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  •  I wouldn't have such a problem with it (1+ / 0-)
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    According to a new Pew Research Center/USA Today survey, whites are nearly four times as likely than blacks to say police do an excellent or good job at treating racial and ethnic groups equally
    Okay. Okay, I mean, four times more likely could mean that only 1% of blacks think they do a good job, and 4% of whites think they do. Or maybe 2% and 8%. I mean, just because something is four times more likely, that doesn't necessarily mean it's—
    38 percent of whites give police high marks on equality, while just 10 percent of African Americans do the same. The numbers are similar for views on how well police do at holding officers accountable when misconduct occurs, and the gap is even larger on the question of whether police use the right amount of force for each situation.
    38 percent? Do these people watch the news? How can anyone think that the police generally do a good job on these things? Maybe the police themselves, and their immediate friends and family.

    But if 3 out of 8 white people (3/8 is approximately 38%) think the police are generally doing a pretty good job in these areas, they have to be thick as bricks, or have blinders on. Willfully self-applied blinders.

    I am reminded (as I often am) of a wonderful exchange from the fantastic Neil Simon comedy Seems Like Old Times with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. Chase's character is on the lam, and Hawn's character is urging him to turn himself in. The following exchange then takes place between the two of them and her black chauffeur:

    Glenda Gardenia Parks: If you're innocent, they'll never send you to jail.
    Nick Gardenia: Is that how it works, Chester?
    Chester: Not in my neighborhood.

    La majestueuse égalité des lois, qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les ponts, de mendier dans les rues, et de voler du pain.

    by dconrad on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 09:03:50 AM PDT

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