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#BlackLivesMatter – some links. November 25, 2014

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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A white man can take a gun and deliberately attack state troopers and be taken into custody alive, but somehow the police can’t manage to apprehend a black 12-year-old playing with a toy without resorting to deadly force.

“They was like, ‘Put your hands on the door,'” said DeShawn. “I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.‘ I was like, ‘Why are y’all in here?'”

“Dallas police said that Donald Maiden Jr., who had just celebrated his 8th birthday on Sunday, was playing tag outside his apartment complex on Tuesday. According to his grandmother, Maiden ran inside to get some toys and was shot as came back outside. ”

‘Why would they do that — to me?’ he whispered breathlessly into the phone. ‘Dad, they don’t know me. And they weren’t acting drunk. It’s just 3:30 in the afternoon. They could see me, and I could see them!'”

“Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” The data suggests he was barely exaggerating: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.

“In the past five years, more Utahns have been killed by police than by gang members. Or drug dealers. Or from child abuse.”

“There’s a lot we don’t know about how many people have actually been killed at police hands in the United States, thanks to woefully inadequate transparency and federal record-keeping. But there’s one thing we do now know: Among those we do know were shot by police, black teens were 21 times more likely to be shot dead than their white counterparts.”

“The notion that violence within the black community is “background noise” is not supported by the historical record—or by Google. I have said this before. It’s almost as if Stop The Violence never happened, or The Interruptors never happened, or Kendrick Lamar never happened. The call issued by Erica Ford at the end of this Do The Right Thing retrospective is so common as to be ritual. It is not “black on black crime” that is background noise in America, but the pleas of black people.” Ta-Nehisi Coates lays down links and analysis.

And you’ll notice that nobody ever concern-trolls about white-on-white crime. Even though FBI statistics show more than 8 white people were murdered every day in 2011 — 83% of them by fellow white people. Where is the outrage from the white community? Where are the calls for white leaders to speak out?

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