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  •  Exactly! (1+ / 0-)
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    Dancun74
    •  Ergo (1+ / 0-)
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      angel d

      We should keep ignoring it, right doroma? Because the people making the argument now have no legitimacy in your eyes? Or what is your point, exactly?

      "As the madmen play on words, and make us all dance to their song / to the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun..." -- Iron Maiden

      by Lost Left Coaster on Sun Nov 20, 2011 at 02:11:51 PM PST

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      •  Don't put words into my mouth. I asked a (2+ / 0-)
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        legitimate question and you answered. end of story.I am also a white middle class college student at SUNY. I don't like the police brutality now and I don't like it when it happens to people of other races on a daily basis.

      •  It's natural to feel a bit of skepticism and (1+ / 0-)
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        distrust when you've lived your life under the conditions of a police state while the vast majority of the rest of society ignores it or supports it.

        I don't think it's unreasonable at all that doroma, and others with a similar view (and, presumably, experiences) require quite a bit more evidence--and for a longer period--before trusting some of the OWS movement.

        •  I have never experienced police brutality or even (1+ / 0-)
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          had a negative encounter with a cop, but yes I wonder why we've not been raising hell daily for the daily police brutality in other non high profile situations

          •  You're lucky, and correct. I have experienced (0+ / 0-)

            negative interactions with cops, but never brutality. Seen plenty of both, though. I'm white and male. Some of my friends and peers weren't that lucky. And it's a shitty, shitty thing that that is the case.

      •  Let me put it like this (0+ / 0-)

        What happens when the economy recovers and all these white middle class kids get jobs before black kids...of any socioeconomic class, for the most part?

        Will they be as eager to decry police brutality THEN?

        (Mind you, I could ask the same question of straight POC. I didn't see any straight POC or civil rights organization here in Chicago decrying some of the racism and bogus arrests encounter by gay POC's in Boystown this summer...actually, it was white gays that spoke out louder about that than straight POC).

        •  let me make a correction here (0+ / 0-)

          some white gays spoke out louder than straight POC...some white gays also were spewing racism.

          I say all of that to say that it's easy to ignore things like police brutality when it doesn't happen to you but it's happening to "the other"

          (Straight) POC's pretty much do the same thing, in my experience.

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