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Second verse, same as the first. [Thursday, Jan. 8th, 2009|05:04 pm]
The richest girl in town.
You may be more racist than you think, Lauren study says
(CNN) -- Would you get upset if you witnessed an act of racism?

A new study published Thursday in the journal Science suggests many people unconsciously harbor racist attitudes, even though they see themselves as tolerant and egalitarian.

"This study, and a lot of research in social psychology, suggests that there are still really a lot of negative associations with blacks," said Kerry Kawakami, associate professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, and lead author of the study. "People are willing to tolerate racism and not stand up against it."
And in other news, water is wet.

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There is no explanation, because there exists no legitimate reason for it. The truth that will never be told, will never be entered into court record provides the only reason, and that is Oscar Grant was worth less as a human being. Despite all this florid polemic about living in a post racial society floating around, as a black man in America, Oscar Grant was worth less. That's why it was okay for him to die, face down, arms pinned behind his back, on a cold metro platform in full view of witnesses, because the tacit assumption was then, and shall remain, that his death, even if noticed, would go unmourned, and likely unavenged.

And this was no accidental shooting. You cannot accidentally shoot someone in the back, when they pose no threat, and there can be no fear of endangerment. The moment that police officer pulled a weapon, any weapon, from his belt in lieu of handcuffs any argument of accident ceased being valid. And the moment that weapon discharged into Oscar Grant's back, that officer became nothing more than a common killer, and nothing less than an executioner carrying out the will of a nation whose domestic policy has been for the past four hundred years that black lives are worth less. -- lostsonofodin

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And for those convinced that what happened on that Fruitvale BART platform was an isolated incident, know that it wasn't. The night before in Texas...

23-year-old son of former baseball star shot in his driveway by police officer
Robbie Tolan sits in a Houston, Texas, hospital bed with a bullet from a police officer's gun lodged in his liver. The son of a famed baseball player was shot in his own driveway.

But how this unarmed 23-year-old and his cousin ended up in the cross-hairs of an officer's gun, suspected of stealing a car, is a question sparking allegations of racial profiling.

"There's no doubt in my mind that if these had been white kids this does not happen," said David Berg, Tolan's attorney.

It was 2 a.m. on December 31 when Tolan and his cousin, Anthony Cooper, were confronted in the driveway of their home by Bellaire, Texas, police officers. Police officials say the officers suspected the two young men were driving a stolen car.

Bellaire is a prominent, mostly white suburb in southwest Houston.

Robbie Tolan is the son of a once-prominent professional baseball player. His father, Bobby Tolan, had a 15-year career for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, spanning 1965 to 1979. He played on one of the most-heralded Cardinal teams ever: the 1967 World Series champs.
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[User Picture]From: whypnk
2009-01-09 01:36 am (UTC)
i'm assuming the officer that did the shooting was white? i've only read one article, and no one has stated it implicitly in the posts i've ready.

that video made me cry. shit, there i go again. damn humans.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-09 01:42 am (UTC)
Yep.
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[User Picture]From: erg
2009-01-09 01:58 am (UTC)
Not sure, I saw a picture of him, thought at first glance that he's Asiatic. Fuck if I know if that makes him "White", or if that makes the guy he shot simply "other than me".

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[User Picture]From: yeloson
2009-01-09 05:48 am (UTC)
Here's the thing- the officer's race doesn't matter- racism is such that anyone, of any color can participate. Just as much as women can participate in sexism and misogyny, anyone of any color can participate in racism, even if it's their own oppression. Colorism, self hate, and violence aren't excuses against racism, "Look they're doing it to themselves" - they're signs of it's "success", to where people will even hurt themselves it's been programmed so deeply.

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[User Picture]From: skywardprodigal
2009-01-09 01:44 am (UTC)
Mmhmm. That little girl who was arrested for resisting the cops who tried to kidnap her from her front lawn's another data point on this wretched curve, I think.

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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-09 01:49 am (UTC)
I think I missed that one.... Jesus.

But that sounds like one of the reasons my mother refuses to ever live in Chicago again. She was almost taken by a bunch of cops while waiting outside her north side apartment for a cab to work--they claimed she was "soliciting." Common practice was to use solicitation as the charge, grab a black woman, drive her somewhere and rape her, and dump her.
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[User Picture]From: skywardprodigal
2009-01-09 01:56 am (UTC)
Wow. That's chilling. But unsurprising. Vile.

Here's a link about that twelve year-old girl.
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[User Picture]From: whittles
2009-01-09 05:13 am (UTC)
that is exactly what I thought of when I read this.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-09 07:19 am (UTC)
I'm actually really sorry I clicked on that link.
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[User Picture]From: chromebishop
2009-01-09 02:17 am (UTC)
Must we jumped to the conclusion that this man was murdered because of racism?
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-09 02:22 am (UTC)

That's mighty white of you.

You can afford to not "jump" to that conclusion. The rest of us can't.
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[User Picture]From: i_dreamed_i_was
2009-01-09 02:24 am (UTC)

Edited to remove shadow of doubt that above comment could possibly have been sarcasm

Fuck you.

Edited at 2009-01-09 02:51 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: yeloson
2009-01-09 05:50 am (UTC)
When I see more white people shot in the back by police, I'll reconsider my position.
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[User Picture]From: elusis
2009-01-09 08:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, I guess it could just be a coinkydink.
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[User Picture]From: liquid_siftings
2009-01-09 02:23 am (UTC)
But, you know, just because I can live a life assuming that the police will protect me when I need it doesn't mean there are any privileges to being white in our wonderfully color-blind contemporary society.*

(* sarcasm, in case there were any doubt)
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-09 06:06 am (UTC)
Privileges? What privileges?

I can't even roll my eyes anymore.
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[User Picture]From: 0ntological
2009-01-09 05:16 am (UTC)
But I thought now that we elected Obama everything is okay. Right? Right? Bueller?
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-09 06:04 am (UTC)
Yep, and I'm also getting a pony.
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[User Picture]From: 0ntological
2009-01-09 06:16 am (UTC)
Obama will save my "relationship"
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-09 06:04 am (UTC)
Also--Saturday, are we still on for Java taking us for a walk?
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[User Picture]From: 0ntological
2009-01-09 06:16 am (UTC)
I forgot that I am getting tattooed at 1 pm. :( Sunday? Or dinner before I goes to work?
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[User Picture]From: doctortina
2009-01-09 06:59 am (UTC)
oh god...I am just...horrified! What the fuck?!
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-01-09 07:22 am (UTC)
Happy New Year!

*goes back to trying to set people on fire with her mind*
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[User Picture]From: botattack
2009-01-09 08:40 pm (UTC)
this shit is crazy. but i guess it really isn't. I guess it is par for the course, and nothing better should be expected, and that's why we do what we do.

Lets be clear here. Lets be very clear. This was an execution. This was terrorism.

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[User Picture]From: toy_of_thought
2009-01-09 08:55 pm (UTC)
that canadian study made the nation-wide canadian evening news last night. it's true about water being wet, i totally agree with you, but it's also true that fish are unaware that they live in water, e.g. racists are unaware of their racism, especially when they can point to canada's official multicultural policies. i'm glad this story made the news because i think it frames the notion of what racism is in a way that may surprise a lot of fishies and hopefully send them up for air... uh maybe i just pushed the metaphor too far...
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