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By reposting these images of oppression and murder (my word), we are not "…willingly spam(ing) each other with these bloody scenes…" but exposing the 'truth' of our experience in a culture that refuses to accept the evil among us. It teaches. It indicts. It reiterates solidarity. What does trifle it however, is lazy journalism.
Those like Bratton, Guiliani, national Police union representatives and others who live to defend the extreme illegal actions of Police are exactly where the problem resides. These out of touch, racist defenders of the Blue Line, despite incident after incident caught on video, distract from the country moving forward by their refusal to acknowledge the obvious. There is a national problem with how Police do their jobs when it comes to communities of color. It is not a new phenomenon and whites are only now becoming aware that something is and has been seriously wrong. The two media images most seared into the subliminal footprint of every American is the skinny blonde blue eyed woman as the icon of beauty and the handcuffed Black man getting into the back of a squad car. The impact of that imagery in both cases causes serious damage to people of color. Until the criminal justice culture is changed, nothing will change. You can't just change the Police Chief. It is the command staff,, the Captains, Lieutenants and Seargents who are the internal defenders of this sick and twisted culture. They are vested in it and charged with indoctrinating the new officers. When you change the Chief in an attempt to change the culture, this group just calls on the union to help circle the wagons and waits them out. They know that when there is no change or it does not come fast enough, the politicians have no choice but to fire the Chief. The Chiefs have to have the power to fire command staff and tell these unions to go pound sand. These Police defenders are just distractions preventing the nation from getting to the heart of the problem and making long overdue changes.
people these days want to define so many things that are constantly changing and when that comes into play, how would one define something so complex with endless possibilities? embracing differences could be one of the best ways to forge unity. although everyone is entitled to their own opinion, i say the decision should be up to those who want to live their life the way they want to live it.
this is a very great read. please keep up the awesome work, thank you!
gay marriage or straight marriage
the state of marriage is only a value to the third party as a requirement to join there tribe
marriage has no value to party a or b only an instrument to obtain passage
Cool, I'm multiracial, too. And as such, feel I have the right to dislike all races equally. It's okay to be a misanthrope as long as there are dogs.
I appreciate Ms. Roy bringing this matter to the public's attention. Far more than disappointed, I'm outraged. It looks like the citizens of Oakland have been defrauded out of $64,000,000. That's a heck of a lot of money. Moreover, the outcome reeks of the worst problem associated with privitization; namely, private interests use public money for their interests and shaft the public in the process.
aww sweet story, its a curious world out there for the communally minded..
If you the random reader, yourself are still curious, you can check out this site...
It is a local wiki listing of coop houses, communal, collective, etc,
The Acton House Permaculture Army
If you know our house, and liked it before, but thought it was too messy, come check it out again, many things have changed
I can't begin to describe how wrong "east bay jose" is. Besides being an imbecile who uses poor grammar and capitalization, he missed the point of the article completely. I really appreciate how you approached this interesting and delicate subject matter in such a diplomatic, non-partisan way. Thanks for the great read!
ly raya.... you've lost your sense of humor! Maybe you have too many kids? I laughed the whole way through. Fresh as a spring breeze and straight from the heart, a fun read! Keep up the good work, Mr. Botello!!
He may not be "Mr. Vapid" or "Mr. Selfish" anymore but definitely is Mr. Arrogant Bastard.
Amazing that one person can find so much charm in a dump.
please. gay marriage isn't about a person claiming to be a man marrying a person claiming to be a woman, and the rest of us insisting that they pass some chromosomal litmus test. it is about two people claiming to be the same gender marrying. if you can't get this simple concept, well, you probably belong working in a laboratory.
What? I can't ... could you turn down ... oh. i'm kinda weird about noise. i wear these industrial ear protectors on airplanes. i used to be a rock critic. can't anymore. hurts too much. might wear those industrial ear protectors to shows too. also the noise canceling (bose) headphones work well on planes. but i don't think they cut out as much as your basic big-ass industrial ear protectors -- you know, like the ones airport baggage handlers wear. anyway, yeah, it's definitely too noisy. best--ct
thanks, steve. "The idea that only private spending boosts economic growth is a self-serving corporate canard that should be frankly labeled as such. " Agreed. hope he wins.--ct
Excellent writing- and Berkeley in a nutshell. Hilarious.
violent knee-jerk post-revolutionary youth guilt annon.
hi, my name is greg.
This has been the best writing I have ever read in the Express. Bravo. Good show and hire this guy.
fire this racist jerk.
You people need a hobby.
Thank you for this article. I have been talking to people about this issue for years, and I couldn't have put it better myself.
When noise becomes so ubiquitous, most people learn to 'tune it out' -- and aren't aware of how much this nonstop audio assault
continues to be destructive to their physical and mental well-being, and to the society at large.
It took a long hard effort to educate the public to the dangers of secondhand smoke, but eventually that campaign was a success.
We need a similar effort to educate people about the damage being done by noise.
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