Sunday, August 16, 2009

Unnecessary Things:

Opinion pieces on the advantages of respecting cops that are written by old white conservative guys who also contribute to the National effing Review.

Yeah, it would be wonderful if cops were respectful and people returned that courtesy. Sadly, in America, that's a truth you can only expect as you're driving along white in your Lexus toward your mcMansion in the burbs.

Under that mythology, this piece conveniently whitewashes a truth that renders it irrelevant. That truth is this: being white and intersecting with "rude" police is very, very different from experiencing default intimidation and violence by police solely because of the color of your skin.

Why is that the types (Can I just write, "straight affluent white guys" here?) who produce opinion pieces like this invariably don't understand how unnecessary and unhelpful their voices are?