Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Capitol Fax: Is that really necessary? #blacklivesmatter

[VIDEO] Over the past weekend I shared news stories over at the FB page for my blog The Sixth Ward about the protests regarding Eric Garner out of NYC.

Last week I has already posted about what Rich Miller wrote about this story using his own angle. And then he writes about it today with a local twist.

Every now and then I write about 2nd City Cop. Basically it's a blog written by Chicago police officers (anonymously) for Chicago police officers. Of course since both of these cases that have stirred the races up in the past two weeks involved cops I should've know they would have something to say.

BTW, if you dare venture there Rich warns you and I warn you that the comments there are often NSFW. Those commenters have opinions will state them vulgarly and will use racial epithets to make their points. If not outright racial epithets the comments will be harshly racial.

Of course to start Miller shares the story of what happens when you dare protest the police have something stolen from you and see the actions of the police. Yup one could say f*ck the police until they need them. However the issue of this story was that it apparently was fake and patently racial as the thief was purported to be black and victim was a white female.

We could agree ironic but this didn't actually happen during all the protests. Although hey I'm sure this happened somewhere in the country perhaps this does happen.

However, and why the video above was posted is because this actually did happen. I'm sure some police officers see a little bit of everything and are numb to it. And some may well want to thumb their noses at the citizens who they must serve, however, the citizens who don't appreciate it. Then turn around and wonder why there are those citizens who don't appreciate it.

So the symbolism of playing "Sweet Home Alabama" during a Black lives matter protest in a predominantly Black Chicago west side neighborhood could be seen as a bad idea. I do like the song and don't consider it racial, but I recognize that context-wise this could be as bad as playing "Dixie" on loud speakers in a police vehicle in a Black neighborhood

It's already easy to point fingers at police and all we have to do is pick a reason. We're in our rights to point out the boneheads when we see them.

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