The Pardu

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Perceptions Of A Post Racial Nation Vs Reality. Texas Cop Abuse (Video)

Disparate perception and the life of the enabler.

Earlier in the week I was tooling around Facebook and ran across a profound image:

Apparently, it's completely legal to carry an AR-15 in the Atlanta airport.

However, Jim Cooley's fully-loaded assault rifle did scare the sh*t out of practically everyone else at the Atlanta International Airport.

I responded to the post in the Mediaite comments section.

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  • The Pardu  Where are all the common Mediaite conservatives? We can't hear you.
    Like · Reply · June 4 at 4:22pm

  • The Pardu  Betcha an African-American could not get away with this. White privileges is ugly and the nation will one implode from laws and law enforcement that facilitates such.
    Like · Reply · June 4 at 4:20pm

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    • NAME DELETED  Hint: Huey P. Newton Gun Club, outside the state capitol in Austin, TX a couple of months ago.

      No threats, no shots fired, no murders.

      And no arrests.

      This isn't 1963 anymore, k?
    The poster who responded seemed to reach for an equivalence quip.  Not only did the poster reach for a bridge too far and grab an equivalence that simply pales in comparison to increasing cop abuse against African-Americans, the poster went to the Great State of Texas for the false equivalence. Before delineating how I eventually responded, let's explore the poster's comment for a moment or two.

    First, why do you think the poster reached so far to respond to the reality of privilege (conferred via birth or learned privilege), when the reality of death like Tamir Rice and John Crawford hasn't yet evaporated from our memories.  Rice was killed by an "action hungry" Ohio cop while he played with a toy pistol on a playground.  

    Crawford was killed by an Indiana cop as he held a toy rifle in a neighborhood Wal Mart Store. The young man had just left the Games Department and met his killer cop as he held an replica air gun.  His final words while standing an speaking with his girlfriend on a  cell phone was to the cop, "It not real...."  He was shot to death. As sidebar a woman customer with a heart condition died at the scene from heart failure possibly due to  freight related to the cop's gun shots. The poster did want many conservatives do, they reach to shallow water and inane retorts or counterpoints.  Any level of thought or knowledge of current events would have taken a patient and deep thinker to the many cases of abuse manifest on a weekly basis.  Note the poster deployed a time period in his response.  

    While the poster responded  in a manner not often deployed by a conservative, nonetheless the poster again failed to develop a stinging quip.  More often the real conservative responds to message they cannot assimilate and accept as reality with off-color obscenities. Another consideration of the poster takes me outside the prospect of conservatism. The poster could very well be one of America's middle roaders who lean Right and will not accept overwhelming evidence of disparate treatment based in race. 

    Conservative or not the comment above includes a reference to a time, 1963, when the nation experienced a mid-cycle in the Civil Rights Movement (mid 1950s - 1960s). My comment  must have been offered the poster opportunity to placate their paradigm while reaching back to America before any Civil Rights Legislation and dismantling of Jim Crow. Yes course, but only a few in America can actually not recognize and acknowledge concerted efforts among US conservatives and conservative elected representatives effectively work to push the nation back to a time when Jim Crow was an accepted norm. 

    "This isn't 1963 anymore, k?", The poster keyboarded. 

    As is frequent the case. reality smacks down those who actually believe we live in a post-racial society. The follow recent case of unbalanced and heavy handed treatment of a group of African-American teenagers exemplifies the fact, many in US actually do live the lives of 1963 America. The incident occurred in the very state the poster referenced for the quip posted above: Texas. Moreover, the incident reminds of the killing of Tamir Rice and John Crawford, in one way. Each incident, including the recent Texas case started with a white person calling police on people they perceived as acting in a manner they felt was  unacceptable. The teens were reveling at a swim party.

    Rice and Crawford handled non-lethal weapon replicas; the teens n the following episode simply accepted an invitation to join white teens at a swim party.

    McKinney Texas was the scene of the racial name calling and cop abuse against black teens.  McKinney is a medium sized community 30 miles North of Dallas Texas towards the Arkansas border. African-Americans make up 10 percent of the population of 140,000.
    As you read and view the following, recognize the only crime committed by these teens (black and white) was the (personally perceived) hanging out in an intra-racial gathering. It took one racist white family or family member to escalate the friend laden party to an ugly reminder of the US "1963."   In;st their a well known axiom about "one bad apple?"

    Let's visit with a circa 2015 example of exactly that the poster pushed back as a former America.

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    Even after everything we've seen recently, this video is still shocking #mckinney
    Posted by Think Progress on Sunday, June 7, 2015
    So this started because a white girl said to a black girl you need to go back and be on section 8??
    Posted by (DELETED) on Sunday, June 7, 2015

     The footage was posted on YouTube on Saturday and the police force suspended the officer after viewing it. Police officials said the officer's conduct had 'raised concerns'

    'This kind of force is uncalled for especially on children and innocent bystanders,' wrote Brandon Brooks who posted the footage online
    I hope the "It is not 1963" poster has a deeper perspective on his world and the world of others. The poster obviously gets their new from networks that do not report on cop abuse against African-Americans. Or, as is often the case the poster avoids news and consideration of current events.  In either case the poster is not a fighter against racism, then the poster is existentially an enabler. 

    Acting as a fighter against US bigotry, racism and homophobia takes courage and a desire for fairness only inherent in some Americans. The TPI makes no judgments, if you choice is to remain comfortably quiet regarding incidents as that in McKinney, Texas or the more frequent abuse of African-Americans; that is your prerogative. But, know your choice to speak with false equivalent arguments should be tempered to the point of non-speak with consideration of reality.

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