The broad implications of police misconduct include a staggering financial burden

Demonstrator at a George Floyd protest holding up a Defund the Police sign on June 5, 2020 — Image by via Creative Commons license

The outlay of police misconduct is often measured in human costs. Whether it’s a loss of life, lasting trauma as a victim or a victim’s family, or the harm it does to entire communities. What is rarely openly discussed are the financial burdens of police misconduct on society. Since human costs don’t appeal to people, perhaps the financial costs will. You know, since some Americans are so concerned with the costs of things like social programs and a few broken windows.

Let me be clear about something, I’m not…


Police Brutality

A reminder of how Black and Latino victims of police brutality are purposely demonized by law enforcement using the media

Daunte Wright protests in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota | Image: |

In the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, protests have taken place every day since the April 11, 2021 murder of Daunte Wright. As calls continued to grow for officer Kim Potter to be charged in Wright’s death, prosecutors have since with second-degree manslaughter. If convicted, Potter faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $20,000.

While some may suspect other charges will be brought up, it’s worth noting that , second-degree manslaughter applies in cases of “culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great…


Police Brutality

Just moments prior to the verdict being read in the Derek Chauvin trial, Ma’khia Bryant was killed by a Columbus, Ohio police officer

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While there may be conflicting stories as to who called the police or the circumstances behind who was attacking whom when a Columbus police officer shot 16-year-old Ma’khia Bryant four times, what’s clear is an officer killed a teenager that didn’t pose a threat to him and no efforts were made to deescalate the situation. It took only 9 seconds from the moment he stepped out of his cruiser to fire weapon four times at a child without clarity as to what was happening.

He made a conscious decision to pick a girl out of a crowd, declare her guilty…


Police Brutality

The recent murders by police of a young Black male and a Latino teenager expose the underbelly of America’s inherent racism

Rally for Adam Toledo at Logan Square, April 16, 2021 | Courtesy of Bart Shore |

It’s not uncommon to witness the criminalization of people murdered by police. We see it all too often. It’s such a regular occurrence that even the majority in America acknowledge witnessing it in nearly every instance of Black, Latino, or Indigenous people murdered by police. In most cases, the information provided to the media comes from sources that are too often police union lawyers, union bosses, and themselves.

In the murder of Adam Toledo, you didn’t just have a cop-friendly prosecutor about the specifics of how it happened but you also had Mayor Lori Lightfoot initially…


Racism

Bill Maher’s interview with Sharon Osbourne is how covert racism operates in society

Screengrab of Bill Maher interviewing Sharon Osbourne on April 17, 2021

The raucous applause was disheartening, to say the least. The dismissiveness by many Americans of Meghan Markle’s claims of being subjected to racism is telling. The celebration of someone who defended a racist and his comments is the equivalent to celebrating the words of neo-confederates but not the confederacy. White America was so critical of Trump supporters in arguing that their defense of Trump’s language was akin to being Nazi sympathizers.

Trump supporters allowed and accepted his racist rhetoric and were rightfully demonized for it yet here we are facing covert liberal racism. Again.

Donald Trump, Piers Morgan, and Tucker…


Racial Justice

Justice is often determined by the victim’s race

Joseph Mensah, former Wauwatosa police officer who killed 3 Black people in 5 years | Source Joseph Mensah’s page

In America, police shootings occur regardless of an officer’s race. For example, Black cops are no less likely to fatally shoot Black people than white cops. Despite that, Black people are still 3.5 times more by police than white people. The way cops are trained, the secrecy among them, and the protections granted to them via their contracts have created a culture that is based on fear of the general public and a . Unless, of course, the victim is white and the cop is Black. Then, it seems, accountability becomes a factor.

As…


Racism

Y’all need to chill with the hateful rhetoric

President Lyndon B. Johnson meeting with civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr., Whitney Young, and James Farmer in the Oval Office in 1964 | Public Domain

Over the last 75 years, you, white conservatives, have overwhelmingly given your support to the Republican Party. If we look as far back as the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) campaign in 1945, Republican presidential candidates lost the white vote only once to Lyndon Baynes Johnson (LBJ) in 1964 — during the Civil Rights Era. It was a time when many Southern Democrats jumped ship to the Republican Party because they were subverted by the overwhelming Democratic support for the equal rights of non-white people — particularly Black people.

For reference: Trump won the white vote 54%-39% in 2016. Romney won…


Gun Control

Until America addresses the underlying causes behind why men commit mass murder, no amount of legislation will protect anyone

The stockpile of guns found by investigators owned by Christopher Hasson, the U.S. Coast Guard officer accused of a mass murder plot | Photo: U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland | Public Domain

Sorry folks, but banning AR-15s won’t stop domestic terrorism. It’s far too late for that. There are more guns than people in the United States and those that would do us harm are already locked and loaded. Many of them are preparing for a civil war in fantasy land while journalists and researchers like me who track hate groups fear more isolated attacks across the country similar to the recent and past mass shootings.

Do we need gun reform laws? Absolutely. But the conversation always seems to get lost once we begin to talk about banning any firearms. We know…


Equality

In the last several years the dominant population in America has displayed a lack of comfort with equitable solutions to racial injustice

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Equality seems like a utopian dream for the dominant population in America. The majority of American society appears to believe that finding equitable solutions to racial injustice and inequality is someone else’s responsibility. Namely, those who are oppressed by the same system that supports and upholds the majority. In other words, those who benefit greatest from the systems of oppression are largely unwilling to allow others the same privileges they enjoy.

Since the George Floyd protests, it has become evident that the majority of the population will say they believe in equal rights but the reality is, they don’t want…


The responses to a recent article asking what happened to all the White allies brought up a better question: what are allies doing?

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Bottom half of a man’s face with hand over mouth
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In my antiracism work, I often expose how and when White people and the people in my own community (the Cuban American diaspora) regularly act to uphold white supremacy. Yes, it’s unpopular and not very rewarding but I’ve always done this. I often discuss how everyday normal behavior can sometimes uphold racist stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. From micro- to macro-aggressions, minorities, particularly Black emerging adults, experience every day and it must be properly addressed.

A recent titled, “Where the White People At?” was met with a whole lot of…

Arturo Dominguez

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