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  •  It was in my mind all day (23+ / 0-)

    I had to start teaching again after a long summer, and I was in my office, and I just began to think about it, and about how weird it was, having just come from a class involved in critical questioning and constructions of power both, and I could not get out of my mind what role Johnson was playing. And all I could come up with was that he's being played by someone... because I remembered him talking about his son, and I know he was sincere.

    He was given responsibility very quickly but does appear to have no authority, so either he's a fall guy of some sort, or else he's complicit, which I highly doubt given his attachment to the community. So fall guy seems likely. I doubt he understands it. Strangely, online conjecture could be more right here since the man is in the middle of it, and it's hard to see reality from inside of a maelstrom.

    But sometimes you can smell the funk.

    "That nice, but how do we keep it from going back to business as USUAL?" - Elon James White on Ferguson, MO

    by mahakali overdrive on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 10:24:15 PM PDT

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