Black Incarceration: Johnson’s War on Crime, The RDL, and More

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series How Whites Hold Blacks Back

(05-29-2018, updated 07-16-2018)  Crime in inner-city black neighborhoods and law enforcement response over time have seemingly made it a chicken-egg matter. Seemingly. I explained how inner city  black neighborhoods came into being to begin with. From the start cities responded to crime in black neighborhoods differently than in white areas.

Government Violence, Militias and Intimidation in American History

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Fascism in America

Trump's calls for aggression seen in America's long history of government violence, government-sanctioned violence and intimidation by militias, KKK and other hate groups

Authoritarianism: Respect for Authority — the President, Teachers, Police

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Fascism in America

The president's almost a god, you hand your kids' lives over to the schools, and you live in a police state. As a country, America has a serious case of authoritarianism. 

Dutch Police Training: Lessons From History

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Fascism in America

(10-13-2017, updated 07-11-2018) Respect For Authority: The Dutch Learned From WWII. The German occupation (1940-1945) was a watershed moment for us. Before discussing authoritarianism in America, I'll talk about authoritarianism and the police in the Netherlands,  so you understand where I'm coning from. And I'll describe 1980s Dutch police training, which focused more on de-escalation training than on using force.

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave

(09-26-2017, updated 07-12-2018) What Are American Values? What Is Patriotism? NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem!They're  disrespecting the troops! The country! The flag! You are confused, but I understand. The symbols have become so important to you that you forget what they stand for. Do I need to remind you what your ideals are? Well fine, if you insist. Here's a little refresher, from an immigrant. You're welcome.

Trump is still the unpresidential candidate in the 2016 presidential election

(06-07-2016, updated 07-13-2018) We are halfway the 2016 presidential election and Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee. When will he become presidential? We see how Trump treats every demographic that isn't white males. And he would silence judges, shut down the press, encourage even more police brutality, and we'd have many armed militias at his beck and call.

Officer Slam’s Sea of Troubles and Authoritarian Arguments Against the Abused Student

This entry is part of 3 in the series Officer Slam: Police in School

(11-01-2015, updated 07-14-2018)  Both the police force and the school were okay with letting Ben Fields loose on kids, and so, apparently, are many others. The Spring Valley High School SRO had two lawsuits filed against him, for excessive violence and for targeting black students. Were these the first ever incidents that he was perceived as violent and racist? It's possible. But one his nicknames was Officer Slam.

What Do We Want Our Schools To Do? Discipline Or Teach?

This entry is part of 3 in the series Officer Slam: Police in School

(10-29-2015, updated 07-14-2018)  When and why did it become acceptable to have Officer Slam in school? And why is discipline seen as the be-all, end-all in American public education? If you had asked me last week what a school resource officer was, I wouldn't have known, but my guess would have been someone who was somehow involved in directing students to the appropriate resources for whatever they needed, be it the school library, the counselor, a local college, whatever. But no, SROs--School Resource Officers--are police officers who have been placed in public schools "to keep the students safe".

Spring Valley High School Student Violently Arrested in Class

This entry is part of 3 in the series Officer Slam: Police in School

(10-28-2015, updated 07-14-2018) If you're black in a public high school in South Carolina, using your phone in class can be extremely dangerous. When a sixteen-year-old girl at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina was caught with her phone, the teacher told her to hand it over. She refused. The teacher then ordered her to go to the principal's office. She refused.The teacher called the assistant principal, who then told her to leave the classroom. She refused. So the assistant principal sicced the cop--excuse me, I mean School Resources Officer Ben Fields--on her.

Reduce Police Shootings, Revoke the License to Kill

This entry is part of 4 in the series Police Shooting Black Men and Boys

(12-10-2014, updated 07-14-2018)  Considering how much emphasis is placed on firearm training, why not train the police to aim for the shoulder or leg? In my opinion, the police policy of allowing officers to use lethal force any time they feel threatened needs to be revisited. The notion that any time someone reaches in their pocket, officers can empty their clips into that person is just ridiculous.