In a society in which racism is imbued in our history, incorporated into our institutions and woven into our identities, Black Lives are "perceived" as being more threatening than are white lives. That's why Black Lives Matter.
THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST RACIST LIES IS A STATISTICS COURSE So I wasn't planning on posting today. I was perfectly happy with the traffic my most recent post received. I was planning on vegetating after a long week at work, watch a movie with my wife, eat some pizza. I came home, clicked on Facebook... Continue Reading →
OUR CHILDREN ARE GROWING UP IN A NEW AGE OF SEGREGATION I like to use an educational technique that I call The Serendipitous Curriculum. I've been ribbed about it by administrators in the past, but I believe it is one of the most powerful tools in education. The process is simple. Whenever an unplanned opportunity... Continue Reading →
ON CONFLICT CYCLES AND THE POLICE/SUBJECT INTERACTIONS In the last year I've offered an explanation of police brutality and community conflicts that, I believe, transcends the simple "racist cop/deserving subject" paradigm (here, here and here). My goal is to try to understand the complex nature of what I see as a conflict cycle existing between... Continue Reading →
BREAKING THE MYTH OF THE RACIST "BAD APPLES" If the Black Lives Matter movement does nothing else, at the very least it, and associated movements, forces us to discuss race. In many regards, race and racism has been a silenced issue for about a generation. We have the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights... Continue Reading →
Fear and Prejudice in Police Decision Making Two articles that appeared in Vox, taken together, were very revealing with regard to the ongoing debate and protest on police violence. The first had to do with explaining the violent responses of police in the field. The second elaborated on a psychological phenomenon referred to as implicit... Continue Reading →
To the Police Note: I was planning this post for a few days, but in light of the despicable murder of two police officers in New York I feel that a caveat is in order. Violence is only justified in terms of self-preservation or protection of the innocent. And this only if no other options... Continue Reading →
"Who do you protect!" Heard from the crowd being attacked by militarized police, "No one is attacking you all. You are not in danger in any way. We are in danger from you." Isn't the police motto "to serve and protect?" I guess we should be more specific with whom is being served and protected.