In case anyone thinks Hawaii is la-la land and we don't have to worry about crime and police and so on, the other day I saw a man sitting with his hands cuffed behind him on the sidewalk on Kilauea with four cops standing over him. Will it be possible to find out what that's about? Why do police think they need overwhelming numbers in order to subdue one person? Haven't been able to find out anything more about this yet.
On Ferguson, I'm being very discriminating about where I get the news. Takeaway: the cops protected the "white" side of town while allowing rioters to burn down mostly African-American businesses on the "black" side of town. No cops there, no fire dep't. I assume this was a deliberate strategy.
The police are media savvy and know that the specter of rioting blacks always works in their favor. The majority of white people remain racist and they are a cowardly bunch as well, more than ready to believe that young blacks are crazy and will someday boil out of their ghettos and commit all kinds of atrocities against the fair white race. Must be a real frenzy situation in those near-in suburban racially mixed areas. It's the old ooga-booga, as Roy Edroso calls it.To me, at my age, the tiresomeness of white attitudes toward blacks is beyond exasperating. It can't be said often enough that white on black discrimination is systemic and affects all of us negatively.
Here is today's Democracy Now, best on both national and international news plus on the ground coverage of Ferguson.
And a few good tweets:
Being Black in America is exhausting.Y'all want us to sing, dance, play football, run fast, be your target practice, and be quiet.— Brittany Lewis (@Buttercup_B) November 25, 2014
We speak as if the police were autonomous in their brutalizing of black youth, homeless, mentally ill--but they are "our" public servants.— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) November 25, 2014
Funny thing is, Darren Wilson was 6′4″ & 210 Lbs, while Brown was 6′4″ 230. Your “fatal” claims just means you can’t defend yourself.— CP (@CarlinPierre) November 25, 2014