Ferguson: 'America Is Not For Black People'

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Ferguson, Missouri, August 14, 2014. Reuters

Greg Howard, Deadspin: "The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man was executed by police in broad daylight."

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  1. Greg Howard's article is excellent. Money quote:

    If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they're working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy. And because of correlations, rooted in historical injustice, between crime and income and income and race, the enemy population will consist largely of people of color, and especially of black men. Throughout the country, police officers are capturing, imprisoning, and killing black males at a ridiculous clip, waging a very literal war on people like Michael Brown.

  2. Well, he was shot six times, and the purpose was to kill him.

    We don't call emergency services for the victims of that form of state-sponsored murder that we call execution, why should it be any different in this case?

    Note: this is sad, bitter sarcasm on my part, and not directed at kopper.

  3. xzzy says:

    America doesn't seem like it's for people with a conscience either.

    Goddamn what a clusterfuck this place has turned into.

  4. "Shoot to kill" is supposed to mean, "If you are shooting, you should not be doing something dumb like shooting for a leg or an arm, just shoot for center of mass - if lethal force is not a good option then don't start shooting in the first place." It's not really supposed to mean, "If you shoot someone in the chest and they are helpless, bleeding out on the ground, put another few rounds in them to be sure they are dead."

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