In Defense of Punching Cops
The DiDi Delgado

As someone who has enjoyed a lifetime of white male privilege, it’s hard for me to avoid appearing presumptuous in any response to you. I think, though, that on some level, both of us share a sense of rage and a feeling of being overwhelmed in the face of the ugly and pervasive reality of police violence and white supremacy that has been so clearly revealed of late. So the first thing I want to say is, you are justified in feeling a sense of rage, and you are not alone. The next thing I want to say is, please do not allow yourself to succomb to a distorted view of reality, because the media do not paint an accurate picture. Please consider that there are millions of people who share your sentiments, whatever their skin tones. Not only that, but the sickening avalanche we have witnessed of late, of police shootings, acquittals, and apparent impunity, along with the cluelessness of many “people who think they are white”, as Baldwin put it, has in fact been a wake up call for many of us. But I think that instead of just blindly attacking “the police”, those of us who agree have to unite in a way that is not scripted and predictable, and that does not merely play into and feed the existing white supremacist world view.

If you look around, I think you will discover that we have many allies in strange places. Even many cops don’t agree with the prevailing order of things (Check out what ex-Baltimore cop Michael Wood has to say on the subject:, but look what happens when they try to take a stand against it! (Watch the movie Serpico, for example; when it comes to police accountability, in some ways, sadly, the more things change, the more they stay the same.) That’s the dynamic we have to change. And yet, change is possible. Read Steve Early’s book about Richmond, California, for example (“Refinery Town”).

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