“The Only Way To End Police Violence”: Convince Americans That Their Lives Truly Matter

08 Dec

“The commissioner—no idea how or whether applicants were screened for racial biases. Now, I don’t know whether any such testing goes on today, but if it doesn’t, it should.”

What if… the commissioner was lying?
What if…he knew that they do use psychological testing to identify those applicants with violent, racist tendencies?
What if… they use the tests to rule those with such tendencies “IN” for use in the Black community and those without such violent tendencies “OUT”?
What if…?

Here’s something one is not supposed to say at a time like this, but it’s true and we all know it’s true, so let’s say it: There will be more Eric Garners; more Michael Browns. There will be, it’s sad to say, piles more of these dead, black, male bodies, and dozens or hundreds more white police officers walking away from the inconvenience of having added to the pile, for the simple and obvious reason that our political system and our culture have neither the will nor the capacity to ensure that there won’t be.

This is also usually when we pause to take note of the great racial progress we’ve made in this country over the last two generations, while adding dutifully and ruefully that there is still much more to do. We’ve made progress for sure. But on the criminal justice front, we’ve gone backwards. The harsh sentencing…

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