maybe instead of listening to people of color, the majority needs to start with a hard look at themselves and how to fix themselves?
And with that I'm out. eace:
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Zurich.... Great analogy.
And that is why independent research into the debacle we are experiencing as a whole needs to be addressed.
What is the role of today's LE needs to be defined. Have they become too militarized since 9/11 or has there been a need for that?
What are the expectations of the actions & roles of our citizens?
Are they accountable in any way?
Are citizens abreast of the laws & repercussions as much as they should be?
And then there is the cause & effect----if a law-breaker does this then he/she can expect this or that.
Are there grey areas & what are they (from LE's perspective & from the citizens).
See, we can't even begin to remedy a bad situation if we can't even define what all of our roles & duties are within our society.
And we must educate through research.
We all have our own perspectives, assumptions, & emotions. But that doesn't make them true. We need research, eduction, training.
It's time for that.....actually, it's long overdue.
I don't think we need research to tell us what our roles and duties are. To me it is very simple. We need to have compassion for others. If everything we do comes from that perspective, everything else will fall into place. IMO