The Widdershins

Activist Monday: Law Enforcement and MLK

Posted on: January 19, 2015

Good Monday, Widdershins. I need to make this a short post today, but I hope I can get enough in to inspire thought and discussion.

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day every year, and mourn the passing of this activist and visionary giant, I know I always think about whether or not we have achieved his dream of men and women being judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Well, we did elect, and re-elect, a black President, which means that in some ways, we are making progress. (I cannot imagine this having happened in MLK’s day; can you?)  As we have seen from the recent spotlight on cop killings of African-Americans, however, there is far more work to be done in our law enforcement community, which is lagging behind civilians in terms of racial attitudes and understanding.

Below are links to some telling statistics about racism and how it deeply affects the way we, as a society, enforce the law. If I were in charge of trying to improve the lives of black people everywhere, this is where I’d start.

New York Police Killings: The Politics of Race and the Use of Force

No, Justice is Not ColorBlind

This is an open thread.


8 Responses to "Activist Monday: Law Enforcement and MLK"

I am probably one of the few active Widdershins that fully recalls the age of civil rights activism, and I can honestly say that there would have been no way to elect Obama in 1965. That said, I struggle with trying to equate the thought of a two-term AA president with steadily deteriorating voting rights,

When I try and make sense out of the Civil Rights era and the world around us today, what strikes me is the consistency of fear — unwarranted fear as an impediment against change. The arguments advanced in the 1950s and 60s proved baseless and totally without merit, but nonetheless they advanced oh so many political careers.

Take your pick of issues, same-sex marriage, immigration, voting rights, health care, the social safety net, gun safety, the right thing to do is always burdened by the lodestone of fear.

MLK day is a day to remember that it only takes one person’s vision to lead an army against those advancing opportunistic fear.

@2 Well said Prolix!

Ditto what DYB said about Prolix’s comment.

My congress critter (yes, Scalise) sent out his MLK day statement.

I’ve put up a little open thread and a link for Bingo cards for SOTU. Look for it at 7 pm.

(sigh) Don’t think I’m going to watch the SOTU, nor the “official” Repub response nor the tea bagger response. Surely there will be something else on.

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