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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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Nov. 26th, 2015 10:12 am (UTC)
As Gen. Sheridan said about Native Americans, I knew a good Chicago cop, but she’s dead. Bernadette’s sister was injured in the line of duty when she stepped between a brother officer and a handcuffed prisoner he was clubbing.

Nov. 26th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
She was a good cop indeed, then. I'm sorry that her bravery and sense of proper duty resulted in her injury.

There are good cops all over; I have covered the cop shop in every beat I've handled, and there are good men and women in every department. But when they're walking into an infrastructure built, historically, not to serve everyone, but to enforce the status quo for a given number of people and that's that, there's little they can do, and a lot of danger that they'll give up, become corrupted by the system, fall into the Thin Blue Line way of thinking ... yeah, good cops don't stand much of a chance of staying good, or of doing good, in our system.

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