January 8th, 2009

deliver us

Second verse, same as the first.

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.