What George Floyd and Christian Cooper have in common

Article here. Excerpt:

'One such murder: that of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American from Chicago, who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of offending a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, in her parents’ grocery store. The all-white, all-male jury took 67 minutes to acquit the two men accused of the crime. One juror reportedly said, “If we hadn’t stopped to drink pop, it wouldn’t have taken that long.”

According to a news report at the time, one of the defense lawyers, J. W. Kellum, told the jury that they were “custodians of American civilization,” adding, “I want you to tell me where under God’s shining sun is the land of the free and the home of the brave if you don’t turn these boys loose; your forefathers will absolutely turn over in their graves.”

Cases in which fictitious black men were accused of crimes are too numerous to list, but some have caught the mainstream public’s attention more than others. In 1994, Susan Smith, a South Carolina mother of two, told police a black man had driven off with her young children strapped into the back of the car. After her car was found in a lake, she was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murders of her 3- and 1-year-olds.'

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... black men much moreso are likely to be viewed suspiciously or as having nefarious motives during routine interactions. When it comes to racial issues I tend to err on the side of caution in doing so but even I know this is true.

The 800-lb. gorilla here is this: "Black Lives Matter" is more accurately rendered as "Black Men's Lives Matter". I don't deny black women are on the end of racism at all. I do however know that when it comes to a black person being choked to death by the police, it's much more likely to be a black man rather than a black woman killed by this action.

My own take is that police by and large need a different training protocol when it comes to subduction. If they were taught, say, Brazilian Jui-Jutsu vs. the kind of stuff they're currently taught, they'd know how to subdue a person w/out needing to place his breathing/life in jeopardy. It's my belief that the great bulk of police officers are not racists in the sense that they are singling out blacks for extra-rough handling. But some are; a small percentage, the "bad apples" spoiling the bunch. I believe the police's biggest problem is under-training in safe subductive techniques.

Undoubtedly there will be those who disagree with me, but I am an MRA. I'm used to that by now. :)

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