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The Abuse Of ‘Feel-Good’ Cop Videos

This post is so brilliant. A taste:

These videos, combined with the countless videos of black men and women and children shot dead by cops, serve to remind us that we should both fear and love them if we want to survive. And if we don’t survive, we have nobody to blame but ourselves—see how capable of not killing us they can be?

Anybody who has been in an abusive relationship will recognize this behavior. It’s a raised hand that might be a slap but then lowers for a pat on the shoulder. It’s a friendly warning that—this time—they aren’t going to get really mad. A reminder that what you are experiencing right now isn’t really abuse—you know what real abuse looks like.

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Black Lives Matter

From an immensely powerful post:

So to ask us—when we’ve been crying for our lost kin, begging for change that would save the lives of all those impacted by police brutality and a corrupt criminal justice system, begging to be seen as people and not targets—to reaffirm for you that we believe violence isn’t the answer is not just ignorant, it’s cruel. Everything we have worked for is put at risk with these police shootings, every scrap of progress we’ve made on getting the world to see that we are human beings who don’t deserve to be shot like dogs in the street is at risk with these shootings—and people ask us, “Don’t you think these shootings are just as bad?”

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