In Defense of Banning The DiDi Delgado from Medium for Advocating Violence Against Cops
Traditional Tradesman
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You have completely missed the point of Didi Delgado’s article. Her post was about how the response from the left does not match the way the right has ratcheted up the rhetoric and attacks over the past 30 years, and that this mismatch means that what is considered “radical” or “extreme” on the left are the responses of average citizens concerned about the safety of their families. If people were to go around punching cops, it would draw a clear distinction between what is actually radical and the basic civil rights that POC are asking for and being labeled extreme for doing so. I will post her own words back to you, with selective highlights from me.

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“From where I’m sitting, there are only two possible solutions for re-calibrating the political spectrum to redefine leftist radicalism and far right conservatism. We can continue to slowly build grassroots movements and increase pressure on the powers that be to abandon their regressive and oppressive regimes…. or we can punch cops.

I think both of these solutions have merit, but cop punching might solve our problem faster. For starters, we don’t need a lot of people punching cops. We just need enough so that Fox and Friends will think twice before labeling people like me extremists. The goal is to burst the bubbles of those who view my boring ass opinions and lifestyle as “extreme” in any way. Nothing puts that in perspective faster than Officer O’Mally getting laid out in front of 1 Police Plaza.

I know that if my child one day becomes a victim of police abuse and harassment (and statistically they will), I’d want somebody to intervene and defend them. But I also know that aside from myself and Pigslayer, not many people would. I find that realization frightening. Does that make me an unhinged extremist, or a mother concerned about a legitimate threat to my child and a violation of my reproductive rights?”

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Additionally, the single Medium article that you posted in support of your claim that “cops aren’t killing black people” is incredibly problematic in many ways, but my strongest takeaway from it is that while it talks about the role of poverty in increased crime rates, it does not consider the historical and structural reasons why so many people of color live in high-poverty areas, and the role that policing, police bias, incarceration, and criminal charges have played in both building our country (think about the revenue from chain gangs and forced mining to the pennies-on-the-dollar work prisoners do) and stripping POC of civil rights and most employment opportunities after incarceration. If you are truly interested in understanding this issue, I recommend Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.

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