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Re: “Three Days in July: On Why Racial Justice in America Shouldn't Require Debate.

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.

Posted by phlpshoh on 07/13/2016 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Three Days in July: On Why Racial Justice in America Shouldn't Require Debate.

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.

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/13/2016 at 4:18 AM

Re: “Marriage and Biology

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!

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Posted by toendlesspossibilities on 10/11/2010 at 11:22 PM

Re: “Marriage and Biology

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

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Posted by osyrus on 01/15/2010 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Proud to Be Mixed

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.

Posted by Manuel DePiedra on 10/22/2008 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Model Cities Have Public Spaces

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.

Maddie H.

Posted by Maddie on 10/20/2008 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Searching for Home

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,

Asa Dodsworth,
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

Posted by Asa Dodsworth on 10/08/2008 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Marriage and Biology

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!

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Posted by Katie on 09/29/2008 at 11:17 AM

Re: “How My Kids Changed Me

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!!

Posted by Linda Foss on 09/15/2008 at 12:48 PM

Re: “How My Kids Changed Me

He may not be "Mr. Vapid" or "Mr. Selfish" anymore but definitely is Mr. Arrogant Bastard.

Posted by Alythia on 09/11/2008 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Millennial Telegraph

Amazing that one person can find so much charm in a dump.

Posted by Manuel DePiedra on 09/03/2008 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Marriage and Biology

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.

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Posted by eastbay_jose on 08/28/2008 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Enjoy the Silence

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

Posted by Cary Tennis on 08/07/2008 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Dems Should Hold Their Ground

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

Posted by Cary Tennis on 08/07/2008 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Military of Ideas

Excellent writing- and Berkeley in a nutshell. Hilarious.

Posted by Jennifer on 07/17/2008 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Military of Ideas

violent knee-jerk post-revolutionary youth guilt annon.

hi, my name is greg.

hi greg.

Posted by samsquatch on 07/17/2008 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Military of Ideas

This has been the best writing I have ever read in the Express. Bravo. Good show and hire this guy.

Posted by Tony C. Yang on 07/17/2008 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Military of Ideas

fire this racist jerk.

Posted by eastbay_jose on 07/17/2008 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Take Back the Filter

You people need a hobby.

Posted by Manuel DePiedra on 06/24/2008 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Enjoy the Silence

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.

Posted by centaurea on 06/04/2008 at 5:13 PM

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