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[personal profile] mintywolf
Ugh forgive me for ranting but I really want to yell to somebody and I can't do it in this house.

My parents got a blue light to put outside our house, apparently this is a thing people are doing now "in support of the police." Because you know the police are the people who need support right now, not the families and communities of the people they've killed who will never ever receive justice for them because our system is so flawed that the police can literally get away with murder.

I just . . . I really hope they're just badly misinformed because the mainstream media reporting has been so one-sided and shady and not being willfully horrible (and, you know, racist). My mother is generally, or at any rate used to be, a very liberal, progressive person politically, but my sister's Virginia Good Ole Boy husband is a cop, and ever since they got married I've noticed my mother's attitudes shifting to accommodate him and I find that really upsetting. She keeps saying things like "Well, we can't know what it would be like to be in Clint's position, to make the kinds of decisions a police officer has to make." You know, the decisions police have made to shoot unarmed teenagers, on several occasions.

When I expressed my disapproval of the light she said, smiling dismissively at me, that it was "to show that there are good police officers, and we're supporting the good ones," but you can't express that much sentiment in such a simple symbol. Knowing one good cop doesn't mean that atrocities haven't been committed by other cops, and moving attention to the support of "good cops" just feels like a way of ignoring the corrupt ones and the things that they've done, and refusing to address the problem. When you make a gesture like that, you're taking sides, and the way things are right now the two sides to take are either in support of ALL the police or in support of the people they've wronged, and it looks like the rest of my family has come down on the wrong side.

Date: 2015-01-04 01:33 am (UTC)
julian: Picture of Julian Street. (Default)
From: [personal profile] julian
Yeah, I thought about it for about half a second, and decided that unless there were a recognized color of light that people were using to indicate support of the protesters, which I could put up /in conjunction/ with a blue light, then no, I was not going to put up a blue light, because wow, is the issue way more complex than just "la la la support the good cops."


Date: 2015-01-04 06:09 am (UTC)
melchar: (zombies)
From: [personal profile] melchar
[shakes head, steps back and takes in the broader view of this and finds it very troubling ...]

It's not so much that the porchlight thing is being done .. it's how it's being handled. 'Oh no - there are police officers murdering people that I will likely never meet ... but I am VERY likely to meet members of the police. And they may murder me unless they think I am their friend.' *PANIC ENSUES* 'How can I let the police know that I am NOT like those people? I know!! I will put a bumper sticker on my car / I will mark my HOME with a special light that shows I am their friend. See Mister Officer? I am your friend. Please do not murder me.'

And THAT is the reason that many people will mark their home. Maybe they don't consciously even recognize that they are rolling on their back and baring their throat so the alpha wolves leave them be. But it IS what they are doing.

Date: 2015-01-08 05:20 am (UTC)
auronlu: (Default)
From: [personal profile] auronlu
It depends, though. There are an awful lot of people who believe the cops would never shoot THEM, only "people not like us -- people who [biasX] [stereotypeY] [mediadistortionZ]."

And there's a lot of people buying the media smear campaigns of every victim, and/or sitting in their Fox News filter bubble which presents a different version of reality from the one you or I know. They believe that cops for defending themselves against violent thugs. They believe that protestors are violent and don't have legitimate concerns. That's the twisted reality they believe in. They don't know the real story, the unsettling truths. They don't believe in or know about or want to hear about institutionalized racism and shocking real-world examples of such. They don't think it's happening. They don't see that militarization of police is dangerous, even apart from the horrible racism. They don't think about the fact that the police should not be judge, jury, and executioner, and that the death penalty even in this barbaric country is reserved for rare crimes not everyday offenses.

They are living in a different world. Only some of them actually feel endangered by the police. Many really are that clueless.

(And, thanks to institutionalized racism, they are partially correct: white people are in far less danger of being shot by police than blacks, so for some of us, police brutality can be considered as more hypothetical than a clear and present danger.)

Anyway, I'm sorry, Minty. It's very frustrating, unnerving and dismaying when close family members you don't feel comfortable confronting are actively taking a stand against causes you support.
Edited Date: 2015-01-08 05:24 am (UTC)

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