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Dept. of Just Keep Swimming

Long Day

Long day, long week, no brain - or at least little brain - tired body (but I'm managing to exercise at least 5 days out of 7). Getting a little more gutted by Face the Raven each day, which I think shows the power of that episode. Maybe I'll talk about it tomorrow.

More gutted, by news of the Laquan McDonald tragedy and travesty. I'm the sister of a police officer, but I feel no hesitation at all in saying yes, the system of policing in this country (and probably on this continent) is built to reinforce racism, despite the best efforts of good police officers, built to maintain systemic destruction of black bodies, minds, lives, and futures. It does so in the service of a culture that does not think The Other is part of it. Each death, and each denial that it's racism - or misogyny, or transphobia, take your pick -  kills democracy just that little bit more.

Going out now for miso soup, green tea, some mackerel, and relaxation. Back later. Love y'all.


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gerisullivan
Nov. 26th, 2015 02:09 am (UTC)
I'm the sister of a police officer, but I feel no hesitation at all in saying yes, the system of policing in this country (and probably on this continent) is built to reinforce racism, despite the best efforts of good police officers, built to maintain systemic destruction of black bodies, minds, lives, and futures. It does so in the service of a culture that does not think The Other is part of it. Each death, and each denial that it's racism - or misogyny, or transphobia, take your pick - kills democracy just that little bit more.


I wish so very much that I could argue with you on this, but the closest I can come is to wonder how much of it is the system and how much is due to the culture of policing as well as the wider culture of country (or continent). And even that doesn't matter -- the factors are acting in concert with each other, and if one weakens over time, the other will surely strengthen to maintain the utterly sickening status quo.

Thank you for the clarity, beauty, and power of your prose. And congratulations on the exercise front! That's huge in a different way, though it also speaks to the ability of humans to made individual changes, hard though they may be. Enough of those can change the world, and give us hope for a better future.

Love you, dear. I'm so very thankful for our friendship, and for the honor of reading your posts here.

kaffyr
Nov. 26th, 2015 03:07 am (UTC)
My dear, your words about what I've written are extremely kind; thank you.

but the closest I can come is to wonder how much of it is the system and how much is due to the culture of policing as well as the wider culture of country

That's the thing, though: our culture is maintained in huge part by policing as it is now - our infrastructure comprises an unholy melding of corporatism and militarized police - because racism calls for the systemic removal of power from anyone that the group in power deems The Other. That you and I are deemed part of Real People allows us to see the pattern from above. God help those who see it from the ground level point of view of The Other.

All I can say is go and find a copy of "Between The World And Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates and read it.

I love you too, my dear. I am very lucky to know you, and very thankful!
gerisullivan
Nov. 26th, 2015 06:40 am (UTC)
Thank you for the reminder -- I've been intending to read Between the World and Me ever since it came out this summer. I've just added it to the next book order I place.

kaffyr
Nov. 26th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! once you get around to reading it, I'd like to hear what you think of it.

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