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Re: “Tucson, I Am You. You Are Me. What Are WE Going To Do?

I understand that it's difficult to acknowledge that we have a system that is biased against black people and other people of color, but if we keep denying it, we can't fix it. I thought that the promise of this country was justice for all.

If we look at the data per 100,000 people, ProPublica's research shows that young black men are 21 times more likely to be shot dead by police than young white men, all other factors being equal (including being armed, being involved in a crime, etc).…

For unarmed people, the Washington Post found that black men were twice as likely to be killed by police than white men, and "Black individuals shot and killed by police were less likely to have been attacking police officers than the white individuals fatally shot by police."…

I still don't understand why Phil Castile and Alton Sterling are dead, and none of you have come up with a reasonable explanation. They were not threatening anyone. But here's an article that shows eight examples of white people threatening police with weapons -- and not one of them was killed.…

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Posted by blaze_mason on 07/08/2016 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Tucson, I Am You. You Are Me. What Are WE Going To Do?

But it's NOT equal, it's NOT equivalent. When black people actually commit crimes, they are arrested, brought to trial, and mostly convicted and incarcerated. (We won't talk right now about all the black people who are falsely accused and wrongly convicted, let's just assume that they're guilty of their crime.)

But when cops kill citizens, they are usually NOT charged, NOT arrested, and therefore NOT convicted. They are not punished for behaving outside the law. They are given paid vacation (administrative leave) and usually reinstated in their jobs. That is why people protest. All these people are being killed by police (more than 500 already this year alone), and no one is held accountable. There is no justice for average people in this country.

If you don't want the many to be accountable for the few, that should apply to protesters as well as to the police. Just yesterday, everyone was like "we need more information before we decide if the cop who killed Phil Castile should be charged." But today, after a black military-trained sniper killed people, all black people are being held responsible.

Let's also note the disparity in how this accused shooter was treated and how white mass murderers like Dylann Roof are treated. This black man was blown up by a robot, with no due process, no chance to have a trial, no way to explain himself. Roof, on the other hand, after murdering 9 black people in a church, was taken alive, given a bullet-proof vest, and fed at Burger King. Clearly, cops are capable of not killing people, even armed people, so why don't they choose to do that when faced with a black person sitting quietly in their car, handing over their ID?

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Posted by blaze_mason on 07/08/2016 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Tucson, I Am You. You Are Me. What Are WE Going To Do?

Thank you, Adiba. I attend every BLM demonstration I hear about, and I'll be there on Saturday.

As for you, What, Again, your comments are despicable. Black people are being murdered by police for a broken tail light, walking home, shopping in Walmart, selling loose cigarettes, holding their phone or their wallet in their hand, riding the subway, and other perfectly normal activities. None of these things are worthy of immediate execution on the spot by a frightened, trigger-happy cop.

Philando Castile, for example, was beloved by his community and the school at which he worked. He was also a legal gun owner with a concealed carry permit. He was reaching for his ID, as requested by the police, and was killed in cold blood. He was neither engaging in criminal activity nor resisting arrest. He was simply black in America. Shame on you! and shame on all of us for not screaming to the skies "Not in my name!"

White silence is violence. White silence is complicity. #BlackLivesMatter

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Posted by blaze_mason on 07/08/2016 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Ed Superintendent Douglas Talking in Tucson Tuesday, Wednesday

How are they "saving lots of education money" when we are paying them with tax credits and other state money? They're not saving us anything and they're failing to educate and socialize children well.

Remove a few layers of administration from the public schools, pay teachers well enough to attract and retain more talented people, maybe even make school year-round (shown to very effective), provide up-to-date technology and materials to every school, and feed the children who come to school hungry (I think it's 25% here). Then, watch the students shine!
(fyi, I have no kids in schools here; I just think all kids, everyone's kids, should have a good education and enough to eat)

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Posted by blaze_mason on 06/30/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Not Your Mama's Safety Pin: How a Household Item Can Change a Life

I like this idea.

And I also like that this post has been up for 6 hours and none of the usual negative commenters have said anything. Lovely to just have a positive statement of support for community members and an affirmation of what Tucson can be: welcoming, loving, compassionate, celebrating diversity, caring for each other, and being safe for all. I'm putting a safety pin on my shirt right now.

Great beginning, Adiba.

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Posted by blaze_mason on 06/30/2016 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Ed Superintendent Douglas Talking in Tucson Tuesday, Wednesday

What in the world is disgusting about sending children to public schools? What an odd choice of words. If you want to send your child to a private school, have at it -- but use your own money, not my tax money.

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Posted by blaze_mason on 06/29/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “"Raise Taxes on Corporations and the Wealthy." Hillary said It. Arizona Democrats, You Can Say It Too.

Although I don't believe she'll do it, since the owners of those corporations are the Clintons' best friends, the people who have posted here are ignoring the reality of how little corporations pay compared to us, the regular people. It's one of the reasons we're in such trouble. Here are two mainstream news outlets (USA Today and CBS, and there are dozens more, just look it up) saying clearly that 20% of corporations are paying NOTHING in income taxes and the ones that do pay taxes pay at a much lower rate than we peons do. Trickle-down has never worked (just look up the corporate tax rate under Reagan). Why do you all keep defending billionaires? they don't care about you at all.……

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Posted by blaze_mason on 06/29/2016 at 3:15 PM

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