Dog wrote:I believe police develop a very strong « us vs them » mentality. Demographics with higher crime rates and/or lower social standing will be treated much more harshly and violently. In the US particularly, because of historical and socio-economic reasons, that tends to mean police will treat blacks and latinos more violently than whites. That’s the racism issue in policing (and I’m being nice by excluding the downright racist). It is a problem of approach. It is a problem of mentality. It escalades confrontations to a deadly point for nothing and the police will be more trigger happy as they are dealing with their mental « enemy ». It’s not much different, for example, as the heavy handed military tactics used by brazilian police in the slums. It creates a cycle of violence and community mistrust and resentment that keeps the spiral going. Heavy handed police handling of problematic areas and demographics is a problem. So is their militarization. « Profiling » as you call it, stereotyping, dehumanizing leads to violence. They are not seperate worlds.
But you don't think that portraying police officers as enemies has an effect on these kids' reaction towards cops? We'll never get out of this loop dog.. rather just agree to disagree. Maybe I care because I was unjustly treated by the police when I was young and dumb, and heard a whole lot of stories of shitty cops from my dumb friends. I spent years in fear of them and it took me years to realize that the police as not my enemy, that it was partly the fault of one particular moron officer and partly my own fault for breaking the law. I think black kids shouldn't be seeing their police officers as enemies, they should trust them and go see them when they need help. Because I believe that the vast majority of police officers, even in the US, just want to do their job proudly. Generalizing about a race, or about a profession, is basically the same. Trust must be earned too, obviously, and things must change without a doubt.
I think this is a fair question. Is bringing complaints to the forfeont the best strategy to have them addressed. I think that’s an « it depends » situation. Overall, I tend to think that what doesn’t get pushed doesn’t get done. And, frankly, I think there is something terribly wrong when people react to complaints by going full alt-right like retard. I think that’s indicative of people not wanting to give what is asked. Wanting minorities to « stay in their place ». I don’t really think the (wider societal) discussion is really about strategy. I think it’s about substance and that’s why it’s so hot button.
You can't go around calling everyone a rapist and sexist and a racist and variousphobes and not expect some sort of backlash. "Angry white men" is not more acceptable than "angry black men", yet one is racism and the other is totally fine and a progressive view of the world. Apparently people get angry when they are being called pejorative things. Huh, who would have thought?