Topic | police brutality

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A thick strand in the history of U.S. policing is rooted back in the slave patrols of the 19th century. Patty rollers were authorized to stop, question, search, harass and summarily punish any Black person they encountered. The five- and six-pointed badges many of them wore to symbolize their authority were predecessors to those of […]

Using Unreasonable Force for Speaking No English

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What was really on trial in the Sureshbhai Patel case? In early September, a jury in Huntsville, Alabama, began to hear testimony in the case of Eric Parker, a white police officer who faced federal charges for violating the civil rights of Sureshbhai Patel, a 57-year-old Indian immigrant and grandfather. On September 11th, the jury […]

We Can’t Breathe: Why We Need to Give Racism a Chance

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In the wake of the Mike Brown and Eric Garner decisions, of the excessive additional unarmed youth who have been killed in the short weeks following the injustice, and in the face of vast disparities facing our country at every level, I believe that there is an important discussion that we need to be having, […]

State Power and Police Violence in Ferguson

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In my last post, I recalled an incident that occurred decades ago in Hawai’i. In that incident, I was assaulted by police officers on my 18th birthday. I assume I was targeted because I lived in a small town where I had developed a reputation as a trouble-maker. I opened the door to violence by […]

Calling for a Model Minority Mutiny: #fergusonoctober

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Your silence will not protect you – Audre Lorde The almost daily news reports of police brutality toward African Americans, and the #fergusonoctober mobilization had me thinking about my 18th birthday. I know that probably sounds pretty random, but bear with me. My 18th birthday presents included a case of beer split among friends (18 […]

What Goes Down in Ferguson is an Asian American Concern – In Fact, It’s a 99% Issue

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Precariat: A social class defined by the shared experience of┬áprecarity, a condition of existence without predictability or stability, particularly as pertains to employment and economic security What the news media has euphemistically referred to as the “situation” in Ferguson, Missouri is driving home a point that too many of us have managed to miss before […]