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Officer suspended after camera captures beating

Love the mentatlity Police=good Civilian=bad People like you are the reason police feel like they have carte blanche to brutalize and harass individuals. IMO, if you are a police officer, you need to commit to a higher standard... something that might get other people provoked to physical violence, a police officer should be able to resolved peacefully. Instead, we have police forces made up of bullies who fight words with batons and bullets. If ordinary citizens participated in half the activities that the people who are supposed to protect and serve us do, they would end up in jail. Instead the police hide behind their blue wall of silence and the sheeple who believe that all police are good and anyone who they harass or brutalize MUST HAVE done something to deserve it. Not all police are like this BUT MOST ARE!!! I have spoken to several Black police officers in NYC, and they have confirmed to me that 90 to 95 percent of their white colleagues ARE RACIST. The only reason this story is a story is because this was a white boy. You can find thousands of stories like this EVERY DAY, only it doesn't make the news because the victims are Black or brown. One of the friends who is a police officer was telling me that he is in a special unit which arrests people on felony warrants. However, half the time when they are in certain buildings, his white colleagues spend more time and effort harassing Black teens who are doing nothing more than hanging out bothering nobody then concentrating on arresting the violent felons they are supposed to be apprehending. In my opinion, most of the police are more dangerous than the people they are supposed to be protecting us from!  (Apr 14, 2010 | post #44)

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Officer suspended after camera captures beating

My point exactly!!! I posted my response before I read yours, but it is so true that so much more will be done for this young man, and the police will probably get into a lot more trouble in this case then if it was a young Black or Hispanic victim!  (Apr 13, 2010 | post #11)

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Officer suspended after camera captures beating

IF you read the responses to this article on any website they are all supporting the student, and railing against the police officer, as they should be. HOWEVER, if you read similar articles where the victim of the police brutality is Black or Hispanic, automatically it is assumed by a large portion of the general public that the victim was the one doing something wrong, and the police were justified in their actions. And as we all know, in MOST of those cases, the police get away with it. How much do you want to bet that in this case, since it was a white college boy, the police are charged and convicted of a crime. I believe that they SHOULD BE tried and convicted, BUT across the board, not just because this was a white boy! How many unarmed young Black and Hispanic men are terrorized by the police EVERY DAY, and NOTHING is done about it! The police get away with it! If the police started beating up on more rich white boys, how much do you want to bet the problem on police brutality would be front and center on every ones radar, laws would be changed, police would be fired, arrested, and convicted, etc. But most people seem to just accept the idea that if a Black or Hispanic man was beaten by the police, there was a reason for it! SMH!  (Apr 13, 2010 | post #9)

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Should fat women wear bathing suits/bikinis?

I dont see a problem with a big girl wearing a bathing suit to go swimming! A bikini, I wouldn't dare, but when I go to the pool, I am not going to wear shorts and a Tshirt that get all tangled up and weighed down from all the water. I personally do not go to the beach, but I do ocassionally go to a pool party at my Dad's house or to the pool in my friends apartment complex, and I wear a one piece, modestly cut bathing suit. If it offends you, don't look. I am not wearing anything that is innapropriate or too revealing, just a normal, everyday swim suit. I have a right to cool down just like anyone else does, as does any other large woman, so deal with it.  (Apr 3, 2010 | post #49)

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Why Nicole Scherzinger Don't Claim Black Blood?

She very well may have African ancestry, but she is probably NOT denying that what she knows. A lot of people have anccestry that goes back further than they can trace, so they do not claim it. And by the way, my nose is a lot wider than hers is!!  (Apr 2, 2010 | post #440)

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"No woman in the world wants people to think she has a fa...

"She just doesn't exist" Does anyone watch Project Runway? If so then you heard this gem from Tim Gunn. He should sign onto Topix one day and read all the posts about who HAS a fat butt vs. who wants a fat butt, who has a real fat butt vs. who has a fake fat butt, and on and on. Obviously he is talking from the perspective of someone with a European aesthetic, because all of MY female friends either LOVE their big butts or WANT a big butt.  (Apr 1, 2010 | post #1)

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Why Nicole Scherzinger Don't Claim Black Blood?

All people are of African descent. She may have some "Black" in her and not even know about it. She could just be what she says she is. I highly doubt she is purposely denying her Black ancestry... there are a lot of women in Hawaii or the Phillipines who look like her, whether they are mixed with Black or not.  (Mar 25, 2010 | post #80)

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What white people fear

I don't know WHY, I really don't... but I see it all the time.. in the people I grew up with, the people who I live around, and unfortunately even in my own family. I guess people just don't want to give up the things white privilege has afforded them. They are comfortable with the status quo, because they are on the side that has the advantages. People are selfish, and if they see a system in place that oppresses some and benefits others, they feel that the ONLY reason to fight it is if you are one of the people being oppressed. Instead of looking out for all of humanity, they look out only for themselves.  (Mar 10, 2010 | post #23)

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What white people fear

I didn't type out the article, I copied it... I realize now it took time to post. And if you read my posts, you would know that I am against racism, and challenge white people to overcome the racism that is programmed in most of us since birth. The article is about white privilege, and what white people fear from multiculturalism, the loss of white privilege. I posted the whole article because a lot of people do not want to take the extra step of clicking on a link. The article is NOT written by me, it is simply POSTED by men as food for thought.  (Mar 10, 2010 | post #19)

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Is Gabby Too Big for Hollywood?

Or maybe they will use her success to improve their own self image, and learn to accept themselves as a good person, instead of being force fed the opinion that a fat person is a non person and deserves no respect as society tells fat people on a regular basis. The average American teenage girl would rather be stupid then be overweight, and that is a problem. Showing that all fat women ARE NOT stupid, lazy, ignorant slobs can only be positive.  (Mar 10, 2010 | post #77)

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What white people fear

OK I guess maybe they wanted to check it out... it was erased, then it was put back on... part of it was posted twice since I thought it had been deleted  (Mar 10, 2010 | post #13)

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What white people fear

OK I have no idea why, but they are deleting this entire article as soon as I try to post it... unfair... but the link is above, and you should check it out.  (Mar 10, 2010 | post #12)

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What white people fear

This project has forced me to cross lines around race and ethnicity, class, language, and age. The members and staff are predominantly Latina/Latino and working class. They speak Spanish and/or English, while I’m monolingual in English, and the leaders of the group include a number of people who are at least two decades younger than me. The collaboration between WDP and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center (a predominantly white group to which I belong) to buy and renovate a building for a progressive community center has gone forward with explicit conversations about all these differences and how they affect decision-making. The trust necessary to move forward has been built slowly over time, and I’m aware that the WDP staff and members are watching for signs that we are serious about establishing a truly egalitarian relationship. As tricky as this Latina/Latino-whit e collaboration can be, we also recognize that a successful community center with progressive politics cannot leave out African Americans, the third largest racial group in Austin. That means not just casting around for some black people to add to the mix, but engaging in serious discussions with people from that part of the community to find out what kinds of collaborations are needed and possible. Austin is a white-dominated city, but that’s no guarantee that black and Latina/Latino groups will automatically come together; such alliances have to be built as carefully as any other. For us white folks in the mix, our contribution is to use the resources we have to aid in that process—not trying to control it, but also not pretending to be detached. While there is a lot of dialogue necessary in this work, the dialogue is focused on a common goal: to provide office space for organizers, rehearsal space for artists, meeting space for the community, and a place for people to get to know each other. That common goal doesn’t mean we will naturally, or easily, put aside differences, but it means we all have a tangible stake in our collective success. My interest in this project flows from moral and political principles—a belief in the dignity of all and the struggle to eliminate hierarchy in all forms. But I would be naďve or dishonest if I pretended that was my only, or even my most powerful, motive. In the end, I have committed to this project out of selfishness—I would like to claim my full humanity before I check out of this world. To do that, I have to move beyond the framework of conservative versus liberal and adopt a truly radical politics. I have a choice: I can be white—that is, I can refuse to challenge white supremacy or centrality—or I can be a human being. I can rest comfortably in the privileges that come with being white, or I can struggle to be fully human. But I can’t do both. Though the work is difficult, the choice for those of us who are white should be easy.  (Mar 10, 2010 | post #11)

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What white people fear

I have been involved in many of those events myself, as a facilitator or a participant, and I have learned from them (typically as much from my failures as successes). The most important lesson I take away is that race dialogues are not enough. As long as we stay confined in a safe world that doesn’t challenge power, we guarantee failure—if our goal really is to change the distribution of that power. There’s no easy recipe for this kind of challenge, but we move in the right direction when we seek out places where we don’t feel comfortable, looking for relationships in which we can help change the dynamic. For me, that means putting myself in situations where I have to face my fear of being seen—or, more accurately, being seen-through—by non-white people. What if I step into those uncomfortable spaces and non-white people see the ways in which I hang onto some sense of my own supremacy/centrali ty? What if they see the ways in which I haven’t shaken off my racist cultural training? A desire to confront that fear has led me, over the past year, to organizing efforts with the Workers Defense Project. It’s a local group that advocates for workplace justice for immigrant workers, addressing problems such as wage theft within a larger social justice framework.  (Mar 10, 2010 | post #10)

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What white people fear

Getting Uncomfortable This analysis of the dynamics of mixed-race settings is hardly original. Non-white people have long recognized that white liberals are happy to engage with folks who aren’t white as long as their white-centric worldview isn’t threatened, and that white groups are happy to have non-white members as long as the power dynamics don’t change. I observe all this not from some arrogant high ground, but as someone stuck in the same dynamic, struggling to get out. I know that for all my writing and political work on racial justice, I still feel most comfortable in settings where my understanding of the world defines the interaction, no matter the racial composition of the group. Rather than pretend otherwise, I start with that reality and search for ways to move forward. I have a choice: I can rest comfortably in the privileges that come with being white, or I can struggle to be fully human. A first step for me has been to question the value of the seemingly endless “race dialogues” that are popular in white liberal groups. In the pseudo-­therapeuti c setting of such dialogues, with more talk about personal healing than about political change, white people are guaranteed that we won’t be forced out of a white-defined world. White-dominated institutions—corpo rations, nonprofits, universities, government agencies—are happy to sponsor such dialogues, diversity trainings, and multicultural events, precisely because they don’t threaten the fundamental distribution of wealth and power.  (Mar 10, 2010 | post #9)

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