December 22nd, 2014

The New York Cop Shooting Thing

In a way, this actually demonstrates some racial progress. Because, let me tell you, 20 years ago if a black man in New York had executed two on duty cops, the police would have responded by pretty much beating up everyone who lived in the north side of the island.

This time they  just protested.

And, 20 years ago if somehow cops had been filmed killing an unarmed black man there would have been riots in New York.

This time people just protested.

That's heading the right direction. Obviously we are very, very far from where we should be as a society.

But, as it is, if the reactions on both sides are simply to say "Please, don't kill us" that is much, much better than any historical reaction I can think of.