The article I was responding to was clearly formed around the implication that white people were…
Svetlana Voreskova


You state “ The article I was responding to was clearly formed around the implication that white people were inherently bad and that black people were innocent by default.”

You are generalizing and not focused on the data The article did not imply that. It was referring to cops and the system of policing. It did not say white cops. The title of the article is “Good cops…” Therefore, YOU are interpreting the meaning as ‘white cops.” The author is referring to “policing” as he feels it relates to descendants of African slaves here in America. He may feel ALL policing is bad as he states he is “anti-police.” That is “anti-POLICE” not “anti WHITE police.” So yes, it includes black, Hispanic, and Asian police officers also.

I believe what the author is saying is that you can not be “good” person as a part of an evil system. So for example, you can’t be “a good slave owner” or “ a good Nazi.” Being that you are part of that system, you are inherently bad despite that fact that you may, as an individual, engage in acts with good intentions.

Contrary to what you outlined in Boston, “In the Southern states the development of American policing followed a different path. The genesis of the modern police organization in the South is the “Slave Patrol” (Platt 1982). The first formal slave patrol was created in the Carolina colonies in 1704 (Reichel 1992). Slave patrols had three primary functions: (1) to chase down, apprehend, and return to their owners, runaway slaves; (2) to provide a form of organized terror to deter slave revolts; and, (3) to maintain a form of discipline for slave-workers who were subject to summary justice, outside of the law, if they violated any plantation rules. Following the Civil War, these vigilante-style organizations evolved in modern Southern police departments primarily as a means of controlling freed slaves who were now laborers working in an agricultural caste system, and enforcing “Jim Crow” segregation laws, designed to deny freed slaves equal rights and access to the political system.”

When I stated “dehumanizing,” I meant not viewing them as human not simply treating them badly. No other system of slavery stated that its subject were not human as did the transatlantic African slave trade, to which the former ‘rules of slavery’ were not adhered. In any event, the manifestations of slavery are off topic to the author’s assertion that he feels policing is evil. Whatever West African kingdoms did or did not do is immaterial. If I was raped, I am not going to excuse my rapist’s behavior because HE was raped prior to raping me. So I don’t care who had slaves, who bought the slaves, who they bought them from, who else had slaves, etc., I am holding the people responsible and accountable for the direct cruelty, abuse, and dehumanization of MY ancestors. They may not have been responsible for the entire slave trade, but they were wholly responsible for the treatment they inflicted and for the systemic grievances they enforced. And unless you took action to stop or correct things, you were part of the problem, no credit for inaction or sitting on the sidelines watching it happen. So if I call you out for hitting me, I don’t want to hear about how Johnny was also hitting or how Sally hit me too. This is about YOU hitting ME.

You state “ Black gangs however, kill huge numbers of mostly black people every year.” What huge numbers? Why are we suddenly invoking black gangs? Do you know who black gangs mostly kill? Other black gangs. Do you know who people of other races and ethnicities kill? Mostly other people of the same race and ethnicity, gangs or otherwise. What does who black gangs kill have to do with anything? Civilians do not get training, are not paid, or do not take an oath to ‘serve and protect,’ therefore police are held to a higher standard and are not expected to conduct themselves as civilians, and certainly not as gang members, would. Are you saying that police forces are gangs?

Black Americans are less likely to dial 911 immediately following, and for more than a year after the highly publicized assault or death of a black person at the hands of police. The police don’t patrol neighborhoods of color the way they do whiter ones. I can give you study citations, if you wish.

A study by a University of California, Davis professor found “evidence of a significant bias in the killing of unarmed black Americans relative to unarmed white Americans, in that the probability of being black, unarmed, and shot by police is about 3.49 times the probability of being white, unarmed, and shot by police on average.

“The only thing that was significant in predicting whether someone shot and killed by police was unarmed was whether or not they were black. . . . Crime variables did not matter in terms of predicting whether the person killed was unarmed.”

An analysis of the use of lethal force by police in 2015 found no correlation between the level of violent crime in an area and that area’s police killing rates.

A report by retired federal and state judges tasked by the San Francisco district attorney’s office to examine police practices in San Francisco found “racial disparities regarding S.F.P.D. stops, searches, and arrests, particularly for Black people.”

“Of all people searched without consent, Black and Hispanic people had the lowest ‘hit rates’ (i.e., the lowest rate of contraband recovered).”

“Officers expect and demand compliance even when they lack legal authority,”

“African Americans are more than twice as likely as white drivers to be searched during vehicle stops even after controlling for non-race based variables such as the reason the vehicle stop was initiated, but are found in possession of contraband 26% less often than white drivers,

More policing is NOT needed in those communities, maybe a different type of policing. One does knows how to identify average civilians from those engaging in criminal activity. Police systems need to be held up for examination to root out ineffective policies and practices. We need to stop equating demands for the police to be examined to being “anti-police” or “stirring up hatred for the police.” It’s the police’s direct actions that have caused some hatred. They need to take a look at themselves and stop allowing a very few bad apples to spoil the whole barrel. Break up the ‘police code’ that says you don’t ‘rat out the bad behavior of fellow officers. In this way, police are similar to gangs. People just want equality in treatment, bad or good. I don’t live on planet hysteria, but I also don’t live on planet clueless with you. I don’t have any hatred with the police as I have very little interaction with them, but I also do not view them with absolute impunity. I think that if we don’t examine it now, there is going to come a time when it has spread to all citizens and then it will be more difficult to address.

I’m not sure what point examples of gangs of cops pillaging and looting a community in America. I don’t know about ‘gangs of cops’ but I can show you cops pillaging and looting a community. I can show you groups of civilians (black AND white) pillaging and looting a community.

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