John Oliver on Ferguson and police militarization - must-watch video

"[A curfew] is profoundly patronizing. 'Look, let's see if you can all remain quiet for twenty minutes, and then we'll see if you can all go and play outside.' If even the governor can't distinguish between the good and the bad elements of the community, and has decided to punish everyone equally, then that should go both ways. I know the police love their ridiculous, unnecessary military equipment, so here's another patronizing test: let's take it all away from them, and if they can make it through a whole month without killing a single unarmed black man, then, and only then, can they get their fucking toys back.'"

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization

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  1. Once again, this has nothing to do with police militarization. This killing didn't happen because of militarization, it happened because of anti-Black racism. The crackdown happened because of anti-Black racism.

    The protesters are Black. And they aren't out there complaining about the police "wearing fucking camo" or demanding they put their regular uniforms back on. They're complaining about racism, and the continual violence US authorities have subjected Black people to. Violence they subjected us to long before any of this militarization began. And violence they'll continue to subject us to even if we put an end to militarization. Because once again, none of this has anything to do with militarization.

    Stop being ignorant of US history. Stop taking this event out of it's proper context. Stop trying to hijack other people's pain and death and oppression to advance your agenda at the expense of theirs.

  2. Is it possible there's more than one thing going on there? Or do you have the only valid point of view?

  3. Police militarization happened because of racism, too.

    mirror mirror, on the wall.

  4. The killing had little or nothing to do with police militarization. The protesters' initial grievances had little or nothing to do with police militarization. The racism at the issue's core certainly predates recent police militarization.

    The heavily armed response to those protesters, like stun grenades and combat gear and armored transports and tear gas? THAT is some hardcore police militarization, and it's one element of this ongoing clusterfuck that deserves some serious public scrutiny.

    If a racist cop with a gun is a problem then shouldn't we be even MORE concerned about a racist cop with a rocket launcher?

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