There are copious studies, evidencing the reality that the prospects of release are a function of race and the intersection with poverty. It is beyond doubt, at this point. Having worked in the judicial system, I can give you examples of Blacks being denied bail for property crimes, some with no previous charges The fact that Garnier was released, being accused of murdering a Police Officer, is unconscionable. Had he been Black and poor, he would not have been released...and by the way, did I read he violated the terms of his parole, recently. Pathetic.
I'm not a white, female, 20-something and I expect more from our city's representatives. For frig sake, it's 2017. At best, it was a dim-witted and tone-deaf attempt at humour and, at worst, racist. At minimum, it was offensive and he ought to know better.
Good essay. I can recall a time, not so long ago, when almost anything would be said with no regard to how people may have felt, under the guise of "academic freedom". Those who oppose trigger warnings are, routinely, of the same ilk as the backlashers who complain about "political correctness" and the limiting of "free speech" now that they, finally, have to consider what they say and don't have license to spew anything that comes out of their mouths. For most marginalized communities, free speech was never "free".
Guess years of defacto affirmative action for whites in every institution was fine. Heaven forbid there be a second non-white Councillor. What a backwater, provincial dump. White privilege is ostensibly dead, but like the killer from horror movies, isn't really.
Wow. I think all the xenophbic comments actually prove her point.
"White queer and trans people must do the vital work of unlearning white supremacy, racism, xenophobia, anti-blackness and anti-Indigeneity without burdening the queer and trans BIPOC community with ownership over that education." Well said!!!
Police excess and profiling needs to be of concern everyone. Everytime I'm hassled as a Black man it makes it just that much easier to hassle anyone. A system with insufficient oversight and accountability merely serves to embolden the "assholes". This is why concentrating on policies and procedures is crucial. Of course, many factors can intersect, such as race, age, class, sexual identity, etc., but empirical, and anecdotal evidence, as well as copious studies, tells us, conclusively, race is a HUGE problem in policing.
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