The broad implications of police misconduct include a staggering financial burden
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.
At the age of 40, I had a stroke. The result of ignoring my body while working 12–14 hour days in largely unpleasant working conditions and harsh environments. I fully bought into the notion that working hard would eventually equal success. And despite owning a contracting firm at one point, it all came crashing down at the first sign of a medical complication. I may be a hero to my kids for trying to push on, but humanity largely looks down on people like me for being poor and disabled. We are regarded as failures.
A burden on society.
Days before Americans caught on to the protests in Cuba there was something else happening. On social media, many Cubans began a movement seeking assistance to acquire medical supplies and help in battling an uncontrolled COVID outbreak on the island. The groups began organizing to collect medicinal donations and funding to assist Cubans on the ground as they awaited a response from the international community.
We’ve all seen the video of Edward Cagney Mathews who so graciously gave us his name and ignorantly offered up his home address for the entire world while verbally and physically harassing a Black family. Incidents like this in Jersey are more common than most Americans would think. The actions we all witnessed remind people of what they see in “the South,” but the reality is, in that specific region, this is all too common. Those types of people are everywhere.
But if you’re from Jersey, as I am, you know all about the Mathews’ of the world.
There’s a lot of discussion surrounding the conspiracies involving the 2020 election. However, there’s something much more sinister happening in the background. The rhetoric of Trump’s sycophants has been offensive if not blatantly racist. We don’t have to look too far back to see Marjorie Taylor Grene’s anti-Semitism, Matt Gaetz’s ”colossal shit fit” over Critical Race Theory, or Paul Gosar “palling around” with bigots and racists — among so many other cases. The level of racial animosity in politics is alive and well due to America’s collective shoulder shrugging.
David Duke brought about the novel resurgence of subtle mainstream racism. He marketed himself in what he viewed to be the future of the Ku Klux Klan. Well-groomed and professional in appearance. Duke repeatedly insisted that the KKK was not “anti-Black” and instead was “pro-white” and “pro-Christian”. Duke paved the way for racist political influencers such as Lee Atwater who worked in the Reagan White House and was the campaign manager for George H.W. Bush. Atwater was known for his extensive use of the n-word among other racial epithets.
Often referred to in history as a “riot” and a “mutiny,” the actions of more than 150 Black soldiers in 1917 serve as a reminder of just how deep police brutality against Black Americans is rooted in U.S. history. While the story of the Black soldiers rebelling against Houston police occurred just after the United States declared war in World War I and during the Jim Crow era, the actions by local cops and members of the community leading up to the uprising speak to many of the same issues we still have today. …
Recently, there’s been a lot of screaming and yelling about Critical Race Theory (CRT). But all the shouting has revealed that not many Americans know what it’s about. From the detractors to the supporters, all of the angry back-and-forths are detrimental because people are arguing over things that aren’t part of CRT. For example, equating the historically accurate 1619 Project to CRT when one has little to do with the other.
Much of the misinformation being spread is intentional. It originates in conservative media which…
If you step outside the box and look inward at the United States, much of what you see — the worst of it — is the result of American complacency based on the nationalist idea that we’re exceptional. As if we don’t have to adhere to the most basic rules of human decency. Meanwhile, we demand so much from other nations, holding them to higher standards than we hold ourselves.
Americans are so arrogant that we, as a society, routinely fail to reflect on ourselves. Our very own behaviors reveal the worst of what we declare unacceptable across the globe…