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Post-racial America

Baltimore

I don’t have much to add to the discussion of the riots in Baltimore that hasn’t been said by people smarter than me. As in Ferguson, Baltimore’s cops are legendarily brutal, and the city is desperately poor. Big difference today?

Also, I would recommend you read the always-insightful Ta-Nehisi Coates, who says of the authorities’ please for calm after the city rioted:

The people now calling for nonviolence are not prepared to answer these questions. Many of them are charged with enforcing the very policies that led to Gray’s death, and yet they can offer no rational justification for Gray’s death and so they appeal for calm…

When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con.

It’s another sad day for Baltimore, a place has been sad for decades. As Billmon pointed out, “every pol, pundit, think tank guru, hedge fund manager or other assorted VSP” that takes Amtrak to Washington DC -and it is the most highly-travelled Amtrak corridor- is going to see the what happened. Less than 40 miles away. Maybe it’s time to stop beating the shit out of the poors and incarcerating them, and instead coming up with some jobs and sane economic policies. Because maybe the riots are coming YOUR way next.

Philadelphia Eagle Arrested, Held Without Charges, Why?

Philadelphia Eagles 2011 Headshots

Nate Allen arrested, held without charges, most likely for being black in Florida:

Allen said as he began his drive home, he called a friend and former high school football teammate. They chatted for quite a while, and when the police cruiser pulled Allen over, he said he figured he was being flagged for talking on his phone, or maybe for not wearing his seatbelt…

Finally, he was questioned by a detective, Allen said. The detective told him that a woman or women – Allen isn’t sure which – had accused him of “masturbating while making faces at them” from the cab of his custom-wheeled Ford F-250 pickup at a busy intersection on Cleveland Ave., a major Fort Myers roadway…

Allen said before he was released, he was told the woman or women had initially described the offender as being 45-to-50-years old, with curly hair. Allen is 27 and keeps his hair cut close to the skull. He also said he was wearing a hat while driving home.

I guess it IS pretty easy to mistake a 27 year old guy with a shaved head who’s wearing a hat with a person twice his age with curly hair, if all black people look alike to you.