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Campus Question – August 19, 2014

August 19, 2014

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Campus Question – August 19, 2014

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Today conservatives were outraged that civic activists have set up a voter registration booth near the site where Michael Brown was shot. Law professor Dorothy Brown wrote last week that voting, not rioting, is the path to taking power, but Missouri GOP chief Matt Wills called the registration booth “not only disgusting but completely inappropriate,” and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said no one should “capitalize on this tragedy with your own policy initiatives.” But with lingering mistrust of police in black communities, isn’t voter engagement the best response?

  • http://BPICampus.com/ Crissie Brown

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureA Few Thoughts on Ferguson
    Midday MatineeTuesday’s Tale: Fore!
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – Australia Retreating from Renewable Energy

  • http://BPICampus.com/ Crissie Brown

    It speaks volumes about the GOP that they think registering voters — in a predominantly black community run almost entirely by whites — is “not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.”

    The last link is worth reading in full, and I agree with Paul Waldman: in a democracy, registering and mobilizing voters is the most appropriate response to this tragedy.

  • http://BPICampus.com/ Crissie Brown

    And if you want a sense of the contempt many police officers feel for the rest of us, read this angry screed at the Washington Post:

    Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?

    In other words: do what I say or I’ll hurt you … and it’ll be your fault that I hurt you. That’s not “law enforcement.” That’s an abusive husband on the street.

    • Beltwayjim

      This is a short quote from an Al Jazeera America story that includes a film clip of the incident.. http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2014/8/18/police-to-al-jazeerajournalistinfergusonillbustyourass.html?utm_content=general&utm_campaign=ajam&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow

      “The officer eventually dropped my arm, and we got in the cab and
      left. I was mostly bemused by the encounter. Why would an officer so
      blatantly threaten a journalist for doing his job while cameras were
      rolling?

      But the more I thought about it, the more the encounter seemed
      emblematic, albeit on a vastly smaller and, by comparison, almost
      insignificant scale, of the dynamics we’re reporting on in Ferguson.

      The vast majority of the officers I met around St. Louis were doing
      the best they could in a difficult and dangerous situation. But the type
      of officer that we encountered – one who uses his authority to bully
      the public and press, simply because he is protected by the law and a
      gun – gives others a bad name. That kind of police impunity seems to be at the root of the anger and protests we witnessed.

      In our case, the result was a minor inconvenience. But for many
      African-Americans living in neighborhoods heavily patrolled by police,
      the stakes of an encounter with officers who abuse their authority
      without fear of reprimand have proven to be much more deadly. Until such officers are held to account, the dynamics of the protests in Ferguson and across the country are unlikely to change anytime soon.”

      We did not stop it after the Democratic Convention in 1968 and we still haven’t stopped it. If anything, the federal government has been coordinationg it.

    • Gardener

      Or wife……

  • Linda

    Registering voters and then using GOTV to get them to the polls is an incredible response to this tragedy. I absolutely salute the volunteers who are doing this. I heard on NPR and can’t find a link that black fraternity members are registering voters. Go volunteers!

    Why is the right wing upset about this? Easy. They realize that they will be in the minority soon. They count on their right and white voters to turn out. The idea that black and brown voters might also discover the power of voting scares the poop out of them. If I gave a sh!t I might send Rep. Ryan a roll of toilet paper. HeHe :)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/ferguson-good-news_n_5689027.html

    The Huffpo link is a good news story about positive community responses and ways that we can help.

  • Gardener

    Of course it’s best, that’s why the TGOP is squawking…

  • Linda

    You’ve got to check out this app developed by 4 Georgia teens. Five-O which is apparently slang for cops allows users to rate their interaction with a police officer. Positive or negative.

    http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/08/these-teens-made-app-fight-police-brutality

    It’s called Five-O, after the slang term for police, and it’s the brainchild of siblings Ima, 16, Asha, 15, and Caleb Christian, 14, who live in a suburb of Atlanta. Here’s how it works: After interacting with a cop, users open the app and fill out a Yelp-like form on which they can grade the officer’s courtesy from A to F, check a box if they were verbally or physically abused, and add details about the incident. They can view ratings on other cops and police departments across the country, participate in community forums, and check out a Q&A titled “Know Your Rights.”

  • Beebz the Squirrel

    Is “injecting race” into the discussion so “disgusting” or “inappropriate” if race genuinely is a very real factor in the incident and its aftermath? I don’t think so!