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Old 10-11-2014, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by John Mace View Post
But there can be no doubt that we have, somehow, created a society where young black men are seen as a threat. How we undo that, I just don't know.
I'm not sure if there's anything the government can do to change how people see other people. But there is something the government can do to curb these killings -- actually investigate them, and prosecute them harshly when the cops didn't have a good reason to shoot. Right now, I think DAs are often cozy with cops and reluctant to prosecute except when they're forced to by pressure. Perhaps Federal prosecutions, for Civil Rights violations, are warranted in some of these cases, when the local DA isn't interested. Maybe there are other options as well.

But I don't believe that young black males present 21 times the threat to police officers that young white males do. This isn't "young black males" compared to the rest of society -- it's young black males compared to young white males.